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Profile: R N Behera

Raghu Nath Behera, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry

Room No. B - 311

BITS, Pilani – K. K. Birla Goa Campus

NH 17B Road, Zuarinagar – 403726, Goa

Phone: +91 832 2580331, Fax: +91 832 2557033




Areas of Research Interest:

Theoretical and computational chemistry particularly, Statistical mechanics of macroionic solution, Integral equation theory of fluid, Molecular modeling & simulation, Combining Quantum-Classical Calculations in studying Enzyme function, Electronic structure calculations, Secondary Interactions, Atom-transfer radical polymerization



  • BSc (Hons. & Distinction), Govt. College Bhawanipatna, Sambalpur University, 1987.
  •  MSc (Chemistry), P.G. Dept. of Chemistry, Sambalpur University, 1989.
  •  PhD Chemistry, IIT Kanpur, 2001 (defended July 2000), Advisor: Professor Pinaki Gupta-Bhaya, Thesis title: Studies in Statistical Mechanics of Macroionic Solutions     

Employment Record:

  • Associate Professor, BITS, Pilani - K. K. Birla Goa Campus (Since Feb. 2015 - )
  • Assistant Professor, BITS, Pilani - K. K. Birla Goa Campus  (Aug. 2007 with retrospective effect from Jan. 2006 - Jan. 2015).
  •  Lecturer, BITS, Pilani - Goa Campus (July 2004 - Dec 2005).
  •  Lecturer, BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus (Mar 2004 - Jul 2004).
  • Scientific coworker, Univ. of Heidelberg, Germany (Aug 2002 - Nov 2003).
  •  Post-doctoral Fellow, Univ. of California, Davis, USA (Dec 1999 - Jun 2002).  

General Information:

Raghu Nath Behera is an Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry at BITS, Pilani – K. K. Birla Goa Campus and have about 21 years of research and teaching experience in the area of Theoretical and Computational chemistry. During PhD at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, he studied macroionic solutions using statistical mechanical theories and developed a correlation function based approach for the effective potential (advisor Professor Pinaki Gupta-Bhaya). He did his first post-doctoral work in the Department of Chemistry, University of California Davis, USA (Dec 1999 – June 2002) where he studied reactions in supercritical solvent using Molecular Dynamics Simulations. In his second post-doctoral work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing, University of Heidelberg, Germany (August 2002 – Nov. 2003), he was involved in developing methods to study enzyme function by combining Density functional theory and classical theory. His teaching interests are Physical chemistry and theoretical Inorganic chemistry and current research interests are MD simulation of soft condensed matter, Integral equation theory of classical fluid, first principle study of enzyme & enzyme mimetics, Atom-transfer radical polymerization, etc.

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