Welcome to the Group of Sebastian C. Peter

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: I2CAM , 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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“Understanding the Role of Atomic Ordering in the Crystal Structures of NixSny towards efficient Vapor Phase Furfural Hydrogenation” Vijaykumar S. Marakatti, Nidhi Arora, Sandhya Rai, Saurav Ch. Sarma, Sebastian C. Peter ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, In Press
Pressure induced band inversion, electronic and structural phase transitions in InTe: A combined experimental and theoretical study, V. Rajaji, Koushik Pal, Saurav Ch. Sarma, B. Joseph, Sebastian C. Peter, Umesh V. Waghmare, and Chandrabhas Narayana, Phys. Rev. B. In Press
Understanding Small-Molecule Electro-oxidation on Palladium Based Compounds-A Feature on Experimental and Theoretical Approach, Saurav Ch. Sarma, Sebastian C. Peter,  Dalton Transaction. In Press
Structural, vibrational and electrical properties of 1T-TiTe2 under hydrostatic pressure: Experiments and Theory,V. Rajaji, Utpal Dutta, P. C. Sreeparvathy, Saurav Ch. Sarma, Y.A. Sorb, B. Joseph, Subodha Sahoo, Sebastian C.Peter, V. Kanchana and Chandrabhas Narayana, 

Phys. Rev. B 97, 085107 (2018)

Crystal Engineering in Supramolecular Polyoxometalate Hybrids through pH Controlled in-situ Ligand Hydrolysis, Soumyabrata Roy, Dundappa Mumbarradi, Ankit Jain, Subi J. George and Sebastian C. Peter, Inorg. Chem., 57 (2), pp 590–601. (2018),
Order-Disorder Structural Phase Transition and Magnetocaloric Effect in Organic-Inorganic Halide Hybrid (C2H5NH3)2CoCl4, Abhijit Sen, Soumyabrata Roy, Sebastian C Peter, Arpita Paul, Umesh V Waghmare and A. Sundaresan, J. Solid State Chem. 258, 431 – 440 (2017)
Are We Underrating Rare-Earth as an Electrocatalyst?- The Effect of their Substitution in Palladium Nanoparticles Enhances the Activity towards Ethanol Oxidation Reaction, S. C. Sarma, U. Subbarao, Y. Khulbe, R. Jana and S. C. Peter, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 23369-23381
Ce2PtGe3: A New Ordered Orthorhombic Superstructure in the AlB2 Family with Spin Glass Behavior, S. Sarkar, S. Roy, D. Kalsi and S. C. Peter, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 2097-2106 .
Evolution of Magnetism in LnCuGa3 (Ln = La – Nd, Sm – Gd) Studied via μSR and Specific Heat, M. J. Graf, J. D. Hettinger, K. Nemeth, R. Dally, A. Amato, C. Baines, U. Subbarao and S. C. Peter, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 444, 236 – 242 (2017).
Evolution of Dealloyed PdBi2 Nanoparticles as Electrocatalysts with Enhanced Activity and Remarkable Durability in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, S. Sarkar, U. Subbarao and S. C. Peter, J. Mater. Chem. A 5, 15950 – 15960 (2017)
Electrochemical Stimuli Driven Facile Metal Free Hydrogen Evolution from Pyrene-Porphyrin Based Crystalline Covalent Organic Framework, S. Bhunia, S. Das, R. Jana, S. C. Peter, S. Bhattacharya, M. Addicoat, A. Bhaumik and A. Pradhan, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9, 23843 – 23851 (2017)
Mercouri G. Kanatzidis: Excellence and Innovations in Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry, I. Arachchige, G. Armatas, K. Biswas, K. Subrahmanyam, S. Latturner, C. Malliakas, M. Manos, Y. Oh, P. Poudeu, P. Trikalitis, Q. Zhang, L. Zhao, S. Peter, K. Polychronopoulou, Inorg. Chem 56, 7582 – 7597 (2017).
Facile Aqueous Phase Synthesis of PtAu/Bi2O3 Hybrid Catalyst for Efficient Electro-Oxidation of Ethanol, S. Sarkar, R. Jana, H. Vadlamani, S. Ramani, D. Mubbaraddi and S. C. Peter, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9, 15373 – 15382 (2017)
Nature of low dimensional structural modulations and relative phase stability in RexMo(W)1-xS2 transition metal dichalcogenide alloys, R. Sahu, U. Bhat, N. M. Batra, H. Sharona, B. Vishal, S. Sarkar, S. Assa Aravindh, S. C. Peter, I. S. Roqan, P. M. F. J. Costa, and R. Datta, Journal of Applied Physics (2017)
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 Applied Materials & Interfaces (2017)

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

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