Dr. Suman Bhattacharya is currently a IRC-SET Postdoctoral fellow in the Crystal Engineering Research Group at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He was born in Calcutta, India in 1982. His doctoral work, supervised by Dr. Binoy Krishna Saha, involved the synthesis of cocrystals, salts, lattice inclusion complexes and their structural studies in context of polymorphism, solid
state photodimerization, and phase transitions. His thesis was entitled“Crystal engineering with strong and weak interactions: solid-state studies on isostructurality, polymorphism and networks”.

Towards the later part of his doctoral research, he was involved in a study of thermal expansion of crystalline organic solids. After his doctoral degree, he spent one year as a Research Associate in Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India working on supramolecular gels under the mentorship of Prof. Parthasarathi Dastidar.

During his stay in the University of Limerick, he was involved in cocrystal controlled solid-state synthesis and chiral metal-organic materials.


Selected peer-reviewed publications: presented in chronological order (C = Communication, R= Review, F = Full paper, B = Book Chapter, corresponding author underlined).

Key publications:

  1. (F) Suman Bhattacharya, Viswanadha G. Saraswatula, Binoy K. Saha, Does higher dimensional hydrogen bonding guarantee a smaller thermal expansion? – a thermal expansion study on a 1D and 3D hydrogen bonded dimorphic system. Cryst. Growth Des., 2016, 16, 277.
  2. (C) Suman Bhattacharya, Binoy K. Saha. Interaction dependence and similarity in thermal expansion of a dimorphic 1D hydrogen-bonded organic complex. Cryst. Growth Des., 2013, 13, 3299.
  3. (C) Suman Bhattacharya*, Jelena Stojakovic*, Binoy K. Saha, Leonard R. MacGillivray. A product of a templated solid-state photodimerization acts as a template: single-crystal reactivity in a single polymorph of a cocrystal. Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 744. (*: Co-first author)
  4. (C) Suman Bhattacharya, Binoy K. Saha. Uniaxial negative thermal expansion in an organic complex caused by sliding of layers. Cryst. Growth Des., 2012, 12, 4716.
  5. (C) Suman Bhattacharya, Binoy K. Saha. Inclusion of a chiral guest in a centrosymmetric organic host lattice.CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 6941.
B.Sc Chemistry (Hons), Asutosh College, University of Calcutta, India (2005) M.Sc Chemistry, THR College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India (2007) M.Phil and Ph.D, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India