February 2, 2022

Suman Chandra

Suman holds a BSc in chemistry from Burdwan University, India, and a MSc in chemistry  from IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, India. After gaining knowledge on supramolecular weak interaction at IIT Roorkee as a MHRD research fellow, he started his PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Rahul Banerjee on the field of covalent organic frameworks (COFs). He worked exclusively in chemically stable covalent organic frameworks, mechanochemical synthesis of COFs, and their various applications like proton conduction (in PEMFC), gas storage (H2, CO2CH4), water storage, supercapacitor. After finishing his PhD, he joined Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi group in 2018 at KAUST, Saudi Arabia, as a postdoctoral research fellow and worked in industrial scale synthesis of MOF-Polymer composite for gas separations (H2S, SO2, etc.), gas sensing and COF based electrochemical transistor application. In September 2019, he joined Prof. Arne Thomas group at TU Berlin as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow and developed a series of fully conjugated olefin linked (-C=C-) COFs for photocatalytic H2 production from water. In January 2022, he joined our group at CeMM as a pre-ERC postdoctoral fellow focusing on hydrothermal synthesis of COFs for biomedical application.


Contact: schandra@cemm.oeaw.ac.at

ORCID: 0000-0003-1991-9466

ResearcherID: O-7292-2017

Publications at Google Scholar Citations


Hydrothermal synthesis, microwave synthesis, mechanochemical synthesis, covalent organic frameworks, heterocyclic organic porous materials, extended conjugated 2D-polymers, metal organic frameworks, pi-conjugated organic dyes, biomedical application.


11) M. K. Hota§, S. Chandra§, A.-H. Emwas, M. N. Hedhili, O. Shekhah, M. Eddaoudi, and H. N. Alshareef*: “Electrochemical thin-film transistors using covalent organic framework channel“, Adv. Funct. Mater., accepted (§ authors contributed equally)

10) A. Jha, K. R. Mote, S. Chandra, P. K. Madhu, and J. Dasgupta*: “Photoactive anthraquinone-based host-guest assembly for long-lived charge separationPhys. Chem. C, 2021, 125, 20, 10891-10900. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c02497

9) S. Yuvaraja, S. G. Surya, V. Chernikova, M. T. Vijjapu, O. Shekhah, P. M. Bhatt, S. Chandra, M. Eddaoudi*, and K. N. Salama*: “Realization of an ultrasensitive and highly selective OFET NO2 sensor: The synergistic combination of PDVT-10 polymer and porphyrin-MOF ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020,12, 16, 18748-18760doi: acsami.0c00803

8) S. Chandra, D. R. Chowdhury, M. Addicoat, T. Heine, A. Paul, and R. Banerjee*: “Molecular level control on the capacitance of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks: The role of H-bonding in energy storage materials, Chem. 
Mater., 2017, 29, 5, 2074-2080. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04178

7) S. Chandra, T. Kundu, K. Dey, M. Addicoat, T. Heine, and R. Banerjee*: “Interplaying intrinsic and extrinsic proton conductivities in covalent organic frameworks“,  Chem. Mater., 2016, 28, 1489-1494. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b04947

6) B. P. Biswal, S. Kandambeth, S. Chandra, D. B. Shinde, S. Bera, S. Karak, B. Garai, U. K. Kharul, and R. Banerjee*: “Pore surface engineering in porous, chemically stable covalent organic frameworks for water adsorption“, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 23664-23669. doi: 10.1039/C5TA07998E

5) N. Singh, S. Chandra, and U. P. Singh*: “Construction and structural diversity of CdMOFs with pyrazole based flexible ligands and positional isomer of naphthalenedisulfonate”, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2015, 61, 35-40doi: 10.1016/j.inoche.2015.08.009

4) S. Chandra, T. Kundu, S. Kandambeth, R. Babarao, Y. Marathe, S. M. Kunjir, and R.  Banerjee*: “Phosphoric acid loaded azo (-N=N-) based covalent organic framework for proton conduction“, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 6570-6573. doi: 10.1021/ja502212v

3) S. Chandra, S. Kandambeth, B. P. Biswal, B. Lukose, S. M. Kunjir, M. Chaudhary, R.  Babarao, T. Heine, and R. Banerjee*: “Chemically stable multi-layered covalent organic nanosheets from covalent organic frameworks via mechanical delamination“, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 17853-17861doi: 10.1021/ja408121p

2) B. P. Biswal, S. Chandra, S. Kandambeth, B. Lukose, T. Heine, and R. Banerjee*: “Mechanochemical synthesis of chemically stable isoreticular covalent organic frameworks“, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 5328-5331. doi: 10.1021/ja4017842

1) S. Saha, S. Chandra, B. Garai, and R. Banerjee*: “Carbon dioxide captureby metal organic frameworks“, IJC, 2012, 51A, 1223-1230.


2) Dr. Rahul Banerjee, Suman Chandra, Tanay Kundu, Sharath Kandambeth: “Phosphoric Acid Loaded Covalent Organic Framework and a Process for the Preparation Thereof“, Current Assignee: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Priority: US9758493B2, granted on September 12th, 2017. 

1) Dr. Rahul Banerjee, Sharath Kandambeth, Suman Chandra: “Porous Crystalline Frameworks, Process for the Preparation Therof and Their Mechanical Delamination to Covalent Organic Nanosheets (CONs)“, Current Assignee: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Priority: US9499555B2, granted on November 22nd, 2016.


4) Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017.

3) NCL RF Brahmachari Sharma Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, 2017.

2) Qualified Joint CSIR-UGC NET-JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) December-2010, India.

1) Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2009, India.