RESEARCH

The Chakraborty Research group is an innovative Chemistry Lab, experimenting and innovating at the cutting edge of science and technology. Our approach involves advanced methodologies, state-of-the-art equipment and materials, and a collaborative mindset.We are interested in studying Organometallic Catalysis, which shape and guide the processes of the Industry.  Some of the areas we are interested in are depicted below.

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  • In an effort to gain better understanding of the transition metal complexes, we aim to design new pincer ligand based organometallic complexes, study their reactivity towards inert C-H, N-H, H-H bonds and explore activation modes of small molecules like N2, H2, CO2 and CO etc with the pincer complexes.

  • Homogeneous Catalysis plays a pivotal role in the synthesis of industrially important molecules for fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agrochemical and so on. Our research work also focuses on designing  suitable homogeneous catalysts and target catalytically challenging sustainable transformations via (transfer) hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, hydrosilylation, hydroamination etc including indepth kinetic and mechanistic investigation.

  • Recent years have witnessed an upsurge in the field of transition metal free main group elements based activation of small molecules and catalysis. In this direction we are interested in developing main group and transition metal hybrid Frustrated Lewis Pairs that are of potentially efficient catalysts for unprecendented transformations.

 

Ongoing Projects

 
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'Pincer Ligand based Transition Metal Catalysts Design for Carbon dioxide activation and catalytic utilization'

Funding agency: IIT Jodhpur, SEED Grant


PI: Dr. Subrata Chakroborty

Duration: 2019-2022

The ongoing project is exploring the possibility of designing novel pincer transition metal catalysts in combination of Lewis acid moieties and their potential to exploit industrially important and catalytically challenging high-value chemical transformations under mild conditions utilizing potent greenhouse gas CO2 as a raw material.