Samar Kumar Das
Professor, FASc 
Ph. D. IIT, Kanpur, 1995
Postdoctoral Research    Ohio State University, 1996 - 1998   

University of Biefeld, 1998 - 2000
Assistant Professor University of Hyderabad, 2000 - 2004
Associate Professor University of Hyderabad, 2004 - 2009
Professor University of Hyderabad, 2009 - Present  
Phone: +91- 40- 23134853, E-mail: 
Research Interests: Functional Inorganic Materials 
  • Metal-oxide based inorganic materials (including polyoxometalates and tri-nuclear metal-oxo clusters) and their host guest, ion exchange, catalytic and sensing applications.  
  • Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) containing materials and related postsynthetic modifications: supramolecular chemistry, magnetism, catalysis and gas adsorption properties. 
  • Dithiolene based coordination compounds: synthesis, spectroscopy, computation and bio-inorganic chemistry.  
  • Synthesis of photo-sensitizers and related solar energy conversion applications.
  • Water splitting (chemical, photochemical and electrochemical) and organic transformations using above-mentioned systems as catalysts (heterogeneous as well as homogeneous).
  • Solid state properties (e.g., crystalline state transformations, proton conduction etc.) of the synthesized compounds.

Selected Publications
  • The Otherwise Inactive Keggin Polyoxometalate becomes Active towards Elecrocatalytic Water Oxidation in Neutral pH:POM@ZIF-8,an Efficient and Robust Electrocatalyst, Subhabrata Mukhopadhyay, Joyashish Debgupta, Chandani Singh, Aranya Kar and Samar K. Das, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 56, in press, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201711920
  • A Mononuclear Co(II) Coordination Complex Locked in a Confined Space and Acting as an Electrochemical Water-Oxidation Catalyst: “A Ship-in-a-Bottle” Approach, Paulami Manna, Joyashish Debgupta, Suranjana Bose, and Samar K. Das, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 2425.
  • Solid-to-solid formation at the solid–liquid interface leading to a chiral coordination polymer from an achiral monomer, Sabbani Supriya and Samar K. Das, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 2062.
  • Reversible Single Crystal to Single Crystal Transformation through Fe-O(H)Me/Fe-OH2 Bond Formation/Bond Breaking in a Gas-Solid Reaction at an Ambient Condition, Sabbani Supriya and Samar K. Das, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 3464.
  • A Fivefold Coordination of a Cu(II)–Aqua Ion: A Supramolecular Sandwich Consisting of Two 
    Crown Ether Molecules and a Trigonal-Bipyramidal [Cu(H2O)5]2+ Complex, Vaddypally Shivaiah and Samar K. Das, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 245.