"Chemical research conducts to the knowledge of philosophical truth, and forms the mind to philosophical enlargement and accuracy of thought, more happily than almost any other species of investigation in which the human intellect can be employed"

  Research Interests

Organic Synthesis, Physical Organic Chemistry, Reaction Mechanisms, Asymmetric Catalysis, Materials Chemistry

(a) Development of new synthetic methods
  • C-C and C-X bond formation via Michael addition, Diels-Alder reaction, 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition, Morita-Baylis-Hillman reaction etc

  • New methods involving one pot multistep reactions, multicomponent reactions and atom economical reactions involving nitroalkenes

  • Asymmetric reactions: asymmetric catalysis, ligand-metal and organocatalysts

  • Synthetic applications of several reactive intermediates

(b) Synthesis of 'unnatural' products and novel materials with interesting properties
  • Theoretically interesting molecules and intermediates: carbenes, strained alkenes and alkynes, nonclassical aromatic and antiaromatic systems

  • Multi-functional bioactive molecules, high energy density (HED) materials

(c) Study of various reaction pathways
  • Chemo-, regio- and stereodifferentiations in organic reactions