Assistant Professor

Dr Chinmoy Das

Department of Chemistry

  • Molecular Magnetism
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Metal-Organic Framework/Coordination Polymers Based Liquids and Glasses



University of Calcutta
BSc (Hons.)


Indian School of Mines Dhanbad (Currently: IIT(ISM) Dhanbad)


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


  • Sep 2021 - Aug 2023 – Postdoctoral Researcher – Technische Universität Dortmund (TU Dortmund), Germany
  • Sep 2018 - Aug 2021 – AIST Postdoctoral Researcher – AIST-Kyoto University Chemical Energy Materials Open Innovation Laboratory (ChEM-OIL), Japan
  • Jan 2018 - June 2018 – Research Associate – Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • May 2015 - July 2015 – Research Associate – Kyoto University, Japan

Research Interests

  • Design and synthesis of low-coordinated transition and lanthanide metal-based coordination compounds and their implementation in spin storage device fabrication.
  • Transition and post-transition metal based catalysts for the conversion of inert gaseous molecules into industrially important fuels.
  • Metal-organic framework/Coordination polymers (MOF/CPs) based liquids and glasses for energy storage application.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2018 – AIST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
  • 2015 – International Travel Grant supported by DST-JSPS – India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India
  • 2012 – Ph.D. Research Fellowship – Ministry of Education, Government of India
  • 2012 – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) – Organized by IIT Delhi, India

List of Publications

  • 1. Xue, W.; Das, C.; Weiß, J. -B.; Henke, S. "Insights into the Mechanochemical Glass Formation of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2024. (Accepted).
  • 2. Ye, C.; Lampronti, G. I.; McHugh, L. N.; Castillo-Blas, C.; Kono, A.; Chen, C.; Robertson, G. P.; Nagle-Cocco, L. A. V.; Xu, W.; Stranks, S. D.; Martinez, V.; Brekalo, I.; Karadeniz, B.; Užarević, K.; Xue, W.; Kolodzeiski, P.; Das, C.; Chater, P.; Keen, D. A.; Dutton, S. E.; Bennett, T. D.. "Mechanochemically-induced glass formation from two-dimensional hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites". Chem. Sci., 2024, 15, 7198-7205.
  • 3. Fan, Z.; Wei, Y. -S.; Das, C.; Kanamori, K.; Yamada, H.; Ohara, K.; Horike, S. "Creating glassy states of dicarboxylate-bridged coordination polymers". Chem. Commun., 2023, 59, 14317-14320.
  • 4. Sharma, V.; Rasamsetty, A.; Das, C.; Borah, D.; and Shanmugam, M. “A robust low coordinate Co(II) catalyst for efficient conversion of CO2 into methanol under mild conditions”. Chem. Eng. J., 2023, 474, 1-6. Article number: 145714.
  • 5. Koutsianos, A.; Pallach, R.; Frentzel-Beyme, L.; Das, C.; Paulus, M.; Sternemann, C.; Henke, S. “Breathing porous liquids based on responsive metal-organic framework particles”. Nat. Commun., 2023, 14, 1-10. Article number: 4200.
  • 6. Das, C.; Henke, S. “Smoke in the MOF liquid”. Nat. Mater., 2023, 22, 809-810.
  • 7. Fan, Z.; Wei, Y. -S.; Tabe, H.; Nakatani, T.; Das, C.; Yamada, H.; Horike, S. “Formation of Porosity Towards Acetylene upon Vitrification of Nonporous Photochromic Coordination Polymer Crystal”. Chem. Mater., 2023, 35, 3859-3866.
  • 8. Das, C.; Nishiguchi, T.; Fan, Z.; Horike, S. “Crystallization Kinetics of Liquid-forming 2D Coordination Polymer”. Nano Lett., 2022, 22, 9372-9379.
  • 9. Fan, Z.; Das, C.; Demessence, A.; Zheng, R.; Tanabe, S.; Wei, Y. -S.; Horike, S. “Photoluminescent Coordination Polymer Bulk Glasses and Laser-Induced Crystallization”. Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 3281-3287.
  • 10. Veselska, O.; Vaidya, S.; Das, C.; Guillou, N.; Bordet, P.; Fateeva, A.; Toche, F.; Chiriac, R.; Ledoux, G.; Wuttke, S.; Horike, S.; Demessence, A. “Cyclic Solid-State Multiple Phase Changes with Tuned Photoemission in a Gold Thiolate Coordination Polymer”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2022, 61, e202117261.
  • 11. Das, C.; Horike, S. “Crystal melting and vitrification behaviors of the three-dimensional nitrile-based metal-organic framework”. Faraday Discuss., 2021, 225, 403-413.
  • 12. Das, C.; Rasamsetty, A.; Tripathi, S.; Shanmugam, M. “Magnetization Relaxation Dynamics of a Rare Coordinatively Unsaturated Co(II) Complex: Experimental and Theoretical Insights”. Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 13397-13400.
  • 13. Ahmed, N.; Tripathi, S.; Sarkar, A.; Ansari, K. U.; Das, C.; Prajesh, N.; Horike, S.; Boomishankar, R.; Shanmugam, M. “Chiral Tetranuclear Copper (II) Complexes: Syntheses, Optical and Magnetic Properties”. New. J. Chem., 2020, 44, 16845-16855.
  • 14. Das, C.; Ogawa, T.; Horike, S. “Stable melt formation of 2D nitrile-based coordination polymer and hierarchical crystal-glass structuring”. Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 8980-8983.
  • 15. Rajpurohit, J.; Shukla, P.; Kumar, P.; Das, C.; Vaidya, S.; Sundararajan, M.; Shanmugam, M.; Shanmugam, M. “Stabilizing Terminal Ni (III)–Hydroxide Complex Using NNN-Pincer Ligands: Synthesis and Characterization”. Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 6257-6267.
  • 16. Inukai, M.; Nishiyama, Y.; Honjo, K.; Das, C.; Kitagawa, S.; Horike, S. “Glass-phase coordination polymer displaying proton conductivity and guest-accessible porosity”. Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 8528-8531.
  • 17. Rajpurohit, J.; Upadhyay, A.; Das, C.; Dubey, R.; Vaidya, S.; Krishnan, V.; Kumar, A.; Shanmugam, M. “Unusual Methylenediolate Bridged Hexanuclear Ruthenium (III) Complexes: Syntheses and Their Application”. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 14967-14982.
  • 18. Das, C.; Upadhyay, A.; Shanmugam, M. “Influence of Radicals on Magnetization Relaxation Dynamics of Pseudo-Octahedral Lanthanide Iminopyridyl Complexes”. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 9002-9011.
  • 19. Das, C.; Upadhyay, A.; Ansari, K. U.; Ogiwara, N.; Kitao, T.; Horike, S.; Shanmugam, M. “Lanthanide-based porous coordination polymers: Syntheses, slow relaxation of magnetization, and magnetocaloric effect”. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 6584-6598.
  • 20. Rasamsetty, A.; Das, C.; Sañudo, E. C.; Shanmugam, M.; Baskar, V. “Effect of coordination geometry on the magnetic properties of a series of Ln2 and Ln4 hydroxo clusters”. Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 1726-1738.
  • 21. Upadhyay, A.; Vignesh, K. R.; Das, C.; Singh, S. K.; Rajaraman, G.; Maheswaran Shanmugam. “Influence of the Ligand Field on the Slow Relaxation of Magnetization of Unsymmetrical Monomeric Lanthanide Complexes: Synthesis and Theoretical Studies”. Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 14260–14276.
  • 22. Upadhyay, A.; Das, C.; Vaidya, S.; Singh, S. K.; Gupta, T.; Mondol, R.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Rajaraman, G.; Shanmugam, M. “Role of the diamagnetic zinc ion in determining the electronic structure of lanthanide single-ion magnets”. Chem. -Eur. J., 2017, 23, 4903-4916.
  • 23. Das, C.; Shukla, P.; Sorace, L.; Shanmugam, M. “Structural and magnetic properties of semiquinonate based Al(III) and Ga(III) complexes”. Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 1439-1448.
  • 24. Upadhyay, A.; Das, C.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Rajaraman, G.; Srivastava, A. K.; Shanmugam, M. “Heteronuclear Ni(II)-Ln(III) (Ln= La, Pr, Tb, Dy) complexes: synthesis and single-molecule magnet behaviour”. Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 3616-3626.
  • 25. Das, C.; Vaidya, S.; Gupta, T.; Frost, J. M.; Righi, M.; Brechin, E. K.; Affronte, M.; Rajaraman, G.; Shanmugam, M. “Single-Molecule Magnetism, Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effect, and Toroidal Magnetic Moments in a Family of Ln4 Squares”. Chem. -Eur. J., 2015, 21, 15639-15650.
  • 26. Das, C.; Upadhyay, A.; Vaidya, S.; Singh, S. K.; Rajaraman, G.; Shanmugam, M. “Origin of SMM behaviour in an asymmetric Er(III) Schiff base complex: a combined experimental and theoretical study”. Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 6137-6140.
  • 27. Ahmed, N.; Das, C.; Vaidya, S.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Shanmugam, M. “Nickel(II)–Lanthanide (III) Magnetic Exchange Coupling Influencing Single‐Molecule Magnetic Features in {Ni2Ln2} Complexes”. Chem.-Eur. J., 2014, 20, 14235- 14239.
  • 28. Ahmed, N.; Das, C.; Vaidya, S.; Srivastava, A. K.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Shanmugam, M. “Probing the magnetic and magnetothermal properties of M (II)–Ln (III) complexes (where M (II) = Ni or Zn; Ln (III)= La or Pr or Gd)”. Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 17375-17384.
  • 29. Upadhyay, A.; Das, C.; Shanmugam, M.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Shanmugam, M. “Electronic and Magnetic Properties of a Gadolinium (III) Schiff Base Complex”. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 26, 4320-4325.
  • 30. Upadhyay, A.; Das, C.; Shaik, N.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, K. S.; Shanmugam, M. “Synthesis and magnetic properties of a 1-D helical chain derived from a Nickel-Sodium Schiff base complex”. J. Chem. Sci., 2014, 2014, 1443-1449.
  • 31. Upadhyay, A.; Singh, S. K.; Das, C.; Mondol, R.; Langley, S. K.; Murray, S. K.; Rajaraman, G.; Shanmugam, M. “Enhancing the effective energy barrier of a Dy(III) SMM using a bridged diamagnetic Zn(II) ion”. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 8838-8841.
  • 32. Pal, S.; Ghorai, S.; Das, C.; Samrat, S.; Ghosh, A.; Panda, A. B. “Carboxymethyl Tamarind-g-poly(acryalamide)/Silica: A high-performance hybrid nanocomposite for adsorption of methylene blue”. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2012, 51, 15546-15556.
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