Disordered Matter Group

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research

Srikanth Sastry

Theoretical Sciences Unit
Bangalore - 560064
Karnataka, India

e-mail: sastry[at]jncasr.ac.in
Phone: +91-80-22082838
Fax: +91-80-22082767

Research themes and interests in Srikanth Sastry’s group are broadly in the area of statistical mechanics, with a focus on understanding a range of unusual and interesting properties of liquids and other soft condensed matter, which are addressed with computation as a major tool. Some of the areas of research activity are:

  • Slow dynamics and routes to structural arrest (glass transition, gelation, jamming, etc.) in supercooled liquids and other soft matter systems (colloids, gels, granular material).

  • Mechanical properties of glasses and other amorphous solids, their yielding behaviour and memory effects.

  • Routes to jamming in sphere packings and geometric aspects of jammed packings.

  • Self assembly in soft matter, and inverse design of materials.

  • Anomalous properties: liquid-liquid phase transition in network forming liquids. Statistical mechanical models of biological behaviour.

Other (ongoing and prospective) areas of interest include the use of machine learning to understand the relationship between structure and dynamics in glasses, study of nucleation and phase transformations, soft glassy behaviour and memory in biological systems, water in contexts of biology, atmospheric science, environment and sustainability, analysis of biomedical data, and materials modelling for sustainable energy applications.

Selected recent publications:
  • Muhittin Mungan, Srikanth Sastry, Metastability as a mechanism for yielding in amorphous solids under cyclic shear. Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 248002 (2021)
  • Pallabi Das, Vinutha H. A. and Srikanth Sastry, Unified phase diagram of reversible-irreversible, jamming and yielding transitions in cyclically sheared soft sphere packings. PNAS 117, 10203 (2020).
  • Mengjie Zu, Arunkumar Bupathy, Daan Frenkel, and Srikanth Sastry, Information density, structure and entropy in equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems. J. Stat. Mech. (2020) 023204.
  • M Mungan, S Sastry, K Dahmen, I Regev, Networks and Hierarchies: How Amorphous Materials Learn to Remember. Physical Review Letters 123, 178002 (2019).
  • NC Keim, JD Paulsen, Z Zeravcic, S Sastry, SR Nagel, Memory formation in matter. Reviews of Modern Physics 91 (3), 035002 (2019).
  • R Kumar, GM Coli, M Dijkstra, S Sastry, Inverse design of charged colloidal particle interactions for self assembly into specified crystal structures. Journal of Chemical Physics 151, 084109 (2019).
  • Anshul DS Parmar, Saurabh Kumar, and Srikanth Sastry. Strain localisation above the yielding point in cyclically deformed glasses. Physical Review X 9 (2), 021018 (2019).


professional experience:


Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, October 2008-Present.


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, April 2012-April 2014.

Associate Professor

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, October 2003-October 2008.

Faculty Fellow

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, October 1998-October 2003.

Visiting Scientist Fellow

National Institute of Standards and Technology/ Arizona State University, February 1998-September 1998

Research Associate

Department of Chemical Engineering , Princeton University, May 1996-December 1997.

Visiting Fellow

Physical Sciences Laboratory, DCRT, National Institutes of Health, November 1993-April 1996.

Research / Teaching Asistant

Center for Polymer Studies and Physics Department, Boston University, September 1986-October 1993.


Ph. D.,1993

Boston University, in Physics

M. A.,1989

Boston University, in Physics

M. Sc.,1986

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Physics

B. Sc.,1984

Bangalore University, Bangalore in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics


Journal Publications:

  • Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta, Srikanth Sastry, Length scales in glass-forming liquids and related systems: a review, Reports on Progress in Physics 79 (1), 016601(2015).
  • HGE Hentschel, Prabhat K Jaiswal, Itamar Procaccia, Srikanth Sastry Stochastic approach to plasticity and yield in amorphous solids, Phys. Rev. E. 92, 062302 (2015).
  • Manoj Kumar Nandi, Atreyee Banerjee, Shiladitya Sengupta, Srikanth Sastry, Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya Unraveling the success and failure of mode coupling theory from consideration of entropy, J. chem. phys. 143, 17 (2015).
  • Anshul D.S. Parmar, Srikanth Sastry, Kinetic and Thermodynamic Fragilities of Square Well Fluids with Tunable Barriers to Bond Breaking, J.Phys.Chem. B, 119(34) (2015).
  • M. Maiti, H. A. Vinutha, Srikanth Sastry and Claus Heussinger, Free volume under shear, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 144502 (2015).

