Dr. Saikat Chakraborty

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department: Natural Science


Born and raised in India, I came to the US to pursue graduate studies. I received my PhD in Chemistry from University of Rochester where I worked on the generation of carbon-free solar fuels from water.

I am passionate about undergraduate education and research, especially using student-centered learning to facilitate understanding of the principles of Chemistry, as applied to the daily life and the environment. I am also working towards furthering diversity and inclusion in the field of contemporary STEM education.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors in the beautiful Adirondack Park and pursuing photography and creative writing. I am interested in telling stories about the environment at the intersection of science and the arts. If you want to know more, here is an example:

Adirondacks: A Forever Wild Affair? | Stories and Images (wordpress.com)


Academic Background

PhD, University of Rochester 2020

MS, University of Rochester 2015

MSc, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India 2012

BSc, Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta, India 2010


Chakraborty, S.; Burke, R.; McClelland, K.P.; Jelusic, J.; Fertig, A. A.; Mattson, E.; Bren, K. L.; Krauss, T.D. Light-Driven Hydrogen Production with CdSe Quantum Dots and a Cobalt Glutathione Catalyst Chemical Communications 2021, 57, 2053-2056.

Edwards, E.H.; Jelusic, J.; Chakraborty, S.; Bren, K. L.; Matson, E. Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution from Cobalt Microperoxidase-11 Inorganic Biochemistry 2021, 217, 11384.

Edwards, E.H.; Fertig, A. A.; McClelland, K. P.; Meidenbauer, M. T.; Chakraborty, S.; Krauss, T. D.; Bren, K. L.; Matson, E. Enhancing the activity of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from CdSe quantum dots with a polyoxovanadate cluster Chemical Communications 2020, 56, 8762-8765.

Chakraborty, S.; Edwards, E. H.; Kandemir, B.; Bren, K. L. Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution from Neutral Water with a Cobalt Metallopeptide Catalyst Inorganic Chemistry 2019, 58, 24, 16402-16410.

Karmakar, S.; Chakraborty, S.; Gautam, S.; Chowdhury, P. K. Exploring the potency of the naturally occurring polyphenol curcumin as a probe for protein aggregation in crowded environments International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 2019, 141, 1088-1101.

Kubie, L.; Amori, A. R.; Chakraborty, S.; Bren, K. L.; Krauss, T. D. Photoinduced charge separation in single-walled carbon nanotube/protein integrated systems Nanoscale Horizons 2017, 2, 163-166.

Kandemir, B.; Chakraborty, S.; Guo, Y.; Bren, K. L. Semisynthetic and Biomolecular Hydrogen Evolution Catalysts Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55, 467-477.

Relevant Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Oxford College of Emory University 2020- 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Utica College 2019- 2020

Academic Instructor, David T. Kearns Center, University of Rochester 2019

Adjunct Instructor, Nazareth College 2019

Adjunct Instructor, St. John Fisher College 2018

Related Links

Twitter- https://twitter.com/chakra_saikat

Blog- https://saikatchakra.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/saikatchakraborty5a69666a

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/saikatchakraborty2008/

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