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Hi I'm

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

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

I love to read stuff, books, articles, or any other form of readable materials.


I express my thoughts and learnings through my writing. I have an active blog and a weekly newsletter that I send out to thousands of people every week. You can check out my blog.

I am a researcher in the chemical synthesis domain. In my doctorate at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Debabrata Maiti's lab), I worked on the activation of various C-H bonds in small organic molecules. Incorporations of functionalities directly through C-H activation provide access to high-value compounds in a direct way (better step and atom economic reactions). Most of my doctorate research is on challenging C(sp3)-H activation. You can check out publications for details and types of my doctorate research.   Currently, I work at the University of Michigan (Tim Cernak's lab) to work in the field of high-throughput experimentation and machine learning (in Chemistry). This is where I spend most of my time in a day (except for reading and writing).

Whenever I get the chance, I enjoy developing websites, talking to new people,  and learning new skills.

On top of everything, I like to be known as an explorer.

Here are some notable mentions-

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

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."

My Story

My Story


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.

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

You can read a range of articles by visiting my blog.


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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.

Presently, I work on high-throughput experimentation and machine learning application in Chemistry. This is one of the growing and exciting fields right now in Chemistry that is utilized by researchers to increase and improve the chemical space.

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.

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.



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