Saikat Chakraborty

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Saikat Chakraborty is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He received his PhD in Chemistry from University of Rochester in 2020. His dissertation was in the intersection of Bioinorganic Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry where he worked on the generation of carbon-free solar fuels from water. 

Dr. Chakraborty joined Oxford College in the Fall of 2020. He is currently teaching introductory and sophomore-level courses on Structure and Properties, and Principles of Reactivity. His research focuses on the adverse effects of different deicing agents and how to mitigate them and develop better alternatives.

Born and raised in India, Dr. Chakraborty came to the US to pursue his graduate studies. In his spare times, he enjoys spending time outdoors, pursuing photography and creative writing, and talking about chemistry and the environment. 


PhD| University of Rochester| 2020

MS| University of Rochester| 2015

MSc| Indian Institute of Technology Delhi| 2012

BSc| Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta| 2010

Courses Taught

Chemistry 202Q (Principles of Reactivity) and Chemistry 202L (Principles of Reactivity Lab)

Chemistry 150 (Structure and Properties) and Chemistry 150L (Structure and Properties Lab)


Warren Westerberg Global Health and the Arts Prize 2020 (

Robert and Marian Flaherty DeRight Fellowship (University of Rochester, Department of Chemistry)


Edwards, E. H.; Jelusic, J.; Chakraborty, S.; Bren, K. L. Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution from Cobalt Microperoxidase-11 Inorganic Biochemistry 2021, 217, 11384

Burke, R.; Chakraborty, S.; McClelland, K.P.; Jelusic, J.; Fertig, A. A.; Mattson, E. M.; Bren, K. L.; Krauss, T.D. (‡ contributed equally) Light-Driven Hydrogen Production with CdSe Quantum Dots and a Cobalt Glutathione Catalyst Chemical Communications 2021 (Advance Article)

Edwards, E.H.; Fertig, A. A.; McClelland, K. P.; Meidenbauer, M. T.; Chakraborty, S.; Krauss, T. D.; Bren, K. L.; Matson, E. Enhancing the activity of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from CdSe quantum dots with a polyoxovanadate cluster Chemical Communications 2020, 56, 8762-8765.

Chakraborty, S.; Edwards, E. H.; Kandemir, B.; Bren, K. L. Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution from Neutral Water with a Cobalt Metallopeptide Catalyst Inorganic Chemistry 2019, 58, 24, 16402-16410.

Karmakar, S.; Chakraborty, S.; Gautam, S.; Chowdhury, P. K. Exploring the potency of the naturally occurring polyphenol curcumin as a probe for protein aggregation in crowded environments International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 2019, 141, 1088-1101.

Kubie, L.; Amori, A. R.; Chakraborty, S.; Bren, K. L.; Krauss, T. D. Photoinduced charge separation in single-walled carbon nanotube/protein integrated systems Nanoscale Horizons 2017, 2, 163-166.

Kandemir, B.; Chakraborty, S.; Guo, Y.; Bren, K. L. Semisynthetic and Biomolecular Hydrogen Evolution Catalysts Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55, 467-477.

Research Interests

My interests lie in the intersection of Science and the Environment, especially the long-term impacts of different anthropogenic activities on the climate and surroundings. My PhD thesis centered on the development of novel photocatalytic approaches to make hydrogen from water, a carbon-free source of fuel. My current research is on the study of different deicing agents and salts used to combat snow on the roadways and its impact on the environment, especially on water bodies. The long-term goal of the project is to develop sustainable alternatives to the deicing agents that are being employed now.