Sayan Dutta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

Theoretical exploration of mechanistic avenues in fascinating chemical reactions in the presence of visible light is my primary research interest.

Selected Publications

  • Palladium-Catalyzedpara-C–H Arylation of Anilines with Aromatic Halides.
    D. Lichte, N. Pirkl, G. Heinrich, S. Dutta, J. F. Goebel, D. Koley, L. J. Gooßen.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, e202210009, (2022).
  • Monomeric Magnesium Catalyzed Alkene and Alkyne Hydroboration.
    R. Kumar, S. Dutta, V. Sharma, P. P. Singh, R. G. Gonnade, D. Koley, S. S. Sen.
    Chemistry – A European Journal, e202201896, (2022).
  • Organoaluminum hydrides catalyzed hydroboration of carbonates, esters, carboxylic acids, and carbon dioxide.
    B. Yan, S. Dutta, X. Ma, C. Ni, D. Koley, Z. Yang, H. W. Roesky.
    Dalton Transactions, 51, 6756–6765, (2022). 
  • Computational Exploration of Mechanistic Avenues in Metal-Free CO2 Reduction to CO by Disilyne Bisphosphine Adduct and Phosphonium Silaylide.
    S. Dutta, K. Singh, D. Koley.
    Chemistry – An Asian Journal, 16, 34923508, (2021).
  • Si(II) Cation-Promoted Formation of an Abnormal NHC-Bound Silylene and a cAAC-Silanyl Radical Ion.
    K. Zhu, S. Dutta, W. Han, C. Wang, J. Lee, G. Tan, D. Koley, C-W. So, Y. Li.
    Inorganic Chemistry, 60, 7143–7149, (2021).
  • N‑Heterocyclic Carbene-Stabilized Germa-acylium Ion: Reactivity and Utility in Catalytic CO2 Functionalizations.
    D. Sarkar, C. Weetman, S. Dutta, E. Schubert, C. Jandl, D. Koley, S. Inoue.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 15403–15411, (2020).


  • Ph. D., Computational Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India, 2015-2021.
  • M. Sc., Chemistry (Specialization in Physical Chemistry), Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, India, 2011-2013.
  • B. Sc., Chemistry Honours, Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, India, 2008–2011.


  • Best Poster Award on Department Day, Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Kolkata, India, November 18, 2017.
  • Best Poster Award at INDO-GERMAN Workshop on Computing in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine (CCBM 2017), IIIT Hyderabad, India, November 29-30, 2017.
  • Best Poster Award at 16th Theoretical Chemistry Symposium (TCS 2019), BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India, February 13-16, 2019.

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Homogeneous Catalysis DFT Photocatalysis