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  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (July, 2019 - Present)

    Department of Chemistry, IIT Guwahati

    Executed my research with IIT Guwahati MHRD Fellowship (July, 2019 - Aug, 2020) until I received Prime Minister's Research Fellowship on September, 2020.

    CoursesGradeOverall CPI
    Applied Inorganic ChemistryAA 
    Physical Methods in ChemistryAB9.5
    New Reagents for Organic SynthesisAA 
    Bioinorganic ChemistryAB 
  • Master of Science in Chemistry ( 2016 - 18 )

    University of North Bengal

    Completed my Master’s degree with the specialization in Organic Chemistry securing 2nd rank in University.

    M.Sc. project: Project performed on “Synthesis of Cyclohex-2-ene-1-one”, “Preparation of Neroline and its wide variety of applications” & “Preparation of diazomethane and its applications” under the guidance of Prof. Pranab Ghosh at the Dept. of Chemistry, University of North Bengal in 2018.

  • Bachelor of Science (2013 - 16)

    University of North Bengal

    Successfully finished my Bachelor's degree with Chemistry Honours from Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College. Physics and Mathematics were my additional subjects.


Everything in our daily life including foods, medicines, clothing and fuels are made of organic molecules. Hence selective molecular engineering, assembly, and architecture defined a never ending necessity for synthetic organic chemist. My intent is to develop new methods to build organic molecules in ever faster, cheaper and more environmentally benign ways.

Catalysis has revolutionized organic synthesis. In contrast to the limited scope and by product formation in traditional coupling reactions, inert C−H bonds activation and functionalization, once regarded “Holy Grail” of chemistry, with high step efficiency, atom economy for the synthesis of pharmaceutically important core molecules is my key research domain. It can greatly shorten the route to valuable compounds and can lead to transformation and products that were even impossible earlier.

My present study is focused on merging C-H and C-C bond activation for constructing precursors of biologically active alkaloids such as ergot and hapalindoles, which acts as antibacterial, antimycotic, and anticancer agents. Remarkably, the utility of our strategy can also be highlighted by the potential application in late-stage functionalization of some familiar blockbuster drugs such as fibrate drug gemfibrozil, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs S(+)-Ibuprofen, Naproxen and a novel bacterial metabolite deoxycholic acid methyl ester.




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Prof. Tharmalingam Punniyamurthy Ms. Tripti Paul
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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
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