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Priyanka Bhattacharya

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Priyanka Bhattacharya received her BSc. (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Delhi in 2006 and Masters in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), India in 2008. During her Masters, she conducted research at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India where she synthesized arrays of metallic nanowires which display hydrophobic characteristics. She received her Ph.D in Physics from Clemson University under Professor Pu Chun Ke in 2012. She was awarded a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research (GIAR) in 2011 to study with Professor Paul Dubin at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she explored the hydrodynamic size of dendrtitic polymers using viscometry. She received a Clemson University College of Engineering and Science, and a Board of Trustees Outstanding Graduate student Awards in 2012. She is currently a Linus Pauling distinguished post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Jiguang (Jason) Zhang on improving the performance of lithium air and lithium sulfur batteries using nanomaterials.

Research Interests

  • Dendritic polymers
  • Physical chemistry of soft and condensed nanomaterials
  • Energy and environmental applications of nanomaterials
  • Analytical chemistry

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Physics, 2012
  • MSc, Physics, 2008
  • BSc, Physics, 2006

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member - American Physical Society (APS), Mar. 2009-Mar. 2010
  • Member - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Aug. 2010 - present
  • Member - SAS-Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), Oct. 2010 - present
  • Secretary (Clemson Chapter) – Alpha Epsilon Lamba – National Graduate School Honor Society, May 2011 – May 2012, Member since Oct. 2010
  • Member – Sigma Xi, May 2011 – present

Awards and Recognitions

  • Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Aug. 2012
  • Clemson University Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Aug. 2012
  • Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Apr. 2012
  • Professional Enrichment Grant (PEG), Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Oct. 2011
  • Conference Travel Award, Sigma Xi Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 2011
  • 2nd Best Student Poster Award, International Conference on Sustainable Remediation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jun. 2011
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, May 2011
  • Student Poster Award, 37th Annual Conference – Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), Raleigh, NC, Oct. 2010
  • Conference Travel Award, Nano2010, Clemson, SC, Aug. 2010
  • Graduate Fellow, Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) Clemson University, May 2009-May 2010
  • 1st Prize Winner, Science as Art, Clemson University, Apr. 2009
  • 1st Prize, Paper Presentation (Hydrophobicity of Bare Metallic Nanowires), Cognizance
  • Annual Technical Fest, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, Mar. 2008
  • Ranked 3rd in University of Delhi, South Campus, India, Aug. 2006
  • Ranked 2nd in University of Delhi, South Campus, India, Aug. 2004
  • Certificate of Merit by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India, for being amongst the TOP 0.1 percent of successful candidates in the Annual Examinations, Aug. 2001
  • Reviewer for Nanotoxicology, Environmental Pollution, Small, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Chemosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Apr. 2010-present

Selected Publications


  • Bhattacharya P, NK Geitner, S Sarupria, and PC Ke. 2013. "Exploiting the Physicochemical Properties of Dendritic Polymers for Environmental and Biological Applications." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP 15(13):4477-4490.  doi:10.1039/C3CP44591G

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