Baskaran obtained Ph. D in synthetic organic chemistry from IIT Kanpur in 1990 and subsequently he held postdoctoral positions at the Duesseldorf University, Germany and Harvard University, USA. Prior to joining IIT Madras in 1998, he briefly held scientist position at the Dr. Reddy’s Research Foundation, Hyderabad. His research interests are mainly focused on the development of new strategies in organic synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and stereoselective synthesis of biologically active and pharmaceutically important molecules. He is a recipient of AvH fellowship, Germany and CRSI bronze medal. He is an elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Sciences (India).


  • 1990 - Ph. D Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
  • 1984 - M. Sc from Vivekananda College, University of Madras
  • 1982 - B. Sc from Vivekananda College, University of Madras

Research Interests

  • Development of New Strategies in Organic Synthesis
  • Enantioselective Synthesis
  • Deep Eutectic Mixture as Novel and Green Reaction Medium
  • Synthesis of Biologically Active Molecules/ Natural Products & Drug Design of Pharmaceutical Importance

Representative Publications

  One – pot Synthesis of Structurally Diverse Iminosugar Based Hybrid Molecules S. S. Prasad, N. R. Reddy and S. Baskaran J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 9604.

  Iminosugar C – Nitromethyl Glycoside: Stereoselective Synthesis of Isoxazoline and Isoxazole Fused Bicyclic Iminosugars S. S. Prasad and S. Baskaran J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 1558

  Preparation of Propargyl Amines in a ZnCl2 – Dimethylurea Deep Eutectic Solvent M. Obst, A. Srivastava, S. Baskaran, B. Koenig Synlett 2018, 29, 185

 Novel One – pot Synthesis of Cyclopropane – fused Cyclic Amidines: An Oxidative Carbanion Cyclization K. D. Veeranna, K. K. Das, S. Baskaran Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 16197

    Iminosugar C – Nitromethyl Glycosides and Divergent Synthesis of Bicyclic Iminosugars S. S. Prasad, S. Senthilkumar, A. Srivastava, S. Baskaran Org. Lett. 2017, 17, 4403


  • CYB 208, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

  • Institute Chair Professorship 2018
  • Council Member, National Organic Symposium Trust 2018
  • Co-opted Member, PAC (Organic), SERB 2018
  • Associate Editor, J. Chemical Sciences 2015
  • Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) 2013
  • Committee Member, DST - Fast Track-Young Scientist Scheme 2012 - 2015
  • National Representative, IUPAC 2010 - 2015
  • Bronze Medal, Chemical Research Society of India. 2008
  • Member, American Chemical Society. 2004
  • Member, Chemical Research Society of India. 2003
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany. 1991

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