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Dr. Samya Banerjee
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry IIT (BHU)
Area of Interest: 
Bioinorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry

Highly motivated and hard working Ph.D and Postdoc candidates are welcome to apply...Lets enjoy chemical biology together 

Dr. Samya Banerjee
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
IIT BHU (Varanasi)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, IIT BHU, Varanasi, India (2021-present) 
Postdoctoral research fellow, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2019-2020)
Newton International fellow, University of Warwick, England (2017-2019)
Postdoctoral research fellow, Johns Hopkins University, USA (2016-2017)

Academic Background
Ph.D, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science,  Bangalore, India, 2015
M.Sc, Department of Chemistry, The University of Burdwan,  Burdwan, West Bengal, India, 2010
B.Sc, Department of Chemistry, Vivekananda Mahavidyala, The University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India, 2008

Total no of Publications: 79
Total citation: 2091
h-index: 27
h10-index: 48

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Publications from IIT (BHU)

1.   Z. Fan, Y. Rong, T. Sadhukhan, S. Liang, W. Li, Z. Yuan, Z. Zhu, S. Guo, S. Ji, J. Wang, R. Kushwaha, Samya Banerjee*, K. Raghavachari, H. Huang, Single-Cell Quantification of a Highly Biocompatible DinuclearIridium(III) Complex for Photocatalytic Cancer Therapy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, e202202098.
2. R. Kushwaha, A. Kumar, S. Saha, S. Bajpai, A. K. Yadav, Samya Banerjee*, Os(II) complexes for Catalytic Anticancer Therapy: Recent Update, Chem. Comm2022, DOI: 10.1039/D2CC00341D​.
3. A. Dao, R. Kushwaha, A. Kumar, H. Huang, Samya Banerjee*, Engineered exosomes as a photosensitizer delivery platform for cancer photodynamic therapy, ChemMedChem, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.202200119
4.      A. Kumar, Samya Banerjee*, N. Sharma, M. Nazish, N. Graw, R. HerbstIrmer, D. Stalke, U. Lourderaj, H. W. Roesky, Synthesis and computational aspects of Al(II)-Al(II) and Ga(II)-Ga(II) dihalides based on an amidinate scaffold, Dalton trans2022, DOI: 10.1039/D2DT00317A.
5.      J Zhu, A Ouyang, J He, J Xie, Samya Banerjee*, Q Zhang, P Zhang, Ultrasound Activated Cyanine-Rhenium (I) Complex for Sonodynamic and Gas Synergistic Therapy, Chem. Comm2022, DOI: 10.1039/D1CC06769A.
6.      H. Huang, Z. Fan, J. Xie, T. Sadhukhan, C. Liang, C. Huang, W. Li, T. Li, P. Zhang, Samya Banerjee*, K. Raghavachari, Highly Efficient Ir (III)‐coumarin Photo‐redox Catalyst for Synergetic Multi‐mode Cancer Photo‐therapy, Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202103346.
7.      A. K. Yadav, N. Kumar, A. T. Khan, R. Kushwaha, Samya Banerjee*, Sonodynamic Therapy with Metal Complexes: A New Promise in Cancer Therapy. ChemMedChem 2022, 17, e202100615.
8.      F. Chen, I. Romero-Canelón, A. Habtemariam, J. Song, Samya Banerjee, G. J. Clarkson, L. Song, I. Prokes, P. J. Sadler, Effect of cysteine thiols on the catalytic and anticancer activity of Ru(II) sulfonyl-ethylenediamine complexes, Dalton Tran. 2022, DOI: 10.1039/d1dt03856g.
9.      Z. Fan, J. Huang, H. Huang, Samya Banerjee*, Metal-Based Catalytic Drug Development for Next-Generation Cancer Therapy. ChemMedChem 2021, 16, 2480-2486
10.      Samya Banerjee*, Polypyridyl Ruthenium (II) Complexes with Red‐Shifted Absorption: New Promises in Photodynamic Therapy. ChemBioChem 2021, 22, 2407-2409.
11.  J. Zhu, A. Ouyang, Z. Shen, Z. Pan, Samya Banerjee, Q. Zhang, Y. Chen, P. Zhang, Sonodynamic cancer therapy by novel iridium-gold nanoassemblies, Chin. Chem. Lett., 2021,
12.  Samya Banerjee*, C. A. Kumar, S. Bose, S. K. Sarkar, S. K. Gupta, N. Graw, C. Köhler, R. H. Irmer, D. Stalke, S. Dutta, D. Koley, H. W. Roesky, Preparation and Reactivity Studies of Four and Five coordinated Amidinate Aluminum Compounds, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2021, 647, 1735–1743.
13.  C. Huang, C. Liang, T. Sadhukhan, Samya Banerjee, Z. Fan, T. Li, Z. Zhu, P. Zhang, K. Raghavachari, H. Huang, In‐vitro and In‐vivo Photocatalytic Cancer Therapy with Biocompatible Iridium (III) Photocatalysts, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 9474-9479.


