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Abhik Ghosh


Professor of inorganic and materials chemistry, Chemical Synthesis and Analysis

Job description

Biography

Abhik Ghosh grew up in India and did his Ph. D. at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Paul G. Gassman, while also extensively collaborating with Jan Almlöf (formerly a professor at UiO and a professor II at UiT). After postdoctoral stints in bioinorganic chemistry with Larry Que and David Bocian, he took up a faculty position at UiT in 1996, where he has been full professor since 2000. He was a Senior Fellow of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (1997-2004) and on several occasions a Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006-2015). Since 2021, he has led the UiT’s Center for Sustainable STEM Education.

Abhik has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, and the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. He edited the popular science book Letters to a Young Chemist (Wiley, 2011) and coauthored the textbook Arrow Pushing in Inorganic Chemistry: A Logical Approach to the Chemistry of the Main Group Elements (Wiley, 2014); the latter won the 2015 PROSE Award for Best Textbook in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. In 2022, he became a member of the European Academy of Sciences and also received the Hans Fischer Career Award for Lifetime Achievement in Porphyrin Chemistry. As a gay chemist, Abhik has been involved in a variety of projects aimed at diversifying chemistry.

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  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    Rethinking gold(II) porphyrins: an inherent wave distortion
    Comptes rendus. Chimie 2024 DOI
  • Kristian Torstensen, Abhik Ghosh :
    From Diaminosilylenes to Silapyramidanes: Making Sense of the Stability of Divalent Silicon Compounds
    ACS Organic & Inorganic Au 2024 ARKIV / DOI
  • Arup Tarai, Jyotiprakash Mallick, Pranjali Singh, Jeanet Conradie, Sanjib Kar, Abhik Ghosh :
    Free-Base Corrole Anion
    Journal of Organic Chemistry 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    A Theoretical Search for Stable Terminal Carbides
    Organometallics 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Quan Manh Phung, Ho Ngoc Nam, Abhik Ghosh :
    Local Oxidation States in {FeNO}6-8 Porphyrins: Insights from DMRG/CASSCF-CASPT2 Calculations
    Inorganic Chemistry 2023 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Łukasz Kielesiński, Francesco F. Summa, Jeanet Conradie, Hilah C. Honig, Ariel Friedman, Gugliemo Monaco et al.:
    Nonaromatic naphthocorroles
    Chemical Communications 2023 DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    B12 and F430 models: Metal- versus ligand-centered redox in cobalt and nickel tetradehydrocorrin derivatives
    Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    Theoretical Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Low-Valent Carbon Species: A ∼6 eV Range of Ionization Potentials among Carbenes, Ylides, and Carbodiphosphoranes
    ACS Organic & Inorganic Au 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Elisa Tomat, Clayton J. Curtis, Andrei V. Astashkin, Jeanet Conradie, Abhik Ghosh :
    Multicenter interactions and ligand field effects in platinum(ii) tripyrrindione radicals
    Dalton Transactions 2023 DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Macon Jedediah Abernathy, Jeanet Conradie, Ritimukta Sarangi, Abhik Ghosh :
    Rhenium Biscorrole Sandwich Compounds: XAS Evidence for a New Coordination Motif
    Inorganic Chemistry 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Krister Engedal Johannessen, Martin Amund Langaas Johansen, Rune Finsås Einrem, Laura J. McCormick McPherson, Abraham Alemayehu, Sergey M. Borisov et al.:
    Influence of Fluorinated Substituents on the Near-Infrared Phosphorescence of 5d Metallocorroles
    ACS Organic & Inorganic Au 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Simon Larsen, Joseph A. Adewuyi, Gaël Ung, Abhik Ghosh :
    Transition-Metal Isocorroles as Singlet Oxygen Sensitizers
    Inorganic Chemistry 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    The Perfluoro Cage Effect: A Search for Electron-Encapsulating Molecules
    ACS Omega 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • W. Ryan Osterloh, Jeanet Conradie, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh, Karl M. Kadish :
    The Question of the Redox Site in Metal-Metal Multiple-Bonded Metallocorrole Dimers
    ACS Organic & Inorganic Au 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Martin Amund Langaas Johansen, Abhik Ghosh :
    The curious chemistry of carbones
    Nature Chemistry 2023 DOI
  • Simon Larsen, Bjørn Cicerõn Lukas Péres, Abhik Ghosh :
    Calixcorrole
    Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 2023 FULLTEKST / DOI
  • James Terner, Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Hugo Vazquez Lima, Abhik Ghosh :
    Structure-sensitive marker bands of metallocorroles: A resonance Raman study of manganese and gold corrole derivatives
    Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Iridium(VII)-Corrole Terminal Carbides Should Exist as Stable Compounds
    ACS Organic & Inorganic Au 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Hugo Vazquez-Lima, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Comparing Isoelectronic, Quadruple-Bonded Metalloporphyrin and Metallocorrole Dimers: Scalar-Relativistic DFT Calculations Predict a > 1-eV Range for Ionization Potential and Electron Affinity
    ACS Physical Chemistry Au 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    Twist-Bent Bonds Revisited: Adiabatic Ionization Potentials Demystify Enhanced Reactivity
    ACS Omega 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ben Joseph R. Cuyacot, Zahra Badri, Abhik Ghosh, Cina Foroutan-Nejad :
    Metallaaromaticity - a protean world
    Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh :
    Corrole and squeezed coordination
    Nature Chemistry 2022 DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    Porphyryne
