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Amlan Kumar Pal

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Amlan Kumar Pal
Postal address:
School of Chemistry
Purdie Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom

Email: akp5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 464808

Research overview

Efficient harvesting and utilization of solar energy by light-harvesting molecules is one of the principal aims of research in renewable energy sources and these molecules can find their applications in various different fields, such as, from materials chemistry to catalysis. Strategic design engineering of these molecules would also allow these molecules to form discrete supramolecular assemblies with pre-predicted 2D or 3D geometries which can be used for drug delivery and electron/energy transfer processes. Research in Amlan’s group focuses in syntheses of earth-abundant and environmentally friendly transition metal organometallic complexes and determining the structure-property relationship of these complexes by a set of analytical and spectroscopic techniques. These complexes are then used for photoredox catalysis with mechanistic understanding in energy demanding homo- or hetero-coupling reactions, cycloadditions and pericyclic reactions, (hydro)trifluoromethylations etc. In a different project, judiciously designed ‘metallo-ligands’ with spatially separated coordination vectors allows one to form luminescent supramolecules which can be used as NIR probes in cancer-biology and photo-/electro-catalysts in hydrogen production.

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