Sib Sankar Mal


Assistant Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Professional Experience: 

Total 9.3 years and 5.2 years at NITK

Contact Details



+91-824-2474000 Extn. 3208,


Academic Background

• Ph. D. (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany), 2008
• M.Sc. (IITB), 2003
• B.Sc. (Vidyasagar University), 2001

Areas of Interest

• Inorganic Chemistry
• Material Chemistry
• Renewable Material
• Polyoxometalate Chemistry
• Catalysis

Significant Projects

1. Synthesis of Polyoxometalates-nanoparticles Hybrid based catalysts for Alkane oxidation (2015-2018), DST Young Scientist, Govt. of India.
2. Vanadium Based Polyoxometalates: Synthesis, Structure, Characterization and study of its Electrochemical Properties (2017-2020), CSIR

Supervision of Ph.D

03 (Ongoing)

Significant Publications

1. Sib Sankar Mal and Ulrich Kortz, "The Wheel-Shaped Cu20-Tungstophosphate [Cu20Cl(OH)24(H2O)12(P8W48O184)]25-Ion", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, 44, 3777-3780.
2. Guang Liu, Tianbo Liu, Sib Sankar Mal and Ulrich Kortz, "Wheel-Shaped Polyoxotungstate [Cu20Cl(OH)24(H2O)12(P8W48O184)]25-Macroanion Forms Supramolecular
"Blackberry" Structure in Aqueous Solution", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 10103-10110 (Addition/Correction, 2007, 129, 2408-2408).
3. Sib Sankar Mal, Michael H. Dickman, Ulrich Kortz, Ana Maria Todea, Alice Merca, Hartmut Bögge , Thorsten Glaser, Achim Müller, Saritha Nellutla, Narpinder Kaur, Johan van
Tol, Naresh S. Dalal, Bineta Keita and Louis Nadjo, "Nucleation Process in the Cavity of a 48-tungstophosphate Wheel Resulting in a 16 Metal Center Iron-oxide Nanocluster”
Chem. Eur. J., 2008, 14, 1186-1195. (VIP Article)
4. Sib Sankar Mal, Nadeen H. Nsouli, Michael H. Dickman and Ulrich Kortz, “Organoruthenium Derivative of the Cyclic [H7P8W48O184]33- Anion: [{K(H2O)}3{Ru(p-cymene)
(H2O)}4P8W49O186(H2O)2]27-” Dalton Trans., 2007, 2627-2630. (With Inside Cover Picture).
5. Uk Lee, Hea-Chung Joo, Ki-Min Park, Sib Sankar Mal, Ulrich Kortz, Bineta Keita and Louis Nadjo, “Facile Incorporation of Platinum(IV) into Polyoxometalate Frameworks:
Preparation of [H2PtIVV9O28]5- and First Evidence of 195Pt NMR” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47, 793-796.
6. Sib Sankar Mal, Michael H. Dickman and Ulrich Kortz,“Actinide Polyoxometalates: Incorporation of Uranyl-Peroxo in U-Shaped 36-Tungsto-8-Phosphate” Chem. Eur. J., 2008, 14,
7. Lifang Chen, Juncheng Hu, Sib Sankar Mal, Ulrich Kortz, Helge Jaensch, Georges Mathys and Ryan M. Richards, Heterogeneous Wheel-shaped Cu20- tungstophosphate
[Cu20Cl(OH)24(H2O)12(P8W48O184)]25- Catalyst for Solvent-free Aerobic Oxidation of n-Hexadecane” Chem. Eur. J., 2009, 15, 7490-7497.
8. Claire Jahier, Sib Sankar Mal, Ulrich Kortz and Sylvain Nlate, “Dendritic Zirconium-Peroxo Tungstosilicate Hybrids: Synthesis, Characterization and Use as Recoverable and
Reusable Sulfide Oxidation Catalysts” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2010, 1559-1566.
9. Mauro Carraro, Nadeen H. Nsouli, Holger Oelrich, Andrea Sartorel, Antonio Sorarú, Sib Sankar Mal, Gianfranco Scorrano, Lorenz Walder, Ulrich Kortz, and Marcella Bonchio,
Reactive ZrIV and HfIV Butterfly Peroxide on Polyoxometalate Surfaces: Bridging the gap between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis” Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 371-8378.
10. Sib Sankar Mal, Frances H. Stephens and R. Tom Baker, “Metal-Catalyzed Dehydrogenation of Amine-Borane Fuel Blends” Chem. Commun. 2011, 47,


• Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow
• Recipient of GDCh Scholarship for ‘2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress’ Program
• Recipient of DFG Fellowship for the PhD programme.
• Recipient of Madhav Pandya Scholarship from IIT Bombay

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Karnataka, India.

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