Amitava Choudhury was born and brought up in the tea estates of North Bengal (popularly known as Dooars), India. He went to A. C. College (Science and Arts) and University of North Bengal to study Chemistry and received his B.Sc (Chemistry honors) and M.Sc in Chemistry (Inorganic Specialization), respectively. He then joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and received his PhD from the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit and came to Colorado State University as post-doctoral fellow. In 2008, he took up a position of Assistant research professor in Chemistry in Missouri S&T and was then hired as a tenure track assistant professor in 2011. Currently, he is an associate professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Choudhury has published more 100 peer-reviewed journals papers and his research has been funded through NSF (SSMC-DMR), UM Research Board and various research centers in Missouri S&T.
Dr. Choudhury enjoys teaching at both undergraduate and graduate students. He has taught physical chemistry (CHEM 3410: Chemical Thermodynamics I) course for six years (2011-2016) and currently teaches inorganic chemistry (CHEM 2320: Inorganic Chemistry II) for undergraduate chemistry majors. He is actively involved in teaching freshman chemistry lab course (CHEM 1319). He has developed a graduate level (CHEM 6320) course in solid state chemistry, which is taught in every alternate fall semester.
> Solid state synthesis of materials which include both oxides and non-oxides. Polyanion based materials (phosphates, sulfates, phosphites, boro-phosphates etc.), complex chalcogenides, porous materials (MOFs, organically templated solids, zeolites and zeolite related).
> X-ray crystallography including single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction (laboratory and synchrotron), Solid state electrochemistry (Lithium- and sodium-ion batteries, Solid electrolytes), Magnetic properties, Electronic properties, catalysis, sorption.
Research Interests in Dr. Choudhury's Group
The primary research area of the group revolves around inorganic solid state and materials chemistry. We are involved in the synthesis of new materials encompassing oxides, chalcogenides and hybrid organic-inorganic solids with a focus on applications on energy storage, conversion and catalysis. Specific research topics are:
> Rational synthesis of complex chalcogenides
> Polyanion-based electrode materials for Li- and Na-ion Batteries
> Porous materials