Welcome to the Sebastian C. Peter Group


  • Congratulation to Dr. Soumyabrata Roy 1st KPIT Shodh Awards, Held at IISER Pune – Shortlisted for Best Thesis Award – Oral Presentation Won the Best Thesis Poster award – 1st Prize
  • Congratulations to Saurav for receiving SERB-ITS travel grant received to attend the 235th ECS Meeting, Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • Congratulations to Saurav for getting selected for oral presentation in

1.)    235th ECS Meeting to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA from 26th May 2019-30th May 2019.
2.)    ICMAT 2019 organized by MRS-Singapore to be held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 23-28th June 2019.
3.)    IUPAC 2019 to be held in Paris, France from 5th July 2019-12th July 2019.


We are happy to announce that our company “Breathe” has entered the Finals of $20m green prize and is the sole representative from India..!!!

Award received by Prof. Sebastian C. Peter for Finalist Team (Breathe) from NRG Cosia Carbon XPrize in New York

Finalists of NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize

For further information click: NRG Cosia Carbon XPrize , Times of India

Click for information on: Breathe Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

Research Areas:


Until there’s a Research Question, the material is preserved better in the Cave..!!!

Fuel Cells

Exploratory Synthesis





CO2 Reduction


Hybrid Materials


Electrochemical Supercapacitor


The broad research interests of the group are focused on the synthesis and properties of novel solid-state inorganic materials such as intermetallics, chalcogenides and polyoxometalates. The compounds are being synthesized by wide variety of techniques both in solid state and solution methods. We focus extensively on the growth of single crystal of interesting compounds using Bridgman, metal flux, hydrothermal and solution methods. Every compounds synthesized will be characterized in detail for their crystal structure by X-ray diffraction and phase analysis using different microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. In intermetallics, a special attention is given towards the compounds containing rare earths especially Ce, Eu and Yb because of the presence of an unstable electronic 4f-shell. Every new compound discovered displayed a novel situation in the physical properties such as magnetism, Kondo effect, heavy-Fermion and superconductivity. In another project, the low cost nanomaterials in the form of alloys, intermetallics, bimetallics, core-shell etc are being developing as the replacement for Pt and other expensive current state-of-the-art materials for the production of green energy in fuel cell and CO2 reduction. The group also focuses on the design and synthesis of novel supramolecular inorganic-organic hybrids based on polyoxometalates for their potential applications in energy and catalysis. The other areas we are focusing on the application of these materials as supercapacitors, which are also electrochemical energy storage devices. Since the science is boundless and the group has advanced expertise in the field of material design and synthesis, we also focus on various other applications of our materials as topological insulator, catalysts of various important industrial chemical reactions, Battery, thermoelectric and so on. We invite you to explore our research activities and publications in detail.

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Latest Publications:

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Pressure induced topological and structural phase transitions in 1T-TiSe2: a Raman study,V Rajaji, S Janaky, S. C. Sarma, S. C. Peter, C. Narayana, (2019), J. Phys. Condens. Matter 31, 165401
Topochemical Bottom-Up Synthesis of 2D-and 3D-Sodium Iron Fluoride Frameworks, U. K. Dey, N. Barman, S. Ghosh, S. Sarkar, S. C. Peter, P. Senguttuvan, (2019), Chem. Mat. 31, 295-299
“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 (2018), 7, 979-984
“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. (2018), 3 , 3008-3014
Two Keggin Based Isostructural POMOF hybrids: Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Catalytic Properties, S. Roy, V. Vemuri, S. Maiti, U. Subbrao , M.K. Kaja, S. C. Peter, Inorg Chem. (2018), 57, 12078-12092
Novel Nanostructured Pt/CeO2@Cu2O Carbon – Based Electrode to Magnify the Electrochemical Detection of the Neurotransmitter Dopamine and Analgesic Paracetamol, A. R. Rajamani, S. C. Peter, ACS Appl. Nano Mater., (2018), 1, 5148–5157. .
Synthetically tuned electronic and geometrical properties of Intermetallic compounds as heterogeneous catalysts, V. Marakatti, S. C. Peter, Prog. Solid State Chem. (2018). doi.org/10.1016/j.progsolidstchem.2018.09.001 

Complex Crystal Chemistry of Yb6(CuGa)50 and Yb6(CuGa)51 Grown atDifferent Synthetic Conditions, V. Mishra, A. Oliynyk, U. Subbarao, S. Sarma, D. Mumbaraddi, S, Roy, S. C. Peter, Cryst. Growth Des., (2018), 18, 6091–6099
Thermochemical CO2 Hydrogenation to Single Carbon Products: Scientific and Technological Challenges , S. Roy, A. Cherevotan, S. C. Peter ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3, 1938–1966
Reduction of CO2to Chemicals and Fuels: A Solution to Global Warming and Energy Crisis, S. C. Peter, ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3, 1557–1561
An Overview on Pd Based Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, S. Sarkar, Sebastian C. Peter, Inorg. Chem. Front., (2018), 5, 2060-2080
“Understanding the Role of Atomic Ordering in the Crystal Structures of NixSny towards efficient Vapor Phase Furfural Hydrogenation” V. S. Marakatti, N. Arora, S. Rai, S. C. Sarma, S. C. Peter ACS Sustain Chem Eng. 2018, 6, 7325–7338
Pressure induced band inversion, electronic and structural phase transitions in InTe: A combined experimental and theoretical study, V. Rajaji, K. Pal, S. C. Sarma, B. Joseph, S. C. Peter, U. V. Waghmare and C. Narayana, Phys. Rev. B, (2018), 97, 155158
Understanding Small-Molecule Electro-oxidation on Palladium Based Compounds-A Feature on Experimental and Theoretical Approach, S. C. Sarma, S. C. Peter, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 7864-7869

Nature of low dimensional structural modulations and relative phase stability in RexMo(W)1-xS2 transition metal dichalcogenide alloys

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