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

  • A robust low coordinate Co(II) catalyst for efficient conversion of CO 2 into methanol under mild conditions - V. Sharma, A. Rasamsetty, C. Das, D. Borah, and M.Shanmugam - Chemical Engineering Journal, 474, 1-6, Article number: 145714 (2023).
  • Breathing porous liquids based on responsive metal-organic framework particles - A. Koutsianos, R. Pallach, L. Frentzel-Beyme, C. Das, M. Paulus, C. Sternemann, and S. Henke - Nature Communications, 14, 1-10. Article number: 4200 (2023).
  • Smoke in the MOF liquid - C. Das, and S. Henke - Nature Materials, 22, 809-810 (2023).
  • Formation of Porosity Towards Acetylene upon Vitrification of Nonporous Photochromic Coordination Polymer Crystal - Z. Fan, Y.-S. Wei, H. Tabe, T. Nakatani, C. Das, H. Yamada, and S. Horike - Chemistry of Materials, 35(10), 3859-3866 (2023).
  • Crystallization Kinetics of Liquid-forming 2D Coordination Polymer - C. Das, T. Nishiguchi, Z. Fan, and S. Horike - Nano Letters, 22(23), 9372-9379 (2022).
  • Photoluminescent Coordination Polymer Bulk Glasses and Laser-Induced Crystallization - Z. Fan, C. Das, A. Demessence, R. Zheng, S. Tanabe, Y.-S. Wei, and S. Horike - Chemical Science, 13, 3281-3287 (2022).
  • Cyclic Solid-State Multiple Phase Changes with Tuned Photoemission in a Gold Thiolate Coordination Polymer - O. Veselska, S. Vaidya, C. Das, N. Guillou, P. Bordet, A. Fateeva, F. Toche, R. Chiriac, G. Ledoux, S. Wuttke, S. Horike, and A. Demessenc- Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 61(14), e202117261 (2022).
  • Crystal melting and vitrification behaviors of the three-dimensional nitrile-based metal-organic framework - C. Das, and S. Horike - Faraday Discussions, 225, 403-413, (2021).
  • Magnetization Relaxation Dynamics of a Rare Coordinatively Unsaturated Co(II) Complex: Experimental and Theoretical Insights - C. Das, A. Rasamsetty, S. Tripathi, and M. Shanmugam - Chemical Communications, 56, 13397-13400, (2020).
  • Chiral Tetranuclear Copper (II) Complexes: Syntheses, Optical and Magnetic Properties- N. Ahmed, S. Tripathi, A. Sarkar, K. U. Ansari, C. Das, N. Prajesh, S. Horike, R. Boomishankar, and M. Shanmugam - New Journal of Chemistry, 44, 16845-16855
  • Stable melt formation of 2D nitrile-based coordination polymer and hierarchical crystal- glass structuring - C. Das, T. Ogawa, and S. Horike - Chemical Communications, 56, 8980-8983 (2020).
  • Stabilizing Terminal Ni (III)–Hydroxide Complex Using NNN-Pincer Ligands: Synthesis and Characterization - J. Rajpurohit, P. Shukla, P. Kumar, C. Das, S. Vaidya, M. Sundararajan, M. Shanmugam, and M. Shanmugam - Inorganic Chemistry, 58(9), 6257-6267 (2019).
  • Glass-phase coordination polymer displaying proton conductivity and guest-accessible porosity - M. Inukai, Y. Nishiyama, K. Honjo, C. Das, S. Kitagawa, and S. Horike-Chemical Communications, 55, 8528-8531 (2019).
  • Unusual Methylenediolate Bridged Hexanuclear Ruthenium (III) Complexes: Syntheses and Their Application - J. Rajpurohit, A. Upadhyay, C. Das, R. Dubey, S. Vaidya, V.Krishnan, A. Kumar, and M. Shanmugam - Inorganic Chemistry, 57(23), 14967-14982 (2018).
  • Influence of Radicals on Magnetization Relaxation Dynamics of Pseudo-Octahedral Lanthanide Iminopyridyl Complexes - C. Das, A. Upadhyay, and M. Shanmugam - Inorganic Chemistry, 57(15), 9002-9011, (2018).
