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Peripheral nucleic bases boost H2 production by synthetic molecular catalysts in acidic water


S. Das, C. Das, N. A. Shah, S. Ghorai, P. Majumder, A. Dutta* 

Chemical Communications, 2023, Accepted.


This article is part of the themed collection: 2023 Pioneering Investigators


Double Perovskite Oxides Bringing a Revelation in Oxygen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalyst Design


A. Banerjee, M. K. Awasthi, P. Maji, M. Pal, Sk. T. Aziz*, G. K. Lahiri*, A. Dutta* 

ChemElectroChem, 2023, 10, 4, e202201098.



Expanding the horizon of bio-inspired catalyst design with tactical incorporation of drug molecules


Gulafshan, S. Ghorai, S. Rai, A. Pandey, P. Majumder, G. N. Patwari, A. Dutta* 

Chemistry A European Journal, 2023, Just Accepted.



Improving the synthetic H2 production catalyst design strategy with the neurotransmitter dopamine


S. Ghorai, S. Khandelwal, S. Das, S. Rai, S. Guria, P. Majumder, A. Dutta* 

Dalton Transactions, 2023, 52, 1518-1523.



A quinary high entropy metal oxide exhibiting robust and efficient bidirectional O2 reduction and water oxidation


K. V. R. Siddhartha, Sk. T. Aziz, I. Karajagi,A. Saini, M. Pal, P. C. Ghosh, A. Dutta* 

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2023, 48, 28, 10521-10531.



Cobalt-doped copper vanadate: A dual active electrocatalyst propelling efficient H2 evolution and glycerol oxidation in alkaline water


V. Tripathi, S. Jain*, D. Kabra, L. S. Panchakarla, A. Dutta* 

Nanoscale Advances, 2023, 5, 237-246.


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Thiolate-Bridged Heterodinuclear Manganese–Cobalt Complexes with Bridging Hydride Ligands


K. Pathak, S. Mishra, S. Bairagi, B. Rajeshwaree, A. Dutta*, S. G. Ghosh*, 

Organometallics, 2023, 42, 2, 133–145.


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A Janus cerium-doped bismuth oxide electrocatalyst for complete water splitting


Sk. T. Aziz, M. Ummekar, I. Karajagi, Sk. Riyajuddin, K.V.R. Siddhartha, A. Saini, A. Potbhare, R. G. Chaudhary, V. Vishal, P. C. Ghosh, and A. Dutta* 

Cell Reports Physical Science, 2022, 


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NIR-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production by Silane- and Tertiary Amine-Bound Plasmonic Gold Nanoprisms


G. Joshi, A. Saha, A. Dutta*, S. Khatua*  

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2022, 

14, 34, 38815–38823

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The rational inclusion of Vitamin B6 boosts artificial cobalt complex catalyzed green H2 production


Ab. Q. Mir*, S. Saha, S. Mitra, S. Guria, P. Majumder,

D. Dolui*, A. Dutta*  (†Contributed equally)

Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2022, 6, 4160-4168

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Redox-Induced Intramolecular C–C Coupling of Acyclic Bis(2-pyridylmethylene)ethylenediamine on a Ru(acac)2 Platform


M. Bisawas, S. Dey, S. Panda, A. Dutta, and G. K. Lahiri*   

Inorganic Chemistry, 2022, 61, 17, 6347–6352.

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Group 6 transition metal-based molecular catalysts for sustainable catalytic CO2 reduction


B. RajeshwareeA. AliAb Q. Mir, J. Grover,  G. K. Lahiri*A. Dutta* 

and  D. Maiti*  (†Contributed equally)

Catalysis Science & Technology, 2022, 12, 390-408

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Flexible Ligand in a Molecular Cu Electrocatalyst Unfurls Bidirectional O2/H2O Conversion in Water


A. Ali, D. Prakash, P. Majumder, S. Ghosh*, A. Dutta*

ACS Catalysis, 2021, 11, 10, 5934–5941

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Organopalladium Intermediates in Coordination-Directed C(sp3)-H Functionalizations


A. S. Suseelan, A. Dutta*, G. K. Lahiri*, D. Maiti*

Trends in Chemistry, 2021, 3, 3, 188-203

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Bio-inspired Cobalt Catalyst Enables Natural-Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Production from Aerobic Neutral Aqueous Solution


D. Dolui, S. Das, J. Bharti, S. Kumar, P. Kumar, A. Dutta* 

Cell Reports Physical Science

2020, 1, 1, 100007.

