Vinayak Bhat

PhD Chemistry

I obtained my PhD in Computational Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Chad Risko from University of Kentucky, USA. My PhD research involved accelerating the development of organic electronic materials with the aid of computational chemistry methods. I am one of the lead developers of OCELOT.


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Bhat Research Group

The Bhat Research Group (BRG) based at Columbia College, South Carolina. We are a dynamic and innovative Chemistry research group, primarily composed of enthusiastic undergraduates who are passionate about exploring the diverse and exciting field of chemistry. At BRG, we foster a collaborative environment where curiosity and hands-on learning drive our research endeavors.


  1. Duke, R.;  Bhat, V.;  Smith, A.;  Goodlett, S.;  Tretiak, S.; Risko, C., Factors Impacting Dihedral Angle Rotation and Classification in & pi;-Conjugated Systems. Macromolecules 2023, 56 (14), 5259-5267.
  2. Flagg, L. Q.;  Onorato, J. W.;  Luscombe, C. K.;  Bhat, V.;  Risko, C.;  Levy-Wendt, B.;  Toney, M. F.;  McNeill, C. R.;  Freychet, G.;  Zhernenkov, M.;  Li, R. P.; Richter, L. J., Resonant X-ray Diffraction Reveals the Location of Counterions in Doped Organic Mixed Ionic Conductors. Chemistry of Materials 2023, 35 (10), 3960-3967.
  3. Ivancevic, M. R.;  Ball, M. L.;  Bhat, V.;  Wisch, J. A.;  Parkin, S. R.;  Risko, C.;  Rand, B. P.; Loo, Y. L., Impact of Molecular Geometry and Functionalization on Solution Complexation of Coronene-Based Buckybowls and Fullerenes. Chemistry of Materials 2023, 35 (14), 5524-5531.
  4. Bhat, V.; Callaway, C. P.; Risko, C. Computational Approaches for Organic Semiconductors: From Chemical and Physical Understanding to Predicting New Materials. Chem. Rev. 2023
  5. Jeong, S., Barbosa, N., Tiwari, A., Holland, E. K., Huang, L.-Y., Bhat, V., et al. Twisted Crystalline Organic Semiconductor Photodetectors. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, 2212531.
  6. Zhang, S.;  Talnack, F.;  Jousselin-Oba, T.;  Bhat, V.;  Wu, Y. L.;  Lei, Y. S.;  Tomo, Y.;  Gong, H. X.;  Michalek, L.;  Zhong, D. L.;  Wu, C.;  Yassar, A.;  Mannsfeld, S.;  Risko, C.;  Frigoli, M.; Bao, Z. A., Shear-aligned large-area organic semiconductor crystals through extended pi-pi interaction. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2023, 11 (26), 8992-9001.
  7. Bhat, V.; Sornberger, P.; Pokuri, B. S. S.; Duke, R.; Ganapathysubramanian, B.; Risko, C. Electronic, Redox, and Optical Property Prediction of Organic pi-Conjugated Molecules through a Hierarchy of Machine Learning Approaches. Chem. Sci. 2022.
  8. Duke, R.; Bhat, V.; Risko, C. Data Storage Architectures to Accelerate Chemical Discovery: Data Accessibility for Individual Laboratories and the Community. Chem. Sci. 2022.
  9. Smith, A; Bhat, V; Ai, Q.; Risko, C., Challenges in Information-Mining the Materials Literature: A Case Study and Perspective. Chem. Mater. 2022 34 (11), 4821-4827.
  10. Ai, Q.; Bhat, V.; Ryno, S. M.; Jarolimek, K.; Sornberger, P.; Smith, A. et al. OCELOT: An infrastructure for data-driven research to discover and design crystalline organic semiconductors. J. Chem. Phys. 2021, 154 (17), 174705.
  11. Mohan, A.;  Sasikumar, D.;  Bhat, V.; Hariharan, M., Metastable Chiral Azobenzenes Stabilized in a Double Racemate. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2020, 59 (8), 3201-3208.
  12. Bhat, V.;  Gopan, G.;  Nair, N. G.; Hariharan, M., gamma-Herringbone Polymorph of 6,13-Bis(trimethylsilylethynyl)pentacene: A Potential Material forEnhanced Hole Mobility. Chemistry-a European Journal 2018, 24 (34), 8679-8685.
  13. Rajagopal, S. K.;  Nagaraj, K.;  Deb, S.;  Bhat, V.;  Sasikumar, D.;  Sebastian, E.; Hariharan, M., Extending the scope of the carbonyl facilitated triplet excited state towards visible light excitation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2018, 20 (28), 19120-19128.
  14. Mallia, A. R.;  Philip, A. M.;  Bhat, V.; Hariharan, M., Persistent Charge-Separated States in Self-Assembled Twisted Nonsymmetric Donor-Acceptor Triads. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, 121 (9), 4765-4777.
  15. Mallia, A. R.;  Sethy, R.;  Bhat, V.; Hariharan, M., Crystallization induced enhanced emission in conformational polymorphs of a rotationally flexible molecule. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2016, 4 (14), 2931-2935.

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