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Department of Chemistry
Basab Bijayi Dhar
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, 2006
M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India, 1999
B.Sc. (Hons) degree, Chemistry major, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India, 1997
Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Science, Shiv Nadar University, July 2015.

Pool Officer (Scientist, CSIR pool scheme), in Chemical Engineering and Process Development Div., CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, April, 2011-June, 2015.

Research Associate (Guest), Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University (December 2010 – March 2011)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Div., Queen’s University, ON, Canada (August 2009 – August 2010)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Div., Kent State University, Ohio, USA (October 2005 – July 2009)
Research Interests
  1. Development of heterogeneous and homogeneous oxidation catalysis for various organic transformations using first row transition metal, thereby minimizing the use of rare metals as catalysts in synthetic chemistry. Understanding mechanism and reactive intermediate trap and characterization.

  2. Flow cell kinetics for heterogeneous reactions.

  3. Development of hybrid catalyst for photochemical and photo-electrochemical water splitting and study the detail mechanism; Organic transformation based on photochemical reactions using first row elements.

  4. Economically cheap catalyst design for environmental remediation of pollutants and mechanistic study.
Select Publications
Synthesis of Gold, Silver, Palladium and Platinum Nanoparticles Fabricated on Cysteine-Modified Silk Fibroin and their Catalytic Activity, S. Das, B. B. Dhar, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 46285-46292.

Homogeneous chemical and photochemical water oxidation by mononuclear Fe(III)biuret-amide complex: evidence of high valent Fev(oxo) species is the reactive intermediate, C. Panda, J. Debgupta, D. Díaz Díaz, S. Sen Gupta, B. B. Dhar, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 12273-12282.

Fe-TAML Encapsulated inside Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles as Peroxidase Mimic: Femtomolar Protein Detection, S. Kumari, B. B. Dhar, C. Panda, A. Meena, S. Sen Gupta, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 13866-13873.

Formation of a Room Temperature Stable Fe(V)-oxo Complex: Reactivity Towards Unactivated C–H bonds, M. Ghosh, K. K. Singh Sagar, C. Panda, A. Weitz, M. P. Hendrich, T. J. Collins, B. B. Dhar, S. Sen Gupta, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 9524-9527, selected for cover page of the issue 136(27).

Organophotocatalysis in nanostructured softgel materials as tunable reaction vessels: Comparison with homogeneous and micellar solutions, J. Bachl, A. Hohenleutner, B. B. Dhar, C. Cativiela, U. Maitra, B. König, D. Díaz Díaz, J. Mat. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 4577-4588.

Catalytic signal amplication using [FeIII(biuret-amide)]-mesoporous silica nanoparticle: visual cyanide detection, C. Panda, B. B. Dhar, B. Malvi, Y. Bhattacharjee, S. Sen Gupta, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 2216-2218.

Ultra Small Gold Cluster Arrays Encapsulated in Silica Nano-spheres: Applications in Fluorescence Imaging and Catalysis, A. Samanta, B. B. Dhar, R. N. Devi, J. Phy. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 1748-1754.

A study of the kinetics of La3+-promoted methanolysis of a series of S-aryl methylphosphonothioates: possible methodology for decontamination of EA2192, the toxic byproduct of VX hydrolysis, B. B. Dhar, D. R. Edwards, R. S. Brown, Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 3071-3077.

Hypovalent Titanium and Ti(II)-Ti(III) interconversions, B. B. Dhar*, E. S. Gould; Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 1616-1619.

Reactions of aquatitanium(II) with hypervalent chromium Species, B. B. Dhar*, R.Mukherjee, E. S. Gould, Dalton Trans., 2009, 868-871.

Reductions of oxo species by aquatitanium(II) as catalyzed by titanium(IV), B. B. Dhar, E. S. Gould; Dalton Trans., 2007, 1416-1419.

Mechanistic investigation of the oxidation of glyoxylic and pyruvic acids by tris(biguanide) manganese(IV) in weakly acidic aqueous media, B. B. Dhar, R. Mukherjee, S. Mukhopadhyay, R. Banerjee, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2004, 4854-4858.

Kinetics and mechanism of oxidation of Fe2+ by tris(biguanide) manganese(IV) ion in aqueous acid media, B. B. Dhar, R. Mukherjee, S. Mukhopadhyay, R. Banerjee, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2004, 2950-2955.
Funded Project
Funded Project: DST, India supported the project entitled “Cleavage of organophosphate pesticide by highly charged metal centre as catalyst”. SERB/F/3945/2013-14 dated 18.09.2013.
Executive Summary
Dr. Dhar specializes in the mechanistic studies of inorganic, organic and enzymetic reactions. His recent research work mainly focused on sustainable and green chemistry. He wants to develop heterogeneous and homogeneous oxidation catalysis for various organic transformations using first row elements, thereby minimizing the use of rare metals as catalysts in synthetic chemistry. A recent highlight of his research has been first ever quantitative formation of a Fev(O) reactive intermediate species at room temperature and study of its reactivity towards various organic transformations like hydroxylation of unactivated C-H bond. He has already published more than 27 research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as a pool scientist in CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

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