Suman De Sarkar

Assistant Professor
Dept: Chemical Science(DCS)
E-mail: suman.sarkar [at]
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Research Interest:
  • Transition Metal Free Oxidative Activation of C-C, C-Het and Het-Het Bonds
  • Transition Metal Catalyzed Atom-Economic Transformations

Academic Background:
  1. Ph.D. (2010): Institute of Organic Chemistry, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Muenster, Germany.
  2. M.S. (Chemistry) (2007): Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India.
  3. B. Sc. (Chemistry) (2005): University of Calcutta, India

  1. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India (Since October 2015)
  2. Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015): Georg-August-University, Goettingen, Germany. (Advisor: Professor L. Ackermann)
  3. Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013): University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. (Advisor: Professor K. Gademann)

Awards and Honors:
  1. Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellowship (2013)
  2. DSM Science & Technology Award, Netherlands (2011)
  3. NRW International Graduate School of Chemistry doctoral fellowship, Germany (2007)
  4. Qualified the Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) and selected for CSIR scholarship, India (2007)
  5. D. C. Mukherjee Gold Medal award for securing the highest marks in chemistry department in the Vivekananda College, Kolkata, India (2005)

Selected Publications:
  1. J. Li, S. Warratz, D. Zell, S. De Sarkar, E. E. Ishikawa, L. Ackermann: N-Acyl Amino Acid Ligands for Ruthenium(II)-catalyzed meta-C–H tert-Alkylation with Removable Auxiliaries, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b08435.
  2. S. De Sarkar and A. Studer: NHC Catalyzed Michael Addition to α, β-Unsaturated Aldehydes by Redox Activation, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9266. (>129 Citations and highlighted in Synfacts 2011, 96)
  3. S. De Sakar, S. Grimme and A. Studer: NHC Catalyzed Oxidations of Aldehydes to Esters: Chemoselective Acylation of Alcohols in Presence of Amines, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1190. (>171 Citations and highlighted in Synfacts 2010, 359)