  • 2014
  • Banerjee, Shiladitya Sengupta, Srikanth Sastry, and Sarika Maitra Bhattacharyya, Role of Structure and Entropy in Determining Differences in Dynamics for Glass Formers with Different Interaction Potentials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 225701 (2014).
  • Vishwas V. Vasisht, Shiladitya Sengpta, John Mathew, Srikanth Sastry, Nesting of thermodynamic, structural and dynamic anolmalies in liquid silicon, J.Chem.Phys, 141, 124501 (2014).
  • Davide Fiocco, Giuseppe Foffi, Srikanth Sastry, Encoding of Memory in Sheared Amorphous Solids. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 025702 (2014).
  • Shiladitya Sengupta, Vishwas V. Vasisht and Srikanth Sastry, Diffusivity anomaly in the modified Stillinger-Weber liquid J. Chem. Phys. 140, 044503 (2014).
  • F. Verrato, et al., Aggregation dynamics, structure, and mechanical properties of bigels, Soft Matter , 10.1039/C3SM52558A(2014).
  • M.Maiti, S.Sastry, Free volume distribution of nearly jammed hard spheres, J.Chem.Phys(2014) 141.
  • Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta, Srikanth Sastry, Growing Length Scales and their Relation to Time Scales in Glass-forming Liquids, Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys.2014, 10.1146/annurev-conmatphys-031113-133848.

  • 2013
  • Shiladitya Sengupta, Thomas B Schroder, Srikanth Sastry. "Implication of the density-temperature scaling for the fragility in the Kob-Andersen Model " E.P.J. 36, 141 (2013),
  • Davide Fiocco, Giuseppe Foffi, Srikanth Sastry, Oscillatory athermal quasi-static deformation of a model glass, Phys. Rev. E. 88, 020301(R) (2013).
  • Shiladitya Sengupta, Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta and Srikanth Sastry, Breakdown of the Stokes-Einstein Relation in Two, Three, and Four Dimensions, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 12A548 (2013).
  • Francis W. Starr, Jack F. Douglas, Srikanth Sastry, The Relationship of Dynamical Heterogeneity to the Adam-Gibbs and Random First-Order Transition Theories of Glass Formation, J. Chem. Phys., 138, 12A541 (2013).
  • Vishwas V Vasisht and Srikanth Sastry, Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Supercooled Silicon, (Review Article) Adv. Chem. Phys. vol. 152, p. 463 (2013).
  • Moumita Maiti, Arun Lakshminarayanan and Srikanth Sastry, Characterization of void space in polydisperse sphere packings: Applications to hard-sphere packings and to protein structure analysis, Eur. Phys. J. E, 36, 5 (2013)

  • 2012
  • Shiladitya Sengupta, Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta and srikanth Sastry, Adam Gibbs relation for glass forming liquids in two,three and four dimensions, Phys. Rev. Lett., 109,095705(2012)
  • Moumita Maiti, Saul Weiner, Sergey V. Buldyrev, H. Eugene Stanley and Srikanth Satry, Potential of mean force between hydrophobic solutes in the Jagla model of water and implications for cold denaturations of proteins, J. Chem. Phys.,136, 044512 (2012)

  • 2011
  • Shiladitya Sengupta, Filipe Vasconcelos, Frederic Affouard and Srikanth Sastry, Dependence of the fragility of a glass former on the softness of interparticle interactions, J. Chem. Phys., 135, 194503(2011)
  • Vishwas V. Vasisht, Shibu Saw and Srikanth Sastry, Liquid-liquid critical point in supercolled silicon, Nature physics, 7, 549(2011).
  • Shibu Saw, Niels L. Ellegard, Walter Kob and Srikanth Satry, computer simulation study of the phase behavior and structural relaxation in a Gel- former modeled by three-body interactions, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 164506(2011).
  • Srikanth Satry, Illuminating liquid polymorphism in silicon(Commentary) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci(US), 107, 17063(2010).

