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    Dr. Saikat Dutta Curriculum Vitae


    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

    National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) at Surathkal, Mangalore 575025, Karnataka, India

    Ph. 91-7899495023; Email: sdutta@nitk.edu.in; dr.saikatdutta2010@gmail.com

    Personal Information:

    Date of Birth: February 5th

    , 1984

    Sex: Male

    Nationality: Indian

    Languages: 1. English: Proficient, 2. Hindi: Proficient, 3. Bengali (native): Proficient

    Permanent Mailing Address:

    C/O Asok Kumar Dutta

    Vill.&P.O. Lakshya, Dist. East Medinipur, PIN 721654, West Bengal, India.

    Educational Qualifications:

    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (2001-2004) in Chemistry (Hons.) along with Physics and Mathematics from the University of

    Calcutta, Kolkata, India. Secured First Class (72.38%) and ranked SEVEN in the university. Secured all India rank

    TWELVE in JAM (Joint Admission Test to M.Sc.).

    Master of Science (M.Sc.) (2004-2006) in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur, India.

    Secured First Class (8.2/10).

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (2006-2010) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

    Passed all qualifying exams and exempted from taking any undergraduate coursework. Successfully completed SIX

    advanced coursework.

    Professional background:

    August, 2006 May, 2010

    Research assistant and Teaching assistant at the Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA-52242, USA.

    Experienced in classroom teaching, laboratory demonstrations, setting up question papers for exams, proctoring and grading

    examinations, and attend office hours. I enjoy helping undergraduate students in achieving their academic and research goals.

    June, 2010 June, 2014

    Post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Chemistry, University of California Davis, Davis, California 95616,

    USA. The current duty includes coming up with new research ideas and projects, broaden the existing scope of research, help

    the supervisor on writing proposals, research papers, patents and review research manuscripts. Experienced in working

    independently and as a member of a team. Enjoy mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and helping them in their

    coursework and research projects.

    July, 2014 May, 2015

    Assistant professor (selection grade) at the Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering Studies, University of

    Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun 248007, Uttarakhand, India. The responsibilities include teaching chemistry

    courses (theory and lab) to B.Tech and M.Tech students, mentor students, handling various academic responsibilities (e.g.,

    member of interview board), and conducting research and development related works (e.g., apply for grants, write



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    Research Experience:

    Undergraduate Work (Jan, 2006 April, 2006):

    The undergraduate research involved synthesizing tridentate, rigid amide and amine based organic ligands for the synthesis

    of open-structured porous metal-organic frameworks having potential applications in molecular separation, and catalysis.

    Thesis Title: Modular synthesis of self-assembled porous structures using multidentate ligands

    PhD Work (August, 2006 May, 2010):

    Reactions conducted in multi-component molecular assemblies or co-crystals have recently been recognized as a general way

    of controlling reactivity in the organic solids. Reactions conducted in solids often lead to unprecedented products due to the

    geometric predisposition and restricted motions imposed on the reactant molecules. [2+2]Photocycloaddition reaction is of

    particular interest due to its topological dependence, well-studied geometric criteria, simple reaction conditions required (i.e.

    UV-light), and wide applications in the mainstream organic synthesis. Specifically, pyridine-functionalized olefins were co-

    crystallized with resorcinol derivatives to form hydrogen-bonded molecular assemblies where the reactive olefinic groups

    were pre-oriented to undergo [2+2]photo-cycloaddition reaction under UV-irradiation. The modular technique allowed the

    targeted syntheses of a range of novel, synthetically challenging functional organic molecules and materials,

    stereospecifically and in quantitative yields.

    Thesis Title: Solid-state reactions in co-crystals: Applications in synthetic chemistry and materials science

    Post-doctoral Work (June, 2010 July, 2014):

    The transformation of biomass into fuels and chemicals has received intense global attention to ensure energy security and

    alleviate serious environmental degradations. Biomass is the largest non-petroleum resource for sustainable generation of

    carbon-based fuels and chemicals due to its geographic preponderance, carbon-neutral nature, and low cost. Chemo-catalytic

    valorization of cellulosic biomass can provide fast, selective access to highly-functionalized molecules that can be

    synthetically modified into fuels, specialty chemicals, and materials to sustain the chemical industries. Carbohydrates and

    untreated lignocellulosic waste biomass undergo dehydration in a biphasic reactor (conc. aq. HCl and organic solvent) to

    form 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) in high isolated yield. A range of fuels and fuels additives, chemical intermediates,

    monomers for polymers, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals were successfully synthesized by suitable synthetic

    modifications of CMF.

    Research Title: Renewable, efficient syntheses of fuels and chemicals from cellulose-derived 5-(chloromethyl)furfural.

    Academic Experience:

    Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) (July, 2014 May, 2015):

    Assistant Professor (Selection Grade, 8000 AGP) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies

    (UPES), Dehradun-248007, Uttarakhand, India. Responsibilities included teaching chemistry to B.Tech. students (both

    theory and laboratory) as instructor, research and development activities, and other academic responsibilities (e.g., design

    syllabus, set up exam papers).

    Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) (June, 2015 To Date):

    Assistant Professor (Selection Grade, 8000 AGP) at the Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology

    Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal, Mangalore-575025, Karnataka, India.

    Professional Skills:

    - Multistep organic synthesis (preparation, purification, and characterization)

    - Solvent-free Synthesis, Green Chemistry

    - Crystallization, Co-crystal screening, Crystal engineering

    - High pressure and high temperature reactions using pressure vessels

    - Hands on experience in analytical instruments (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, GC, HPLC, MS, TGA, DSC, PXRD, Single Crystal X-ray)

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    - Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Taught various physical and organic chemistry courses (basic and advanced), held discussions and office hours, proctored and graded exams, experienced as a teaching

    assistant in a laboratory coursework

    - Taught both theory and laboratory courses as an instructor. Handled classes with student strength up to 70. Taught Chemistry 101, Chemistry 103, Chemistry Lab 104, and Chemistry Lab 106 for B.Tech.

    - A regular computer operator with years of experience in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe products, Chem Draw, Spartan, CCDC, RestReNova, Scifinder, WinGX, and Internet surfing.

    Awards & Honors:

    1. All India Rank TWELVE in JAM (Joint Admission Test to M.Sc.) conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (a handful of prestigious research institutes in India that are well-known in the world) in 2004.

    2. Succeeded in the All India Admission Test for Integrated Ph.D. conducted by Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISC) in 2004.

    3. All India Rank ONE in the admission test for M.Sc conducted by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 2004.

    4. Qualified for LS (Lectureship) and JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) in NET (National Eligibility Test) conducted by CSIR-UGC (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - University Grants Commission) and also shortlisted

    for the prestigious Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Scholarship (chemical science) in 2005.

    5. All India Rank SIX (99.47 percentile, chemistry CY) in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) in 2006, an examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and is recognized by all the universities in India.

    6. Scored 92 percentile in Graduate Record Examination in Chemistry (Chemistry GRE) in 2006. Scored 1270/1600 in computer-based GRE in English and 250/300 in computer-based Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL).

    7. Travel fellowship for the 235th National ACS Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2008; awarded by the Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.

    8. Summer fellowship awarded by the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA (May, 2009).

    9. Travel fellowship for the 247th National ACS Conference, Dallas, TX, 2014; awarded by the University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA (March, 2014)

    10. Travel allowance for attending Indo-US Conference on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuel (Indo-US CALB-2014) at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, India; awar