Samir Sarkar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12, 2017
M.S., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12, 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt, University of Göttingen, Germany, 2018-2021


Samir was born in West Bengal, India, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2018) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, under the supervision of Prof. P. Thilagar. In 2018, he moved to the University of Gottingen, Germany, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Herbert W. Roesky. In 2019, he received the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellowship. During his AvH postdoctoral research, he worked on synthesizing the carbon-free small aromatic molecules, stabilizing low-valent p-block elements, and transient radical species. After completing a successful AvH fellowship in 2021, he joined the Gilliard lab, where his research focuses on the development of low-valent and electrophilic main-group chemistry, small molecule activation, and novel main-group materials.