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Prof. Dr. Biprajit Sarkar


Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Chemie und Biochemie

Anorganische Chemie


Fabeckstraße 34/36
Room V 106
14195 Berlin

Biprajit Sarkar, born in 1977 in Coochbehar, India, was educated at the St. Mary's School (Barpeta Road) and Cotton College (Guwahati) in the province of Assam. After studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths at the University of Delhi beginning 1995 he received his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1999.
Working in the group of Prof. G. K. Lahiri, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, Biprajit Sarkar graduated as Master of Science (MSc) in August 2001. From September 2001 Biprajit worked in the group of Prof. Dr. W. Kaim, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany, receiving his PhD in 2005.
After a postdoctoral period at the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, with Prof. P. Braunstein he started his habilitation at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart in August 2006 which he finished in 2011.

In 2012 he got a position as a professor at the Freie Universität Berlin.


Professional Engagements

2005-2006: Postdoctoral Researcher at the lab. of Prof. P. Braunstein, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France

2006-2011: Habilitation at Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart

April - September 2010: Substitute at a W2 Professor's position at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany

since March 2012: Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin


Awards and Distinctions

2002-2005: Member of the "Graduate College for Magnetic Resonance", Stuttgart

2005-2006: Post-doctoral stipend, CNRS, Strasbourg

2008-2011: Funding through the "Elite Funding Program", BW-Stiftung

2014: Selected as one of the "Rising Stars" at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC-41) in Singapore

2015: Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

2015: Awarded the "Zasshikai Lectureship" of the University of Tokyo

since 2017:Vice-Coordinator of the priority program SPP 2102


Science Management

2018: Organization of the 16th Ferrocene Colloquium.

Since 2017: Vice-Coordinator of the Priority Program 2102, Light Controlled Reactivity of Metal Complexes.

2017: Establishment of bilateral collaborations with TIFR Hyderabad.

2016: (Co)organization of the “18. Vortragstagung für Anorganische Chemie”, Wöhler Vereinigung, GDCh.

2016: Central role in the signing of an MoU between IIT Bombay and FU Berlin which paved the way for institutional collaboration between the two institutes.

2014: Representative of the FU Berlin at several DAAD education fairs in India.

2013: Member of the “International Advisory Board”, Satellite Meeting, International Society of Electrochemistry Meeting,   Mexico.

2012: Establishment of bilateral collaborations with NISER Bhubaneswar.

2011: Guest Editor “W. Kaim special issue”, Inorg. Chim. Acta.

2011: Organization, “7. Koordinationschemikertreffen”, Stuttgart.


Administrative Duties

Since 2017: ERASMUS coordinator for chemistry.

Since 2017: Member of the examination committee for BSc and MSc courses in chemistry.

Since 2013: Chairperson of the library committee.

Since 2013: Elected member of the institute council of the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

2013: Member of the committee responsible for “reform” of the BSc and MSc curriculum in chemistry.