Prof. Ranjit Thapa is designated as Dean-Research of SRM University-AP and a full professor in the Department of Physics, SRM University-AP. Prof. Ranjit, is actively involved in fostering a thriving research ecosystem at SRM University-AP, providing valuable insights on maintaining a harmonious balance between academics and research within the university system. Prof. Ranjit has researched Computational Material Science technologies for the past fourteen years. He received the Young Associate Award in 2016 from the Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, for his outstanding research in Computational Materials Science. He was also chosen for BRNS’ Young Scientist’s Research Award (YSRA) in 2018. He was awarded the Best Researcher Award 2020 by SRM university-AP. He received the Outstanding Teachers Award in 2023 from SRM University-AP. He has published more than 160 research articles in highly reputed international journals. His current h-index is 35, with a total citation of more than 4200. Currently, he is developing a “Materials Database” under the funded projects. He has mentored eight PhD students to date. In 2016, under his leadership, SRM Institute of Science and Technology established a High-performance Computer Centre on the Chennai campus. Similarly, in 2022, He was pivotal in establishing a High-performance Computer Centre at SRM University-AP.
Prof. Ranjit’s research endeavours primarily revolve around the application of First-principles theory in investigations. Some of my notable contributions include the development of the "electronic and structural descriptor," a "Simple Graphical Construction" for identifying optimal catalysts for eNRR and CO2RR, the elucidation of the "Bond Exchange Spillover Mechanism”. The findings from these studies have been published in esteemed journals such as CARBON, Chemical Science, PNAS, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Nano, Nano-Micro Letters, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Journal, Applied Catalyst B: Environmental, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Journal of Power Sources, Advanced Materials Technology, SMALL, Nano Energy, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Catalysis, and Nature Communications.