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Perturbing the AIEE activity of pyridine functionalized α-cyanostilbenes with donor substitutions: an experimental and DFT study


P. Jana, M. Paramasivam, S. Khandelwal,

A. Dutta, S. Kanvah

New Journal of  Chemistry

2020,44, 218-230.


Enzyme-inspired synthetic proton relays generate fast and acid stable Cobalt-based H2 production electrocatalysts


D. Dolui, S. Khandelwal, A. Saikh, D. Gaat,

V. Thiruvenkatam, A. Dutta*,

ACS Catalysis

2019, 9, 10115−10125. 

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Developing photosensitizer-Cobaloxime hybrid for solar-driven H2 production in aqueous aerobic conditions


A. Q. Mir, D. Dolui, S. Khandelwal, H. Bhatt, B. Kumari, S. Barman, S. Kanvah, A. Dutta*

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) 

2019, 152, e60231, DOI:10.3791/60231.

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Plasmonic gold nanoprism-Cobalt molecular complex dyad mimics Photosystem-II for visible-NIR illuminated neutral water oxidation


A. Q. Mir, G. Joshi, P. Ghosh, S. Khandelwal,

A. Kar, R. S. Hegde, S. Khatua*, A. Dutta* 

ACS Energy Letters

2019, 4, 2428-2435. 

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Plasmonic CoO-Decorated Au Nanorods for Photoelectrocatalytic Water Oxidation



P. Ghosh, A. Kar, S. Khandelwal, D. Vyas,

A. Q. Mir, Arup L. Chakraborty,

R. S.  Hegde, S. Sharma,

A. Dutta*, S. Khatua*

ACS applied Nanomaterials

2019, 2, 5795-5803.

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A Nanotube-Supported Dicopper Complex Enhances Pt-free Molecular H2/Air Fuel Cells


S. Gentil, J. K. Molloy, M. Carrière, A. Hobballah, A. Dutta, S. Cosnier, W. J. Shaw, G. Gellon, C. Belle, V. Artero, F. Thomas, A. Le Goff* 


2019, 3, 8, 2020-2029.

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Inclusion of peripheral basic groups activates dormant cobalt-based molecular complex for catalytic H2 evolution in water


S. Khandelwal, A. Zamader, V. Nagayach,

D. Dolui, A. Q. Mir, A. Dutta*

ACS Catalysis

2019, 9 (3), 2334–2344.

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Branching Effect on Triphenylamine-CF3 cyanostilbenes: Enhanced Emission and Aggregation in Water 


B. Kumari, S. Singh, R. Santosh, A. Dutta,

S. Mallajosyula, S. Ghosal, S. Kanvah* 

New Journal of Chemistry

2019, 43, 4106-4115.

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Emission and Color Tuning of Cyanostilbenes and White Light Emission


B. Kumari, M. Paramasivam ,

A. Dutta*, S. Kanvah*,

ACS Omega

2018, 3 (12), 17376–17385.

(*Corresponding author)

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Chemical Method for Evaluating Catalytic Turnover Frequencies (TOF) of Moderate to Slow H2 Oxidation Electrocatalysts


A. Dutta*, W. J. Shaw* 


2018, 38, 6, 1311-1316.

(*Corresponding author)

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Designing electrochemically reversible H2 oxidation and production catalysts


A. Dutta*, A. M. Apple, W. J. Shaw,

Nature Reviews Chemistry

2018, 2, 9, 244–252.

(*Corresponding author)


Bio-Inspired H2 Production Catalysts (Mini-Review)


D. Dolui, A. Dutta*

Research and Development in Material Science

1(5). RDMS.000524. 2017


Publications during Ph.D. and Post-doc research

S. Gentil, N. Lalaoui, A. Dutta, Y. Nedellec, S. Cosnier, W. J. Shaw, Vincent Artero, and A. Le Goff, Carbon-Nanotube-Supported Bio-Inspired Nickel Catalyst and Its Integration in Hybrid Hydrogen/Air Fuel Cells, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2017, 56, 1845-1849.


