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Rakesh Kumar Saunthwal
Assistant Professor
rakesh.saunthwal[at]cy.iitr.ac.in
B-301 Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
9953762930
https://www.saunthwal.com
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Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Asymmetric Synthesis, Catalysis and Reaction Methodology
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Educational Details
University of Rajasthan
2009
B.Sc., Chemistry
University of Rajasthan
2011
M.Sc., Organic Chemistry
University of Delhi
2017
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry
Professional Background
Assistant Professor
17 Jan 2024 - Present
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand-247667, India
Assistant Professor
15 Feb 2023 - 16 Jan 2024
Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh-221005, India
Postdoctoral Research Associate
20 Jun 2021 - 14 Feb 2023
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow,
01 May 2019 - 31 May 2021
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
SERB Overseas Postdoctoral Fellow
03 Jan 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
Postdoctoral Research Associate
01 Mar 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India
Research
Publications
“A machine learning tool to predict substrate-adaptive conditions for Pd-catalyzed C-N couplings”
2023
N. Ian Rinehart, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Joël Wellauer, Andrew F. Zahrt, Lukas Schlemper, Alexander S. Shved, Raphael Bigler, Serena Fantasia, Scott E. Denmark* | American Association for the Advancement of Science
Journal: Science Pages: 965–972 , Volumes: 381 ,
"Enantioselective intramolecular α-arylation of benzylamine derivatives: synthesis of a precursor to levocetirizine"
2023
Rakesh K. Saunthwal*, Maria Schwarz, Rajendra K. Mallick, William Terry-Wright, Jonathan Clayden* | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Pages: e202216758 , Volumes: 62 ,
“Expedient Access to Polyaromatic Biaryls by Unconventional Ag-Catalyzed Cycloaromatization of Alkynylthiophenes and Au-Catalyzed Double C−H Activation”
2022
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Kapil Mohan Saini, Nicolas Grimblat, Abhinandan K. Danodia, Sushil Kumar, Vincent Gandon and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: Org. Lett. Pages: 5018–5022 , Volumes: 24 ,
“C(sp3)-Arylation by Conformationally Accelerated Intramolecular Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution (SNAr)”
2022
Steven M. Wales, § Rakesh K. Saunthwal, § and Jonathan Clayden (These authors contributed equally to this work) | American Chemical Society
Journal: Acc. Chem. Res. Pages: 1731-1747 , Volumes: 55 ,
"Enantioselective one-carbon ring expansion of aromatic rings by simultaneous formation and chromoselective irradiation of a transient coloured enolate"
2022
Rakesh. K. Saunthwal, James Mortimer, Andrew Orr-Ewing and Jonathan Clayden* | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Chem. Sci. Pages: 2079-2085 , Volumes: 13 ,
"Tandem 6π-Azatriene Electrocyclization of Fused Amino-Cyclopentenones: Synthesis of Functionalized Pyrrolo- and Indolo-quinoxaline"
2021
Kapil Mohan Saini, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Ankit Kumar and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: Org. Lett. Pages: 7586-7591 , Volumes: 23 ,
"Synthesis of Cyclopentaquinolinone and Cyclopentapyridinone from ortho-alkynyl-N-arylaldehyde via Superbase-promoted C-N, C-O and C-C Bonds Formation”
2020
Kapil Mohan Saini, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Sushmita and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 5594-5601 , Volumes: 18 ,
"Transition-Metal-Free Reverse Reactivity of (2-alkynyl)-Arylaldimines: Assembly of Functionalized Amino-Indinones”
2020
Kapil Mohan Saini, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Sushmita, and Akhilesh K. Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Chem. Eur. J. Pages: 1017–1021 , Volumes: 26 ,
“Dual Function of Cabon Tetrachloride: Synthesis of Chlorinated Heterocycles”
2019
Shiv Kumar,‡ Rakesh K Saunthwal,‡ Kapil Mohan Saini and Akhilesh K. Verma, (‡These authors contributed equally to this work.) | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Chem. Commun. Pages: 10721-10724 , Volumes: 55 ,
"Connective Synthesis of 5,5-Disubstituted Hydantoins by Tandem α-Amination and α-Arylation of Silyl Ketene Acetals”
2019
