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Shabana Khan

Associate Professor


Inorganic Chemistry


Shabana Khan obtained her PhD degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2008. Subsequently, she received the fellowship of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and joined the research group of Prof. Herbert W. Roesky as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Goettingen, followed by a second post doc with Prof. Manuel Alcarazo at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research. Currently she is working as an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at IISER Pune.


Low-valent Main Group Chemistry

Silylenes have shown their potential as sigma donor ligands like its heavier congener, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). However, unlike NHCs, use of silylene as a ligand in transition metal chemistry is very limited. Dr. Shabana Khan's group is interested to use Si(II) compounds as ligands to stabilize novel transition metal complexes especially coinage metal complexes (Cu, Ag, Au) and utilize them as catalysts in various organic transformations.

Selected Publications

Parvin, Nasrina; Pal, Shiv; Echeverría, Jorge; Alvarez, Santiago and Khan, Shabana. Taming Monomeric [Cu(η6-C6H6)]+ complex with silylene. Chemical Science, 2018, 9, 4333-4337.

Dasgupta, Rajarshi; Das, Shubhajit; Hiwase, Shweta; Pati, Swapan and Khan, Shabana. N-Heterocyclic germylene and stannylene catalyzed cyanosilylation and hydroboration of aldehydes. Organometallics, 2019, 38, 1429-1435.

Parvin, Nasrina ; Hossain, Jabed;a George, Anjan; Parameswaran, Pattiyil and Khan, Shabana. N-heterocyclic silylene stabilized monocordina-ted copper(I)-arene cationic complexes and their application in Click chemistry. Chem. Commun, 2020, 56, 273-276.

Ghosh, Moushakhi; Panwaria, Prakash; Tothadi, Srinu; Das, Aloke and Khan, Shabana. Bis(silanetellurone) with C–H···Te interaction. Inorg. Chem, 2020, 59, 17811-17821.

Ghosh, Moushakhi; Tothadi, Srinu and Khan, Shabana. Carbazole substituted amidinato silylene: Synthesis, bonding, and coordination behavior with coinage metals. Organometallics 2021, 40, 3201-3210.