Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti PhD

Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti

School of Chemistry
Lecturer in Soft Matter

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 7470
+44 (0) 121 414 4403
School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dwaipayan Chakrabarti is an academic in the School of Chemistry.

The overarching theme of his research is in silico design of soft materials, including biomaterials, to inform fabrication of functional architectures, as well as formulation of consumer products. The study of soft matter is central to this research theme. 

For further details, please visit http://www.stchem.bham.ac.uk/~dchakrabarti/


  • PhD in Chemical Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2006
  • MSc in Chemistry, University of Calcutta, 2001
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, University of Calcutta, 1999


Dwaipayan Chakrabarti obtained a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2006 in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. He then moved to the University of Cambridge with a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship (2006-08) hosted by Professor David J. Wales in the Department of Chemistry. He there, subsequently, held an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship (2008-11), awarded by the University of Cambridge in the broadly interpreted field of Colloid Science. He also held a Research Fellowship (2009-11) at Clare Hall, a graduate college in Cambridge, where he is now a Life Member.

Following a brief stint in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi as an Assistant Professor (2011-12), he returned to Cambridge. He was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2013.


  • Soft Matter 
    Year 4 
  • Statistical Mechanics 
    Year 4 
  • Exploring the Potential Energy Surface 
    Year 3 


The Chakrabarti group’s current research is focused on designing programmed self-assembly of a range of building blocks, from molecular to microscale, into functional materials. Designing novel photonic, porous, responsive, and viscoelastic materials is of particular interest.

To this end, the Chakrabarti group’s research develops, adapts, and applies computational methods, largely underpinned by the theory of statistical mechanics and energy landscape framework, to study systems of interest in close connection with contemporary experimental research.

For further details, please visit http://www.stchem.bham.ac.uk/~dchakrabarti/


  1. D. Morphew and D. Chakrabarti, Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 30, 70 (2017). 
    Clusters of Anisotropic Colloidal Particles: from Colloidal Molecules to Supracolloidal Structures
  2. D. Morphew and D. Chakrabarti, Soft Matter 12, 9633 (2016). 
    Supracolloidal reconfigurable polyhedra via hierarchical self-assembly
  3. D. Morphew and D. Chakrabarti, Nanoscale 7, 8343 (2015). 
    Hierarchical self-assembly of colloidal magnetic particles into reconfigurable spherical structures
  4. S. N. Fejer, D. Chakrabarti, H. Kusumaatmaja, and D. J. Wales, Nanoscale 6, 9448 (2014). 
    Design principles for Bernal spirals and helices with tunable pitch
  5. J. W. R. Morgan, D. Chakrabarti, N. Dorsaz, and D. J. Wales, ACS Nano 7, 1246 (2013). 
    Designing a Bernal spiral from patchy colloids
  6. D. Chakrabarti, S. N. Fejer, and D. J. Wales, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 20164 (2009). 
    Rational design of helical architectures 
  7. D. Chakrabarti and D. J. Wales, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 1970 (2009). 
    Simulations of rigid bodies in an angle-axis framework
  8. D. Chakrabarti and D. J. Wales, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 127801 (2008). 
    Tilted and helical columnar phases for an axially symmetric discoidal system