IIEST, Shibpur

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

(Formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur)

Empowering the nation since 1856

Dr. Nanda Dulal Paul

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Academic Qualifications

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Van't Hoff Institute of Molecular Science, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Professor Bas de Bruin), 2012-Dec 2013.
  • Ph. D. in Science, IACS (Jadavpur University), Kolkata, India, 2012 (Advisor: Professor Sreebrata Goswami)
  • M. Sc. University of Calcutta, 2007
  • B. Sc., St. Xavier's College, Calcutta University, 2005



  1. Office: +9133 2668 4561/62/63 (Ext. 512 , 517)


  1. EMail: ndpaul2014@chem.iiests.ac.in, ndpaul@gmail.com

Area of Research

  • Synthesis of new ligands and catalysts.
  • Homogeneous and Bio-inspired catalysis
  • Spectroscopy
  • X-ray crystallography
  • DFT

Current Research

  • New redox non-innocent ligand design.
  • Synthesis of new catalysts featuring cheap and earth abundant transition metal ions.
  • Development of alternative approaches in homogeneous catalysis using ligand centered redox events.
  • Metal catalyzed C-H functionalization/activation.
  • Dehydrogenation and cross dehydrogenative coupling.
  • Photo catalytic reactions.

Courses Undertaken

UG Courses

  • Bio-inorganic Chemistry (CH 1201)
  • Crystal Field Theory (CH 1201)
  • Chemistry Laboratory

PG Courses

  • Organometallic Chemistry (PGC-102)
  • Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis (PGC-202)
  • Inorganic Reaction Mechanism (PGC-302)
  • EPR Spectroscopy (PGC-304)
  • EPR Spectra of Transition Metal Complexes (PGC-402B)
  • Organometallic Catalysis Involving Transition Metals (PGC-402B)
  • Inorganic Laboratory (PGC-105, PGC-205, PGC-305)

Recent Publications (Last 10)

  1. One-pot Cascade Synthesis of Quinazolin-4(3H)-ones via Nickel-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Coupling of o-Aminobenzamides with Alcohols
    Seuli Parua, Siuli Das, Rina Sikari, Suman Sinha, and Nanda D. Paul
    J. Org. Chem. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b00643.
  2. Diastereoselective Radical-Type Cyclopropanation of Electron-Deficient Alkenes Mediated by the Highly Active Cobalt(II) Tetramethyltetraaza[14]annulene Catalyst
    Andrei Chirila, Braja Gopal Das, Nanda D. Paul, and Bas de Bruin
    ChemCatChem 2017, 9, 1413. (Cover Page)
  3. Deprotonation Induced Ligand Oxidation in a NiII Complex of a Redox Noninnocent N1-(2-Aminophenyl)benzene-1,2-diamine and Its Use in Catalytic Alcohol Oxidation
    Rina Sikari, Suman Sinha, Upasona Jash, Siuli Das, Paula Brandão, Bas de Bruin, and Nanda D. Paul
    Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 6114.
  4. Catalytic Synthesis of 2H-Chromenes
    Nilanjana Majumdar, Nanda D. Paul, Sutanuva Mandal, Bas de Bruin, and William D. Wulff
    ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 2329.
  5. Rhodium catalysed conversion of carbenes into ketenes and ketene imines using PNN pincer complexes
    Z. Tang, S. Mandal, Nanda D. Paul, M. Lutz, P. Li, J. I. van der Vlugt and B. de Bruin
    Org. Chem. Front. 2015, 2, 1561.
  6. A Metalloradical Approach to 2H-Chromenes
    Nanda. D. Paul, S. Mandal, M. Otte, X. Cui, X. P. Zhang, B. de Bruin
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 1090.
  7. Redox Non-innocence of Coordinated 2-(Arylazo) pyridines in Iridium Complexes. Characterization of Redox Series and an Insight into Voltage Induced Current Characteristics
    S. Goswami, D. Sengupta, Nanda D. Paul, T. K. Mondal, S. Goswami
    Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 6103.
  8. Ligand-Centered Redox in Nickel(II) Complexes of 2-(Arylazo)pyridine and Isolation of 2-Pyridyl-Substituted Triaryl Hydrazines via Catalytic N-Arylation of Azo-Function
    D. Sengupta, P. Ghosh, T. Chatterjee, H. Datta, Nanda D. Paul, S. Goswami
    Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 12002.
  9. Carbene Radicals in Cobalt(II)​-​Porphyrin-​Catalysed Carbene Carbonylation Reactions; A Catalytic Approach to Ketenes
    Nanda. D. Paul, A. Chirila, H. Lu, X. P. Zhang, Bas de Bruin
    Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 12953.
  10. Azo Anion Radical Complex of Rhodium as a Molecular Memory Switching Device: Isolation, Characterization, and Evaluation of Current-​Voltage Characteristics
    Nanda. D. Paul, U. Rana, S. Goswami, T. K. Mondal, S. Goswami
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 6520.

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