Associate Professor



Mahiuddin Baidya was born and brought up in West Bengal. He studied chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), India and obtained his Ph. D in 2009 from Ludwig – Maximilians – Universität München (LMU), Germany under the supervision of Prof. Herbert Mayr. After postdoctoral studies with Prof. Hisashi Yamamoto at The Universality of Chicago, USA and Molecular Catalyst Research Center in Japan, he moved in 2014 to Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. His research interest includes the development of novel concepts on transition – metal – catalysis, organocatalysis, and visible-light photocatalysis for organic synthesis.


  • 2012 - 2014: JSPS post doctoral fellow, Molecular Catalyst Research Center, Japan.
  • 2010 - 2012: Post doctoral fellow, Deaprtment of Chemistry, The University of Chicago, USA
  • 2006 - 2009: Ph. D Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ludwig - Maximilians - Universität München, Germany
  • 2004 - 2006: Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT K), India
  • 2001 - 2004: Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Honors), University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Research Interests

  • Development of new methodology, Asymmetric catalysis
  • Transition metal catalysis, Inert C – H bond activation
  • Visible light photoredox catalysis
  • Synthesis of natural products and bioactive compounds

Representative Publications

  Ruthenium (II) Catalysis/Noncovalent Interaction Synergy for Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Arene Carboxylic Acids; S. Dana, D. Chowdhury, A. Mandal, F. A. S. Chipem, and M. Baidya, ACS Catal, 2018, 8, 10173 – 10179.

A Cross – Dehydrogenative Annulation Strategy towards Synthesis of Polyfluorinated Phenanthridinones with Copper; A. Mandal, J. Selvakumar, S. Dana, U. Mukherjee, and M. Baidya, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 3448 – 3454.

Synthesis of Chiral 1,2 – Oxazinanes and Isoxazolidines via Nitroso Aldol Reaction of Distal Dialdehydes; I. Ramakrishna, P. Ramaraju, and M. Baidya, Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 1023 – 1026.

Visible Light-Induced Synthetic Approach for Selenylative Spirocyclization of – Aryl Alkynamides with Molecular Oxygen as Oxidant; H. Sahoo, A. Mandal, S. Dana, and M. Baidya, Adv. Synth. Catal., 2018, 360, 1099 – 1103.

Ruthenium (II) – Catalyzed Hydroarylation of Maleimides Using Carboxylic Acids as a Traceless Directing Group; A. Mandal, H. Sahoo, S. Dana, and M. Baidya, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 4138 – 4141.

Advanced Nitroso Aldol Reaction: Metal – Free Cross – Coupling of Anilines with Silyl Enol Ethers en route to α-Amino Ketones; I. Ramakrishna, V. Bhajammanavar, S.Mallik, and M. Baidya, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 516 – 519.


Associate Professor
  • CYB 313, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

  • Institute Research & Development Award (early career level) – 2018 from IIT Madras
  • INSA – Young Scientist Medal – 2017 from Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
  • NASI – Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award – 2017 (in Chemical Science) from The National Academy of Science (NASI)
  • Young Associate – 2017 from Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012 - 2014
  • Post - Doctoral Fellowship from University of Chicago, USA, 2010 – 2012
  • Dr. Klaus Romer - Stiftung award (outstanding PhD student) from Ludwig - Maximilians - Universität München, Germany, 2007
  • Working as contributing author for SYNFACTS: A monthly published journal from Theime Publishing Group highlights the current research results in synthetic organic chemistry, 2011 - 2014

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