Dr. Anamitra Chatterjee is recently hired as a postdoctoral fellow for two years in Vidar’s group, on the so-called Idelab-project. This is an interdisciplinary project on the use of lipids from microalgae as feedstock for value-adding chemical processes and is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The chemical part of the project aims to develop new and improved organometallic catalysts for the transformation of lipid fatty acids to alpha olefins, focusing on reactions such as decarbonylative dehydration and catalysts based on late transition metals. Development of catalysts will be aided by computational predictions performed by PhD student Sondre (hired 2014).
Anamitra will be responsible for synthesis and testing of catalysts. He recently finished his PhD in catalysis from University of Basel, Switzerland (2011 – 2015) under supervision of Prof. Thomas Ward. The topic of his PhD thesis was «C-C bond-forming reactions using artificial metalloenzymes based on biotin-streptavidin technology». Anamitra is from West Bengal, India, and earned his master degree in chemistry in organic synthesis with Prof. Irishi Namboothiri at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (2009 – 2011).