Dr. Akshai Kumar A. S obtained a Bachelors degree in 2002 from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University where he studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with equal credits. From the same university in 2004, he completed his Masters degree in Inorganic Chemistry. He pursued his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Ashoka G. Samuelson in the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In 2009, he was awarded a PhD degree for his work on “Reductive and Metathetic Coupling Reactions Mediated by Group(IV) Metal Alkoxides”. He continued his post doctoral studies in the same lab and worked on “Experimental and Computational Studies to Elucidate Unusual Titanium Mediated Reductive Pathways”. Subsequently, in 2010, he moved to the group of Prof. Andreas Terfort, Goethe University, Frankfurt where he explored organofluorine chemistry working on a project titled “Synthesis and Nucleophilic Substitution of Polyfluorinated Annelated Arenes as Materials for Optoelectronic and OFET Devices”. He extended his post-doctoral activities by joining the Goldman group in 2012. Here his research interests were focused on the design of tandem catalytic systems based on pincer iridium complexes and zeolites for catalytic transformation of alkanes to synthesize fuel chemicals. In 2015, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in Chemistry at IIT Guwahati. Currently his research emphasis is on transition metal catalyzed C-H and C-F activation reactions for the synthesis of fuel chemicals and heteroatom doped π-conjugated organic materials.
Affiliations and Expertise
Department of Chemistry, Centre for Nanotechnology, School of Health Science & Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India