Crystal engineering & Us...

Our research aims to design and synthesize several functional materials by the utilization of crystal engineering approaches.  The judicious choice of hydrogen bonds, several other intermolecular interactions and coordination bonds are the key for the creation of novel materials with predefined structure and therefore desired properties. The extended framework structures via coordination and covalent bonds results in MOFs & COFs, respectively, with high porosity, selective adsorptivity, dye encapsulation and catalysis.  Also these materials exhibit excellent ability for post synthetic modifications to produce the materials otherwise can’t be synthesized and they display novel properties which are very different from those of the parent materials.  The hydrogen bonding or supramolecular synthon assisted cocrystals, organic salts and metal assisted organogels were also of our interest for their multifunctional properties which include SCSC [2+2] dimerization/polymerization reactions, luminescence and proton conductivity. Furthermore, synthesis of SOFs with intriguing photocatalytic properties for water splitting also is part of our research interests.


Cocrystals and Salts of 4,4′-Dinitro-2,2′,6,6′-tetracarboxybiphenyl
with N‑Heterocycles: Solid State Photodimerization of Criss-Cross
Aligned Olefins and Photophysical Properties

Abhijit Garai and Kumar Biradha*

Porous Li-MOF as Solid-State Electrolyte: Exploration of Lithium Ion Conductivity through Bio-inspired Ionic Channels

Karabi Nath, Abdulla Bin Rahaman, Rajib Moi, Kartik Maity and Kumar Biradha*

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Congratulation to Dr. Abhijit Garai for getting the opportunity at University of Hydrabad as a Postdoctoral fellow!


Congratulations to Prof. Kumar Biradha for securing place among world's Top 2% scientist 2020 with global rank 145 in Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry (Ranking is based on C-score)!


Welcome Swati Bedi in Structural Chemistry Lab as an Institute JRF!


Welcome Prantik Dutta in Structural Chemistry Lab as an Institute JRF!


Congratulation to Dr. Rajorshi Mandal for his successful Defense!

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Department of Chemistry

IIT Kharagpur