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My Story

My Story

Hello! My name is Jayabrata Das (known also as Joy). 

I am an organic chemist by training who loves to write about the intersection of Science, Society, and the quest to find meaning in this distracted world. 

I obtained my doctorate at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Debabrata Maiti's lab. I focused 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. 


Beyond my academic pursuits, I enjoy reading, writing, web development, and engaging in meaningful conversations with people. 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."


Joy the Academic

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 inert C(sp3)-H bonds in aromatic and aliphatic compounds. 

Currently, I work at the University of Michigan (Tim Cernak's lab) 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 improving the existing Chemistry.

For 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.



Joy the Writer

Writing makes me feel more alive. It is one of my most enjoyable activities. I run an active blog where I publish a new article once or twice a month. 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 Friday to my readers that includes worthwhile ideas and resources.
Click here to learn more about my newsletter.

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

26 Lessons Life Taught Me After I Turn 26

The Harmonious Relation Between Quantum World and Indian Philosophy

My Ph.D. Journey: A Reflection on What it has Taught Me

Has Philosophy become an Irrelevant Subject?

Three Valuable lessons We Can Learn From  Ancient Education System

Generalist Vs Specialist: Which One You Should Become

Bibha Chowdhury: A Forgotten Jewel of India

Clara Immerwahr: A Tragic Heroine of Science

Why Reading is Essential For Unleashing Your Potential

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 on LinkedIn and Twitter



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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