About Manashi Nath

Education

  • Indian Institute Of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, 2004

Professional links

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Manashi Nath

Prof, asoc
Chemistry
331 Schrenk Hall

573-341-7160 | nathm@mst.edu

Education

  • Indian Institute Of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, 2004

Professional links

  • Group webpage This contains the updated information and scholarly representation of
    the Nath group page.

Biography

Dr. Manashi Nath is a solid state and materials chemist with specific interest in nanomaterials, energy conversion and storage materials, supeconductors and sensors. Dr. Nath completed her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata, one of the most distinguished undergraduate college of India. She went on to finish MS degree (1999) in Chemistry and pursue PhD degree (2004) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Her dissertation was focused on comprehensive study of inorganic nanomaterials.

Following graduation, Dr. Nath joined as a postdoctoral researcher in Colorado State University (2004 - 2008), located in the beautiful city of Fort Collins under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Parkinson.

Dr. Nath joined Missouri University of Science & Technology in Aug 2008 as a Assistant Professor in Chemistry. She has been in Missouri S&T since then. In 2015 Dr. Nath was promoted to the ranks of Associate Professor and was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Materials Science & Engineering.

Dr. Nath's research spans the area of identifying and designing novel materials for diverse applications ranging from energy conversion to catalysis to sensing. Her group explores both designing new functional composition as well as controlling morphology and crafting nanostructures to gain insight about structure-property relationship.

Research

Expertise areas

Water splitting, Solar energy conversion, Hydrogen and oxygen evolution, Nanomaterials

Current research projects

  • Designing New Catalysts for Water Splitting Reaction and Efficient Solar-to-Fuel Energy Convertion Water splitting is perhaps one of the most lucrative methods for
    production of sustainable energy from carbon-neutral sources without
    depletion of natural reserves of the earth including fossil fuels.
    However, the need for precious metal based catalysts to facilitate
    water splitting reaction is one of the major bottlenecks that is
    restricting the widespread growth of this otherwise extremely
    promising technology. In our lab we are focusing on designing
    efficient water splitting catalysts by focusing on understanding the
    chemistry behind this catalytic reaction and accordingly optimizing
    the material properties of the catalytic compounds. Accordingly we
    have identified a very efficient family of catalysts based on earth-
    abundant non-precious elements such as Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Cu, Se, and Te
    which show high catalytic activity for oxygen evolution reaction (OER)
    and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) - the two half-cell reactions for
    water splitting.
  • Patterned Growth of Nanowires and Nanotubes Arrays for Functional Devices One of the major challenges in this area is (i) to control the
    morphology in a pre-determined way; and (ii) post-synthesis
    fabrication of the nanowires/nanotubes. In this project we are trying
    to address both these issues in a very methodical way. The main aim
    of this project is to formulate the growth of nanowires/nanotubes on
    defined regions of the modified substrate. The growth centers on the
    substrate are defined by various techniques, including lithographic
    processes, masked sputtering etc.The nanowire-substrate hybrid will
    have varied functionality and applicability depending on the choice of
    the substrate and nanowire composition. For example, semiconductor
    nanowires grown between metal electrodes will have direct
    application in sensorial devices, in solar cells, photovoltaic devices etc.
    Some other fundamental phenomenon, like proximity induced
    superconductivity can also be studied in assemblies of
    semiconducting nanowires grown between superconductor blocks.
  • Superconducting Nanostructures The field of superconductivity has continued to attract the attention of
    the materials scientists over the last century due to its novel
    phenomenon and immense applications. The nanostructured
    superconductors add yet another dimension to this ever-growing field.
    The dependence of superconducting properties on the dimension and
    morphology of the material holds the key to improve the
    understanding of this novel phenomenon and widen their application
    range. In the Nath group, we exploit various nanomaterial synthesis
    technique like high temperature CVD, solid-state route, solvothermal,
    electrodeposition and solution-based wet chemistry, to grow
    superconducting nanostructures. Recently our focus has been on the
    family of Fe-based superconductors which has rejuvenated the area of
    superconductivity. Through our continuous efforts we have been
    successful in making carbon encapsulated FeSe nanoneedles which
    show a superconducting Tc of 8K. We have shown that confining the
    material dimension in the nanometer regime actually leads to a lattice
    contraction which might be very beneficial to these Fe-based
    superconductors.

Designing novel water splitting electrocatalyst from transition metal chalcogenides

Research interests

CO2 electroreduction, fuel cells, superconducting nanostrutcures, supercapacitors, biosensors.

Research funding

  • NSF DMR
  • ACS PRF
  • UM Research Board
  • Center for Biomedical Research
  • Center for Research on Energy & Environment

Research grants

  • NSF DMR Designing chalcogenide based electrocatalysts for water splitting from
    fundamental materials chemistry aspect through concerted
    experimental and theoretical studies.
  • ACS PRF Investigating chalcogenide nanostructure arrays for oxygen reduction
    reaction.
  • UM Research Board Investigating nanotube and nanorod arrays for efficient solar energy
    conversion.

Publications

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      Awards and recognition

      Awards

      • Faculty Research Excellence Award Faculty Research Award from Missouri University of Science &
        Technology, 2017
      • Tappmeyer Award Teaching excellence award from Department of Chemistry

      Recognition

      • Highly cited author (top 5%) Recognized as one of the top 5% of highly cited authors in the Royal
        Society of Chemistry journals in the Energy and Sustainability portfolio.