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Dr Sanjit Nayak

Assistant 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, under the supervision of Prof. Annie Powell. Then 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.


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

- Polynuclear complexes
- Gas storage and separation
- Drug delivery

- 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-08: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie -
  • 01-JAN-05: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur -
  • 01-JAN-03: University of Burdwan -
  • 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 -
  • 01-JAN-13: National University Singapore -
  • 01-JAN-11: University of Liverpool -
  • 01-JAN-09: Philipps-Universitat Marburg -
  • 01-JAN-08: Leiden University -
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Member of FoLS Internationalization Committee
  • Programme & Module Management: Year tutor: Stage-4
  • Research Group Leadership: Coordinator: Stage-4 Research Project (CFS7005-E)
  • Academic Leadership: Module leader: CFS6003-A: Organometallic Chemistry CFS7002-A: Advanced Topics in Chemistry Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Programme & Module Management: Curriculum development for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry
  • Module Leader: CFS7005-E: Stage-4 Research Project
  • Module Leader: CFS5016-B: Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • Module Leader: CFS7002-A: Advanced Topics in Chemistry: Bio-inorganic Chemistry


Peer Reviewed Journal
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
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
TitleMetal–organic frameworks for heavy metal removal from water (2018)
AuthorsKobielska, P.A.;Howarth, A.J.;Farha, O.K.;Nayak, S.;
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
TitlePolynuclear Complexes as Precursor Templates for Hierarchical Microporous Graphitic Carbon: An Unusual Approach (2018)
AuthorsPaulina A Kobielska;Richard Telford;Jemma Rowlandson;Mi Tian;Zahraa Shahin;Aude Demessence;Valeska P. Ting;Sanjit Nayak;
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
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
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
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
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.
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
Book Chapters
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 Publications
Other typeReviews
TitleMetal–organic frameworks for heavy metal removal from water (2018)
AuthorsKobielska P.;Howarth A.;Farha O.;Nayak S.
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews