Chinmay Chowdhury , Ph.D., FAScT

Chief Scientist
Organic & Medicinal Chemistry

Research Interest

  1. Palladium-catalyzed synthesis of novel oxygen- and nitrogen-heterocycles of biological interests.
  2. Isolations & identifications of bioactivity guided extracts, fractions and unique bioactive molecules from Indian medicinal plants.
  3. Up scaling & process development for value added natural products.
  4. Preparation of analogue library and nano-formulations of lead phytomolecules.
  5. Development potent anti-cancer lead compounds.

Our paper in the cover page of  “Chemistry A European Journal” ((click here)

Our paper in the cover page of the journal "Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry" (click here)

Dr. Chinmay Chowdhury has been awarded with "Bharat Vikas Award" (Click here)


  • Chief Scientist (2021-Till date)
  • Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).
  • Senior Principal Scientist (2015-2021) & Deputy Head of the Department, Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Department, CSIR-IICB, Kolkata.
  • Principal Scientist, CSIR-IICB, Kolkata (2009-2015).
  • Scientist E1, CSIR- IICB, Kolkata (2006-2009).
  • Scientist E1, CIMAP, Lucknow (2004-2006).
  • Post-Doctoral Research, University Of California, San Diego, USA  (2000-2002).
  • Post-Doctoral Research , University Of Kentucky, Lexington, USA (1999-2000).
  • Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata (1991-1998).
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (1989-1991).
  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry,  Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission Residential College (1986-1989).

Honours & Awards

  • Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (WAST), 2019.
  • Received "Bharat Vikas Award", 2019.
  • Life member of Indian Chemical Society.
  • Serving (Year 2024-2026) as sectional Committee (Chemical Sciences) member  of West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (WAST).

Grants & Supports

  1. SERB, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi
  2. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.
  3. Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of West Bengal.

Patents & Publications


  1. Sarat Chatterjee, Rousunara Khatun, Mahammad Ali, and Chinmay Chowdhury*; A solvent controlled regioselective synthesis of 2- and 4-substituted α-carbolines under palladium catalysis, Chem. Commun., 2024, in press (the article has been selected to appear as a cover art at the front outside  cover of the journal)..
  2. Sukanya De and Chinmay Chowdhury*; Iron(III)-Catalyzed Carboannulations of Homopro- pargylic Alcohols: A One-Pot General Synthesis of 4 (2,2-Diarylvinyl)quinolines and 4 (2,2-Diarylvinyl) 2H chromenes, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2023, 88,7539-7550.
  3. Sukanya De and Chinmay Chowdhury*; Substrate Controlled Product Divergence in Iron(III)-Catalyzed Reactions of Propargylic Alcohols: Easy Access to Spiro-indenyl 1,4-Benzoxazines and 2-(2,2-Diarylvinyl)quinoxalinesChemistry-A European journal,  2023, 29, e202203993 (published  as hot paper and this work was highlighted as  cover art of the journal, see )
  4. Shila Elizabeth Besra, Moumita Ray, Subhodeep Roy and Chinmay Chowdhury, Cytotoxic Activity of Bark of Oroxylon indicum Benth against U937and K562, Int. J. Pharm. Sci. Rev. Res. 2022, 75(1), 73-78.
  5. Debasmita Mondal, Subhendu Pramanik and Chinmay Chowdhury*; Palladium(0)-Catalyzed Heteroannulations of Allenamides: General Synthesis of δ-Carbolines  and Benzofuro[3,2-b]pyridines, Organic Letters, 202224, 8698-8702.
  6. Subhendu Pramanik, Sarat Chatterjee, Rumjhum Banerjee and Chinmay Chowdhury*; “Palladium-Catalyzed Benzannulations of 1-(Indol-2-yl)but-3-yn-1-ols: Easy Access to Functionalized Carbazoles”; Organic  Letters, 2022, 24,  1895–1900.
  7. Debasmita Mondal, Gargi Pal and Chinmay Chowdhury*; Palladium(0)-catalysed regioselective cyclisation of 2-amino(tosyl)  benzamides/sulphonamides: Stereoselective  synthesis of 3-ylidene-[1,4]benzodiazepin-5-ones/benzo[f][1,2,5]thiadiazepine-1,1-dioxides, Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 5462-5465.
  8. Amrita Mondal, Chinmay Chowdhury*; “Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of 1-Vinyltetrahydro-β-carbolines and Aza-spiroindolenines: Access to the Syntheses of 1-Vinyl β-carbolines and Eudistomins Y1 and Y2”, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2021, 86, 3810-3825. 
  9. Sukanya De, Moumita Jash and Chinmay Chowdhury*; “Palladium(II) catalysed cascade strategy for the synthesis of dibenzo[5,6:7,8]cycloocta[1,2-b]indole-10-ols/-10(15H)-ones: Easy access to 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraenes (COTs)”, Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 15659-15662. 
  10. Moumita Jash, Sukanya De, Subhendu Pramanik, Chinmay Chowdhury*; “Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Cascade Reactions of Ene-ynes Tethered to Cyano/Aldehyde: Access to Naphtho[1,2-b]furans and Benzo[g]indoles”, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2019, 84, 14, 8959-8975.                                                                                                             
  11. Subhendu Pramanik, Moumita Jash, Debasmita Mondal, Chinmay Chowdhury*; “Palladium‐Catalyzed Synthesis of 6H‐Dibenzo[c,h]chromenes and 5,6‐Dihydrobenzo[c]phenanthridines: Application to the Synthesis of Dibenzo[c,h]chromene‐6‐ones, Benzo[c]phenanthridines, and Arnottin I”, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2019, 361, 5223– 5238;  (doi : 10.1002/adsc.201900833).