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Sarbani Patra


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a post doctoral research fellow interested in the development and application of classical and quantum approaches for studying reactive phenomena in gases and at interfaces.

My postdoctoral research involved the investigation and characterization of reactive processes involving small molecules relevant to combustion, atmospheric chemistry and astrophysics. A combination of molecular simulation and kernel-based machine learning techniques were used to construct accurate potential energy surfaces and study the photodissociation of the species of interest.

The focus of my doctoral research was understanding the nature of rare events from a classical mechanical phase space based perspective. Invariant structures in phase space called "reactive islands" provide vital information about reactive zones in phase space and can be potentially used make path sampling techniques more efficient. The possibility of utilizing these insights to tackle the problem of sampling rare events in complex systems was also explored.