Rupam Jyoti Sarma

Rupam Jyoti Sarma

Associate Professor

MSc (Gauhati) PhD (IITG)

Supramolecular Chemistry, Organic Synthesis

Department of Chemistry
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Reaction Intermediates in Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic and Analytical Methods
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry

  • We are developing methods for the synthesis of self-assembled organic and metal-organic ensembles, using the tools of supramolecular chemistry, to create stimuli-responsive materials for chemical, biological and environmental applications.
  • Identifying new luminescent organic materials that show interesting chemical and physical properties is a major research interest. Our group uses experimental and computational chemistry tools to develop organic molecular materials that could be used for information storage, sensor and photonic applications. 
  • Supramolecular chemistry of anionic species is an underlying theme of our research, with focus on receptor design, anion/molecular recognition, and sensing.


  1. INSA Visiting Scientist, Year: 2010, Awarding Organisation: Indian National Science Academies
  2. DAE-Young Scientist Award, Year: 2009, Awarding Organisation: BRNS
  3. Commonwealth Award, Year: 2003-04, Awarding Organisation: Commonwealth Commission

Barnali Deka, Rupam J. Sarma, Cooperative binding of fluoride anions to a flexible cystine-based receptor containing two 3,5-dinitrobenzamide motifs, 2018 (accepted for publication)

Kakali Devi, Rupam J. Sarma, Naphthalimide-containing isomeric urea derivatives: Mechanoluminescence and fluoride recognition, ChemPhotoChem, 1, 524-531, 2017

Rupam J.Sarma; Kakali Devi, Cystine-derived bis-naphthalimides as stimuli-responsive fluorescent gelators, New Journal of Chemistry 39, 4375-4383, 2015

Barnali Deka; Rupam J.Sarma, Concentration dependent colour switching of tryptophan-derived 3,5-dinitrobenzamide ligands in the presence of fluoride anions, Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical 197, 321-325, 2014

Kakali Devi; Rupam J.Sarma, Exploring urea-fluoride interactions in the vicinity of a tryptophan residue, RSC Advances 4, 9551-9555, 2014

Arup K.Deka; Rupam J.Sarma, Acetate binding induces fluorescence enhancement in tryptophan ligands, Journal of Luminescence 216, 216-222, 2014

Rupam J.Sarma; Arup K. Deka; Sourab Sinha; Pradip K. Bhattacharyya, Coordination of bromide anions and organic bromine to tryptophan ligands, Journal of Molecular Structure 1052, 197-203, 2013



Design and synthesis of tryptophan-based ligands for the recognition of halide anions, Funded by UGC (2014-2018)

Coordination driven assembly and dis-assembly of peptide ionophores as a strategy towards the design of stimuli-responsive multi-component systems,  Funded by BRNS, India (2009-2013)

Studies on the synthesis, structure and dynamic self-assembly of amphiphilic receptors containing dipeptide residues, Funded by DST, New Delhi (2008-2012)

 Kakali Devi (BSR-SRF)

Barnali Deka (BSR-SRF)

Gayatri Gogoi (UGC-JRF)

Dubori Kashyap