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Matthew Cornall, Roman Abrams, John Ward and Jonathan Clayden | Royal Society of Chemistry (“Synthesis of 5,5-Disubstituted Hydantoins” Synfacts 2019, 15(07), 0729)
Journal: Chem. Sci. Pages: 3408-3412 , Volumes: 10 ,
“On Water: Iodine-Mediated Direct Construction of 1, 3-Benzothiazines from ortho-Alkynylanilines by Regioselective 6-Exo-dig Cyclization”
2019
Kapil Mohan Saini, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Shiv Kumar, and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 2657-2662 , Volumes: 17 ,
"On Water: Metal-free Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Benzothiazolylidene from ortho-Haloanilines”
2019
Kapil Mohan Saini, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Shiv Kumar, and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: J. Org. Chem. Pages: 2689–2698 , Volumes: 84 ,
“Base-Mediated Deuteration of Organic Molecules: A Mechanistic Insight”
2018
Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: ACS Omega Pages: 10612– 10623 , Volumes: 3 ,
“Pd-Catalyzed One-Pot Sequential Cross-Coupling Reactions of Tetrabromothiophene"
2017
Kapil Mohan Saini‡ Rakesh K. Saunthwal ‡ and Akhilesh K. Verma (‡These authors contributed equally to this work) | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 10289-10298 , Volumes: 15 ,
“Chemoselective Oxidative Esterification and Iodocyclization of Hydroxyalkynyl Aldehydes”
2017
Shiv Kumar,Monika Patel,Rakesh K. Saunthwal and Akhilesh K. Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Asian J. Org. Chem. Pages: 1893–1902 , Volumes: 5 ,
"Ag(I)-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reactions: Synthesis of Substituted Phenanthrenes and Naphthothiophenes”
2017
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Abhinandan K. Danodia, Kapil Mohan Saini and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 6934-6942 , Volumes: 15 ,
“TFA-Mediated One-Pot Synthesis of Furo-Fused Quinoxalines/ Pyrazines"
2017
Kapil Mohan Saini, Sonu Kumar, Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwal and Akhilesh Kumar Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Eur. J. Org. Chem. Pages: 3707–3715 , Volumes: 2017 ,
“Base-Mediated Hydroamination of Alkynes”
2017
Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: Acc. Chem. Res. Pages: 240–254 , Volumes: 50 ,
"Regioselective Preferential C-H Activation of α, β-Sterically Hindered 1,3-Dienes over [4+2] cycloaddition”
2017
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Kapil Mohan Saini, Monika Patel and Akhilesh K. Verma | Elsevier
Journal: Tetrahedron Pages: 2415-2431 , Volumes: 73 ,
"Metal and Protection-Free [4+2] Cycloadditions of Alkynes with Azadienes: An Efficient Assembly of Functionalized Quinolines”
2016
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society [Highlighted in Org. Process Res. Dev. 2016, 20, 1691]
Journal: Org. Lett. Pages: 2200–2203 , Volumes: 18 ,
"Regioselective 5-endo-dig Electrophilic Iodocyclization of Enediynes: A Convenient Route to Iodo-substituted Indenes”
2016
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Abhinandan K. Dahanodia, Monika Patel and Akhilesh K. Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Chem. Asian J. Pages: 3001–3007 , Volumes: 11 ,
"Regioselective Synthesis of C-3 Functionalized Quinolines via Hetero Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of Azadienes with Terminal Alkynes”
2016
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: J. Org. Chem. Pages: 6563–6572 , Volumes: 81 ,
“Pd-catalyzed One-Pot Sequential Unsymmetrical Cross-Coupling Reactions of Aryl/Heteroaryl 1,2-Dihalides”
2016
Abhinandan K. Danodia, ‡ Rakesh K. Saunthwal‡ Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Tiwari and Akhilesh K. Verma (‡These authors contributed equally to this work.) | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 6487-6496 , Volumes: 14 ,
"Palladium-catalyzed Intramolecular Fujiwara-Hydroarylation: Synthesis of Benzo[a]phenazines Derivatives”
2016
Sonu Kumar, Rakesh K. Saunthwal and Akhilesh K Verma | American Chemical Society
Journal: J. Org. Chem. Pages: 9912–9923 , Volumes: 81 ,
"Palladium Meets Copper: One-Pot Tandem Synthesis of Pyrido Fused Heterocycle via Sonogashira conjoined Electrophilic Cyclization"
2016
Sonu Kumar, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Trapti Aggarwal and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry [When Palladium Meets Copper” SYNFACTS 2016, 12, 1255 ]
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 9063-9071 , Volumes: 14 ,
"Metal-Free Intermolecular Hydro-phenoxylation of Aryl Alkynes"
2016
