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Curriculum Vitae

Affiliation: Ph.D., Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education
and Research (IISER) Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Phone No.: +91-9641491263, Skype-sashi.debnath3

Education and Qualification:

Ph. D. 2013-2017
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Ph.D.
advisorDr. Sanjio S. Zade). Thesis title Synthesis of -conjugated Building Blocks: Staging in
Organic Electronic Devices and their Doping Characteristics.
Visiting scientist (IUSSTF) June-November 2016
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA (PI - Professor D. Venkatraman).
M. Sc. 2009-2011
Master of Science, University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India.

B. Sc. 2006-2009
Raiganj University College, University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India.

Professional Summary:
Focused chemist well acquainted with organic synthesis and purification techniques based in industrial
chemical processes. Especially skilled in catalytic reactions and multistep process protocols based on
functionalized heterocyclic compounds. Dedicated researcher with work experience both in national and
foreign labs. Appreciated for team work and also a successful project mentor. Can learn new techniques and
processes effectively.

1. 2016: Awarded BASE-Fellowship Award by Indo-US Science and technology Forum, Host-
Prefacer D. Venkatraman (UMASS-Amherst, USA)
2. 2016: Best poster award in DCS day 2016 at IISER Kolkata
3. 2015: Best poster award at in Chemical Frontier 2015, Goa Chapter, India (National symposium)
4. 2012: Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) in Chemical Science, All India Rank: 87
5. 2011: Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in Chemistry

Experience and Research Skills:

1. Synthesis of multiple Sulfur and Selenium containing fused bicyclic heterocycles
(Diselenolodiselenole, Thienopentathiepine).
2. Synthesis of conjugated polymers on combination of an electron-donor (Thiophene, 3-
Hexylthiophene, Cyclopenta[c]thiophene, Cyclopenta[c]selenophene) and an electron-acceptor
(4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene, naphthalenediimide, diketopyrrolopyrrole) moiety
3. Synthesis of acetylene and vinylene containing conjugated Co-polymers.
4. Basic reaction skills - Glaser coupling, Vilsmeier-Haack reaction, Sonogashira coupling, Stille
coupling, Suzuki coupling, Aromatization with DDQ and Pd/C, asymmetric and symmetric
protection of amide groups in fused aromatic systems (1 to 10 gm scale), reduction reactions with
LiAlH4, NaH and Sn/HCL, selective halogenation reactions, Reactions with n-BuLi, LDA, TiCl4.
5. Single crystal X-ray crystallography for structure determination of conjugated small molecules.
6. Electrochemical polymerization of conjugated small molecules by chronoamperometry.
7. Electrochemical and chemical doping of conjugated polymers and spectroelectrochemical study.
8. Fabrication and characterization of organic solar cells of conjugated materials. Configuration:
ITO/PEDOT:PSS/(1:1 w/w Polymer:PC71BM)/Ca/Al.
9. Organic field-eect transistors (OFETs) to measure the charge-carrier mobility of conjugated
materials by using prefabricated bottom-contact FET substrates.

Technical Skills:

Spectroscopic tools: 1H, 13C, 19F-NMR, UV-vis- DLS, EPR

NIR, Fluorescence, MALDI-TOF MS, ESI-MS Single Crystal X-ray, PXRD
Thermal: TGA, DSC. Column chromatography, Kugelrohr
GPC Glove box, Thermal evaporator, solar
Cyclic Voltammetry, Chronoamperometry, simulator, OPVs
Spectroelectrochemistry, Electrochromic OFET Device fabrication
Switching Conductivity measurement
Microscopy: AFM, SEM DFT calculations

Conferences and Poster Presentations:

1. Inter IISER Chemistry Meet 2015, IISER TVM (Oral Presentation)
2. Indo-German Workshop, IISc, Bangalore 2015
3. IBSCC International conference, IISER-K, 2015 (Poster Presentation)
4. National: Chemical Frontier 2015, Goa Chapter, India. (Poster Presentation)
5. International conference: Macro 2015, IACS-Kolkata, India. (Poster Presentation)
6. 3rd DCS Department Day 2014, IISER-Kolkata (Oral Presentation)

Successfully mentored four PhD students in their initial projects 2014-2016. Trained five master
project students from 2013 to 2017.

