INSA Senior Scientist & J C Bose National Fellow
Department of Organic Chemistry
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032, India
E-mail : ocbcr [ AT ] /
Phone: +91-33-24734971 ( Ext. 1404 )
Fax: +91-33-24732805


Short Bio-data :

Professor Brindaban C. Ranu received his early education in Calcutta University. In graduate studies he worked with Professor Ernest Wenkert at Rice University , Houston, Texas, USA and with Professor U.R. Ghatak at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta. He then took up a postdoctoral position at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA with Professor T. Hudlicky. He started independent research at the department of Organic Chemistry, IACS in 1985 as a Lecturer and was promoted to the posts of Professor in 1996 and Senior Professor in 2006. He served as Head of the Organic Chemistry department during 2003-2008. He retired in July, 2013 and currently he is continuing as INSA Senior Scientist & J C Bose National Fellow in the department of Organic Chemistry. He was a visiting Professor at Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain during 1995-96. Professor Ranu has been elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1995 and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 2008. He has received Prof. N. S. Narasimhan Award in Chemistry in 1993, Chemical Research Society Bronze Medal in 2001 and Silver Medal in 2010. During last few years Professor Ranu visited several Universities and Institutes in USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, China, and Japan, Egypt, Brazil and delivered lectures in conferences and in Institutes. He has contributed several reviews for various journals and Chapters in books published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Wiley, Elsevier. Recently Professor Ranu along with Professor Achim Stolle edited a book, ‘Ball Milling towards Green Synthesis – Applications, Projects, Challenges’ published by Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He has published more than 255 papers in journals of international repute earning a good citation with h-index of 50 and so far 32 students have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision.

Awards and Fellowship :

       Received Professor NS Narasimhan Award in 1993
       Received Chemical Research Society of India Bronze Medal in 2001 and Silver Medal in 2010
       Elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1995
       Elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 2008
       Received J. C. Bose National Fellowship (DST, Govt. of India) in 2009
       Accepted INSA Senior Scientist position in 2014

Current Research Area :

      Use of Green Tools such as Ball-milling and Visible Light in Organic Synthesis
      Metal Nanoparticles and Heterogeneous Supported Metal as Catalyst for Carbon-Carbon and Carbon-Hetero-atom bond formation
      Green Synthetic Procedures (reaction on solid support avoiding hazardous organic solvent and toxic catalyst; use of ionic liquid as catalyst as well as reaction medium; reaction in neat without solvent)
      Indium in Organic Synthesis

Recent Important Publications :

Cobalt Catalyzed Intermolecular C(sp2)-O Cross-Coupling – D.Kundu, M. Tripathy, P. Maity and B. C. Ranu, Chem-Euro J. 2015, 21, 000.
Ball Milling Towards Green Synthesis: Applications, Projects and Challenges, Ed. Brindaban  Ranu and Achim Stolle, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, 2015.
Visible Light Photocatalyzed Direct Conversion of Aryl/Heteroaryl Amines to Selenides at Room Temperature – D. Kundu, S. Ahammed, B. C. Ranu, Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 1814.
Tert-Butyl Nitrite Mediated Regiospecific Nitration of (E)-Azoarenes via Palladium Catalyzed Directed C-H Activation – B. Majhi, D. Kundu, S. Ahammed, B. C. Ranu, Chem-Euro J. 2014, 20, 9862.
A Co-operative Ni/Cu System for Csp-Csp and Csp-Csp2 Cross-coupling Providing a Direct Access to Unsymmetrical 1,3-Diynes and En-ynes – N. Mukherjee, D. Kundu, B. C. Ranu, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 15784.
Reaction under Ball-Milling: Solvent, Ligand and Metal Free Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Diaryl Chalcogenides- N. Mukherjee, T. Chatterjee, B. C. Ranu, J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 11110.
Heterogeneous Cu(II) Catalyzed Solvent Controlled Selective N-Arylation of Cyclic Amides and Amines with Bromo-iodoarenes – D. Kundu, S. Bhadra, N. Mukherjee, B. Sreedhar, B.C. Ranu, Chem-Euro J., 2013, 19, 15759.
Magnetically Separable CuFe2O4 Nanoparticles Catalyzed Ligand-free C-S Coupling in Water: Access to (E)- and (Z)-Styrenyl-, Heteroaryl and Sterically Hindered Aryl Sulfides – D. Kundu, T. Chatterjee, B. C. Ranu, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2013, 355,2285.
Aryl Carbon-Heteroatom Coupling Reactions using Nano-Metal Catalyst – B. C. Ranu, D. Saha, D. Kundu, N. Mukherjee in Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications, eds. V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, Wiley-VCH, 2013, pp 189-220.
Solvent-controlled Halo-selective Selenylation of Aryl Halides Catalyzed by Cu(II) Supported on Al2O3. A General Protocol for the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Organo Mono-and Bis-Selenides – T. Chatterjee, B. C. Ranu, J. Org. Chem., 2013, 78, 7145 (Highlighted in Synfact, 2013, 9, 1132).

Last Update on May 25, 2015