Dr. Modhu Sudan Maji
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur      
Telephone: +91-3222-282892 (O)
                       +91-3222-282893 (R)
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 Awards and Fellowship
  • Faculty Excellence Award 2020 from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India. (2020)

  • INSPIRE Faculty Award from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi, India. (2014)

  • The cluster of Excellence UniCat Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research at Technical University Berlin, Germany. (2013)

  • Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. (2010)

  • Ph.D. scholarship of the International Graduate School of Chemistry (GSC-MS), University of Muenster, Germany. (2006)

  • MS scholarship of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. (2003)

  • Passed the National Eligibility Test (NET) exam and was selected for CSIR scholarship. (2005)

  • First Class Second in B.Sc. (Chemistry Honours) in the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. (2003)

  • D. K. Mitra Gold Medal awards for securing the highest mark in the chemistry department of Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur, Kolkata, India. (2003)

  • Foundation for Excellence (FFE) scholarship, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College,  Kolkata,  India. (2000)



Academic Background

PhD (2009):   With Prof. Armido Studer, Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster, Germany and completed his PhD as a member of International Graduate School of Chemistry. Most of his doctoral thesis work was based on transition metal free C-C-coupling reactions of Grignard reagents.

MS (2006):  From Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he worked (1.7 years) with Prof. Goverdhan Mehta and developed an elegant approach towards the total synthesis of bioactive natural product ʽʽTetrodotoxinʼʼ.

BSc (2003): In chemistry (honors) from Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur, University of Calcutta. Secured First Class Second rank in the University.

Professional Experiences

August, 2019 - Present: Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.


December, 2013 - July, 2019: Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.

May, 2013 - November, 2013:  Second postdoctoral research with Prof. Martin Oestreich of Technical University Berlin, Germany as UniCat postdoctoral fellow. Here he developed new chiral Ru-catalysts for asymmetric hydrosilylation reactions.

March, 2010 - April, 2013: First Post Doctoral Research with Prof. Magnus Rueping of RWTH Aachen University and received Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship. Here he acquired a deep insight into the field of Asymmetric Organo-Catalysis (Brønsted acid and Enamine catalysis).

Invited Lectures

[15] International Conference on Organometallics and Catalysis (ICOC 2018) at Goa, India (07.03.2020-10.03.2020)

[14] Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha (August, 2019)

[13] Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India (May, 2019)

[12] International Conference on Chemical & Biological Sciences in Drug Discovery-2019 (IC-CBSDD-2019) at Berhampur University, Odisha, India (08.03.2019-10.03.2019)

[11] International Conference on Organometallics and Catalysis (ICOC 2018) at Goa, India (13.12.2018-16.12.2018).

[10] International Conference on Frontiers in Chemical Sciences (FICS - 2018) at IIT Guwahati, India (06.12.2018-08.12.2018)

[9] International Symposium RASAYAN 3, Medinipur, West Bengal, India. (Nov 2018)

[8] Conference on ‘Frontiers in Organic Synthesis and Catalysis (FOSC-2018)" at IISER Kolkata, India (10-01-2018 to 11-01-2018).

[7] National conference on "Symposium on Contemporary Facets in Organic Synthesis 2017 (CFOS-17)" at IIT Roorkee, India (22-12-2017 to 24-12-2017).

[6] National conference on ‘Material Chemistry for Better Tomorrow 2017 (MCBT 2017)’ at Asutosh College, Kolkata, India, India (07-11-2017).

[5] International conference on ‘Recent Trends of Chemical & Biological Sciences in Medicine, Natural Product and Drug Discovery (ICRTCBSMNPDD)-2017” at Berhampur University, Odisha, India (03-03-2017 to 05-04-2017).

[4] National conference on ‘Organic Molecules: Synthesis and Applications’ at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India (17-02-2017 to 18-02-2017).

[3] International Conference on Innovative Applications of Chemistry in Pharmacology & Technology(IC-IACPT-2015), Berhampur University, Berhampur, India. February 06-08, 2015.

[2] National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, October 30th, 2012.

[1] Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, November 6th, 2012.