Dr. Debabrata Deb
Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor


Computational Physics, Soft Matter, Statistical Mechanics.




  • Self-oscillating polymer gel

  • Classical nucleation theory in model colloidal system

  • Phase transformation in liquid-crystal

  • Corrosion in solid material

  • Equilibrium phase transitions in model colloidal system

  • Ordering, Clustering in binary colloidal system

  • Out of equilibrium systems: self-organized criticality





1995, Secondary Examination (10), Assam Board of Secondary Education, India

1997, Higher Secondary Examination(10+2), Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, India

2000, B.Sc. in Physics Honors, Assam University, India, University Rank: 4th

2002, Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, Rabindra Bharati University, India

2005, M.Sc. in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

2009, PhD in Physics from Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria

Work Experience

Jun. - Aug. 2006Junior Research Fellowat Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

Aug. - Nov. 2006Junior Research Fellowat Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India

Feb.2010-Jan.2012Post-Doctoral Fellowat Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Mar.2012-Feb.2014Post-Doctoral Research Associateat University of Pittsburgh, USA

Aug.2014-Jul.2015Assistant Professorof Physics, Lovely Professional University, India

Jul.2015-Till. DateAssistant Professorof Physics, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, India

Research Projects

Substrate mediated phase transition in two-dimensional liquid crystal systems (Sole PI), SERB, DST, India

Publications and other Research Outputs


  • Kadam Bhambari, Gurkirpal Singh, Neena Gupta, Debabrata Deb, Soumendu Jana - "Dispersion Managed Dissipative Solitons with Higher Order Nonlinearity and Frequency-Selective Feedback" ...... submitted to Opt Quant Electron (2017)

  • Debabrata Deb, O. Kuksenok, and Anna C. Balazs-"Using Light to Control the Interactions between Self-rotating Assemblies of Active Gels" ...... Polymer 55, 5924-5932 (2014), Impact Factor: 3.562

  • Olga Kuksenok, Debabrata Deb, Xin Yong and Anna C. Balazs- "Designing Biomimetic Reactive Polymer Gels" ...... Mater. Today 17, 486-493 (2014), Impact Factor: 14.107

  • B.J.Block, D. Deb, F. Schmitz, A. Statt, A. Troester, A. Winkler, T. Zykova-Timan, P. Virnau and K. Binder, "Computer simulation of heterogeneous nucleation of colloidal crystals at planar walls" ... Eur. Phys. J. SpecialTopics 223, 347-361 (2014), Impact Factor: 1.399

  • Debabrata Deb, O. Kuksenok, P. Dayal, and A. C. Balazs-"Forming self-rotating pinwheels from assemblies of oscillating polymer gels" ..... Mater. Horiz. 1, 125-132 (2014), Impact Factor: 9.095

  • Debabrata Deb, D. Wilms, A. Winkler, P. Virnau, and K. Binder - "Methods to compute pressure and wall tension in fluids containing hard particles", Int. J. Mod. Phys. C 23, 1240011 (2012), Impact Factor: 1.260

  • Debabrata Deb, A. Winkler, P.Virnau, and K. Binder --- "Simulation of fluid-solid coexistence in finite volumes: A method to study the properties of wall-attached crystalline nuclei".... J. Chem. Phys. 136, 134710 (2012), Impact Factor: 3.017

  • Debabrata Deb, A. Winkler, M. H. Yamani, M. Oettel, P. Virnau, and K. Binder-"Hard sphere fluids at a soft repulsive wall: A comparative study using Monte Carlo and density functional methods"...... J. Chem. Phys.134, 214706 (2011), Impact Factor: 3.017

  • D. Deb and H.H. von Grünberg - "Model colloidal system for island formation", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter,21, S3579-S3586, (2009) , Impact Factor: 2.332

  • D. Deb and H.H. von Grünberg - "Stabilizing a two dimensional colloidal solid by light induced substrates: pinning, depinning and the effect of disorder", Journal of Physics: Cond. Matter, 20, S3579-S3586, (2008), Impact Factor: 2.332

  • S. B. Santra and D. Deb - "Sandpile under rotational constraint", Indian Journal of Physics, 82, 295-302, (2008), Impact Factor: 1.337

  • S. B. Santra and S. R.Chanu and D. Deb - "Characteristics of deterministic and stochastic sandpile models in a rotational sandpile model", Physical Review E, 75, 041122-041131, (2007), Impact Factor: 2.288

Review Articles

  • Olga Kuksenok, Debabrata Deb, Pratyush Dayal and Anna C. Balazs, - "Modeling Chemo-Responsive Polymer Gels", Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 5, 35, (2014), Impact Factor: 8.676

  • O. Kuksenok, P. Dayal, A. Bhattacharya, V. V. Yashin, Debabrata Deb, I. C. Chen, K. J. van Vliet, A. C. Balazs - "Chemo-responsive, self-oscillating gels that undergo biomimetic communication" ...... Chem. Soc. Rev. 42, 7257 (2013), Impact Factor: 34.09

Book Chapters

  • Debabrata Deb, Olga Kuksenok, Pratyush Dayal, Anna C. Balazs, "Modeling photo-induced reconfiguration and directed motion of active gels", in Engineering of Chemical Complexity II, World Scientific (Singapore), (2014) DOI: 10.1142/9789814616133_0009.

  • Debabrata Deb, D. Wilms, A. Winkler, P. Virnau, and K. Binder- "Monte Carlo Simulation Studies of Interfacial Free Energies in Colloidal Suspensions".... NIC Symposium 2012-Proceedings, Page 235, ISBN 978-3-89336-758-0.

Awards and Honours

  • PhD studentship from FWF Austria , 2006-2009
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship from DPG Germany, 2010-2012
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship from AFOSR and University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2012-2014
  • Selected as Category B speaker for the Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit (TPSC), India, 2017

Description of Research Interests

We use computational techniques to solve problems that are related to soft materials (such as colloids, liquid crystals, polymers etc.). We use classical statistical mechanics as the central tool for most of our work.