Education & Experience

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University

10/2021- Present

Advisor: David Reichman

Quantum Dynamics of light-matter hybrid systems. Investigating transport and chemical dynamics induced by strong light-matter interactions. 

Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry

University of Rochester

01/2017- 10/2021

Advisor: Pengfei (Frank) Huo

Developed new quantum dynamics approach for on-the-fly non-adiabatic dynamics.  Developed theoretical frameworks for molecular quantum electrodynamics. Investigated new chemical reactivities induced by the quantum mechanical interplay of proton, electrons, phonons and photons.   

"Outstanding Dissertation Award" for the Natural Sciences in Arts, Sciences and Engineering.  

M.S. in Chemistry

University of Rochester

05/2016 - 06/2018

Learned Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Computational Chemistry, Advanced Numerical and Mathematical Methods for Optics, Physics and Theoretical Chemistry. 

M.Sc in Chemistry

Visva-Bharati University

06/2014-06/2016

Specialization in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Performed research on the influence of noise on the optical properties of quantum dots.  

Summer Research Internship

National Chemical Laboratory, India

06/2014

Advisor: Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya

Performed molecular dynamics simulations to understand the "Levitation Effect" which leads to the enhancement of diffusion of ions (of a certain radius) in water. 

B.Sc. in Chemistry

Visva-Bharati University

06/2011-06/2014

Major in Chemistry and Minor in Physics and Mathematics.  Developed 100s web-applications (calistry.org) to aid fellow students learning chemistry which now receives ~a million visitor every year.  Gained research experience as summer research intern at National Chemical Laboratory.   

Summer Research Internship

National Chemical Laboratory, India

06/2013

Advisor: Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya

Performed molecular dynamics simulations to assess the validity of Stokes-Einstein relationship. This work has been published in JPCB. 

AWARDS

Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2022

University of Rochester

05/2022

Outstanding Dissertation Award (2022) for the Natural Sciences in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. This award is in recognition of the outstanding dissertation and exceptional research of a graduate student at the University of Rochester. 

Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award, 2021

American Chemical Society

05/2021

The CCG Excellence Awards have been created to stimulate graduate student participation in ACS COMP Division activities (symposia and poster sessions) at ACS National Meetings. Given on the basis of the quality and significance of the research to be presented, as well as the strength of the supporting letter and other materials.

Esther M. Conwell Graduate Fellowship

University of Rochester

11/2020

The Conwell fellowship is intended to honors the contributions of graduate students in physical chemistry who have excelled in their graduate careers.

ACS Graduate Award in Theoretical Chemistry, 2020

American Chemical Society

07/2020

Graduate Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry, sponsored by the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Departmental Travel Award

University of Rochester

02/2020

Travel award in support of attending National Meeting.

Elon Huntington Hooker Fellowship

University of Rochester

06/2019

The Elon Huntington Hooker Fellowship is a one-year dissertation fellowship for students from various fields of science whose work is primarily and clearly concerned with chemistry. The fellowships are funded by a gift from Mrs. Hooker in memory of Mr. Elon Huntington Hooker, a graduate and, for many years, a Trustee of the University. Mr. Hooker was founder of the Hooker Chemical Company and a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Arnold Weissberger Fellowship

University of Rochester

08/2018

The purpose of the Weissberger Fellowship in Chemistry is to reward and encourage outstanding promise for productive scientific careers by advanced PhD students.  Each Fellow receives a substantial supplement for basic support and funds to travel to a major scientific meeting to report the results of his or her research.  The fellowship is awarded on the basis of outstanding research achievement and potential for continued growth, ideals which Arnold Weissberger exemplified during his lifetime and which he recognized and encouraged in others.

Best Poster Award

Boston University

06/2018

This award was sponsored by the Journal Physical Chemistry, and was given at the Cokerfest a special symposium honoring Professor David F. Coker’s contribution to theoretical chemistry at Boston University. 

Best Poster Award

Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire

06/2018

At the Path-Integral Quantum Mechanics School hosted by the  Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM) at Laussane, Switzerland. 

Sherman-Clarke Fellowship

University of Rochester

06/2017

The Sherman-Clarke Fellowship is a merit fellowship awarded to graduate levels students based on coursework and Teaching Assistant performance.

Best Applied Technological Award

Eastern Indian Science & Engineering Fair

01/2014

The Eastern Indian Science and Engineering Fair was hosted by the Birla Industrial & Technological  Museum  at Kolkata and was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. Students from thirteen eastern Indian states take part in this Science Fair.  

Best Group Exhibit 

Eastern Indian Science Fair

01/2010

This three-tier mega science exposition is held at District and State levels in all the 13 states of eastern India. Selected candidates from the state level participate in the Eastern India Science Fair at the Birla Industrial & Technological  Museum. Also won the special prize at the State Level and the first prize in the District Level.

Oral & Poster Presentations

Invited talk at CCQ, Flatiron Institute

Flatiron Institute

   Oral Presentation

Feb 2022

ACS National Meeting, Fall

American Chemical Society

   Oral Presentation

Aug 2021

Quantum Frontiers in Molecular Science

Telluride Science Research Center

   Oral Presentation

July 2020

Invited Talk at Shakib Group

New Jersey Institute of Technology

   Oral Presentation 

July 2020

Departmental Seminar (Chemistry)

University of Rochester

   Oral Presentation 

April 2020

APS March Meeting  

American Physical Society

   Oral Presentation  

March 2020

Gordon Research Conference on Light and Matter

Salve Regina University

   Poster Presentation

Summer 2019

Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics

University of Rochester

   Poster Presentation

Summer 2019

APS March Meeting at Boston

American Physical Society

   Oral Presentation

March 2019

Path Integral Quantum Mechanics Workshop

Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire

   Poster Presentation

Summer 2018

Cokerfest

Boston University

   Poster Presentation

Summer 2018

MolSSI Workshop on Modular Software Infrastructure for Excited State Dynamics

University of Buffalo

   Oral Presentation

June 2018

Penn Conference of Theoretical Chemistry

University of Pennsylvania

   Poster Presentation

Aug 2017

Reviewing Activities

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

American Chemical Society

Journal of Chemical Physics

American Institute of Physics

Chem

Cell Press

Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

American Chemical Society

Chemical Physics Letters

Elsevier

nanomaterials

MDPI

photonics

MDPI

entropy

MDPI

MentorShip

Micheal Taylor
Undergraduate Student
Now Ph.D. @UofRochester
Resolving gauge ambiguity in molecular QED. 
Phys. Rev. Lett. 125 (12) 123602  (2020)
Sebastian Vega
Undergraduate Student
Now Ph.D. @UofRochester
Polarized Fock state representation. 
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11 (21) 9215  (2020)
Braden Weight
Graduate Student
Now Ph.D. @UofRochester
On-the-fly quantum dynamics in molecular systems.
J. Chem. Phys. 155 (8) 084106 (2021)
Eric Koessler
Graduate Student
Now Ph.D.  @UofRochester
Lindblad decay in mixed quantum classical methods
J. Chem. Phys. (2022)
Matt DeLorenzo
Undergraduate Student
Now Researcher @Zymergen 
On-the-fly non-adiabatic simulation of electron transfer.
Aamod Atre
Undergraduate Student

Linear spectroscopy with path-integral based quantum dynamics approaches.
Shreif Elsaid
Undergraduate Student
Now Software Eng. @Coinbase
Browser based electronic structure software. 
https://arkajitmandal.github.io/ExtendedHuckel/