Welcome to the Sebastian C. Peter Group

The group focuses on the Design and development of inorganic materials  for CO2 capture and reduction to value added chemicals (methanol, ethanol, DME, CH4, olefines), catalysts for Fuel Cell and water splitting, electrodes for energy storage (batteries) and catalysts for the important industrial organic reactions. The group also concentrates the synthesis of novel intermetallic compounds and discovers its novel magnetic and transport properties. The team also translates the fundamental research on CO2 reduction to the industry through its own start-up Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt Ltd.

Research Areas:

The broad research interests of the group are focused on the synthesis and properties of novel solid-state inorganic materials such as intermetallics, alloys, bimetallics, oxides, chalcogenides and hybrid materials The compounds are being synthesized by wide variety of techniques both in solid state and solution methods. These materials are exploited for their application in the area of energy, environmental and fundamental structure-property relations as well. The low cost nanomaterials in the form of alloys, intermetallics, bimetallics, core-shell etc are being developed as the replacement for Pt and other expensive current state-of-the-art materials for the production of green energy in fuel cell. Materials and methodologies are being developed for the conversion of anthropogenic CO2 to methanol and other useful chemicals/fuels. Both materials and methodologies are being scaled up for the industrial level. Materials are also being developed for other industrial catalysis reactions, water splitting, hydrogen generation and various magnetic and transport properties such as superconductors, topological insulator, etc

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Selected Publications:


Thermochemical CO2 Hydrogenation to Single Carbon Products: Scientific and Technological Challenges ,S. Roy, A. Cherevotan, and S. C. Peter , ACS Energy Lett., 3, 1938–1966, 2018


Ordered Pd2Ge Intermetallic Nanoparticles as Highly Efficient and Robust Catalyst for Ethanol Oxidation, S. Sarkar, R. Jana, Suchitra, U. V. Waghmare, B. Thapa, S. Sampath and S. C. Peter, Chem. Mater.27,7459–7467 (2015)


“Inverse Strain Effect in Atomic Scale” – Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Activity and Durability in Cu substituted Palladseite, S. C. Sarma, V. Mishra, K. A. A. Mary, S. Roy, S. C. Peter, ACS Energy Lett., 3, 3008-3014, 2018


“Sacrificial protection in action!”: ultra-high stability of palladesite mineral towards the oxygen reduction reaction, S. C. Sarma, V. Vemuri, V. Mishra, S. C. Peter, J. Mat. Chem. A., 2019,  7, 979-984, 2019


Synthetically Tuned Atomic Ordering in PdCu Nanoparticles with Enhanced Catalytic Activity towards Solvent free Benzylamine Oxidation, V. Marakatti, S. C. Sarma, B. Joseph, D. Banerjee and S. C. Peter, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9,  pp 3602–3615


Stress-Induced Electronic Structure Modulation of Manganese-Incorporated Ni2P Leading to Enhanced Activity for Water Splitting, S. Sarkar, L. Dheer, C. P. Vinod, R.Thapa , U. V. Waghmare, S. C. Peter, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, 1271-1278, 2020



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