Dr. Debashis Adhikari
Assistant Professor, Chemical Sciences

Email adhikari(AT)iisermohali.ac.in
Phone  +91 9836176798
Fax +91 172 2240124
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Research Area
Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation, M-L Multiple Bonding

Research Focus

Our research focus is in synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry with heavy emphasis on small molecule activation and catalysis. We plan to develop ligand architectures which can support transition metals tailored toward unusual transformations relevant to energy and environment. In this respect, we are very interested in developing the catalyst system comprising cheap, abundant, non-toxic base metals instead of their popular heavier congeners. The groups’ endeavor will encompass synthesis, structural and mechanistic understanding (both experimental and computational approach) of the transition metal systems under low-coordinate environment. Students will learn a great deal of air-sensitive manipulations and will also be familiar with a wide array of spectroscopic and analytical techniques including X-ray crystallography, cyclic Voltammetry, multinuclear NMR, EPR, SQUID, MÃssbauer spectroscopies. The electronic structure of the targeted molecules will also be investigated taking guidance from computational investigation

Selected Publications


  • Adhikari, D.*; Raghavachari, K, H2S Reactivity on Oxygen Deficient Heterotrimetallic Cores: Cluster Fluxionality Simulates Dynamic Aspects of Surface Chemical Reactions, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120, 466-472.
  • Adhikari, D.; Miller, A. W.; Baik, M-H.; Nguyen, S. T, Intramolecular Ring-opening from a CO2-derived Nucleophile as the Origin of Selectivity for 5-substituted Oxazolidinone from the (Salen)Cr-Catalyzed [Aziridine + CO2] Coupling,Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 1293-1300.
  • Adhikari, D.; Nguyen S. T; Baik M-H, A Computational Study of the Mechanism of the [(Salen)Cr +DMAP-Catalyzed Formation of Cyclic Carbonates from CO2 and Epoxide,Chem. Commun. 2014,50, 2676-2678.
  • Adhikari, D.; Mossin, S.; Basuli, F.; Huffman, J. C.; Szilagyi, R. K.; Meyer, K.; Mindiola, D. J , Structural, Spectroscopic and Theoretical Elucidation of a Redox Active Pincer-Type Ancillary Applied in Catalysis,. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 3676-3682.
  • Fafard, C. M.; Adhikari, D.; Foxman, B. M.; Mindiola, D. J.; Ozerov, O. V, Addition of Ammonia, Water, and Dihydrogen Across a Single Pd-Pd Bond,J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 10318-10319.