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Sanjit Nayak

Lecturer in Supramolecular Chemistry

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


Dr. Sanjit Nayak studied MSc in Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. He received his PhD from University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology or KIT), Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Annie Powell. Followed by his PhD, he worked at Leiden University (with Prof. Jan Reedijk) and Marburg University (with Prof. Stefanie Dehnen) followed by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at University of Liverpool (with Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky, FRS) for postdoctoral research before moving to National University of Singapore (NUS) as an Instructor. He has joined University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Chemistry in July 2014.


Teaching highlights



Coordination Chemistry; Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); Supramolecular chemistry; Hybrid nanomaterials; Polynuclear complexes; Gas storage and separation; Molecular magnetism; Catalysis

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-08: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany - PhD
  • 01-JAN-05: Indian Institute of Technology - MSc
  • 01-JAN-13: National University of Singapore - Instructor
  • 01-JAN-11: University of Liverpool - Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) for Postdoctoral Research
  • 01-JAN-09: Marburg University - Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 01-OCT-08: Leiden University - Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 01-JAN-11: - Marie Curie Fellowship
  • 01-JAN-16: - Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 01-JAN-13: - Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)


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