My research broadly envisage on understanding principles of soft condensed matter using multi-scale modeling. Dynamical processes involving soft matter have a broad range of coupled time-scales where small changes in molecular level weak interactions lead to large effect on system's macroscopic properties. Using multi-scale
modeling we aim at exploring the structure function relationships at different time and length scales important for different biological and non-biological soft matter systems. In particular, my focus is on water dynamics at the hydration layers, self assembly of surfactants, protein-membrane-water systems, their interactions with other bio-molecules and polymer dynamics related to chemical and activated processes. We develop and use modeling tools ranging from molecular simulations to study the structure and dynamics of proteins, lipids, water at the micro and meso-scale as well as the analytical theory at the macro-scale to investigate different processes involving biological chain and macromolecules.
The areas of my research interests are as follows,
- Hydration Water Dynamics near Interfaces
- Protein-Membrane Biophysics
- Phase transformations of Surfactants
- Dynamics and Reaction Rates of Activated Processes involving Polymers
- Unusual confinement properties of a water insoluble small peptide hydrogel, Nilotpal Singha, Arpita Srivastava, Bapan Pramanik, Sahnawaz Ahmed, Payel Dowari, Sumit Chowdhuri, Basab Kanti Das, Ananya Debnath* and Debapratim Das*, Chemical Science, 2019,10, 5920-5928.
- Hydration dynamics of a lipid membrane: Hydrogen bond networks and lipid-lipid associations, Abhinav Srivastava and Ananya Debnath, The Journal of Chemical Physics (2018), 094901 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5011803.
- Solvent Assisted Tuning of Morphology of a Peptide-Perylenediimide Conjugate: Helical Fibers to Nano-Rings and their Differential Semiconductivity,
Sahnawaz Ahmed, Bapan Pramanik, K. N. Amba Sankar, Abhinav Srivastava, Nilotpal Singha, Payel Dowari, Arpita Srivastava, Kallol Mohanta, Ananya Debnath, Debapratim Das, Scientific Reports (2017), 7, Article number: 9485, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09730-z.
- Derivation of coarse-grained simulation models of chlorophyll molecules in lipid bilayers for applications in light harvesting systems,
Ananya Debnath*, Sabine Wiegand, Harald Paulsen, Kurt Kremer, Christine Peter, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2015), 17, 22054-22063.
- Structure and Dynamics of Phospholipid Nanodiscs from All-Atom and Coarse-Grained Simulations
Ananya Debnath* and Lars V. Schaefer, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, (2015), 119 (23), 6991–7002.
- Laterally structured ripple and square phases with one and three dimensional thickness modulations in a model bilayer system - Ananya Debnath, Foram M. Thakkar, Prabal K. Maiti, V. Kumaran and K. G. Ayappa, Soft Matter, (2014), 10, 7630-7637.
- Simulation of Influence of Bilayer Melting on Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Interfacial Water - Ananya Debnath*, K. G. Ayappa* and Prabal K. Maiti*, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2013), 110, 018303.