Anindita Das


Assistant Professor


Office: 141 Fondren Science
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Educational Background

Postdoc, Northwestern University, 2016-2020; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2010-2015, M.Sc., University of Pune, 2007-2009, B.Sc., Osmania University, 2004-2007


  • Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University, 2020-present

Research Interests

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  • Materials and Nanoscience
  • Energy and Environment
  • Drug Delivery

Synthetic Nanoscience at Atomic Precision: Building Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy and Drug Delivery

Selected Publications

1) Girard, M.*; Wang, S.*; Du, J. S.*; Das, A.*; Huang, Z.; Dravid, V.P.; Lee, B.; Mirkin, C. A.; Olvera de la Cruz, M. Particle Analogs of Electrons in Colloidal Crystals. Science 2019, 364, 1174 (* Equal author contribution)

2) Chevrier, D. M.; Raich, L.; Rovira, C.; Das, A.; Luo, Z.; Yao, Q.; Chatt, A.; Xie, J.; Jin, R.; Akola, J.; Zhang, P. Molecular-Scale Ligand Effects in Small GoldThiolate Nanoclusters. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 15430. 

3) Du, B.; Jiang, X.; Das, A.; Zhou, Q.; Yu, M.; Jin, R.; Zheng, J. Glomerular Barrier Behaves as an Atomically Precise Bandpass Filter in a Sub-Nanometre Regime. Nat. Nanotechnol. 2017, 12, 1096.

4) Li, Q.; Das, A.; Wang, S.; Chen, Y.; Jin, R. Highly Efficient Three-Component Coupling Reaction Catalyzed by Atomically Precise Ligand-Protected Au38(SC2H4Ph)24 Nanoclusters. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 14298.

5) Das, A.; Liu, C.; Zeng, C.; Li, G.; Li, T.; Rosi, N. L.; Jin, R. Cyclopentanethiolato-Protected Au36(SC5H9)24 Nanocluster: Crystal Structure and Implications for the Steric and Electronic Effects of Ligand. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2014, 118, 8264.

6) Das, A.; Li, G.; Li, T.; Nobusada, K.; Zeng, C.; Rosi, N. L.; Jin, R. Crystal Structure and Electronic Properties of a Thiolate-Protected Au24 Nanocluster. Nanoscale 2014, 6, 6458.

7) Das, A.; Li, T.; Nobusada, K.; Zeng, C.; Rosi, N. L.; Jin, R. Non-Superatomic [Au23(SR)16]- Nanocluster Featuring Bipyramidal Au15 Kernel and Trimeric Au3(SR)4 Motif. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 18264.

8) Das, A.; Li, T.; Nobusada, K.; Zeng, Q.; Rosi, N. L.; Jin, R. Total Structure and Optical Properties of a Phosphine/Thiolate-Protected Au24 Nanocluster. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 20286.