Monika Patel, Rakesh K.Saunthwal, Devendra K. Dhaked and Prasad V. Bharatam, Akhilesh Kumar Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Asian J. Org. Chem. Pages: 213–221 , Volumes: 4 ,
"Pd(II)-Catalyzed C-H Activation of Styrylindoles: Short, Efficient, and Regioselective Synthesis of Functionalized Carbazoles”
2015
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel, Sonu Kumar, Abhinandan K. Danodia, and Akhilesh K. Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Chem. Eur. J. Pages: 18601 – 18605 , Volumes: 21 ,
"Palladium-Catalyzed Triple Successive C−H Functionalization: Direct Synthesis of Functionalized Carbazoles from Indoles”
2015
Akhilesh K. Verma, Abhinandan K. Danodia, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel, and Deepak Choudhary | American Chemical Society
Journal: Org. Lett. Pages: 3658–3661 , Volumes: 17 ,
"On Water: Catalyst−free Chemoselective Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Tetrahydroquinazolines from 2-Aminophenylacrylate”
2015
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel, Sushil Kumar and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Green Chem. Pages: 1434-1441 , Volumes: 17 ,
"Pd-catalyzed Heck-conjoined Amidation and Concomitant Chemoselective Michael-addition: An Efficient Tandem Approach to Highly Functionalized Tetrahydroquinazolines from o-Haloanilines”
2015
Rakesh K. Saunthawal, Monika Patel, Abhinandan K. Danodia, Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 1521-1530 , Volumes: 13 ,
"Cu(II)-Catalyzed Tandem Synthesis of 2-Imino[1,3]benzothiazines from 2-Aminoaryl acrylates via Thioamidation and Concomitant Chemoselective thia-Michael Addition”
2015
Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel, Sushil Kumar and Akhilesh K. Verma | Elsevier
Journal: Tetrahedron Lett. Pages: 677-681 , Volumes: 56 ,
"Nu-Addition vs SNAr study: Chemo-, Regio- and Stereoselective Preferential Hydrothiolation of Haloarylalkynes over S-arylation of aryl halides”
2015
Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwal and Akhilesh K. Verma | Wiley-VCH
Journal: Asian J. Org. Chem. Pages: 894 –898 , Volumes: 4 ,
"Tandem Approach to Benzothieno- and Benzofuropyridines from o-Alkynyl Aldehydes via Silver-Catalyzed 6-endo-dig Ring Closure”
2015
Sonu Kumar, Carlos Cruz-Hernández, shilpi Pal, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Tiwari, Eusebio Juaristi, and Akhilesh K. Verma | American Chemical Society [Highlighted in SYNFACTS 2016, 12, 0024]
Journal: J. Org. Chem. Pages: 10548–10560 , Volumes: 80 ,
Stereoselective tandem synthesis of thiazolo fused naphthyridines and thienopyridines from o-alkynyl-aldehydes via Au(III)-catalyzed regioselective 6-endo-dig ring closure”
2014
Rajeev R. Jha, Rakesh K. Saunthwal and Akhilesh K. Verma | Royal Society of Chemistry
Journal: Org. Biomol. Chem. Pages: 552-556 , Volumes: 12 ,
"Base-Catalyzed Stereoselective Intermolecular Addition of Imidazoles onto Alkynes: An Easy Access to Imidazolyl Enamines”
2014
Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Akhilesh K. Verma | Elsevier
Journal: Tetrahedron Lett. Pages: 1310−1315 , Volumes: 55 ,
"On Water: Silver-Catalyzed Domino Approach for the Synthesis of Benzoxazine/Oxazine-Fused Isoquinolines and Naphthyridines from o-Alkynyl Aldehydes"
2013
Akhilesh K. Verma, Deepak Choudhary, Rakesh K. Saunthwal, Vineeta Rustagi, Monika Patel and Rakesh K. Tiwari | American Chemical Society
Journal: J. Org. Chem. Pages: 6657−6669 , Volumes: 78 ,
Patents

Novel High Yielding, Economical, Eco-Friendly and Selective Method for The Preparation of Deuterated Alkyl Arenes” Akhilesh K. Verma, Monika Patel, Rakesh K. Saunthwa(IN201711013462, 17 April 2017) (https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=IN232575846&_cid=P21-KD4HST-30384-1 )

Honors And Awards
Honors
Best Productivity Award
2022
Denmark Group, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Best Productivity Award
2021
Denmark Group, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
2019
European Union
Sailife-NOST Best Thesis Award
2017
National Organic Symposium Trust, India
SERB Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship
2017
SERB India
SERB Indo-U.S. Postdoctoral Fellowship (selected)
2017
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum
Dr. B. N. Mankad Award
2015
Indian Chemical Society
Senior Research Fellowship
2014
CSIR-UGC
Junior Research Fellowship
2012
CSIR-UGC
Students
Associate Scholars
Mr. Divakar Chaudhary (PMRF Fellow)
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Organic Reaction Methodology