  • 2010
  • S. V. Buldyrev, P. Kumar, S. sastry, H. E. Stanley and S. Weiner, hydrophobic collapse and cold denaturation in the Jagla model of water [Proc. Lousanne CECAM Conference] J, Phys. Condensed Matter, 22, 284109 (2010) .
  • Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta and Srikanth sastry, Analysis of dynamic Heterogeneity in a glass former from the specia correlations of mobility, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 015701 (2010).
  • Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta and Srikanth Sastry, Comment on "scaling analysis of dynamic heterogeneity in a supercooled Lennerd-Jones liquid" Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 019801(2010).
  • M. Maiti, M. Rao and Srikanth Sastry, Competetion between folding and aggregation in a model for protein solutions, Eur. Phys. J. E. 32, 217-221(2010).
  • Pinaki Chaudhuri, Ludovic Berthier and Srikanth Sastry, Jammimg transitions in amorphous packings of frictionless spheres occur over a continuous range of volume fractions, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104, 165701 (2010).

  • 2009
  • Smarajit Karmakar, Chandan Dasgupta and Srikanth Sastry, growing length and time scales in glass forming liquids, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (US), 106, 3675, (2009).
  • N. Jakse, A. Pasturel, S. Sastry, C. A. Angell, Response to "Comment on 'Dynamic Aspects of the liquid-liquid phase transformation in silicon'[J. Chem. Phys.,130, 247102 (2009)]" .
  • Shibu Saw, Niels L. Ellegaard, Walter Kob, Srikanth Sastry, Structural realaxation of a gel modeled by three body interactions, Phys. Rev. Lett., 103, 248305 (2009).

  • 2008
  • Pinaki Chaudhuri, Srikanth Sastry, Walter Kob, Tracking heterogeneous dynamics during the alpha relaxation of a simple glass former, Phys. Rev. Lett.,101, 190601 (2008)

  • 2007
  • M. H. Bhat, V. Molinero, E. Soignard, V. C. Solomon, S. Sastry, J. L. Yarger and C. A. Angell, "Vitrification of a monoatomic metalic liquid"Nature, 448, 787, 2007, "Metal turned to glass"(News and Views) Nature, 448, 758, (2007)

  • 2006
  • Srikanth Sastry,Emilia La Nave and Francesco sciortino, "Maximum valency lattice gas models" J. Stat. Mech., P12010,2006. cond-mat/0609388.
  • V Valeria, Molinero, Srikanth Sastry, Austen Angel, "Tuning of tetrahedrality in a silicon potential yields a series of monatomic(metal-like) glass formers of very high fragility" Phys. Rev. Lett.,97, 075701, 2006. cond-mat/0510292 .
  • S. S. Ashwin, Gautam I. Menon, Srikanth Sastry, "The glass transition and liquid-gas spinodal boundaries of metastabe liquids" Eueophys. Lett. 75(6), 922, 2006. cond-mat/0512728.
  • P. Kumar, L. Xu, Z. Yan, M. G. Mazza, S. V. Buldyrev,S. H. Chen, S. Sastry, H. E. Stanley "Glass transition in biomolecules and the liquid-liquid critical point of water" Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, 177802, 2006. cond-mat/0603557.
  • Emilia La Nave, Srikanth Sastry, Francesco Sciortino "Investigation of the relation between local diffusivity and local inherent structure in the Kob-Andersen Lennard Jones model" Phys. Rev. E. 74, 050501, 2006. cond-mat/0603557.
  • Deepak Sinha, Srikanth Sastry, G. V. Shivashankar "Probing mRNA conformational heterogeneity using single molecule fluorescence anisotropy" Appl. Phys. Lett., 88, 103901, 2006.

  • 2005
  • Pradip Kr. Ghorai, A. V. Anil Kumar, Srikanth Sastry, S. Yashonath"Diffusion maximum as a function of size in dense liquids" Phys. Rev. E, 72, 030202, 2005.
  • Tomas Oppelstrup, Babak Sadigh, Srikanth Sastry, Mikhail Dzugutov "Universality of liquid dynamics" cond-mat/0509458, 2005.

