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My Story

My Story

My name is Jayabrata Das (known as Joy to many people). 

'Read, write, and research' that's what I do. 

I find solace in the pages of books. Reading not only broadens my knowledge but also inspires me to express my thoughts and learnings through writing. I have an active blog and send out a weekly newsletter to thousands of readers. Feel free to explore my blog and join my vibrant community.

I obtained my doctorate at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Debabrata Maiti's lab. My focus was on activating various C-H bonds in small organic molecules to access high-value molecules. At present, I am pursuing postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan. More about my research is below. 


Beyond my academic pursuits, I enjoy web development, engaging in meaningful conversations with new people, and constantly acquiring new skills. I believe in embracing curiosity and being an explorer, whether it's unraveling the mysteries of science or venturing into uncharted territories of personal growth.

Here are some notable mentions-

One person who inspires/fascinates me most -  Leonardo Da Vinci/Swami Vivekananda

One book that I want everybody to read -  Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

One habit that everyone should adopt Lifelong Learning

One quote that I love most -        "Death is not the greatest loss in life. 

                                              The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."



I did my Ph.D. on developing efficient synthetic methodologies by breaking C-H bonds in a molecule selectively. 


C-H bonds are the most abundant bonds in chemical compounds. Selective transformation of ubiquitous but inert C-H bonds to other functional groups has far-reaching practical implications ranging from improved strategies for chemical synthesis to better utilization of earth's feedstock chemicals.


In my doctorate, I worked on developing new strategies for valuable chemical synthesis by exploiting C(sp2)-H and more inert C(sp3)-H bonds in aromatic and aliphatic compounds (aliphatic acids). In order to improve the practical utility of reactions, C-H activation of inert C(sp3)-H bonds have been achieved without the usage of any external auxiliary.

Currently, I work at the University of Michigan (Tim Cernak's lab) to work in the exciting realm of high-throughput experimentation and machine learning in Chemistry. These modern techniques have tremendous potential to increase chemical space and thereby improve the existing Chemistry.

To get more details, you can check out my publications in peer-reviewed journals.

To get insights about my works without much scientific jargon, check out the articles by clicking below.




Writing makes me feel more alive. In fact, it is one of my most enjoyable activities. I run an active blog where I publish a new article weekly or biweekly. My blog helps me to explore diverse subjects and nurture creativity.

Click here to check out my blog.
I also send out a newsletter every Thursday to my readers that includes worthwhile ideas and resources.
Click here to know more about my newsletter.

I write for other publication platforms as well whether technical or non-technical.

 You can read a range of articles by visiting my blog. To begin with, here are some of my articles you can check out.


May 2, 2020

26 Lessons Life Taught Me After I Turn 26


January 31, 2021

The Harmonious Relation Between Quantum World and Indian Philosophy


November 15, 2020

Has Philosophy Become An Irrelevant Subject?


August 9, 2020

Thalassemia: A Prevalent Yet Overlooked Genetic Disorder


September 27, 2020

Bibha Chowdhury: A Forgotten Jewel of India


January 31, 2021

The Pertinence Of Indian Traditions in The Modern World

Connect with me

Connect With Me

"There is a depth to life which only comes from our connection to other people. However, we have to find it without becoming a prisoner."


 -Donna Goddard

I am active mainly on LinkedIn and to some extent on Twitter, so let's connect there.



One of the best ways to keep in touch with me is to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. You can sign up below to get my weekly insightful letters every Thursday (Click to know what will you get in the letters?).
Additionally, I run a book club. Check out the club.

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