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Ajai Kumar SINGH

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Department of Chemistry
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143 - Ground Floor
IIT Delhi
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Fax: +91 11 2658 1102


Born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Ph. D. (Prof. R. P. Singh), University of Delhi, 1977.
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1982-present.
Research Associate (Prof. W. R. McWhinnie’s group), University of Aston, Birmingham, U. K.
Coordinator, "Modern Trends in Inorganic Chemistry XI", December 2005.
Visiting Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, Oct. 2007.
Professor (HAG): 2009-
Head, Department of Chemistry, 2009-2012
Honorary member (external) of Science Faculty, University of Delhi (2002-2005; 2008-2011).
Co-Chair, 3rd Asian conference on Coordination Chemistry, Oct 2011
President Inorganic Section, Indian Council of Chemists 2011
Member Senate IIT Indore; 2011-
Associate Editor, RSC Advances. 2015-
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
E-mail: aksingh

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Research Interests

Broadly research interest is "Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry” with focus on Catalyst Designing Particularly using Organochalcogen Ligands for coupling Reactions, Oxidation and Transfer Hydrogenation etc; Metal Chalcogenide Nano-particles: Single source precursors, Catalytic Applications.

Graphene oxide based catalyst

Selected Publications
1. Palladacycles of unsymmetrical (N,C‾,E) (E = S/Se) pincers based on indole: their synthesis, structure and applications in the catalysis of Heck coupling and allylation of aldehydes, M. P. Singh, F. Saleem, G. K. Rao, S. Kumar, H. Joshi and A. K Singh, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 6718.
2. Acridine based (S,N,S) pincer ligand: designing of silver(I) complexes for efficient activation of A3(aldehyde, alkyne and amine) coupling, O. Prakash, H. Joshi, U. Kumar, A. K. Sharma and A. K. Singh, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 1962.
3. Tetragonal Cu2Se nanoflakes: synthesis using selenated propylamine as Se source and activation of Suzuki and Sonogashira cross coupling reactions, V. V. Singh and A. K. Singh, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 725.
4. 2-Propanol vs glycerol as hydrogen source in catalytic activation of transfer hydrogenation with (eta6-benzene)ruthenium(II) complexes of unsymmetrical bidentate chalcogen ligands, A. K. Sharma, H. Joshi, K. N. Sharma, P. L. Gupta and A. K. Singh Organometallics, 2014, 33, 3629.
5. Formation and role of palladium chalcogenide and other species in Suzuki-Miyaura and Heck C-C coupling reactions catalyzed with palladium(II) complexes of organochalcogen ligands: realities and speculations, A. Kumar, G. K. Rao, S. Kumar and A. K. Singh, Organometallics, 2014, 33, 2921.
Group Members

Dr. Ved Vati Singh
Dr. Poornima Singh
Dr. Fariha Saleem
Satyendra Kumar (Ph D)
Alpesh Kumar Sharma (Ph D)
Pooja Dubey (Ph D)
Renu Bhaskar (Ph D)
Sonu (Ph D)

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