  • 2004
  • S. Sastry "Numerical test of Stillinger's argument concerning the Kauzmann paradox" J. Phys. Chem. B., 108(51), 19698-19702(2004)
  • S. S. Ashwin, Y. Brumer, D. R. Reichman and Srikanth Sastry"The relationship between mechanical and dynamical propeties of glass forming liquids" J. Phys. Chem. B., 108(51), 19703-19710(2004).
  • S. S. Ashwin, Umesh V. Waghmare and Srikanth Sastry "Metal to non-metal transition in supercooled liquid silicon" Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 175701(2004).

  • 2003
  • Srikanth Sastry, C. Austin Angell, "Liquid-liquid phase transition in supercooled liquid silicon" Nature Materials 2, 739-743(2003).
  • Francis W. Starr, C. Austen Angell, Emilia La Nave, Srikanth Sastry, Antonio Scala, Francesco Sciortino, H. Eugene Stanley, "Recent results on the connection between thermodynamics and dynamics in supercooled water", Biophysical Chemistry, 105, 573 (2003).

  • 2002
  • Srikanth Sastry, "Inherent structure approach to the study of glass-forming liquids" Phase Transitions, 75, 507-517(2002).
  • Francis W. Starr, Srikanth Sastry, Jack F. Douglas and sharon C. Glotzer "What do we learn from the local geometry of glass-forming liquids?" Phys. Rev. Lett., 89, 125501 (2002).

  • 2001
  • Srikanth Sastry, Nivedita Deo, Silvio Franz "Spectral Statistics of instantaneous normal modes in liquids and random matrices" Phys. Rev. E, 64, 016305 (2011)
  • Srikanth Sastry, "The relationship between fragility, configurational entropy and the potential energy landscape of glass forming liquids" Nature 409, 164(2001).
  • Francis W. Starr, Srikanth Sastry, Emilia La Nave, Antonio Scala, H. Eugene Stanley, Francesco Sciortino, "Thermodynamic and structural aspects of potential energy surface of simulated water" Phys. Rev. E 63, 041201(2001).

  • 2000
  • Srikanth Sastry "Onset temperature of slow dynamics in glass forming liquids" PhysChemComm, 14(2000).
  • Srikanth Sastry, "Liquid limits: the glass transition and liquid-gas spinodal boundaries of metastable liquids" Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 590(2000).
  • Thomas B. Schroder, Srikanth sastry, Jeppe. C. Dyre, Sharon C. Glotzer "Crossover to potential energy landscape dominated dynamics in a model glass-forming liquid" J. Chem. Phys. 112, 9834(2000).

  • 1999
  • T. M. Truskett, P. G. Debenedetti, S. torquato, Srikanth Sastry "A single bond approach to orientation-dependent interactions and its implications for liquid water" J. Chem. Phys. 111, 2647 (1999).
  • E. La. Nave, Srikanth Sastry, F. Sciortino, P. Tratagaia "Solutions of lattice gas models in the generalized ensemble on the Bethe lattice" Phys. Rev. E 59, 6348, (1999).

  • 1998
  • T. M. Truskett, S. Torquato, Srikatn Sastry, P. G. Debenedetti, F. H. Stillinger"A structural precursor to freezing in the hard-disk and hard-sphere system" Phys. Rev. E. 58, 3083, (1998).
  • Srikanth Sastry, T. M. Truskett, P. G. Debenedetti, S. Torquato, F. H. Stillinger "Free Volume in hard-spheres" Molecular Physics, 1998, VOL. 95, No. 2,289-297(1998)
  • L. P. N. Rebelo, P. G. Debenedetti, Srikanth Sastry,"Singularity-free interpretetaion of the thermodynamics of supercooled water. ii. thermal and volumetric behaviour" J. Chem. Phys. 109, 626(1998)
  • F. H. Stillinger, P. G. Debenedetti, Srikanth Sastry "Resolving vibrational and inherent structure contributions to isothernal compressibility" J. Chem. Phys. 109, 3983, (1998).
  • Srikanth Sastry, P. G. Debenedetti, F. H. Stillinger "Signature of distinct dynamical regimes in the energy landscape of a glass forming liquid" Nature 393, 554(1998).

