Biplab Maji

Assistant Professor
Dept: Chemical Sciences(DCS)
E-mail: bm [at]
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Research Interest:
  • Molecular catalysis: Metal catalysis, organocatalysis, photoredox catalysis.
  • Development of new methodology: Carbon-carbon and carbon-hetero atom bonds formation, cascade reactions
  • Physical organic chemistry: Kinetics and mechanisms
  • Organic synthesis: Synthesis of natural products and bioactive compounds

Academic Background:
  1. PhD (Chemistry, 2012): Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  2. M.Sc. (Chemistry, 2009): Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  3. B.Sc. (Chmistry Hons, 2007): Ramakrishna Misson Vidyamandira, University of Calcutta, Kolkata

  1. Assistant Professor (July 2016 – present): Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India
  2. Humboldt Fellow (2015 – 2016): Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  3. Postdoc (2013 – 2015): Molecular Catalyst Research Center, Chubu University, Japan
  4. Postdoc (2012 – 2013): Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  5. Master thesis (2008 – 2009): Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Awards and Honors:
  1. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2015)
  2. “Förderpreis 2013” (Promotionspreis) for best Ph.D. theses from all Science Faculties of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  3. Award of the Dr. Klaus Römer-Stiftung for PhD students (2012)

Selected Publications:
  1. Catalytic Enantioselective Nitroso Diels-Alder Reaction (B. Maji*, H. Yamamoto*, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 15957)
  2. Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis of Tertiary a-Hydroxy Phosphonic Acid Derivatives with In Situ Generated Nitrosocarbonyl Compounds as the Oxygen Source (B. Maji*, H. Yamamoto*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 14472)
  3. Proline-Tetrazole-Catalyzed Enantioselective N-Nitroso Aldol Reaction of Aldehydes with In Situ Generated Nitrosocarbonyl Compounds (B. Maji*, H. Yamamoto*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8714)
  4. N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Organocatalysts with Moderate Nucleophilicity but Extraordinarily High Lewis Basicity (B. Maji, M. Breugst, H. Mayr*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 6915)