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Bilde av Ghosh, Abhik
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Abhik Ghosh

Professor of inorganic and materials chemistry

Job description


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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  • 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
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Jeanet Conradie, 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
  • 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
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    Twist-Bent Bonds Revisited: Adiabatic Ionization Potentials Demystify Enhanced Reactivity
    ACS Omega 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh :
    Corrole and squeezed coordination
    Nature Chemistry 2022 DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Abhik Ghosh :
    Phenol- and resorcinol-appended metallocorroles and their derivatization with fluorous tags
    Scientific Reports 2022 DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Jeanet Conradie :
    ACS Omega 2022 DOI
  • Ben Joseph R. Cuyacot, Zahra Badri, Abhik Ghosh, Cina Foroutan-Nejad :
    Metallaaromaticity - a protean world
    Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 01. November 2022 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rui Cao, Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Abhik Ghosh, Ritimukta Sarangi :
    X-ray absorption spectroscopy of archetypal chromium porphyrin and corrole derivatives
    RSC Advances 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kristine Pierloot, Quan Manh Phung, Abhik Ghosh :
    Electronic Structure of Neutral and Anionic Iron–Nitrosyl Corrole. A Multiconfigurational and Density Matrix Renormalization Group Investigation
    Inorganic Chemistry 2020 DOI
  • Rune F. Einrem, Abraham Alemayehu, Sergey M. Borisov, Abhik Ghosh, Odrun Arna Gederaas :
    Amphiphilic rhenium-oxo corroles as a new class of sensitizers for photodynamic therapy
    ACS Omega 2020 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • Ivar Kristian Thomassen, Abhik Ghosh :
    Protonation-Induced Hyperporphyrin Spectra of meso-Aminophenylcorroles
    ACS Omega 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ivar Kristian Thomassen, Laura J Mccormick-Mcpherson, Sergey M. Borisov, Abhik Ghosh :
    Iridium Corroles Exhibit Weak Near-Infrared Phosphorescence but Efficiently Sensitize Singlet Oxygen Formation
    Scientific Reports 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • J. Krzystek, Alexander Schnegg, Azar Aliabadi, Karsten Holldack, Sebastian A. Stoian, Andrew Ozarowski et al.:
    Advanced Paramagnetic Resonance Studies on Manganese and Iron Corroles with a Formal d4 Electron Count
    Inorganic Chemistry 2020 DOI
  • Thomas Kolle Ekaney, Jeanet Conradie, Christine M. Beavers, Abhik Ghosh :
    Free-Base Porphyrins with Localized NH Protons. Can Substituents Alone Stabilize the Elusive Cis Tautomer?
    Organic and biomolecular chemistry 2020 DOI
  • Tomohiro Higashino, Yuma Kurumisawa, Abraham Alemayehu, Rune Finsås Einrem, Debashis Sahu, Daniel Packwood et al.:
    Heavy Metal Effects on the Photovoltaic Properties of Metallocorroles in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
    ACS Applied Energy Materials 2020 DOI
  • Ekaney Thomas Kolle, Nicolas Desbois, Jeanet Conradie, Simon J. Teat, Claude P Gros, Abhik Ghosh :
    Gold dipyrrin-bisphenolates: A combined experimental and DFT study of metal-ligand interactions
    RSC Advances 2020 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
  • Sumit Ganguly, Abhik Ghosh :
    Seven Clues to Ligand Noninnocence: The Metallocorrole Paradigm
    Accounts of Chemical Research 2019 DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Penelope Jane Brothers, Abhik Ghosh :
    Main-Group-Element Isophlorin Complexes Revisited: The Question of a Subvalent Central Atom
    Inorganic Chemistry 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Cina Foroutan-Nejad, Abhik Ghosh :
    Norcorrole as a Delocalized, Antiaromatic System
    Scientific Reports 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Simon Larsen, Laura J Mccormick-Mcpherson, Simon J. Teat, Abhik Ghosh :
    ACS Omega 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jeanet Conradie, Abhik Ghosh :
    Theoretical Search for the Highest Valence States of the Coinage Metals: Roentgenium Heptafluoride May Exist
    Inorganic Chemistry 2019 DOI
  • Abraham Alemayehu, Hugo Vazquez-Lima, Simon J. Teat, Abhik Ghosh :
    Unexpected Molecular Structure of a Putative Rhenium-Dioxo-Benzocarbaporphyrin Complex. Implications for the Highest Transition Metal Valence in a Porphyrin-Type Ligand Environment
    ChemistryOpen 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kenneth P Caulfield, Jeanet Conradie, Hadi D Arman, Abhik Ghosh, Zachary Tonzetich :
    Iron(II) Corrole Anions
    Inorganic Chemistry 2019 DOI
  • Wenqian Shan, Nicolas Desbois, Sandrine Pacquelet, Stephane Brandes, Yoann Rousselin, Jeanet Conradie et al.:
    Ligand Noninnocence in Cobalt Dipyrrin-Bisphenols: Spectroscopic, Electrochemical, and Theoretical Insights Indicating an Emerging Analogy with Corroles
    Inorganic Chemistry 2019 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? 2020
  • Abhik Ghosh, Paul Kiparsky :
    The Grammar of the Elements. Did the Sanskrit alphabet influence Mendeleev’s periodic table?
    American Scientist 2019 DOI

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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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    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! 

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