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Bhaskar Chilukuri

Assistant Professor - Physical Chemistry
Ctr for Math Sci & Technology
Science Laboratory Building - SLB 324
Office Hours
Mon. & Wed. 2-3 p.m. or by appointment
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Current Courses

140.011General Chemistry I

140.014General Chemistry I

299.005Independent Honor Study In Chemistry

499.005Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

361.002Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

290.005Research in Chemistry

490.005Research In Chemistry

490.001Research In Chemistry

Teaching Interests & Areas

Physical Chemistry
Surface Chemistry and Characterization
Computational Chemistry
Quantum Chemistry

Research Interests & Areas

Research in the Chilukuri lab involves studying molecular self-assembly and chemistry on ordered surfaces using experimental characterization and computational modeling. The projects are focused on investigating molecular interactions between adsorbate-adsorbate, adsorbate-substrate and harnessing them toward tunable molecular assembly. We also study surface supported metal-ligand coordination chemistry at the single molecule level. Additionally, we are interested in studying kinetics and thermodynamics of surface supported molecular assembly and reactions. Research involves experimental characterization with techniques like scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectroscopy in variable environments. All experiments are performed in conjunction with multiscale modeling using quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics methodology.

Post-Doc Surface Science

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

PhD Chemistry

University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Conference Proceeding

Bhaskar, C., Ursula, M., & Hipps, Kerry, W.. Structure, energetics, and chemistry of metal-​organic species at surfaces​/interfaces: How good is DFT?. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 251st ACS National Meeting \& Exposition (2016)
Chilukuri, B., McDougald, Jr, R., Mazur, U., Omary, M., & Hipps, K. Epitaxial self-​assembly of polymorphic, porous, and host-​guest nanostructures on surfaces using monolayer-​substrate interactions. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 251st ACS National Meeting \& Exposition (2016)
Chilukuri, B., Hipps, U., & Hipps, K. Structure, energetics, and chemistry of metal-organic species at surfaces/interfaces: How good is DFT?. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 251 (2016)
Hipps, K., Mazur, U., Bhattarai, A., & Chilukuri, B. Temperature dependence and desorption kinetics of metal porphyrins on Au(111). ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 247th ACS National Meeting \& Exposition (2014)
Chilukuri, B., & Cundari, T. Atomic and Surface Interactions of Electrode Metals with a p-Type Organometallic Conductor. APS March Meeting Abstracts 2011 (2011): Q24--007.


Using Halogen Bonding as Building Blocks for 2D Self-assembled Nanostructures. 2022 NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop. National Science Foundation. (2022)

Grants & Contracts

Cooperative processes at surfaces: Ligand binding at the single molecule level. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2023)
New Faculty Initiative Grant. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2021)
Cooperative dynamics ligand binding reactions. The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Federal. (2019)
Cooperative dynamics in ligand binding reactions at the solution/solid interface. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2018)
Modeling fundamental properties of metal-organic species at solvent and non-solvent mediated interfaces. EMSL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Federal. (2015)