CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute
(A Unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)

सीएसआईआर-केंद्रीय कांच और सिरेमिक अनुसंधान संस्थान
(वैज्ञानिक और औद्योगिक अनुसंधान परिषद की एक इकाई)
Dr. Rajendra Nath Basu, FNAE
Chief Scientist & Head

Fuel Cell & Battery Division
Phone: (033) 24733496 (Ex. 3507)
            (033) 24292951 (Direct)
FAX: +91-33-24730957
E-mail: rnbasu@cgcri.res.in & rajenbasu54@gmail.com

Dr. Basu is also acting as :
Chairman, International Science & Technology Affairs Group (ISTAG), CSIR-CGCRI
Secretary, West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (WAST)

B.Sc. (Hons.) (Physics), University of Burdwan
M.Sc. (Physics), IIT, Kharagpur
Ph.D. (Materials Science), IIT, Kharagpur
Dr. Basu Joined CGCRI on 25th May 1988

Research Interest
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC): Materials, Fabrication, Stack Engineering including High temperature Glass-ceramics Sealants, Li-ion Batteries, Mixed Ionic & Electronic conductor (MIEC)-based membrane for gas separation, Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cell (SOEC), Semiconducting oxide-based PTC thermistors, Gas-phase O2 sensor, High-Tc Ceramic Superconductor, Nanostructured electroceramic materials synthesis, Fabrication of thin/thick films by electrophoretic, vacuum slip casting, slurry/spray coating, chemical vapour deposition

  • Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Indian Institution of Engineers
  • Indian Institute of Metals
  • Indian Institute of Ceramics
  • West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology

  • Chiarman, MRSI Kolkata Chapter (from 2015)
  • Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Energy Research (From 2014)
  • Associate Editor : Bulletin of Materials Science
  • Secretary, West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (WAST) (Since 2013 till 2016) (4 years)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board of the Transactions of the Indian Ceramic Society, 2013-2014 (two years)
  • Executive Council Member, MRSI Kolkata Chapter (2012-13)
  • ISEAC Eminent Scientist Award – 2013, Indian Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (ISEAC)
  • National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) Award – 2011, Ministry of Steel and Mines
  • Director, United Nanotech Products Limited (UNTPL), Kolkata (2011-13)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad (2011 onwards)
  • Deokaran Award - 2010 for Glass, Indian Ceramic Society
  • MRSI Medal Award - 2007, Materials Research Society of India (MRSI)
  • Research Associate Academic (Materials Engineer), McMaster University, Canada (2003-2004)
  • JSPS Senior Research Fellow, Oita University, Japan (2002-2003)
  • Guest Scientist, Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany (2000 & 2006)
  • Postdoc Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, USA (1998-2000)
  • DAAD Fellow, Physikalish Technische Bindesanstalt, Germany (1992-93)
  • Member, Steering Committee, CSIR Energy Networking for International Cooperation (CSIR-ENIC) (2007-2009)
  • Convener, Sectional Committee IV: Science & Technology, WAST (2009-12)
  • Vice President, Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and Technology (SAEST), Karikudi, Tamil Nadu (2007-09)
  • Member CSIR Sports Promotion Board (2008-2012)
  • Expert Panel Member, Strategic Project Grants Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada

Selected Publications
Publications (Total: 106): In SCI Journals: 86; In Conference Proceedings: 18; Other Peer Reviewed: 2; In Books/Monographs: 3
Selected Papers:
  1. Debasish Das and R.N. Basu, Electrophoretic Deposition of Zirconia Thin Film on Non-conducting Substrate for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Application, J. American Ceramic Society, 97 [11] 3452–3457 (2014).
  2. Koyel Banerjee, J. Mukhopadhyay and R.N. Basu, “Nanocrystalline Doped Lanthanum Cobalt Ferrite and Lanthanum Iron Cobaltite-based Composite Cathode for Significant Augmentation of Electrochemical Performance in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell”, International J. Hydrogen Energy, 39, 15754-15759 (2014).
  3. Tapobrata Dey, D. Singdeo, R.N. Basu, Manaswita Bose, P.C. Ghosh, “Improvement in solid oxide fuel cell performance through design modifications: An approach based on root cause analysis”, International J. Hydrogen Energy 39, 17258-17266 (2014).
  4. C. Ghanty, R. N. Basu and S. B. Majumder, Electrochemical characteristics of xLi2MnO3-(1-x)Li(Mn0.375Ni0.375Co0.25)O2 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) composite cathodes: Effect of particle and Li2MnO3 domain size, Electrochemica Acta, 132, 472-482 (2014).
  5. Quazi Arif Islam, M.W. Raja, R.N. Basu, Synthesis of BaBi0.2Co0.35Fe0.45O3-δ by a novel aqueous soft chemical method and its characterizations, J. Alloys and Compounds, 583, 7–14 (2014).
  6. J. Mukhopadhyay and R.N. Basu, Morphologically architectured spray pyrolyzed lanthanum ferrite-based cathodes - A phenomenal enhancement in solid oxide fuel cell performance, J. Power Sources, 252, 252 -263 (2014).
  7. T. Dey, P.C. Ghosh, D. Singdeo, Manaswita Bose, R.N. Basu, Study of contact resistance at the electrode-interconnect interfaces in planar type Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, J. Power Sources, 233, 290-298 (2013).
  8. Debasish Das and R.N. Basu, Suspension chemistry and electrophoretic deposition of zirconia electrolyte on conducting and non-conducting substrates, Materials Research Bulletin, 48, 3254-3261 (2013).
  9. J. Mukhopadhyay, H.S. Maiti and R.N. Basu, Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Lanthanum Manganite with Tailored Particulate Size and Morphology Using a Novel Spray Pyrolysis Technique for Application as the Functional Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode, J. Power Sources, 232, 55-65 (2013).
  10. C. Ghanty, R. N. Basu and S. B. Majumder, Performance of Wet Chemical Synthesized xLi2MnO3-(1-x)Li(Mn0.375Ni0.375Co0.25)O2 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) Integrated Cathode for Lithium Rechargeable Battery, J Electrochem Soc., 159, A1125-A1134 (2012).
  11. S. Nag, S. Mukhopadhyay and R.N. Basu, Development of Mixed Conducting Dense Nickel/Ca-doped Lanthanum Zirconate Cermet for Gas Separation Application, Materials Research Bulletin, 47, 925-929 (2012).
  12. Madhumita Mukhopadhyay, J. Mukhopadhyay, A. Das Sharma, R.N. Basu, Engineered anode structure for enhanced electrochemical performance of anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cell, International J. Hydrogen Energy, 37, 2524-2534 (2012).
  13. Manab Kundu, S. Mahanty and R.N. Basu, LiSb3O8 as a Prospective Anode Material for Lithium-ion Battery, Int. Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 9, 876-880(2012).
  14. T. Dey, P. C. Ghosh, D. Singdeo, Manaswita Bose and R.N. Basu, Diagnosis of Scale up Issues Associated with Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, International J. Hydrogen Energy, 36, 9967-9976 (2011).
  15. M. Kundu, S. Mahanty and R.N. Basu, Improved Electrochemical Performance of Natural Honeycomb Templated LiSbO3 as an Anode in Lithium-ion Battery, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 130 20-23 (2011).
  16. Saswati Ghosh, A. Das Sharma, A.K. Mukhopadhyay, P. Kundu, and R.N. Basu, Effect of BaO addition on magnesium lanthanum aluminoborosilicate-based glass-ceramic sealant for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell, International J. Hydrogen Energy, 35, 272 – 283 (2010).
  17. M.W. Raja, S. Mahanty and R. N. Basu, Filter paper templated interconnected nanocrystalline LiMn2O4 with high Columbic efficiency and rate capability, J. Mater. Chem., 34, 6161-6166 (2009).
  18. R.N. Basu, A. Das Sharma, A. Dutta and J. Mukhopadhyay, Processing of high performance anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cell, International J Hydrogen Energy, 33 (20), 5748-5754 (2008).

Patents filed / Granted
Summary: 17 (US-2, European-1, PCT-2, German-1, Indian-13)

Landmark Research Contribution
Established Fuel Cell & Battery Division in CGCRI on 1st December 2004 which has world class laboratory facilities to carry out advanced research work in the area of energy materials, their fabrication, characterizations and working devices. CGCRI is now identified as the lead Institute in India for its notable contribution in the area of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) research and technology development. Successfully developed and demonstrated, for the first time in the country, several 500 W class working SOFC stacks using in-house fabricated and patented SOFC single cells, high temperature thermally cyclable glass sealant and field flow design for fuel and oxidant flow.

PhD Supervision

Summary: Completed - 8, Ongoing - 5

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