About Me

We are working on the development of new synthetic methodologies and asymmetric catalysis with particular emphasis on ‘Organocatalysis’ for the synthesis of enantioenriched compounds of biological and medicinal importance. 

Professional Experience

  • July 2014 - present: Scientist, Organic Chemistry Division, CSIR-NCL, Pune.
  • January 2011 - May 2014: Post-doctoral fellow, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, Advisor: Prof. Wenwei Lin.
  • November 2009 – October 2010: Post-doctoral fellow, Université de Bourgogne, France, Advisor: Prof. Sylvain Jugé.
  • 2009: Ph. D., School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Advisor: Prof. D. Basavaiah.


Selected Publications

  1. “Chemoselective Intramolecular Wittig Reaction for the Synthesis of Functionalized Heterocycles” Utpal Das, Yi-Ling Tsai and Wenwei Lin (a perspective review article: Org. Biomol. Chem, 2014, 12, 4044-4050).
  2. Enantioselective Synthesis of Coumarin Derivatives Catalyzed by Primary AmineYen-Te Lee, Utpal Das, Yi-Ru Chen, Chia-Jui Lee, Chi-Han Chen, Mei-Chun Yang, and Wenwei Lin (Adv. Synth. Catal, 2013; 355, 3154-3160).
  3. “Organocatalytic Enantioselective Direct Vinylogous Michael Addition of γ-Substituted Butenolides to 3-Aroyl Acrylates and 1,2-Diaroylethylenes” Utpal Das, Yi-Ru Chen, Yi-Ling Tsai, and Wenwei Lin (Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 7713-7717).
  4. An efficient organocatalytic enantioselective synthesis of spironitrocyclopropanes” Utpal Das,Yi-Ling Tsai and Wenwei Lin (Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 44–47, Selected as an Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry HOT Article).
  5. Enantioselective synthesis of substituted pyrans via amine-catalyzed Michael addition and subsequent enolization/cyclisation” Utpal Das, Chan-Hui Huang and Wenwei Lin  (Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 5590–5592).


Research Interest

Asymmetric Organocatalysis, Multicomponent Reactions, New Synthetic Methodologies


 Current available position: Two PhD positions is available in our group


Contact Details

                                Dr. Utpal Das

                     Scientist, Organic Chemistry Division

                     CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

                     Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune - 411008, India

                     Phone: +91 20 2590 2303

                               E-mail u.das@ncl.res.in or dutpal10@gmail.com