Anil J Elias

Anil J Elias

New Text book on main group chemistry: Book Release - IISc Bangalore, October 2018

new book


Born: Kottayam, Kerala
M.Sc. Madras Christian College, Ph.D. IIT Madras, 1989
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow 1990 (Prof. H. W. Roesky), University of Goettingen, Germany
Post Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor, 1992, 1999 (Prof. J. M. Shreeve), University of Idaho, USA
Asst. and Assoc. Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 1993-2002
Associate Professor and Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2002-2017
Professor HAG (Higher Administrative Grade), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2017 to date
Institute Chair Professor, IIT Delhi, January 2020 to date
Awards & Recognitions
1. Recepient: "Best chemistry teacher award 2013" awarded by Tata chemicals, Royal society of chemistry, ACT, CII and Godrej.
2. Recepient: "INSA teachers awards 2012" awarded by Indian National Science Academy for excellence in teaching science & inspiring students.
3. Recipient: Teaching excellence award, IIT Delhi, 2014, for undergraduate teaching.

Author of three textbooks for the IIT program
1. A collection of Interesting General Chemistry Experiments, 2002 and 2007, Universities Press.
2. Basic Organometallic Chemistry: Concepts, Syntheses and Applications of Transition metals, 2010 & 2103, CRC Press and Universities Press (along with Prof. B.D Gupta, IIT Kanpur).
3. The chemistry of the p-block elements: Syntheses, reactions and applications, 2018, Universities Press.

Group Webpage

Research Interests

Main Group chemistry, Organometllic chemistry and Catalysis.

Current focus of the research group is mainly on the synthesis and exploration of catalytic activity of organometallic compounds, main group compounds and transition metal complexes. Emphasis is placed of using sustainable methodologies in catalysis such as using water as the solvent and earth abundant elements and compounds as catalysts.

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    Selected Publications

  1. Susanta Hazra, Vikas Tiwari, Ashutosh Verma, Pritam Dolui, Anil J. Elias, NaCl as catalyst and water as solvent: Highly E- selective olefination of N-heteroarenes with benzyl amines and alcohols, Org. Lett, 2020, 22, 0000.
  2. Susanta Hazra, Ekta Malik,Abhishek Nair, Vikas Tiwari, Pritam Dolui, Anil J. Elias. Catalytic Oxidation of alcohols and amines to value added chemicals suing water as the solvent, Chem. Asian J, 2020, 15, 0000.
  3. Pritam Dolui, Susanta Hazra, Mayukh Deb and Anil J. Elias, Picolinamide Assisted Oxidation of CH2 Groups Bound to Organic and Organometallic Compounds using Ferrocene as a Catalyst, Organometallics, 2019, 38, 2015-2021.
  4. Susanta Hazra, Ajay Kishor Kushwaha, Deepak Yadav, Prtiam Dolui, Mayukh Deb and Anil J. Elias, Table Salt as a Catalyst for the Oxidation of Aromatic Alcohols and Amines to Acids and Imines in Aqueous Medium: Effectively Carrying Out Oxidation Reactions In Sea Water, Green. Chem., 2019, 21, 1929-1934.
  5. Mayukh Deb, Susanta Hazra, Pritam Dolui and Anil J. Elias, Ferrocenium Promoted Oxidation of Benzyl Amines to imines Using Water as the Solvent and Air as the Oxidant, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 479-486.
  6. Susanta Hazra, Priti Pilania, Mayukh Deb, Ajay Kishor Kushawaha and Anil J. Elias, Aerobic Oxidation of Primary Amines to Imines in Water using a Cobalt Complex as Recyclable Catalyst under Mild Conditions, Chem. Eur. J, 2018, 24, 15766-15771.


    Group Members

  • Susanta Hazra (Ph.D.)
  • Pritam Dolui (Ph.D.)
  • Ashutosh Verma (Ph.D.)
  • Parul Saini (Ph.D.)
  • Abhishek Nair (Ph.D.)
  • Ekta (M.Sc.)
  • Vikas Tiwari (M.Sc.)