Dr Sakya Singha Sen Receives Merck Young Scientist Award

Dr Sakya Sen receiving the Award at the hands of Jury Chair Dr Shahid Jameel, Co-Chair Dr Anurag Agrawal and other members


Dr Sakya Singha Sen, a Senior Scientist from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, received the Merck Young Scientist Award 2019 in Chemical Sciences recently at Bengaluru. The award has been instituted by Merck, a science and technology company operating worldwide. Merck Young Scientist Award is given to researchers with less than ten years experience with expertise in solving some of the toughest problems in chemical sciences. 

Dr Sen completed his MSc (Chemistry) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2006. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 2010 with outstanding grade. Later, he received the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship (2011-13) and joined the laboratory of Prof. Holger Braunschweig at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He joined CSIR-NCL in the year 2014 in the Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry Division. 

The research of Dr Sen’s group focuses on the development of new and fundamentally important areas of main group chemistry which challenge previously held views on the structure, bonding and stability of low coordination number and low oxidation state metal complexes. Dr Sen and his research group are looking at the prospect to explore main group compounds in homogeneous catalysis as surrogates for precious metals, which is driven by the requirement of the industry and government regulations for developing greener, safer, and more cost-effective chemical processes. 

Dr Sen has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. Dr Sen is the recipient of CSIR-Young Scientist Award in 2017 and INSA Medal for Young Scientist in 2018 in Chemical Sciences. He is a young associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2017-2020). He has been selected as a ChemComm Emerging Investigator 2018, Inorganic Chemistry Emerging Investigator 2019, and Early Career Advisory Board Member of ACS Catalysis (2019-2021).