  • Lanthanide-based porous coordination polymers: Syntheses, slow relaxation of magnetization, and magnetocaloric effect - C. Das, A. Upadhyay, K. U. Ansari, N. Ogiwara, T. Kitao, S. Horike, and M. Shanmugam - Inorganic Chemistry, 57(11), 6584-6598 (2018).
  • Effect of coordination geometry on the magnetic properties of a series of Ln2 and Ln4
    hydroxo clusters - A. Rasamsetty, C. Das, E. C. Sañudo, M. Shanmugam, and V. Baskar
    - Dalton Transactions, 47, 1726-1738 (2018).
  • Influence of the Ligand Field on the Slow Relaxation of Magnetization of Unsymmetrical Monomeric Lanthanide Complexes: Synthesis and Theoretical Studies -A. Upadhyay, K. R. Vignesh, C. Das, S. K. Singh, G. Rajaraman, and M. Shanmugam -Inorganic Chemistry, 56(22), 14260-14276 (2017).
  • Role of the diamagnetic zinc ion in determining the electronic structure of lanthanide
    single-ion magnets - A. Upadhyay, C. Das, S. Vaidya, S. K. Singh, T. Gupta, R. Mondol, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, G. Rajaraman, and M. Shanmugam - Chemistry – A European Journal, 23(20), 4903-4916 (2017).
  • Structural and magnetic properties of semiquinonate based Al(III) and Ga(III) complexes - C. Das, P. Shukla, L. Sorace, and M. Shanmugam - Dalton Transactions, 46, 1439-1448 (2017).
  • Heteronuclear Ni(II)-Ln(III) (Ln= La, Pr, Tb, Dy) complexes: synthesis and single- molecule magnet behaviour - A. Upadhyay, C. Das, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, G. Rajaraman, A. K. Srivastava, and M. Shanmugam - Dalton Transactions, 45, 3616-3626 (2016).
  • Single-Molecule Magnetism, Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effect, and Toroidal Magnetic Moments in a Family of Ln4 Squares - C. Das, S. Vaidya, T. Gupta, J. M. Frost, M. Righi, E. K. Brechin, M. Affronte, G. Rajaraman, and M. Shanmugam - Chemistry – A European Journal, 21(44), 15639-15650, (2015).
  • Origin of SMM behaviour in an asymmetric Er(III) Schiff base complex: a combined experimental and theoretical study - C. Das, A. Upadhyay, S. Vaidya, S. K. Singh, G. Rajaraman, and M. Shanmugam - Chemical Communications, 51, 6137-6140 (2015).
  • Nickel(II)–Lanthanide (III) Magnetic Exchange Coupling Influencing Single‐Molecule Magnetic Features in {Ni2Ln2} Complexes - N. Ahmed, C. Das, S. Vaidya, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, and M. Shanmugam - Chemistry – A European Journal, 2014, 20(44), 14235-14239.
  • 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) - N. Ahmed, C. Das, S. Vaidya, A.K. Srivastava, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, and M. Shanmugam - Dalton Transactions,43, 17375-17384 (2014).
  • Electronic and Magnetic Properties of a Gadolinium (III) Schiff Base Complex - A. Upadhyay, C. Das, M. Shanmugam, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, and M. Shanmugam - European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2014(26), 4320-4325 (2014).
  • Synthesis and magnetic properties of a 1-D helical chain derived from a Nickel-Sodium Schiff base complex - A. Upadhyay, C. Das, N. Shaik, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, and M. Shanmugam - Journal of Chemical Sciences, 126(5), 1443-1449 (2014).
  • Enhancing the effective energy barrier of a Dy(III) SMM using a bridged diamagnetic Zn(II) ion - A. Upadhyay, S. K. Singh, C. Das, R. Mondol, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, G. Rajaraman, and M. Shanmugam - Chemical Communications, 50, 8838-8841 (2014).
  • Carboxymethyl Tamarind-g-poly(acryalamide)/Silica: A high performance hybrid nanocomposite for adsorption of methylene blue - S. Pal, S. Ghorai, C. Das, S. Samrat, A. Ghosh, A. B. Panda - Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(48), 15546-15556 (2012).
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