Saikat Dutta


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Professional Experience: 

Total: 9 Years 8 Months, At NITK: 4 Years 7 Months

Contact Details



+91-824-2474000 Extn. 3219


Faculty (author) Identifiers
Academic Background

Ph.D. (University of Iowa, USA) 2010
M.Sc. (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)) 2006
B.Sc. (University of Calcutta) 2004

Areas of Interest

Synthetic organic chemistry, Crystallography, Green technology, Chemistry of Renewables.

Significant Projects

1. "Renewable Synthesis of Hydrocarbon Fuels and Speciality Chemicals from Cellulose-derived Angelica Lactone", DST-SERB, 28.99L, 2016-2019.
2. Chemo-catalytic conversion of Cellulosic Biomass into Renewable Fuels and Speciality Chemicals via 5-(trifluoroacetoxy methyl) furfural, CSIR, 12.5L, 2017-2020.

Supervision of Ph.D

PhD: 04 (Ongoing)
MSc: 08 (Completed)

Significant Publications

1. Mascal, M.*; Dutta, S.; Gandarias, I. Hydrodeoxygenation of the angelica lactone dimer, a cellulose-based feedstock: simple, high-yield synthesis of branched C7–C10 gasoline-like hydrocarbons Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 1854-1857. (I.F. 13.73)
2. Dutta, S.; Loren, B. P.; MacGillivray, L. R.* Co-Crystals of a Salicylidineaniline: Photochromism Involving Planar Dihedral Angles Hutchins, K. M.; Chem. Mater., 2014, 26, 3042-3044. (I.F. 8.35)
3. Dutta, S.; Mascal, M.* Novel Pathways to 2,5-Dimethylfuran via Biomass-Derived 5-(Chloromethyl)furfural ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 3028. (I.F. 7.65)
4. Dutta, S.; Wu, L.; Mascal, M.* Efficient, metal-free production of succinic acid by oxidation of biomass-derived levulinic acid with hydrogen peroxide Green Chem, 2015, 17, DOI:10.1039/C5GC00098J (I.F. 8.02)!divAbs...
5. Dutta, S.; Wu, L.; Mascal, M.* Production of 5-(chloromethyl)furan-2-carbonyl chloride and furan-2,5-dicarbonyl chloride from biomass-derived 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) Green Chem.,2015, 17, DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00936G (I.F. 8.02)!divAbs...


1. All India Rank SIX (99.47 percentile) in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE, 2006) in chemistry (CY).
2. All India Rank TWELVE in JAM (Joint Admission Test to M.Sc.) conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (a handful of prestigious research institutes in India that are well-known in the world) in 2004.
3. All India Rank ONE in the admission test for M.Sc. conducted by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 2004.
4. Qualified for LS (Lectureship) and JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) in NET (National Eligibility Test) conducted by CSIR-UGC (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - University Grants Commission) & shortlisted for the prestigious Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Scholarship (chemical science) in 2005.
5. Scored 92 percentile in chemistry conducted by Graduate Record Examination (GRE, 2006).
6. Travel fellowship for the 235th National ACS Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2008; awarded by the Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA & for the 247th National ACS Conference, Dallas, TX, 2014; awarded by the University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA (March, 2014).
7. Summer fellowship awarded by the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA (May, 2009).
8. Published Three U.S. and International Patents and five more under various stages of the application process.


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Dr Darshak R Trivedi, Professor and Head

Department of Chemistry, NITK, Surathkal

P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025

Karnataka, India.

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