S.S. Bhatnagar award, F.A.Sc., F.N.A.

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Academic and Professional Career

  • Currently Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley, 1986-87, with Prof. Paul A. Bartlett
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 1986, with Prof. Ronald Breslow
  • M.Sc., IIT Kanpur, 1981

Awards, Honors and Professional memberships

Dr. Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture, CRSI, IIT Kanpur, 2019; Acharya P.C. Ray Memorial Lecture, NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018; Bawa Kartar Singh memorial Lecture, Panjab University, 2017; Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, IISc Bangalore, 2017; National Best Chemistry Teacher Award, JNCASR, 2015; Silver Medal, Chemical Research Society of India, 2012; Materials Research Society of India Medal, 2009; Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, 2009; J.C. Bose National Fellowship, 2008; A.V. Rama Rao Foundation Prize Lecture, JNCASR, 2007; CDRI Drug Research Award, 2006; Prof. T. Navaneeth Rao National Best Chemistry Teacher Award, 2005; S.S. Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2001; Bronze medal, Chemical Research Society of India, 2000; Millennium medal (Indian Science Congress Association), 2000; Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, 1998; Young Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences, 1989-1992

  • Member, International Advisory Board, Chem. Soc. Rev.
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian J. Org. Chem.
  • Member, American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • National Representative, IUPAC Committee on Chemical Education
  • Photoluminescent metallogels
  • Paper based sensing of biomolecules
  • Chemistry of Bile acids
  • Soft hybrid materials

My group explores new chemistry and supramolecular chemistry using bile acids. These studies include the design of molecular receptors; design and properties of cationic, neutral and anionic analogues of bile acids. We also have a programme on the design of functional soft materials such as composite organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Recent work in this area has been in the development of luminescent hydrogels, and a novel ‘pro-sensitizer’ based sensing of enzymes, small molecules and selected drugs on a paper-based platform.

  •  “Supramolecular Gelation of Europium and Calcium Cholates through the Nucleation-Elongation Growth Mechanism”, Raju Laishram, Uday Maitra, ChemPlusChem201984, 853.
  • “Nanofiber‐Directed Anisotropic Self‐Assembly of CdSe–CdS Quantum Rods for Linearly Polarized Light Emission Evidenced by Quantum Rod Orientation Microscopy”, Arkajyoti ChakrabartyGuillaume RaffyMitasree MaityLeire Gartzia‐RiveroSamuel MarreCyril AymonierUday MaitraAndré Del Guerzo, Small2018, 1802311.
  • “Eu/Tb luminescence for alkaline phosphatase and β-galactosidase assay in hydrogels and on paper devices”, Tumpa Gorai, Uday Maitra, J. Mater. Chem. B 20186, 2143-2150.
  • “In-situ formation of luminescent CdSe QDs in a metallohydrogel: a practical strategy towards synthesis, isolation, storage and re-dispersion of the QDs”, Sayantan Chatterjee, Uday Maitra, Nanoscale20179, 13820-13827.
  • “Luminescence resonance energy transfer in a multiple component, self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel”, Tumpa Gorai, Uday Maitra, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 201756, 10730-10734.
  • “Rapid sensing of specific drugs below ppb level by a hybrid organic-inorganic photoluminescent soft material”, Raju Laishram and Uday Maitra, Asian J. Org. Chem. 2017, 6, 1235-1239.
  • “Supramolecular Approach to Enzyme Sensing on Paper Discs Using Lanthanide Photoluminescence”, Tumpa Gorai and Uday Maitra, ACS Sens.20161, pp 934–940.
  • “White light emitting soft materials from off-the-shelf ingredients”, Raju Laishram, Sandip Bhowmik, Uday Maitra, J. Mater. Chem. C20153, 5885-5889.
  • “An Easily Prepared Palladium-Hydrogel Nanocomposite Catalyst for C-C Coupling Reactions”, Mitasree Maity, Uday Maitra, J. Mater. Chem. A20142, 18952-18958.