Snigdha Thakur

  • Designation : Associate Professor
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Academic Details
  • Assistant Professor (May 2011-) Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India.
  • Post doc: Chemical Physics Theory Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Ph D: (Soft-condensed Matter Physics), Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai – 600 036, India.
  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics: Liquid Crystal, Rheology of Micellar Solution, Chemically Propelled Nanomotors, Active polymers.
  • Self-propulsion of micron and nanoscale objects in the low Reynolds number regime is commonly observed in biological systems. Examples include molecular motors that undergo conformational changes that lead to directed motion on filaments to carry out active transport tasks in the cell. Motivated from nature the design and application of micro- and nanoscale motors propelled by self-generated forces has sustained substantial interest in the scientific community in recent years. While the ability to design motors in varied geometries with unique properties is well established, the capacity to precisely control the placement and transport of objects at this length scale is much more limited. Such capabilities would be valuable for bottom-up assembly of superstructures and
    devices, targeted delivery of chemicals etc. We propose to develop methodologies for the controlled motion of a single and an ensemble of nanomotors. We have recently developed one such chemically propelled synthetic motor. We plan to investigate the collective dynamics of such self-propelled particles, which will help us understand the possible universal features of collective motion present at all length scales in nature. Another question we plan to answer is how do nanomotors move and respond to chemically active environments, and can the inhomogeneity in the environment be used to influence the dynamics of motors and possibly provide a way to control their motions?Our long term goal is to design and study the dynamics of a self-propelled polymer nanomotors.
  • Authors Title of Article Journal Year
    Debarati Sarkar,  Snigdha Thakur Spontaneous beating and synchronization of extensile active filament
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 2017
    Debarati Sarkar,  Snigdha Thakur Coarse-grained simulations of an active filament propelled by a self-generated solute gradient
    Physical Review E 2016
    Debarati Sarkar,  Abhishekamole B,  Snigdha Thakur Dynamics of Loop Formation in Active Chains
    Macromol. Symp. 2015
    Shivam Gupta,  Sreeja K K,  Snigdha Thakur Autonomous movement of a chemically powered vesicle
    Physical Review E 2015
    Debarati Sarkar,  Snigdha Thakur,  Yu-Guo Tao,  Raymond Kapral Ring closure dynamics for a chemically active polymer
    Soft Matter 2014
    Pavan K Aluri,  Sukanta Panda,  Manabendra Sharma,  Snigdha Thakur Anisotropic universe with anisotropic sources
    Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2013
    Snigdha Thakur,  Raymond Kapral Collective dynamics of self-propelled sphere-dimer motors
    Physical Review E 2012
    Snigdha Thakur,  Jiang-Xing Chen,  Raymond Kapral Interaction of a chemically-propelled nanomotor with a chemical wave
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011
    Snigdha Thakur,  Raymond Kapral Dynamics of self-propelled nanomotors in a chemically active medium
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 2011
    Jiang-Xing Chen,  Jun-Wen Mao,  Snigdha Thakur,  Jiang-Rong Xu,  Fu-yang Liu Dynamical phase of driven colloidal systems with short-range attraction and long-range repulsion
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 2011
    Snigdha Thakur,  Prathyusha K R,  Abhijit P Deshpande,  Mohamed Laradji,  P. B. Sunil Kumar Shear Induced Ordering in Branched Living Polymer Solutions
    Soft Matter 2010
    Snigdha Thakur,  Raymond Kapral Self­propelled nanodimer bound state pairs
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 2010
    Snigdha Thakur,  Pramod A Pullarkat,  P. B. Sunil Kumar Coarsening through Directed Droplet Coalescence in Fluid­Fluid Phase Separation
    Physical Review E 2009