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Moumita Majumdar

Associate Professor


Main-Group Organometallic Chemistry and their state-of-the-art applications


Moumita Majumdar obtained her PhD for research on Transition-Metal Multiply Bonded Systems from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 2010. Subsequently, she joined as Assistant Professor (specially appointed) in the group of Prof. Kazushi Mashima, Osaka University, Japan, where she worked on Metal Cluster Catalysis. In 2011, she moved to Germany for second post-doctoral stint in the group of Prof. David Scheschkewitz, Saarland University, where she gained expertise in Low-Valent Silicon Chemistry. Her current research interests are Low-Valent Main Group Compounds in catalysis and materials applications.


Main-Group organometallic chemistry and its state-of-the-art applications

Research in Dr. Moumita Majumdar's group is focused on expanding the chemical functionalities of low-valent compounds spanning the Groups 13-15 of the periodic table. Arguably, the heavier main-group elements have fundamentally different electronic properties from their lighter congeners, which have always intrigued the molecular chemists. The ongoing research in the group is much directed in their syntheses and state-of-the-art applications. Among the major research targets are: (1) Designing intricate main-group ligands such as (poly)cationic donor ligands that effortlessly binds to transition metals for their implications in Lewis acid catalysis; (2) Cooperative catalysis on a main-group platform; (3) Main-group and Transition metal cluster chemistry; (4) Photo-luminescent properties of main-group compounds; (5) Organometallic approach to designing main-group materials for energy-related applications.

Selected Publications

Kumar, V.; Gonnade, R. G. *; Yildiz, C. B. *; Majumdar, M.* Stabilization of the elusive Antimony(I) cation and its coordination complexes with transition metals. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021  Link

Ali, S. S. S.; Roy, K.; Akula, N. K.; Ogale, S. B.; Majumdar, M.* Air exposed 1,4-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1,4-dihydropyrazine: an avant-garde carbonization precursor for multi-functionalized carbon material. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 14805-14808. (Emerging Investigator Issue)

Sahoo, P.; Raut, R. K.; Maurya, D.; Kumar, V.; Rani, P.; Gonnade,R. G.; Majumdar, M.* Stabilization of bis(chlorogermyliumylidene)s within bifunctional PNNP ligand frameworks and their reactivity studies. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 7344-7351. (New Talent: Asia Pacific Issue)

Majumdar, M.*; Raut, R. K.; Sahoo, P.; Kumar, V. 'Bis(chlorogermyliumylidene) and its significant role in an elusive reductive cyclization. Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 10839-10842.

Raut, R. K.; Majumdar, M.* 'Direct coordination of Germanium(II) dicationic center to transition metals. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 1467-1469.