List of Publications:
1. Sashi Debnath, Sundaresan Chithiravel, Anjan Bedi, Kothandam Krishnamoorthy*, Sanjio S. Zade,*
Selenium Containing Fused Bicyclic Heterocycle, Diselenolodiselenole: Field Effect Transistor Study and
Structure Property Relationship, ACS Appl. Mater.& Interfaces 2016, 8, 1822218230. DOI:
10.1021/acsami.6b02154, Impact factor- 7.14.
2. Sashi Debnath, Soumya Singh, Anjan Bedi, Kothandam Krishnamoorthy, Sanjio S. Zade*, Synthesis,
Optoelectronic, and Transistor Properties of BODIPY- and Cyclopenta[c]thiophene-Containing -
Conjugated Copolymers, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 15859. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b02743, Impact
factor - 4.50.
3. Sashi Debnath, Anjan Bedi, and Sanjio S. Zade*, Thienopentathiepine: sulfur containing fused
heterocycle for conjugated systems and their electrochemical polymerization, Polymer chemistey, (inside
cover page) 2015, 6, 7658. DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01133G, Impact factor- 5.52.
4. Sashi Debnath*, Soumya Singh, Anjan Bedi, Kothandam Krishnamoorthy, Sanjio S. Zade*, Site-
Selective Synthesis and Characterization of BODIPYAcetylene Copolymers and Their Transistor
Properties, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2016, 54, 19781986, DOI:
10.1002/pola.28064 (Corresponding author). Impact factor- 3.24.
5. Anjan Bedi, Sashi Debnath and Sanjio S. Zade*, Diselenolodiselenole: a selenium containing fused
heterocycle for conjugated systems, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 13454. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc05439c. Impact
factor- 6.56.
6. Anjan Bedi, Sashi Debnath, Hemant S. Chandak and Sanjio S. Zade*, Phenyl-capped
cyclopenta[c]chalcogenophenes: synthesis, crystal structures, electrochemistry and theoretical insights,
RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 35653. DOI: 10.1039/C4RA05687F. Impact factor- 3.28.
7. Sushil R Bhatta, Varun Bheemireddy, Gonela Vijaykumarc, Sashi Debnath, Arunabha Thakur*. An
efficient molecular tool with ferrocene backbone: discriminating Fe3+ from Fe2+ in aqueous media
Organometallics, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00199. Impact factor- 4.12.
8. Sashi Debnath, Connor J. Boyle, Dongming Zhou, Kevin Kittlestved, Sanjio S. Zade, D. Venkataraman*.
Ambient Stable Radical Anion Polymers Based on Naphthalenediimide and Vinylene Spacer, (Submitted).
9. Tanmoy Biswas, Sashi Debnath, Sagar Ganguly, Sanjio S. Zade,* Venkataramanan Mahalingam*.
Porous polymer mediated metal-free water oxidation in alkaline medium, (Manuscript under preparation).
10. Sashi Debnath, Connor J. Boyle, Dongming Zhou, Kevin Kittlestved, D. Venkataraman*.
Naphthalenediimide Based Dimers: Generation of Radical Cation and Anions via Single-Electron Transfer
Process, (Manuscript under preparation).


1) Dr. Sanjio S. Zade (Ph.D. advisor) 2) Professor D. Venkatraman (Host)

Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Department of Chemistry,
Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
Mohanpur - 741246, Nadia, India. 710 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003. USA
E-mail: Call +1(413)695 9056
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3) Dr. K. Krishnamoorthy 4) Dr. Priyadarsi De
Polymer Science and Engineering Division, CSIR- Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute
National Chemical Laboratory, CSIR-Network of of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata,
Institutes for Solar Energy, Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Mohanpur - 741246, Nadia, India.
Pune 411008, India. E-mail:
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