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Dr Sanjit Nayak

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Chemistry and Bioscience
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 235537


Sanjit Nayak studied MSc (2005) in Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. He received his PhD (2008) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, supervised by Prof. Annie Powell. Following PhD he worked as a postdoc at Leiden University (with Prof. Jan Reedijk) and Marburg University (with Prof. Stefanie Dehnen) followed by a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at University of Liverpool (with Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky, FRS) before moving to National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2013. After lecturing 1.5 years in NUS he joined University of Bradford in 2014 as a lecturer.


- Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
- Hybrid nanomaterials and composites

- Polynuclear complexes
- Gas storage and separation
- Drug delivery
- Delivery of agrochemicals

- Molecular magnetism
- Catalysis


Teaching interests

- Coordination Chemistry
- Supramolecular Chemistry
- Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry

Teaching highlights


Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-08: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany - PhD
  • 01-JAN-05: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kanpur) - MSc

  • 01-JAN-13: National University of Singapore - Lecturer
  • 01-JUL-11: University of Liverpool - Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) for Postdoctoral Research
  • 01-NOV-09: Marburg University - Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 01-OCT-08: Leiden University - Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 01-JAN-14: University of Bradford - Assistant Professor

  • 01-JAN-16: Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow
  • 01-JAN-13: Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Member
  • 01-MAR-13: Marie Curie Fellows Association, Member

  • 01-JAN-19: RSC Research Fund and Research Enablement Grant,
  • 01-AUG-19: Expert Evaluator: H2020, European Commission,
  • 01-JAN-20: RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council ,

  • 01-JAN-11: Marie Curie Fellowship
  • 01-JAN-17: Invited Professorship at University of Lyon, France

  • Deputy Assoc. Dean International (Faculty of Life Science)

