Vinod K. Singh

 P R O F E S S O R

Vinod K. Singh


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
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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 on 9th September, 1959, in Anantpur, a small village in the Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He had his early education from a primary school in his village area. He passed high school and intermediate from Wesley Inter College and B.Sc. from D. A. V College, both in Azamgarh. He did M.Sc. (Chemistry) from B.H.U in 1980 and Ph.D. at Malti-Chem Research Center Nandesari, Baroda under the guidance of Dr. Sukh Dev. Professor Singh spent two years (1985-1987) in Canada at 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, Professor Singh joined IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor (Chemistry) in 1990. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1997 and to a Professor in 2001. 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. He has accomplished total synthesis of several bioactive natural products.

Professor Singh's work has been recognized in the form of several awards and honors such as Distinguished Alumnus Award by BHU (2012), Goyal Award (2011), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize (2004), and Swarnajayanti Fellowship Award (1998), among others. In addition, he has been elected as a Fellow of all the important academies of the country. He has been honored with Padma Shri (2014), a civilian award by the Government of India.

He is currently on deputation as Founder Director of IISER Bhopal. He was also discharged with responsibilities as Founder Director of SPA Bhopal (additional charge) and Chairman of BoG NITTTR Bhopal. He is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC to PM).