    ACS Omega 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Phenol- and resorcinol-appended metallocorroles and their derivatization with fluorous tags
    Scientific Reports 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kasturi Sahu, Sara Angeloni, Jeanet Conradie, Marco Villa, Manisha Nayak, Abhik Ghosh et al.:
    NIR-emissive, singlet-oxygen-sensitizing gold tetra(thiocyano)corroles
    Dalton Transactions 2022 DOI
  • Carl C. Wamser, Abhik Ghosh :
    The Hyperporphyrin Concept: A Contemporary Perspective
    JACS Au 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Laura J Mccormick-Mcpherson, Jeanet Conradie, Abhik Ghosh :
    Rhenium Corrole Dimers: Electrochemical Insights into the Nature of the Metal–Metal Quadruple Bond
    Inorganic Chemistry 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Hugo Vazquez-Lima, Jeanet Conradie, Martin Amund Langaas Johansen, Stian Martinsen, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Heavy-element-ligand covalence: Ligand noninnocence in molybdenum and tungsten Viking-helmet Corroles
    Dalton Transactions 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh :
    An Exemplary Gay Scientist and Mentor: Martin Gouterman (1931–2020)
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2021 FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Ivar Kristian Thomassen, Daniel Rasmussen, Rune Finsås Einrem, Abhik Ghosh :
    Simple, Axial Ligand-Mediated Route to Water-Soluble Iridium Corroles
    ACS Omega 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Henrik Braband, Michael Benz, Bernhard Spingler, Jeanet Conradie, Alberto Roger, Abhik Ghosh :
    Relativity as a Synthesis Design Principle: A Comparative Study of [3 + 2] Cycloaddition of Technetium(VII) and Rhenium(VII) Trioxo Complexes with Olefins
    Inorganic Chemistry 2021 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Rune Finsås Einrem, Abhik Ghosh :
    The Story of 5d Metallocorroles: From Metal–Ligand Misfits to New Building Blocks for Cancer Phototherapeutics
    Accounts of Chemical Research 2021 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DOI
  • Clayton J. Curtis, Andrei V. Astashkin, Jeanet Conradie, Abhik Ghosh, Elisa Tomat :
    Ligand-Centered Triplet Diradical Supported by a Binuclear Palladium(II) Dipyrrindione
    Inorganic Chemistry 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Carl C. Wamser, Abhik Ghosh :
    Understanding Hyperporphyrin Spectra: TDDFT Calculations on Diprotonated Tetrakis(p-aminophenyl)porphyrin
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    The Dog That Didn't Bark: A New Interpretation of Hypsoporphyrin Spectra and the Question of Hypsocorroles
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Rune Finsås Einrem, Einar Torfi Jonsson, Simon J. Teat, Nicholas S. Settineri, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Regioselective formylation of rhenium-oxo and gold corroles: Substituent effects on optical spectra and redox potentials
    RSC Advances 2021 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Quan Manh Phung, Yasin Muchammad, Takeshi Yanai, Abhik Ghosh :
    A DMRG/CASPT2 Investigation of Metallocorroles: Quantifying Ligand Noninnocence in Archetypal 3d and 4d Element Derivatives
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 2021 DOI
  • Benjamin D. Matson, Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh, Ritimukta Sarangi :
    X-ray absorption spectroscopy of exemplary platinum porphyrin and corrole derivatives: Metal-: versus ligand-centered oxidation
    RSC Advances 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Anders Reinholdt, Abraham Alemayehu, Kevin J. Gagnon, Jesper Bendix, Abhik Ghosh :
    Electrophilic Activation of Osmium-Nitrido Corroles: The OsN Triple Bond as a π-Acceptor Metallaligand in a Heterobimetallic OsVIN–PtII Complex
    Inorganic Chemistry 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Md. Hafizur Rahman, Michael D. Ryan, Hugo Vazquez-Lima, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Infrared Spectroelectrochemistry of Iron-Nitrosyl Triarylcorroles. Implications for Ligand Noninnocence
    Inorganic Chemistry 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Nicholas S. Settineri, Simon J. Teat, Erik Steene, Abhik Ghosh :
    Molecular Structure of Copper and μ-Oxodiiron Octafluorocorrole Derivatives: Insights into Ligand Noninnocence
    ACS Omega 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Simon J. Teat, Sergey M. Borisov, Abhik Ghosh :
    Rhenium-Imido Corroles
    Inorganic Chemistry 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Cina Foroutan-Nejad, Jan Vicha, Abhik Ghosh :
    Relativity or aromaticity? A first-principles perspective of chemical shifts in osmabenzene and osmapentalene derivatives
    Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 2020 DOI
  • Michael A. Hough, Jeanet Conradie, Richard W. Strange, Svetlana V. Antonyuk, Robert R. Eady, Abhik Ghosh et al.:
    Nature of the copper-nitrosyl intermediates of copper nitrite reductases during catalysis
    Chemical Science 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Carla Slebodnick, Abhik Ghosh :
    Facile Supramolecular Engineering of Porphyrin cis Tautomers: The Case of β-Octabromo-meso-tetraarylporphyrins
    ACS Omega 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Rune Finsås Einrem, Laura J Mccormick-Mcpherson, Nicholas S. Settineri, Abhik Ghosh :
    Synthesis and molecular structure of perhalogenated rhenium-oxo corroles
    Scientific Reports 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, William B. Tolman :
    Out in Inorganic Chemistry: A Celebration of LGBTQIAPN+ Inorganic Chemists
    Inorganic Chemistry 2022 DOI
  • Benjamin D. Matson, Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh, Ritimukta Sarangi :
    Erratum: X-ray absorption spectroscopy of exemplary platinum porphyrin and corrole derivatives: Metal- versus ligand-centered oxidation (RSC Adv. (2021) 11 (32269-32274) DOI: 10.1039/D1RA06151H)
    RSC Advances 2021 DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh :
    Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model
    Chemistry World 2020
  • Abhik Ghosh, Kenneth Ruud :
    Skandale i kjemitidsskrift: Et varsko for norsk akademia?
    Khrono.no 2020