Important Publications from Post-doc and Ph.D

  1. J. Armstrong, Samya Banerjee, V. Schünemann, J. A Wolny, P. J Sadler, Vibrational Motions Make Significant Contributions to Sequential Methyl C–H Activations in an Organometallic Complex. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021, 12, 658–662.
  2. Samya Banerjee, S. Dutta, S. K. Sarkar, N. Graw, R. Herbst-Irmer, D. Koley, D. Stalke and H. W. Roesky, Amidinate based indium(III) monohalides and β-diketiminate stabilized In(II)-In(II) bond: Synthesis, crystal structureand computational study. Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 14231- 14236.
  3. M. Siddiqui, Samya Banerjee, S. Bose, S. K. Sarkar, S. Gupta, J. Kretsch, N. Graw, R. HerbstIrmer, D. Stalke, S. Dutta, D. Koley and H. Roesky, Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Carbene Stabilized Aluminium and Gallium Radicals based on Amidinate Scaffolds. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 11253- 11258.
  4. T. Sarkar, A. Bhattacharyya, Samya Banerjee*, A. Hussain, LMCT transition-based red light photochemotherapy using a tumour-selective ferrocenyl iron(III) coumarin conjugate. Chem. Comm., 2020, 56, 7981-7984.
  5. W.-Y. Zhang, Samya Banerjee, G. M. Hughes, H. E. Bridgewater, J.-I. Song, B. Breeze, G. J. Clarkson, J. P. C. Coverdale, C. Sanchez-Cano, F. Ponte, E. Sicilia and P. J. Sadler, Ligand- centred redox activation of inert organoiridium anticancer catalysts. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 5466- 5480.
  6. S. K. Sarkar, R. Chaliha, M. M. Siddiqui, Samya Banerjee, A. Münch, , R. Herbst-Irmer, D. Stalke, E. D. Jemmis and H. W. Roesky, A Neutral Three‐Membered 2π Aromatic Disilaborirane and its Unique Conversion to a Four‐Membered BSi2N‐Ring. Angew. Chem. 2020, 132, 23215-23219.
  7. J. Brooks, J. Everett, F. Lermyte, V. T. Tjhin, Samya Banerjee, P. B O’Connor, C. M. Morris, P. J Sadler, N. D. Telling and J. F. Collingwood, Label‐free Nanoimaging of Neuromelanin in the Brain by Soft X‐ray Spectromicroscopy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 11984-11991.
  8. H. Huang, Samya Banerjee, K. Qiu, P. Zhang, O. Blacque, T. Malcomson, M. J. Paterson, G. J. Clarkson, M. Staniforth, V. G. Stavros, G. Gasser, H. Chao and P. J. Sadler, Targeted photoredox catalysis in cancer cells. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 1041-1048.
  9. Samya Banerjee, A. Omlor, J. A. Wolny, Y. Han, F. Lermyte, A. E. Godfrey, P. B. O’Connor, V. Schünemann, M. Danaie and P. J. Sadler, Generation of maghemite nanocrystals from iron–sulfur centres. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 9564-9569.
  10. Samya Banerjee, M. Capper, G. J. Clarkson, H. Huang and P. J. Sadler, Dual-action Platinum(II) Schiff Base Complexes: Photocytotoxicity and Cellular Imaging. Polyhedron 2019, 172, 157- 166.
  11. Samya Banerjee, J. J. Soldevila-Barreda, J. A. Wolny, C. A. Wootton, A. Habtemariam, I. Romero-Canelón, F. Chen, G. J. Clarkson, I. Prokes, L. Song, P. B. O’Connor, V. Schünemann and P. J. Sadler, New Activation Mechanism for Half-sandwich Organometallic Anticancer Complexes. Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 3177-3185.
  12. P. Zhang, H. Huang, Samya Banerjee, G. J. Clarkson, C. Ge, C. Imberti and P. J. Sadler, Nucleus- targeted organoiridium-albumin conjugate for photoactivated cancer therapy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2350-2354. (VIP Article; Highlighted in 23 European Newspapers).
  13. W-Y. Zhang, Samya Banerjee, C. Imberti, G. J. Clarkson, Q. Wang, Q. Zhong, L. S. Young, I. Romero-Canelón, M. Zheng, A. Habtemariam and P. J. Sadler Strategies for conjugating iridium(III) anticancer complexes to targeting peptides via copper-free click chemistry. Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2020, 503, 119396.
  14. W-Y Zhang, H. Bridgewater, Samya Banerjee, J. J. Soldevila-Barreda, G. J. Clarkson, H. Shi, C. Imberti and Peter J. Sadler, Ligand-Controlled Reactivity and Cytotoxicity of Cyclometalated Rhodium(III) Complexes. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 1052–1060. (VIP Article)
