Dr. Sukanta Mandal

Assistant Professor


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Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur-721302, West Bengal, India.


Ph.D. (IIT Kanpur)


Doctoral Study

Dec. 2003 - Jan 2009: IIT Kanpur (Supervisor: Prof. Rabindranath Mukherjee)

Post-Doctoral Research Experience:

  • 2009-2011: Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain (Supervisor: Prof. Antoni Llobet)
  • 2011-2013: Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea (Supervisors: Prof. Antoni Llobet, Prof. Shunichi Fukuzumi, Prof. Wonwoo Nam)

Academic Position Hold:

  • Assistant Professor (from 18th February, 2015 to Till date): Department of Chemistry, IIT Kharagpur
  • Assistant Professor (from 1st December, 2014 to 30th January, 2015): Department of Chemistry, NIT Patna
  • DST-INSPIRE Faculty (from 20th August, 2013 to 31st October, 2014): Department of Chemistry, Assam University, Silchar

Research Statement

The Mother Nature has designed a wide range of metalloenzymes to perform chemical reaction in a very selective and efficient manner. In order to gain insights into the molecular mechanisms of metalloenzymes it is necessary to have an understanding of the fundamental processes involved in catalysis by simple metal salts and their coordination complexes. So a field of biomimetic model study has been developed. The goal of our research group is to develop transition metal redox catalyst having biological and technological importance. The development of catalyst involves the interplay of a variety of disciplines including, synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, kinetics and catalysis.

The group is currently involved in the followings research areas:

(1) Synthetic Bioinorganic Model Chemistry

(2) Bioinspired Redox Catalysis Using Transition Metal Complexes

(3) Water Splitting Chemistry Towards Artificial Photosynthesis


Design & Synthesis of Molecular Catalyst for Water Oxidation Reactions Based on Transition Metals
Client :   ISIRD, SRIC,IIT Kharagpur; Rs. 28,00,000/- (Completed)
Consultant :   Sukanta Mandal (PI)
Co-Consultant(s) :   N.A.

Syntheses, Characterizations and Reactivity Aspects of Metal (III) - Hydroxo Complexes: Biomimetic Model of lipoxygenase-Like Activity
Client :   Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), New Delhi; Rs. 33,90,000/- (Ongoing)
Consultant :   Sukanta Mandal (PI)
Co-Consultant(s) :   N.A.

Development of Artificial photosystem II: Water Oxidation Catalyst
Client :   DST INSPIRE Faculty Award; Rs. 35,00,000/- (Ongoing)
Consultant :   Sukanta Mandal (PI)
Co-Consultant(s) :   N.A.

Awards and Recognition

  1) DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award - 2012

Courses Taught

   Inorganic Chemistry I (CY20105)

  Inorganic Chemistry II (CY20106)

  Chemistry (CY11001)

  Chemistry Lab (CY19001)


  Inorganic Chemistry: Principle, Structure & Reactivity (CY41005)




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Group Members

  Animesh Kundu (SRF)
Topic: Synthetic Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis
Email: kundu.animesh92@gmail.com

  Mofijul Molla
Topic: Bio-inspired Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis
Email: mofijul.molla2014@gmail.com

  Nirmalya Podder
Topic: Bio-inspired Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis
Email: nirmaiya9804@gmail.com

  Suman Kumar Dey
Topic: Water Oxidation Catalysis
Email: vu.suman@gmail.com

Group Alumni