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Dr Partha Sarathi Mukherjee

  • 2016
  • Chemical Sciences
  • 11/02/1973
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry
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Dr Mukherjee has made significant contributions to coordination driven selfassembly, leading to novel molecular architectures with interesting catalytic properties.

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(a) Significant contributions to science and/ or technology development by the nominee based on the work done in India during most part of last 5 years:
Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee has been working at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) since July, 2005. Currently he is holding a position of Professor in the department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at the institute. Dr. Mukherjee has made major and outstanding contributions to coordination-driven self-assembly. Self-selection and selfrecognition all hallmarks of biological self-assembly have been thoroughly studied by his research group in abiological self-assembly. He has also shown how entities within multicomponent systems interact and influence each other and how the outcome of these processes can be altered by both external stimuli such as temperature, concentration, etc (Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 2605; Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 3199; Chem. Commun. 2012, 2298; Angew Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 8455; Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 7647). His group is the first to observe the self-sorting phenomenon in covalent cage formation (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 554). This unique observation has opened up a new area to explore for selective formation of desired organic self-assembled large molecules from complex reaction mixture. His research has also established that such unusual self-sorting in purely organic cage formation can be nicely controlled by proper functionalization of the building components. Such self-sorting was further utilized successfully for cage-to-cage transformation in very facile manner (Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 1646). Determined to go beyond the synthesis of new molecular architectures, Partha embarked upon applying such assemblies for practical applications. Employing directional self-assembly, Mukherjee‟s group has recently developed several water soluble discrete Pd(II) molecular architectures with hydrophobic pockets and used them as molecular vessels for catalytic organic transformations in the confined nanospace of such architectures in aqueous medium (Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 12322; Chem.Commun. 2013, 4307). Very recently, his group is the first to report Pd (II) cage as heterogeneous catalyst for performing Michael reactions in aqueous medium (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1668) using a series of water insoluble reactants. Mukherjee‟s group has also decorated several discrete organic cages with suitable functional groups for the nucleation of tiny metal nanoparticles in confined space of cages and used such cage supported nanoparticles for organic transformations (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1709). Several recent unfortunate events in some South Asian countries startled everyone from politicians to the researchers and detection of explosives has become a high priority defense enterprise. He has pioneered the use of coordination-driven selfassembly for the preparation of electron rich fluorescent cages and their use as potential selective sensors for the detection of solution/vapour of explosive nitroaromatics (Organometallics, 2008, 27, 316; Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 12137; Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 13321). He has developed a completely new concept of introducing H-bond bond as driving force for the dramatic enhancement of sensitivity of such electron rich sensors (Chem.Commun. 2011, 47, 10046). This new idea gave the birth of new generation supramolecular materials for sensing explosives (Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 13662). He is also having remarkable contributions on polynuclear magnetic materials and single molecule magnets (Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 2566). Dr. Mukherjee is creative, very active and productive scientist. He is at one of the very best scientific institutions in India and the combination of his creativity and talent make him very visible.
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From the work done so far from IISc has produced Ph.D. degree of nine students. Moreover, several MS students and postdocs have been trained. Several fundamental issues like self-sorting, self-selection have been addressed in coordination-driven selfassembly as well as in covalent assembly. Mukherjee‟s work has also provided a new concept that exciton migration is possible through weak H-bonds to enhance sensitivity of a sensor dramatically. This new concept has huge impact in designing ultra-sensitive suitable supramolecular sensors for different analytes. His work on catalytic organic transformations in confined nanospace of molecular architectures has huge impact in chemical synthesis.
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Contact Details


  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Department
    Indian Institute of Science
    C V Raman Avenue
    Bangalore - 560 012
    Karnataka INDIA
  • psm[at]ipc[dot]iisc[dot]ernet[dot]in
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