Dr. Raja Mitra


Institute of Organic Chemistry

University of Duisburg-Essen

Universitätsstraße 7

45117 Essen

Room: S07 S04 C17

Phone: +49 201 183 6216

Email: raja.mitra[at]uni-due.de

Curriculum vitae



since 09/2015    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Duisburg-Essen (group of Dr. Jochen Niemeyer)

2014 – 2015      Postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr

                          (group of Prof. Klaus-Richard Pörschke)

2008 – 2014      Senior/Junior Reseach fellow (CSIR), Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry,

                          Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India on “Targeted Delivery of Cytotoxic Metal Complexes

                          into Cancer Cells with and without Macromolecular Vehicles” (Advisor: Prof. Ashoka G. Samuelson)

2008                  Master project research, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam, India,

                          on “S-Arylation of Aryl Iodides with Sulfur Nucleophiles” (Advisor: Prof. T. Punniyamurthy)




R. Mitra, H. Zhu, S. Grimme, J. Niemeyer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 11456-11459 (back cover). [Link]

F. Octa-Smolin, R. Mitra, M. Thiele, C. Daniliuc, L. Stegemann, C. Strassert, J. Niemeyer, Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 10058-10067 (Frontispiece). [Link]

R. Mitra, M. Thiele, F. Octa-Smolin, J. Niemeyer, Chem. Commun. 2016, 5977-5980. [Link]


R. Mitra, R. K.-R. Pörschke, Organonickel(IV) Chemistry: A New Catalyst?, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 7488–7490; Organonickel(IV)-Chemie: ein neuer Katalysator? Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 7596–7598.

S. De, R. Mitra, A. G. Samuelson, P. K. Das, First Hyperpolarizability of Ru-half-sandwich Complexes: The Effect of Halogen Atom Substitution on the Ancillary Ligand, J. Organomet. Chem. 2015, 785, 72-76.

R. Mitra, A. K. Pramanik, A. G. Samuelson, Seleno-Nucleobases and Their Water-Soluble Ruthenium–Arene Half-Sandwich Complexes: Chemistry and Biological Activity, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 5733–5740.

R: Mitra, A. G. Samuelson, Substitution-Modulated Anticancer Activity of Half-Sandwich Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Heterocyclic Ancillary Ligands, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 3536– 3546.

R: Mitra, A. G. Samuelson, Mitigating UVA Light Induced Reactivity of 6-Thioguanine through Formation of a Ru(II) Half-Sandwich Complex, RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 24304-24306.

R. Mitra, S. Das, S. V. Shinde, S. Sinha, K. Somasundaram, A. G. Samuelson, Anticancer Activity of Hydrogen-Bond-Stabilized Half-Sandwich Ru(II) Complexes with Heterocycles, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 12278-12291.

S. Jammi, S. Sakthivel, L. Rout, T. Mukherjee, S. Mandal, R. Mitra, P. Saha, T. Punniyamurthy, CuO Nanoparticles Catalyzed C-N, C-O, and C-S Cross-Coupling Reactions: Scope and Mechanism, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 1971-1976. [ChemInform Abstract: 2009, 40(30): doi: 10.1002/chin.200930033].



Mitra, R., Samuelson, A. G., Anticancer Transition Metal- Thioguanine Complexes. Submitted as: Indian Patent (Application No: 6111/CHE/2013, application date 26.12.2013)


Oral presentations

09/2016 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Sevilla, Spain

07/2016 Chemistry summer festival, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.


Poster presentations

11/2016 CENIDE Annual meeting, Essen, Germany.


Fellowships and awards

2014                  Postdoctoral Fellowship from Max-Planck Society.
2014                  Winner of Student Quiz organized by RSC, London (Twice).
2008                  1st rank in M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India.
2008                   Silver Medalist, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India.
2008                  Qualified GATE-08; All India Rank (AIR)-02; percentile score: 99.97.
2007                  CSIR-NET (JRF) qualified.