Dr. Debabrata Maiti

    Associate Professor

    Department of Chemistry

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Powai, Mumbai 400076


    Ph:   022-2576 7155     

    Fax: 022 -2576 7152

    Email: dmaiti[at]chem.iitb.ac.in

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Academic Background

Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins University, USA (2003-2008).

M.Sc.; IIT Bombay (2001-2003)

Professional Experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008-2010)

Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay (December-2010- )


Positions available for motivated Post Doctoral candidates.

Research Interests


  • Development of Transition-Metal Mediated Reactions
  • Bioinspired Catalysis

Representative Publications:

  • Stereoselective Nitration of Olefins with tBuONO and TEMPO: Direct Access to Nitroolefins under Metal-free Conditions.
    Maity, S.; Togati, N.; Sharma, U.; Maiti, D.
    Org. Lett., 2013

  • Iron-Catalyzed Direct C–H Arylation of Heterocycles and Quinones with Arylboronic Acids.
    Deb, A.; Manna, S.; Maji, A.; Dutta, U.; Maiti, D.
    Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2013 .

  • A Predictably Selective Nitration of Olefin with Fe(NO3)3and TEMPO.
    Naveen, T.; Maity, s.; Sharma, U.; Maiti, D.
    J. Org. Chem., 78(12), 5949-5954, 2013.

  • Iron-Mediated Decarboxylative Trifluoromethylation of a,ßUnsaturated Carboxylic Acids with Trifluoromethanesulfinate.
    Patra, T.; Deb, A.; Manna, S.; Sharma, U.; Maiti, D.
    Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2013.

  • Synthesis of (E)-Nitroolefins via Decarboxylative Nitration using t-Butylnitrite (t-BuONO) and TEMPO.
    Manna, S.; Jana, S.; Saboo, T.; Maji, A.; Maiti, D.
    Chem. Commun., 49, 5286-5288, 2013. DOI :

  • Efficient and Stereoselective Nitration of Mono- and Disubstituted Olefins with AgNO2 and TEMPO.
    Maity, S.; Manna, S.; Rana, S.; Togati, N.; Mallick, A; Maiti, D.
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 3355-3358, 2013. DOI : (Invited for Synstory, Synpact).

  • Decarbonylative Halogenation by a Vanadium Complex.
    Rana. S; Haque, R.; Santosh, G.; Maiti, D.
    Inorg. Chem., 52, 2927-2932, 2013. DOI :

  • Nickel-catalyzed decyanation of inert carbon-cyano bonds.
    Patra, T.; Agasti, S.; Akanksha; Maiti, D.
    Chem. Comm., 49, 69-71, 2013. DOI : (Top 10 most accessed article).

  • An efficient dehydroxymethylation reaction by a palladium catalyst.
    Modak, A.; Togati, N.; Maiti, D.
    Chem. Comm., 49, 252-254, 2013. DOI : (Topmost accessed article)

  • Microwave-Assisted Palladium Mediated Decarbonylation Reaction: Synthesis of Eulatachromene.
    Akanksha; Maiti, D.
    Green Chem., 14, 2314-2320. DOI : 2012.

  • Maiti, Debabrata; Fors, Brett P.; Henderson, Jaclyn L.; Nakamura, Yoshinori; Buchwald, Stephen L.; Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling of Functionalized Primary and Secondary Amines with Aryl and Heteroaryl Halides: Two Ligands Suffice In Most Cases Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 57

  • Woertink, Julia S; Tian, Li; Maiti, Debabrata; Lucas, Heather R.; Himes, Richard A.; Karlin, Kenneth D.; Neese, Frank; Wartele, Christian; Holthausen, Max C.; Bill, Eckhard; Sundermeyer, Jarg; Schindler, Siegfried; Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of an End-on Bound Superoxo-Cu(II) Complex: Geometric and Electronic Factors That Determine the Ground State Inorg. Chem., 2010, 49, 9450.