  • Module Leader: CFS5016-B: Inorganic Chemistry 2


TitleMetal-Organic Frameworks and Their Biodegradable Composites for Controlled Delivery of Antimicrobial Drugs. (2023)
AuthorsLivesey TC;Mahmoud LAM;Katsikogianni MG;Nayak S;
TitleZirconium-Based MOFs and Their Biodegradable Polymer Composites for Controlled and Sustainable Delivery of Herbicides. (2022)
AuthorsMahmoud LAM;Telford R;Livesey TC;Katsikogianni M;Kelly AL;Terry LR;Ting VP;Nayak S;
JournalACS Applied Biomaterials
TitleMetal-Organic Frameworks as Potential Agents for Extraction and Delivery of Pesticides and Agrochemicals. (2022)
AuthorsMahmoud LAM;Dos Reis RA;Chen X;Ting VP;Nayak S;
JournalAcs Omega
TitleTransition metal complexes of a versatile polyalkoxy oxazolidine-based ligand derived from: In situ cyclization (2018)
AuthorsSaleem, A.;Kobielska, P.A.;Harms, K.;Katsikogianni, M.G.;Telford, R.;Novitchi, G.;Nayak, S.;
JournalDalton Transactions
TitleTransition metal complexes of a versatile polyalkoxy oxazolidine-based ligand derived from in situ cyclization (2018)
AuthorsSaleem, Ayaan; Kobielska, Paulina A.; Harms, K.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Telford, Richard; Novitchi, G.; Nayak, Sanjit
TitleControl of the stereochemistry of C14 hydroxyl during the total synthesis of withanolide E and physachenolide C (2018)
AuthorsAnees, Muhammad; Nayak, Sanjit; Afarinkia, Kamyar; Vinader, Victoria
TitleMetal–organic frameworks for heavy metal removal from water (2018)
AuthorsKobielska, P.A.;Howarth, A.J.;Farha, O.K.;Nayak, S.;
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
TitleControl of the stereochemistry of C14 hydroxyl during the total synthesis of withanolide E and physachenolide C (2018)
AuthorsM. Anees;S. Nayak;K. Afarinkia;V. Vinader;
JournalRSC Advances
TitlePolynuclear complexes as precursor templates for hierarchical microporous graphitic carbon: An unusual approach (2018)
AuthorsKobielska, P.A.; Telford, Richard; Rowlandson, J.; Tian, M.; Shahin, Z.; Demessence, A.; Ting, V.P.; Nayak, Sanjit
TitleAn unusual Cu(II) complex of a Schiff-base ligand of 3-aminoquinoline with a hydronated pyridine unit: Synthesis, characterizations, and computational studies (2016)
AuthorsNayak S.;Pevec A.;Seaton C.;Gamez P.;Reedijk J.
TitleMixed-linker approach in designing porous zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks with high hydrogen storage capacity (2016)
AuthorsNaeem A.;Ting V.;Hintermair U.;Tian M.;Telford R.;Halim S.;Nowell H.;Hołyńska M.;Teat S.;Scowen I.;Nayak S.
JournalChemical Communications
TitleMixed-linker approach in designing porous zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks with high hydrogen storage capacity (2016)
AuthorsNaeem, Ayesha; Ting, V.P.; Hintermair, U.; Tian, M.; Telford, Richard; Halim, Saaiba; Nowell, H.; Holynska, M.; Teat, S.J.; Scowen, Ian J.; Nayak, Sanjit
TitleChemical and structural stability of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks with large three-dimensional pores by linker engineering (2015)
AuthorsKalidindi, S.B.;Nayak, S.;Briggs, M.E.;Jansat, S.;Katsoulidis, A.P.;Miller, G.J.;Warren, J.E.;Antypov, D.;Corà, F.;Slater, B.;Prestly, M.R.;Mart-Gastaldo, C.;Rosseinsky, M.J.;
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
TitleChemical and structural stability of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks with large three-dimensional pores by linker engineering (2015)
AuthorsKalidindi, S.B.; Nayak, Sanjit; Briggs, M.E.; Jansat, S.; Katsoulidis, A.P.; Miller, G.J.; Warren, J.E.; Antypov, D.; Cora, F.; Slater, B.; Prestly, M.R.; Marti-Gastaldo, C.; Rosseinsky, M.J.
TitleTwo Heterometallic Ionic Compounds with Isolated [3d] and [4f] Complex Units: Field-Induced Single-Ion Magnet (SIM) Behavior Observed from a Mononuclear Dysprosium(III) Complex (2014)
AuthorsNayak, Sanjit; Novitchi, G.; Holynska, M.; Dehnen, S.
TitleTetranuclear homo- and heterometallic manganese(III) and nickel(II) complexes: Synthesis, structure, and magnetic studies (2012)
AuthorsNayak S.;Novitchi G.;Muche S.;Luneau D.;Dehnen S.
JournalZeitschrift Fur Anorganische Und Allgemeine Chemie
TitleNew three-dimensional metal-organic framework with heterometallic [Fe-Ag] building units: synthesis, crystal structure, and functional studies. (2011)
AuthorsNayak S;Harms K;Dehnen S;
JournalInorganic Chemistry
TitleTrigonal propeller-shaped [Mn(III)3M(II)Na] complexes (M = Mn, Ca): structural and functional models for the dioxygen evolving centre of PSII. (2011)
AuthorsNayak S;Nayek HP;Dehnen S;Powell AK;Reedijk J;
JournalDalton Transactions
TitleA series of three-dimensional lanthanide MOFs: Observation of reversible structural changes controlled by solvent desorption-adsorption, and magnetic properties (2011)
AuthorsNayak S.;Nayek H.;Pietzonka C.;Novitchi G.;Dehnen S.
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
TitleCoordination compounds from the planar tridentate Schiff-base ligand 2-methoxy-6-((quinolin-8-ylimino)methyl)phenol (mqmpH) with several transition metal ions: Use of [FeIII(mqmp)(CH3OH)Cl2] in the catalytic oxidation of alkanes and alkenes (2010)
AuthorsNayak, S.;Gamez, P.;Kozlevčar, B.;Pevec, A.;Roubeau, O.;Dehnen, S.;Reedijk, J.;
TitleTwo edge-sharing (Mn4Mn6III)-Mn-II supertetrahedra give an anisotropic S=28 +/- 1 (Mn6Mn11III)-Mn-II complex (2009)
AuthorsNayak, S;Beltran, LMC;Lan, YH;Clerac, R;Hearns, NGR;Wernsdorfer, W;Ansona, CE;Powell, AK;
JournalDalton Transactions

TitleWater Purification: Removal of Heavy Metals Using Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) (2021)
AuthorsSanjit Nayak
JournalMetal-organic Frameworks in Biomedical and Environmental Engineering
PublisherSpringer Nature

Other typeReviews
TitleMetal–organic frameworks for heavy metal removal from water (2018)
AuthorsKobielska P.;Howarth A.;Farha O.;Nayak S.
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews