Akhilesh Kumar Verma
University of Delhi, India
Akhilesh Kumar Verma obtained his PhD degree in 2000 from the Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India. He was a postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Alan R Katritzky at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, from 2001 to 2002, and with Prof. Richard C Larock at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, USA, from June 28, 2007 to August 31, 2008. He started his career as a Lecturer in 1998 at the Dr. B R Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research at the University of Delhi, India. He joined the Department of Chemistry University of Delhi in January 2009 as a Reader. He was appointed as Associate professor in 2010 and since 2013 he is Full Professor in the department. His research interests include developing new synthetic methodologies; heterocyclic synthesis using alkynes and designing of benzotriazole based novel ligands for copper and palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions.
Synthesis of small heterocyclic molecules in terms of selectivity, operational simplicity, functional group tolerance and environmental sustainability are in constant demand as majority of drugs; drug-like compounds contain hetero atom at their core. In continuation of our interest in the synthesis of heterocycles using alkynes, we have successfully engineered the synthesis of variety of biologically important heterocyclic scaffolds using electrophilic cyclization/hydroamination/and alkyne annulations. In this presentation the author would like to discuss about recent results in this chemistry.