N. Priyadarshani†, A. Dutta†, B. Ginovska, G. W. Buchko, M. O’Hagan, S. Raugei, and  W. J. Shaw, Achieving Reversible H2/H+ Interconversion at Room Temperature with Enzyme-Inspired Molecular Complexes: A Mechanistic Study, ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 6037–6049. (†Equally contributing authors)


P. Rodriguez-Maciá, N. Priyadarshini, A. Dutta, C. Weidenthaler, W. Lubitz, W.J. Shaw, and O. Rüdiger, Covalent Attachment of the Water-insoluble Ni(PCy2NPhe2)2 Electrocatalyst to Electrodes Showing Reversible Catalysis in Aqueous Solution, Electroanalysis, 2016, 28,  2452-2458.


A. Dutta, B. Ginovska-Pangovska, S. Raugei, J. A. S. Roberts, and W. J. Shaw, Optimizing conditions for utilization of an H2 oxidation catalyst with outer coordination sphere functionalities, Dalton Transactions, 2016, 45, 9786-9793.


A. Dutta, S. Lense, J. A. S. Roberts, M. Helm, and W. J. Shaw; The role of solvent and the outer coordination sphere on H2 oxidation using [Ni(PCy2NPyz2)2]2+, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 31, 5218-5225.

P. Rodriguez-Maciá, A. Dutta, W. Lubitz, W.J. Shaw, and O. Rüdiger, Direct comparison of the performance of a bio-inspired synthetic Ni-catalyst and a [NiFe]-hydrogenase covalently attached to electrodes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 12303-12307.


A. Dutta, D. Dubois, J. A. S. Roberts, and W. J. Shaw; Amino acid-modified Ni catalyst exhibits reversible H2 oxidation/production over a broad pH range at elevated temperatures, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 2014,111, 16286-16291.


B. Ginovska-Pangovska, A. Dutta, M. L. Reback, J. C. Linehan, and W. J. Shaw; Beyond the Active Site: The Impact of the Outer Coordination Sphere on Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production and Oxidation, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2014, 47, 2621–2630.


A. Dutta, J. A. S. Roberts, and W. J. Shaw; Arginine containing ligands enhance H2 oxidation catalyst performance, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, 53, 6487-6491.


D. Sengupta, S. Gangopadhyay, S. Goswami, A. Dutta, V. Kumar, S. De, and P. K. Gangopadhyay; Novel low-spin mixed ligand thiohydrazide complexes of iron(III): Synthesis, spectral characterization, molecular modeling, and antibacterial activity, International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry,2014, Volume 2014, Article ID 580232, 9 pages,


S. Lense, A. Dutta, J. A. S. Roberts, and W. J. Shaw; A proton channel allows a hydrogen oxidation catalyst to operate at a moderate overpotential with water acting as a base, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 792-795.


A. Dutta, S. Lense, J. Hou, M. H. Engelhard, J. A. S.Roberts, and W. J. Shaw; Minimal Proton Channel Enables H2 Oxidation and Production with a Water-Soluble Nickel-Based Catalyst, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135,18490–18496.


A. Dutta, M. Flores, S. Roy, J. Schmitt, G.A. Hamilton, H. Hartnett, J. Shearer, and A.K. Jones; Sequential oxidation of thiolate and cobalt metallocenter in a synthetic metallopeptide: Implications for the biosynthesis of nitrile hydratase, Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 5236-5245.


Y. Marusenko, J. Shipp, G.A. Hamilton, J.L.L. Morgan, M. Keebaugh, H. Hill, A. Dutta, X. Zhuo, N. Upadhyay, J. Hutchings, P. Herckes, A. Anbar, E. Shock, H. Hartnett; Bioavailability of Nanoparticulate Hematite to Arabidopsis thaliana, Environmental Pollution, 2013, 174, 150-156.


A. Dutta, G. A. Hamilton, H. Hartnett, and A. K. Jones; Construction of heterometallic clusters in a small peptide scaffold as [NiFe]-hydrogenase models: Development of a synthetic methodology, Inorganic Chemistry, 2012, 51, 9580-9588.


A. K. Jones, B. R. Lichtenstein, A. Dutta, G. Gordon, and P. L. Dutton; Synthetic hydrogenases: Incorporation of an iron carbonyl thiolate into a designed peptide, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129, 14844–14845.

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