Himanshu Chakraborty

former Member, Early Career Investigator Committee


Temple University
Department of Chemistry
1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-4220
Email: himanshu.chakraborty@temple.ed,


Himanshu Chakraborty received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India in 2015.  She then held a research assistant (provisional) position in Theoretical Sciences Unit at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.  Himanshu joined Professor Klein’s research group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Theory of the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, surfaces and solids 
  • First-principles calculations to determine electrical and chemical properties of nano-scale materials 
  • Optical properties of conjugated polymers, graphene and other related 2D materials 

Honors & Awards

  • Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, University of Arizona 2014 student exchange grant  
  • Excited States Processes conference 2014, New Mexico travel grant 
  • Invited talk at International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Materials, Kerala 2013
  • Best poster award at 57th DAE Solid State Symposium, IIT Bombay 2012
  • Conference on Computational Physics, Japan 2012 travel grant
  • Participated in Cray TIFR High Performance Computing Workshop, Bombay, 2011 
  • CSIR Junior Research Fellowship, Delhi 2009

5 most relevant publications

  • “Superior performance of borocarbonitrides, BxCyNz, as stable, low-cost metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction” M. Chhetri, S. Maitra, H. Chakraborty, U. V. Waghmare, C. N. R. Rao; Energy Environ. Sci., 2016, 9, 95-101
  •  “Theory of Linear Optical Absorption in Diamond Shaped Graphene Quantum Dots” T. Basak, H. Chakraborty, A. Shukla; Phys. Rev. B, 2015, 92, 205404
  • “Theory of Triplet Optical Absorption in Oligoacenes: From Naphthalene to Heptacene” H. Chakraborty, A. Shukla; J. Chem. Phys., 2014, 141, 164301
  • “Pariser-Parr-Pople Model Based Investigation of Ground and Low-Lying Excited States of Long Acenes” H. Chakraborty, A. Shukla; J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117, 14220
  • “Correlated Theory of Linear Optical Absorption of Octacene and Nonacene” H. Chakraborty, A. Shukla; J. Phys. Conf. Series, 2013, 454, 2069