Professor Asit K. Chakraborti has been a founder faculty of NIPER, S A S Nagar (Mohali), Punjab, India and had been intimately associated with the development of this pioneering institute of the country in the fields of pharmaceutical education and research. He is currently Raja Ramanna Fellow in the School of Chemical Sciences, IACS, Kolkata. He superannuated as Professor & Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, NIPER- SAS Nagar, in August 2019 and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Ropar, Punjab before joining IACS as Emeritus Fellow.
He obtained the M. Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry from Burdwan University, West Bengal, India, in 1977, being placed first in the first class and Ph. D. degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Usha Ranjan Ghatak from IACS, Kolkata, India in 1985.
He received post-doctoral research training in the Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA during 1985-1987 and Medicinal Chemistry at Purdue University, Indiana, USA during 1987-1989 and after that joined the Department of Chemistry, the University of Burdwan, Burdwan, West Bengal as a faculty in Jan 1990. He moved to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, NIPER SAS Nagar, as Assistant Professor in Nov 1994, was elevated to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor & Head in 2001. He has also been the Dean of NIPER S. A. S. Nagar.
Prof. Chakraborti has guided 41 Ph. D. and 130 Masters students, published 181 research papers with > 12,000 citations with an h index of 64. He filed 42 patents of which 27 have been granted. He is among the Top 2% Indian Scientist (Field-Organic Chemistry) in the World Ranking 2022 [Indian Rank: 25; World Rank: 1326] and is one of the Top Chemistry Scientists 2022 [World Rank 3713; National Rank 31].
His research interest in Organic Chemistry include the development of new synthetic methodologies (transition-metal-based catalysis and organo-catalysis, C-H activation etc.) in compliance with the green chemistry principles and deriving novel concepts (understanding the molecular level role of acceleration of organic reactions in water and fluorous alcohols, the origin of the organocatalytic potential of ionic liquids etc.). development of Green or Sustainable Chemistry for Greener synthetic routes to bioactive natural products, cardiovascular drugs, and other biologically active molecules, Development of methodologies for solid/solution phase synthesis of small molecular libraries.
He is also a passionate Medicinal Chemist having focus on the Target-based design and synthesis of new chemical entities in various therapeutic areas of Tropical communicable and neglected diseases like Tuberculosis, Leishmaniasis; Non-communicable diseases like Inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and COPD; Diabetes.
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