  • 1997
  • Srikanth Sastry, D. S. Corti, P. G. Debenedetti, F. H. Stillinger, "Statistical geometry of particle Packings: I. Algorithm for exact determination of connectivity, volume and surface areas of void space in mono and poly disperse sphere packings" Phys. Rev. E. 56, 5524, (1997)
  • Srikanth Sastry, P. G. Debenedetti, F. H. Stiilinger, "Staistical geometry of particle packings:II. Weak spots in liquids" Phys. Rev. E. 56, 5533, (1997)
  • D. S. Corti, P. G. Debenedetti, Srikanth Sastry, F. H. Stillinger, "Constraints, metastability and inherent structures in liquids" Phys. Rev. E. 55, 5522, (1997).
  • Srikanth Sastry, R. E. Carson, "Multilodality Bayesian algorithm for image reconstruction in positron emission tomography: a tissue composition model" IEEE Trans. Med. Imag. 16, 750-761(1997)).

  • 1996
  • Srikanth Sastry "Lyapunov spectra, instantaneous normal mode spectra and relaxation in the Lennard-Jones liquid" Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 3738(1996).
  • Srikanth Sastry, P. G. Debenedetti, F. Sciortino, H. E. Stanley, "Singularity free interpretation of the thermdynamics of supercooled water" Phys. Rev. E. 53, 6144. (1996).
  • B. Stosic, Srikanth Sastry, D. Kosti, S. Milosevic, H. E. Stanley, "Geometric criteria for phase transitions: The Ising model with nearest and next-nearest neighbor interactions" Physica A 232, 349 (1996).

  • 1995
  • S. S. Borick, P. G. Debenedetti, Srikanth Sastry, "A lattice model of network forming fluids with orientation-dependent bonding: Equiibrium, stability and imolications for the phase behavior of supercooled water" J. Phys. Chem. 99,3781, (1995).

  • 1994
  • A. Chakravarti, P. G. Debenedetti, Srikanth Sastry, S-D Yeo, "Thermal expansions and stability limits of generalized Van Der Waals fluids" J. Phys. Chem. 98, 6876, (1994).
  • Srikanth Sastry, H. E. Stanley, F. Sciortino, "Low frequency depolarized Raman Spectra in water: Results from normal mode analysis" J. Chem. Phys. 100, 388191994) .
  • F. Sciortino, Srikanth Sastry, "Sound propagation in liquid water: The puzzle continues" J. Chem. Phys. 100, 3881(1994).

  • 1993
  • S. Sastry, F. Sciortino, H. E. Stanley, "Limits of stability of the liquid phase in a lattice model with water-like properties" J. Chem. Phys. 98, 9863 (1993).
  • Srikanth Sastry, F. Sciortino, H. E. Stanley, "Density anomalies and reentrat spinodal behavior" Chem, Phys. Lett. 207, 275, (1993).

  • 1991
  • Srikanth Sastry, F. Sciortino, H. E. Stanley, "Collective excitations in liquid water at low frequency and large wave vector" J. Chem. Phys. 95, 7775 (1991).

  • 1990
  • G. Bhanot , Srikanth Sastry "Solving the Ising model exactly on 5x5x4 lattice using the connection machine" J. Stat. Phys. 60, 333(1990).
  • S. C. Glotzer, D. Stauffer, Srikanth Sastry, "Damage spreading in the Q2R Ising model" Physica A 164, 1 (1990).

Papers published in proceedings:

