Ajay Verma, born in Lakhimpur-Kheri city, a part of Lucknow division in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He has qualified GATE-2012 in Chemistry and CSIR-UGC-JRF in Chemical Sciences. In July 2012, He joined the group of Professor Sangit Kumar, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal for doctoral studies and completed in May 2017. His dissertation title is “Iodine and Organoselenium Assisted Intramolecular Cyclization Reactions: Synthesis of Normal and Medium-Sized Heterocycles”. PhD research work concentrates around the functionalization and mechanistic investigation of unfunctionalized C─H bonds of various alkyl/aryl moieties and subsequently provide the various biologically relevant nitrogen and oxygen-founded heterocycles. The synthesis of medium-sized (7-11) halolactones and bromo-oxepanes has been performed by a co-catalytic system consisting of substituted diarylselenide and DMAP at 0 oC. Benzoxazinones, Isoindolinones, and Phenanthridinones have been synthesised using molecular iodine with the combination of organic peroxide through C-C and C-H bond functionalization via radical pathways.
In 2018, Dr Verma awarded the prestigious Newton International Fellowship by Royal Society. Currently, He is working with Professor Matt Rosseinsky on the synthesis of peptide-based organic linkers to discover a new class of bio-based flexible porous materials.
Prizes or Honours
- Best Oral Presentation Award (Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, India, 2015)
- Senior Research Fellowship (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, India, 2014)
- Junior Research Fellowship (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, India, 2012)