  15. R. Wang, K. Yang, Samya Banerjee and M. M. Greenberg, Rotational Effects within Nucleosome Core Particles on Abasic Site Reactivity. Biochemistry, 2018, 57, 3945-3952.
  16. B. Deka, A. Bhattacharyya, S. Mukherjee, T. Sarkar, K. Soni, Samya Banerjee*, K. K. Saikia, S. Deka and A. Hussain, Ferrocene conjugated copper(II) complexes of terpyridine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) anticancer ligands showing selective toxicity towards cancer cells. Appl. Organometal. Chem., 2018, 34, e4287.
  17. Samya Banerjee, S. Chakraborty, M. P. Jacinto, M. D. Paul, M. V. Balster, and M. M. Greenberg, Probing Enhanced Double Strand Break Formation at Abasic Sites Within Clustered Lesions in Nucleosome Core Particles. Biochemistry, 2017, 56, 14-21.
  18. R. Paul, Samya Banerjee, and M. M. Greenberg, Synergistic Effects of an Irreversible DNA Polymerase Inhibitor and DNA Damaging Agents on HeLa Cells, ACS Chem. Biol., 2017, 12, 1576-1583. (Highlighted (“Spotlight”) in Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2017, 30, 1367-1368.)
  19. B. Deka, T. Sarkar, Samya Banerjee*, A. Kumar, S. Mukherjee, S. Deka, K. K. Saikia and Akhtar Hussain, Novel mitochondria targeted copper(II) complexes of ferrocenyl terpyridine and anticancer active 8-hydroxyquinolines showing remarkable cytotoxicity, DNA and protein binding affinity. Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 396-409.
  20. T. Sarkar, Samya Banerjee*, S. Mukherjee and A. Hussain. Visible Light triggered Remarkable Photocytotoxic potential of a Dinuclear Iron(III) Complex of Curcumin to Cancer Cells. Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2016, 439, 8-17.
  21. T. Sarkar, Samya Banerjee*, S. Mukherjee and. A Hussain, Mitochondrial selectivity and remarkable photocytotoxicity of a ferrocenyl neodymium (iii) complex of terpyridine and curcumin in cancer cells. Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 6424-6438.
  22. Samya Banerjee, A. Dixit, A. Kumar, S. Mukherjee, A. A. Karande and A. R. Chakravarty. Photo- induced DNA Crosslink Formation by Dichloro Oxido-vanadium(IV) Complexes of Polypyridyl Bases. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2015, 3986-3990.
  23. Samya Banerjee, I. Pant, I. Khan, P. Prasad, A. Hussain, P. Kondaiah and A. R. Chakravarty. Remarkable enhancement in photocytotoxicity and hydrolytic stability of curcumin on binding to an oxovanadium(IV) moiety. Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 4108-4122.
  24. Samya Banerjee, A. Dixit, A. A. Karande and A. R. Chakravarty. Remarkable Selectivity and Photo- cytotoxicity of an Oxidovanadium(IV) Complex of Curcumin in Visible Light. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2015, 447-457.
  25. T. Sarkar, Samya Banerjee*, A. Hussain. Unprecedented photocytotoxicity of a mitochondria targeting dipyridophenazine cobalt(III) curcumin complex binding to human serum albumin. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 16641-16653.
  26. T. Sarkar, Samya Banerjee*,  A. Hussain. Significant visible light-induced cytotoxicity of an iron(III) complex of a Schiff base ligand derived from thiosemicarbazide and vitamin B6. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 29276-29284.
  27. Samya Banerjee, P. Prasad, A. Hussain, I. Khan, P. Kondaiah and A. R. Chakravarty. Remarkable photocytotoxicity of curcumin in HeLa cells in visible light and arresting its degradation on oxovanadium(IV) complex formation. Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 7702-7704.
  28. Samya Banerjee, P. J. Sadler, Transfer hydrogenation catalysis in cells. RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 12-29. (Highlighted as Journal front cover).
  29. C. Huang, T. Li, J. Liang, H. Huang, P. Zhang, Samya Banerjee*, Recent advances in endoplasmic reticulum targeting metal complexes. Coord. Chem. Rev., 2020, 408, 213178.
  30. H. Huang, Samya Banerjee and P. J. Sadler, Recent advances in the design of targeted photosensitisers for photodynamic therapy. ChemBioChem, 2018, 19, 1574-1589.
  31. Samya Banerjee, A. R. Chakravarty, Metal Complexes of Curcumin for Cellular Imaging, Targeting and Photo-induced Anticancer Activity. Acc. Chem. Res., 2015, 48, 2075-2083.


