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Arijit Sengupta

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty at University of San Diego


Jan 2007Apr 2012

Ph.D. in Chemistry (Polymer Chemistry)

City University of New York
Jul 2002May 2005

B.Tech in Polymer Science and Technology

University of Calcutta
Jun 1999May 2002

B.Sc. in Chemistry with Honors

University of Calcutta


Jun 2014Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty

University of San Diego

Development of amphiphilic polymeric hybrid biomaterials based on starch for applications in the field of protein repellency, antifouling coatings, drug release and hydrogels.

  • Developed and synthesized polyurethane based hybrid copolymers with high starch content via graft to- technique.
  • Studying protein repellency of a series of hybrid copolymers with different starch content using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D).
  • Development of polynorbornene grafted starch hybrid copolymers via ROMP and understanding small molecule loading and release of these systems.

In the pipeline: Starch based hydrogels for peptide delivery, development of cross-linked starch hybrid systems for small molecule release.

Apr 2012May 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher

Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Development of fluorinated polymeric materials based on aromatic and aliphatic systems using radical polymerization techniques and understanding structure - property relationships via different characterization techniques for potential application in plastic optical fiber (POF).

  • Successfully developed polymers based on trifluoromethoxystyrenes and investigated structure – property relationships.
  • Design and development of small substituted aromatic systems (dopants) to control the refractive index profile of polymers for graded index plastic optical fibers (GI POF).
  • Successfully developed a series of highly chlorinated organic dopant molecules as per glass transition temperature and refractive index profile requirements in poly (pentafluorostyrene).

Involved in large scale synthesis (kilograms) of precursors for different monomers.

Jan 2007Apr 2012

Graduate Student

City University of New York

Synthesis of heteroatom (B, Si, Ge, Sn) containing fluorescent conjugated inorganic – organic hybrid polymers/macrocycles using Acyclic Diene Metathesis (ADMET) for application in organic electronics.

  • Successfully used ADMET as a synthetic strategy over a wide variety of monomers based on different heteroatoms (B, Si, Ge, Sn) and aromatic systems (styryl, substituted styryl, thiophene).
  • Designed and developed multi-step synthetic strategy to achieve the goal of developing a library of unique monomers and polymers.
  • Derived structure – property relationship for the different conjugated polymeric systems from an electro-optical perspective for potential application in organic electronic devices.

Utilized different characterization techniques for structural elucidation of monomers and polymers.


  • Large scale multi-step synthesis and management of multiple projects.
  • Ability to design experimental strategies under minimal supervision to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to write grant proposals to introduce novel materials and unique experimental strategies.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other people from different background.
  • Experience in handling/synthesis of air sensitive chemicals using Schlenk Line, glove box and different purification techniques (distillation, chromatography).
  • Hands-on experiences in organometallic reactions, aromatic electrophilic substitution reactions, nucleophillic substitution reactions, free radical polymerization and traditional/non-traditional poly-condensation reactions.
  • Hands-on experience with boron, silicon, germanium and tin containing organometallic compounds.
  • Extensively used NMR spectroscopy (300 MHz and 600 MHz) for polymer characterization. Experience in 2D – NMR spectroscopy (HSQC, COSY and NOESY) for structural elucidation of polymers.
  • Experience with UV/Vis, Fluorescence spectroscopic techniques and QCM-D.
  • Utilized Gel Permeation Chromatography and GC-MS for molecular weight determination.
  • Experience in Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermo-gravimetric analysis.


  • Arijit Sengupta, Ami Doshi, Frieder Jaekle and Ralf M. Peetz ‘Segmented Conjugated Macromolecules Containing Silicon and Boron: ADMET Synthesis and Luminescent Properties’ Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2015(Accepted).
  • Steven Naleway, Yu F. Christopher, Michael Porter, Arijit Sengupta, Peter Iovine, Marc A. Meyers and Joanna Mckittrick ‘Bioinspired Composites from Freeze Casting with Clathrate Hydrates’ Materials and Design, 2015(Accepted)
  • Arijit Sengupta, Kotaro Koike, Yasuhiro Koike and Yoshiyuki Okamoto ‘New insights into dopant design for graded-index plastic optical fibers for transmission at 850 nm’ Optical Materials, 2014, 36(4), 782-786.
  • Arijit Sengupta, Yasuhiro Koike and Yoshiyuki Okamoto ‘Investigation of the Physical Properties of Poly (ortho and para trifluoromethoxy styrenes)’ Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2013, 214(15), 1734-1737.
  • Arijit Sengupta, Ami Doshi, Frieder Jaekle and Ralf M. Peetz ‘Boron and silicon containing conjugated macromolecules’ From the Abstracts of Papers, 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition Philadelphia, PA, USA, August 19 – 23, 2012, INOR - 291
  • Arijit Sengupta, Sutapa Ghosh and Ralf M. Peetz ‘A photoluminiscent Ge-containing conjugated macrocycle’ Synthetic Metals, 2010, 160(17-18), 2037-2040.
  • Poster presentation – ‘Starch-Containing Hybrid Polymers: Studying Protein Adsorption via Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D)’ ACS National Meeting, Denver, 2015.
  • Oral presentation – Boron and silicon containing conjugated macromolecules ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, 2012, INOR - 291.
  • Poster presentationUsing ADMET to synthesize structurally pure heteroatom containing conjugated macromolecules Optics and Photonics Annual Research Symposium, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 2011.
  • Poster presentationA photoluminiscent Ge-containing conjugated macrocycle, NJACS, 2009, Abstract No: 12.
  • Poster presentationSynthesis and characterization of a Ge-containing macrocycle ACS National Meeting, Utah, 2009, PMSE – 287.


Recipient of Doctoral Student Research Grant Award for two years at CUNY/The Graduate Center, 2009 – 2010, 2011 – 2012.


  • University of San Diego, 2014 – present: Adjunct Faculty
  • Biolin Scientific, 2014: Workshop training on QCM-D
  • Kalpana Industries Limited, Jul 2005 – Nov 2005: Worked as a Management Trainee.
  • Birla Tires, 2004: 2-month training in tire manufacturing and production units.