Vinod K. Singh

 P R O F E S S O R

Vinod K. Singh


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
Bhopal By-pass Road, Bhauri
Bhopal - 462 066
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Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur - 208 016
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Vinod K Singh

Professor Vinod Kumar Singh was born in a village, Anantpur of district Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. He did M.Sc. (Chemistry) from BHU in 1980 and Ph.D. at Malti-Chem Research Center Nandesari, Baroda. He spent two years (1985-1987) in Canada at the University of Calgary and University of British Columbia and three years at Harvard University (Advisor: Professor E. J. Corey, Nobel Laureate) in U.S.A, as a post-doctoral fellow. After a brief stint as a senior scientist at Neurogen Corporation, USA, he joined IIT Kanpur in 1990 where he holds a position of Professor. He also held a position of Umang Gupta Chair Professor in the Institute.

Professor Singh's research work falls in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, more specifically, asymmetric synthesis. He has developed several new chiral ligands/catalysts for enantioselective reactions. One of chiral catalysts developed in his laboratory has been named as "Singh's Catalyst" by others. It seems that this is one of the best chiral organocatalysts for enantioselective aldol reaction in aqueous medium. He has accomplished total synthesis of several bioactive natural products. His work is documented in more than 140 publications. He has guided 30 Ph.D. students, and more than 12 students and post-docs are currently working with him.

He has been recognised with several awards and honours such as CRSI Silver Medal (2014), Distinguished Alumnus Award by BHU (2012), Goyal Prize (2011), Vigyan Ratna Award of U.P. (2006), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize (2004), and Swarnajayanti Fellowship Award (1998), among others. In addition, he has been elected as a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc), National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS).

Professor Singh is a Regional Editor of an Elsevier journal - Tetrahedron Lett. He has been honoured with Padma Shri (2014), a civilian award by the Government of India.

He is currently on deputation as a Founder Director of IISER Bhopal since 12th June 2008. He is a Mentor Director of IISER Berhampur. He was also discharged with responsibilities as a Founder Director of SPA Bhopal (additional charge) and Chairman of BoG, NITTTR Bhopal. He had been a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC to PM) during 2009-2014.