  1. 2022 Dalton Division Horizon Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  2. Newton International Fellowships Alumni 2021 the Royal Society, UK
  3. INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship from Government of India in 2020.
  4. Got Energy Talent (GET) fellowship, 2019 from Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (Horizon 2020).
  5. Madrid “Talentos” early career research grant 2019 from Madrid community research agency and Rey Juan Carlos University.
  6. FY2019 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard)"from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
  7. LabEx CelTisPhyBio Postdoctoral Fellowship from Institut Curie, France in 2019.
  8. Highly commended best poster award from EuroBic-14 by the Royal Society of Chemistry at Birmingham, UK, 2018.
  9. Newton International fellowship 2015 by the Royal Society, UK-SERB, India
  10. Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) International Student Bursary Award at 41st International Conference on Co-ordination Chemistry (ICCC-41), Singapore, 2014.
  11. Vasudevamurthy-Soundararajan Prize 2010-11 for the best performance in the course work during Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
  12. Best Poster award at HUMBOLDT KOLLEG On Interdisciplinary Science: Catalyst for Sustainable Progress at Bangalore in September, 2014.
  1. Development of Photo-activated Transfer Hydrogenation Catalysis for Next Generation Cancer Therapy, DST-Inspire Faculty Fellowship, Government of India, (DST/INSPIRE/04/2019/000492), INR 35 Lakhs, 2021-2026.
  2. Bioactivation of Cyclopentadienyl Rings in Organometallic Complexes, Newton International Fellowships Alumni by the Royal Society, UK, (AL/211023), £ 5,970, 2021-2022.
  3. Development of Stable and Tethered Os(II)-based Catalysts for Reductive Stress Mediated Photo-catalytic Anticancer Activity, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), (SRG/2022/000030), INR 29.23 Lakhs, 2022-2024.
  4. Development of Ir(III)-Photocatalysts for Visible Light Induced Efficient Carbon Dioxide Reduction, Seed Grant, IIT (BHU), INR 10 Lakhs, 2021-2022 (Completed).

Ph.D. Students

Rajesh Kushwaha
Prime Minister Research Fellow
MSc.: IIT Bombay
Ashish Kumar Yadav
Prime Minister Research Fellow
MSc.: Banaras Hindu University


M.Sc. Students

Sumit Bajpai
BSc.: University of Delhi
Souvik Saha
BSc.: CoochBehar Panchanan Barma University



B.Tech. Students

Vedant Gewande
Btech.: IIT BHU Varanasi 
Akash Kumar
Btech.: IIT BHU Varanasi 



Project Assistants:

Ashish Kumar Sunduriya
MSc.: NIT Manipur

Ashish Kumar Maurya
MCom.: MGKVP Varanasi