Saikat Talapatra | Physics | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Dr. Saikat Talapatra working with student in lab

Saikat Talapatra

Professor, Interim Chair, Graduate Advisor

Office: Neckers 474
Mailcode: 4401

Lab Webpage:

Courses Taught

PHYS 203B College Physics

PHYS 301 Math Methods

PHYS 320 Electricity and Magnetism I

PHYS 420 Electricity and Magnetism II

PHYS 545A Statistical Mechanics II

PHYS 575 Special Topics (Carbon Nano materials)

Spring 2020 Office Hours



  • Multifunctional carbon nanotube and graphene based architectures
  • Electronics and Opto-electronics in 2D layered materials
  • Electrical transport in nanostructured materials
  • Carbon based electrochemical energy storage devices
  • Carbon nanotubes in catalysis


S. Ghosh, S. Najmaei, S. Kar, R. Vajtai, N. Pradhan, J. Lou, L. Balicas, P. M. Ajayan, and S. Talapatra
"Universal ac conductance in Large Area CVD grown MoS2."
 Phys. Rev. B, 125422 (2014)

B. Muchharla, A. Pathak, Z. Liu, L. Song, T. Jayasekera, S. Kar, R. Vajtai, L. Balicas, P. M. Ajayan, S. Talapatra and N. Ali
"Tunable Electronics in Large-Area Atomic Layers of Boron–Nitrogen–Carbon"
Nano Lett., 13 (8), pp 3476–3481, (2013)

S. Kar, S. Talapatra
"Synthesis of Graphene"
Encyclopedia for Nanotechnology, Springer,2630-2638 (2012)

S. Ghosh, X. An, R. Shah, D. Rawat, B. Dave, S. Kar, S. Talapatra
"Effect of 1- Pyrene Carboxylic Acid Functionalization of Graphene on its Capacitive Energy Storage"
J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 20688−20693, (2012)

X. An, T. Simmons, R. Shah, C. Wolfe, K. Lewis, M. Washington, S. Nayak, S. Talapatra and S. Kar
"Stable Aqueous Dispersions of Non-Covalently Functionalized Graphene from Graphite and their Multifunctional High-Performance Applications"
Nano Letters 10, pp 4295 – 4301 (2010) [Selected as featured article on cover]

R. Shah, X. F. Zhang, and S. Talapatra 
"Electrochemical double layer capacitor electrodes using aligned carbon nanotubes grown directly on metals" 
Nanotechnology 20, (2009) 395202

C. Soldano, S. Kar, S. Talapatra, R. Vajtai, S. Nayak and P. M. Ajayan 
"Detecting Nanoscale Magnetic Activity with single Carbon Nanotube" 
Nano. Letters
 8, 4498-4505 (2008)

Y. Zhang, S. Talapatra, S. Kar, R. Vajtai, S. Nayak and P. M. Ajayan
"First principles study of defect induced magnetism in carbon" 
Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 107201 (2007)

S. Talapatra, S. Kar, S. Pal, R. Vajtai, L. Ci, P. Victor, M. M. Shaijjumon, S. Kaur, O. Nalamasu and P. M. Ajayan 
"Direct growth of aligned carbon nanotubes on bulk metals" 
Nature Nanotechnology
 1, 112-116 (2006)

S. Talapatra, G. P. Ganeshan, T. Kim, R. Vajtai, M. B. Huang, G. Ramanath, M. Shima, D. Srivastava, S. C. Deevi and P. M. Ajayan 
“Defect Induced Magnetism in Carbon Nanostructures” 
Phys. Rev. Lett.
, 097201 (2005)

A. Srivastava, O. N. Srivastava, S. Talapatra, R. Vajtai and P. M. Ajayan 
“Carbon nanotube filters” 
Nature Materials
 3, 610–614 (2004)

S. Talapatra, V. Krunglevichute and A. D. Migone 
“High coverage gas adsorption on carbon nanotubes: Evidence of a new phase in the second layer” 
Phys. Rev. Lett.
. 89, 246106 (2002)

S. Talapatra and A. D. Migone 
“Existence of novel quasi 1-D phases of atoms adsorbed on the exterior surface of closed ended SWNT bundles”. 
Phys. Rev. Lett.
 87,201606 (2001)

S. Talapatra, A. Zambano, S. E. Weber and A. D. Migone, 
“Gases do not adsorb in the interstitial channels of SWNT bundles” 
Phys. Rev. Lett.
. 85,138 (2000)

Please refer Dr. Talapatra's CV for more information.