  • Ashwin S. S. and Srikanth Sastry ``Low temperature behaviour of the Kob-Andersen binary mixture'', J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 15, S1253 (2003).
  • Srikanth Sastry ``Onset of slow dynamics in supercooled liquid silicon'', Proceedings of APCTP International Symposium on Slow Dynamical Processes in Nature, Seoul, 2001, Physica A 315, 267 (2002).
  • Srikanth Sastry, ``Fragility, Configurational Entropy and the Energy Landscape of Glass Forming Liquids'', pp. 589 - 601 in V. V. Brazhkin. S. V. Buldyrev, V. N. Ryzhov, and H. E. Stanley [eds], New Kinds of Phase Transitions: Transformations in Disordered Substances [Proc. NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Volga River] (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2002).
  • Srikanth Sastry, ``Inherent Structure Approach to the Study of Glass Forming Liquids'', Proceedings of Slow Dynamics and Freezing in Condensed Matter Systems, J. Nehru University, 2000, Phase Transitions 75, pp. 507-517 (2002).
  • Srikanth Sastry, ``Evaluation of configurational entropy of a model liquid from computer simulations'', Proceedings of Unifying Concepts in Glass Physics, Trieste, 1999, J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 12, 6515 (2000) .
  • Francis W. Starr, Srikanth Sastry, Francesco Sciortino and H. E. Stanley, ``Supercooled Water: Dynamics, Structure and Thermodynamics'', Proceedings of the DAE Solid State Physics Symposium 1999 (Universities Press) Solid State Physics (India) 42, 77 (1999).
  • S. Sastry, P. G. Debenedetti, F. H. Stillinger, Thomas B. Schroder, Jeppe C. Dyre, and Sharon C. Glotzer, ``Potential Energy Landscape Signatures of Slow Dynamics in Glass Forming Liquids'', Proceedings of Statphys -- Calcutta III, Physica A, 270, 301, (1999).
  • H. E. Stanley, S. T. Harrington, P. H. Poole, S. Sastry, F. Sciortino, and F. W. Starr, ``Cooperative Molecular Motions inWater'' [Proc. 1996 Kyoto YKIS Conf.], Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. 126, 201-206 (1997). H. E. Stanley, L. Cruz, S. T. Harrington, P. H. Poole, S. Sastry,F. Sciortino, F. W. Starr, and R. Zhang, ``Cooperative Molecular Motions in Water: The Liquid-Liquid Critical Point Hypothesis'' [Proc.International Conf. on ``Complex Fluids''] Physica A 236,19 (1997).
  • S. Sastry, J. W. VanMeter and R. E. Carson, ``Multimodality BayesianAlgorithm for Image Reconstruction in Positron Emission Tomography''Conference Record of IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, 1995.
  • S. Sastry, J. W. VanMeter and R. E. Carson, ``Multimodality Bayesian Algorithm for Image Reconstruction in Positron Emission Tomography''Maximum Entropy And Bayesian Methods Santa Fe, NM, 1995, K. M. Hanson and R. N. Silver (eds.) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996).
  • S. Sastry, F. Sciortino, H. E. Stanley, P. G. Debenedetti and S. S. Borick, ``Limits of Stability of Metastable Water: Results from Lattice Models of Water,'' Physical Chemistry of Aqueous Systems: Meeting the Needs of Industry. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam, H. J. White, Jr., J. V. Sengers, D. B.Neumann, J. C. Bellows (eds.) (Begell House, Inc. 1995).
  • F. Sciortino and S. Sastry, ``Sound Propagation in Hydrogen Bonded Molecular Liquids: the case of Liquid Water,'' in Hydrogen Bond Networks, M.-C. Bellissent-Funel and J. C. Dore (eds.) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1994).
  • S. Sastry, H. E. Stanley and F. Sciortino, ``Low frequency Raman Spectra in Water by Normal Mode Analysis,'' in Hydrogen Bond Networks, M.-C. Bellissent-Funel and J. C. Dore (eds.) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1994).
  • U. Essmann, S. Glotzer, M. Gyure, B. Ostrovsky, P. H. Poole,S. Sastry, S. Schwarzer, R. Selinger, M. H. Shann, L. S. Shore,H. E. Stanley, E. F. Taylor, & P. Trunfio, ``Learning Science Through Guided Discovery: Liquid Water & Molecular Networks'', in From Phase Transitions to Chaos, G.Gyorgyi et al., eds.(World Scientific, Singapore 1992), pps. 249--269.

