Research Overview

It was with Friedrich Wöhler that synthetic organic chemistry became a new alias of the heresy that could  disprove the clichéd notion of the Vitalism Theory - where creation of all organic molecules was presumed to be from life itself. Since then, organic chemistry rose to a height of divine prowess as naturally important molecules could be independently prepared in an artificial setting within a chemical lab. Such a drastic development was further expedited by the meteoric emergence of catalytic chemistry. In this regard, site selective C-H activation has emerged as a most economical and efficient technology, that direct fascinating  chemical transformations at phenomenal success rates with an impressive array of a high order of regio and chemo selectivity under ambient conditions.


At IIT Bombay, we specialize in the regioselective transformation of C-X bonds via a plethora of functionalization/defunctionalization pathways through metal catalyzed chemical processes. Our group currently focuses on

1. Remote C-H Functionalization: Site selective functionalization of distal C–H bonds in both aromatic and aliphatic systems 


2. Bioinspired Catalysis: Mimicking the enzymatic active site and thus their functions

3. Heterocyclic Chemistry: Metal mediated diverse method development for pharmaceuticals 

4. Quantum Dots (QD) Photoredox Catalysis: Development of recyclable heterogenous photocatalytic system 

5.  Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing by Catalysis

6. Metal Mediated Defunctionalization: Removal of functional groups from organic molecules 

Our Recent Publications

Ligand-Enabled Pd(II)-Catalyzed Iterative γ-C(sp3)-H Arylation of Free Aliphatic Acid

 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019 (ASAP)

Latest Group News

Congratulations Dr. Sandeep Pimparkar and Dr. Uttam Dutta for getting the doctorate, Cheers!

Our recent paper on six and seven-membered lactone formation published in Chemical Science. To know about the project without much technical jargons Check out this

Read a special interview of Prof. Maiti on the occasion of 10 years of Chemical Science

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