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    Research interests

    Abhik’s research interests center broadly around soft materials based on porphyrin analogues and their applications to both medicine and renewable energy. Current projects in his laboratory focus on (a) synthetic method development, (b) high- and low-valent transition metal compounds and their applications to catalysis and renewable energy, (c) fluorinated materials, (d) photodynamic therapy and cancer theranostics, (e) 2D van der Waals and covalent heterostructures with applications to nanomedicine, (f) dye-sensitized solar cells, and (g) a variety of computer simulations. For recent publications, check out the links below.

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    Teaching

    Abhik teaches introductory inorganic chemistry (KJE-1004) and bioinorganic chemistry (KJE-3201), in addition to a large number of special topics courses on advanced inorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, stereochemistry, soft matter, and linear free energy relationships, among others. The textbook used in KJE-1004, Arrow Pushing in Inorganic Chemistry, written by Abhik and former UiT "lektor"-student Steffen Berg, introduced a world-first organic-style approach to teaching inorganic chemistry and won the prestigious PROSE Award for Best Textbook in Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 2015.

    From 2021, Abhik leads the Beacon project UiT Center for Sustainable STEM Education, aimed broadly at placing sustainability at the center of chemistry and STEM education at UiT. The project also aims at promoting diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense (see, e.g., a recent biography of Martin Gouterman, one of the first openly gay chemists of modern times, as well as a shorter version).  In 2022, Abhik also won the Faculty of Science's student-led Teaching Prize.

    Abhik and his collaborators take particular pride in offering semester-long (or shorter) research projects to both UiT undergraduates and exchange students. Over the years, more than 30 bachelor and exchange students have published their first scientific papers based on their research in Abhik's lab!