Book Chapters, Reviews and Reviews Articles:

  • Anshul D. S. Parmar and Srikanth Sastry, "Mechanical Behaviour of Glasses and Amorphous Materials", in Advances in the Chemistry and Physics of Materials , 503-527, World Scientific, 2019.[arXiv:2108.08568 ]
  • Kalidas Sen, Srikanth Sastry, "Aneesur Rahman- A pioneer in Computational Physics", Resonance-Journal of Science and Education, Vol.19, 8, Aug (2014).
  • Contributing author to chapter 7 of Fragility of Glass-forming Liquids, A. Lindsay Greer, Kenneth F. Kelton and Srikanth Sastry coordinating editors ((TRiPS) series of the Hindustan Book Agency, 2014).
  • Srikanth Sastry, "Journal club'' Nature. 44 , 672 (2006). Srikanth Sastry, "Ins and outs of ice nucleation'' (news and views) Nature, 438, 746 (2005).
  • Francesco Sciortino, Srikanth Sastry, Peter H. Poole, "Molecular dynamics simulations of water'' Annual Reviews of Computational Physics II, 47 Srikanth Sastry, "Sculpting Ice out of Water'' (news and views) Nature, 416, 376 (2002).
  • S. Sastry, "Water Structure: Order and oddities'' (news and views) Nature 409, 300 (2001).
  • S. Sastry, "Going strong or falling apart?'' (news and views) Nature, 398, 467 (1999).
  • Book Review: "An Exploration of Chaos'' by J. Argyris, G. Faust,and M. Haase, J. Stat. Phys. 81, 861 (1995).
  • Book Review: "Chaos in Dynamical Systems'' by E. Ott, J. Stat.Phys. 79 ,791 (1995).
  • Book Review: "Physics and Chance'' by L. Sklar, J. Stat.Phys. 78 1185 (1995). F. Sciortino, S. Sastry and P. H. Poole, "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Water'', Annual Reviews of Computational Physics, 2 ,pp. 47-100, D. Stauffer, ed. (World Scientific, Singapore 1995).
  • Contributing author to chapters 1, 2 and 3 of Fractals in Science: An Introductory Course, H.E. Stanley,E.F. Taylor and P.A. Trunfio coordinating editors (Springer-Verlag,New York, 1994).


January-April 2021:

JT 305 Advanced Computational Methods

Course notes: Adv-Comp-Methods-JT305-notes

August-December 2018:


General Information: Gen_info_Aug18.pdf

January-April 2017:


General Information: Gen_info_Jan17.pdf
Assignments: assignment-1 / assignment-2 / assignment-3

August-December 2017:


January-April 2016:


August-November 2015:


Group Members

PhD Students:


Pallabi Das 2015-present


Varghese Babu 2016-present


Pushkar Khandare 2018-present


Krishna Kanhaiya 2020-present


Swarnendu Maity 2021-present


Debargha Sarkar 2021-present

Post Docs:


Shivakumar S Athani 2021-present

Former members:

  • Dr. Niels Ellegard
  • Dr. Pinaki Chaudhuri
  • Dr. Shiladitya Sengupta
  • Dr. Vishwas V. Vasisht
  • Dr. Moumita Maiti
  • Dr. Shibu Saw
  • Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya
  • Dr. Ashwin S. S.
  • Dr. Aparna S.
  • S. Bhargav
  • Evan John Philip
  • Dr. Prem Kumar Leishangthem
  • Dr. Sebastiano Bernini
  • K. Aravind Rao
  • Dr. Anshul D S Parmar
  • Dr. Vinutha H A
  • Dr. Shiva Chari
  • Dr. Rajneesh Kumar
  • Dr. Himangsu Bhaumik
  • Dr. Arunkumar Bupathy
  • Dr. Monoj Adhikari
  • Dr. Yagyik Goswami

Open positions:

People interested in pursing postdoctoral research in the areas of interest in the group should contact Prof. Srikanth Sastry at sastry[at]jncasr.ac.in


Yagyik successfully defended his thesis on 17th May 2022. Congratulations Yagyik!

Monoj successfully defended his thesis on 6th May 2022. Congratulations Monoj!

Yagyik and Pallabi submitted their theses. Congratulations to them!

Swarnendu and Debargha joined the group. Welcome to the lab

Shivakumar joined the group. Welcome to the lab

Triparna and Ashwin joined the group. Welcome to the lab

Monoj submitted his thesis. Congratulations Monoj

Archive of Past Events:

  • ENTROPY, INFORMATION AND ORDER IN SOFT MATTER, August 27 - November 02, 2018, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore. https://www.icts.res.in/program/eiosm2018
  • MEMORY FORMATION IN MATTER, January 2 - March 9, 2018, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara.
  • FRAGILITY SYMPOSIUM, January 5-8, 2014, JNCASR, Bangalore.