Tapas Sen

Dr. Tapas Sen

Reader in Nanomaterials Chemistry

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

J B Firth, JBF107

+44 (0) 1772 89 4371


Subject Areas: Nanotechnology, water quality and safety, green technology, nanomedicine

Tapas Sen is leading the Nano-biomaterials Research Group within the area of Materials Science and is member of the Functional Materials Research Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Higher Education Academy (FHEA) of UK. He has a foundation degree in project management (PRINCE II) endorsed by the UK government as the project management standard for public projects and chair of the International Symposium “Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications: Academic – Industry Meet” at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston in 2016, view more information on the event.

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Tapas completed his first degree in Chemistry (BSc. Hons) followed by a Masters in Physical Chemistry (MSc) and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the premier research institution, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel during 1997 to 1999 in the world leading Solid state NMR group as a post-doctoral visiting scientist. He then moved to UK in February 2000 and worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester (2000-2003) on an industrial project funded by ICI Synetix. He later worked on multimillion Euro projects under EU framework V and VI programmes (2003-2008) in various parts of UK before joining as a lecturer in Chemistry (December 2008) at the University of Central Lancashire. Currently he is leading the Nano-biomaterials Research group dedicated on researching in the area of nanomaterials and their applications in separation science, drug delivery, industrial catalysis and bio-sensors. Currently the group is running three multinational projects in collaboration with world leaders from academia and industries.

Tapas has written an article for The Conversation entitled ‘Meet the nanomachines that could drive a medical revolution’

Tapas organised the first International Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in March 2016.

In connection to this international symposium, one of the top research journals “Nanomedicine” has published a special focus article within the November 2016 issue. It features developments in a range of nanomaterials and their applications as MRI contrasting agent for diagnostics and therapeutic agents (antitumor and antimalarials). This issue is dedicated to the late Professor Harry Kroto, Noble Laureate in Chemistry. Read more.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching cricket. He has visited almost all cricket grounds in UK and met several international cricketers.

Tapas organised the first International Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in March 2016.

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Year 2012

Sen, Tapas, Whittle, Jacob and Howard, Matthew (2012) A hierarchically ordered porous novel vanado-silicate catalyst for highly efficient oxidation of bulky organic molecules. Chemical Communications, 48 (35). pp. 4232-4234.

T. Sen and I. J. Bruce Surface engineering of Nanoparticles in suspension for particle based biosensing Scientific Reports 2: 564 | DOI: 10.1038/srep00564 (Nature publishing Group).

T. Sen, S. J. Sheppard, T. Mercer, M. Eizadi-sharifabad, M. Mahmoudi, A. Elihissi Simple one-pot fabrication of ultra-stable core-shell superparamagnetic nanoparticles for potential application in drug delivery RSC Advances 2, 5221 (2012).

Sen, Tapas and Mercer, Tim (2012) Simple one-pot fabrication of novel hierarchically ordered porous magnetic nanocomposites for bio-catalysis. Royal Society of Chemistry Advances . ISSN 2046-2069 (In Press)

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Research Interests

Nano, nano-biomaterials and surface patterning

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External Activities


  • PhD in Materials Chemistry, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • MSc in Physical Chemistry, Burdwan University, West Bengal, India
  • BSc (Hons in Chemistry), Bankura Christian College, West Bengal, India


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of the International Zeolite Association

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Course leader, MSc Chemistry and Module tutors of several level 7 modules for MSc and MChem courses


Research activities

Nano-biomaterials for industrial catalysis, drug delivery, water purification, bio-separation and bio-sensors

Research Group - Nano-biomaterials Research Group


Dr. Tapas Sen, Group leader has been invited as a keynote featured speaker at World Innovation Conference & Expo Washington, DC, June 14-17, 2015 on Nano-Water Technology in connection with group’s on-going International project