Medicinal & Process Chemistry Division
Medicinal and Process Chemistry Division, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute,
BS-10/1, Sector 10, Jankipuram extension, Sitapur Road, PO Box 173,
Lucknow 226031, India.
Phone No. +91-522-2772450/2772550, Xtn- 4705/4706/4727/4732
Fax No. +91-522-2771941
E- mail batra_san@yahoo.co.uk, s_batra@cdri.res.in
Educational Qualifications M.Sc, Ph.D
Date of Birth

6th September 1965

From University of Mississippi, University MS 38677 USA during Nov. 2000-Nov. 2001

Design and Synthesis of antiinfective agents

  • Search for new antimicrobials, antimalarials and antileishmanials
  • Repositioning of bioactives for new leads
  • Open Source programs

Development of chemistry associated with the Morita-Baylis-Hillman reaction

    • Search for new fast reacting electrophiles
    • Synthesis of novel synthetic intermediates
    • Synthesis of heterocycles
                  -Drug scaffolds
                  -Natural products and natural product mimics

Transition-metal-based reactions

  • Decarboxylative coupling
  • Isonitrile insertion
  • Multicomponent reactions

Iodine-mediated cascade reactions


Associate Editor for RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry)

Recognized as one of the most cited Organic Chemists in India (Current Science, Sep. 10, 2015)

Fourth "Professor D.K. Banerjee Memorial Lecture Award" of the Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2011)

Bronze medal of Chemical Research Society of India (2010-2011)

Most Cited paper award from Tetrahedron for the block year 2006-2009

Co-Chief- Editor for Anti-infective Agents (Bentham Publishers)

Awarded INSA travel grant for 2008-2009 to visit UK

Council Member of the NOST, India

Member of Governing Council of Chemical Research Society of India, Bangalore

Member PAC, DST-SERB- Fast Track

Technical Officer
Dr. Anil K. S.

PhD Students

Dr. Amrendra K. Roy

Senior Research Scientist       

Reddy’s Pharma, Hyderabad

Dr. Richa Pathak

DAAD-Fellow  (2008-2011) 
Research Scientist                  

Prof. A. Marx (Konstanz Univ)
Theranos, California

Dr. Vijay Singh


Prof. A. G. Hartig (Konstanz Univ)  (2008-2011), Prof. Eric T. Kool (Stanford University, USA) (2011- )

Dr. Sudharshan Madapa        

Research Scientist
Aurigene, Bangalore
Post-Doc, New Jersey USA (2012-
Dr. Somnath Nag                   
Research Scientist

Aurigene, Bangalore

Dr. Virender Singh                 Assistant Professor NIT, Jalandhar

Dr. Amita Mishra                   

Scientist  Polnox Corporation, USA(Till 2014),
Presently at Singapore
Mr. Samiran Hutait Research Associate Dai-Ichi (Ranbaxy) Pharma, Delhi

Mr. Maloy Nayak

Research Associate
TCG Life Sciences, Pune,
South Korea (2015-

Dr. Subhendu Bhowmik

PDF Scripps, California, USA (2014-

Dr. Subhasish Biswas

Research Associate TCG Life Sciences, Kolkatta

Ms. Garima Pandey

Thesis submitted

Mr. B. Harikrishna

Thesis submitted

Post Docs

Dr. Rashmi Saxena


Dr. Zehra Tusi

2006-2008 (under DST-WOS-A scheme)
Present Students
Mr. Shashikant Uttam Dighe SRF (CSIR)
Mr. Soumya Bhattacharya SRF (CSIR)

Ms. Veena Devi Yadav


Mr. Sushobhan Mukhopadhyaya


Mr. Shivalinga Kolle


Applications of Morita-Baylis-Hillman reaction in the synthesis of natural products and drug molecules. S. Bhowmik and Sanjay Batra. Curr. Org. Chem. 2014, 18(24), 3078-3119,
Thiourea and Guanidine derivatives as Antimalarial and Antimicrobial agents. A. Mishra and Sanjay Batra Curr. Top. Med. Chem. 2013, 13(16), 2011-25.
1-Formyl-9H-β-Carboline: A Useful Scaffold for Synthesizing Substituted- and Fused β- Carbolines. V. Singh and Sanjay Batra. Curr. Org. Synth. 2012, 9(4), 513-528.
Applications of allylamines for the syntheses of aza-heterocycles. S. Nag and Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron 2011, 67, 8959-9061.
Research Publications (Recent only)
Iron nitrate/TEMPO-catalyzed oxidative Passerini reaction of alcohols in air. S. Kole, S. U. Dighe and Sanjay Batra. Arkivoc 2016 (ii), 82-97.
Synthesis of 3,4,5-trisubstituted Isoxazoles from Morita-Baylis-Hillman Acetates via NaNO2/ I2-mediated Domino reaction. S. U. Dighe, S. Mukhopadhaya, S. Kole, S. Kanojiya and Sanjay Batra. Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 10926 –10930. (highlighted in SYNFACTS 2015, 11, 1041)
2. Pd(OAc)2‑Catalysed Regioselective Alkoxylation of Aryl (β-carbolin-1-yl) methanones via β-Carboline directed ortho-C(sp2)-H activation of aryl ring. S. Kole and Sanjay Batra. Org. Biomol. Chem 2015, 13, 10376–10385.
Palladium-catalyzed chelation-assisted regioselective oxidative dehydrogenative homocoupling/ortho-hydroxylation in N-phenylpyrazoles. H. Batchu, S. Bhattacharayya and Sanjay Batra. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 7360–7374.
Iron-Catalysed Oxidative Ugi-Type Multicomponent Reaction Using Arylmethylamines as Imine precursors. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 4238–4245.
Synthesis of β-carboline-based N-heterocyclic carbenes and their anti-proliferative and anti-metastatic activities against human breast cancer cells. S. U. Dighe, S. Khan, I. Soni, P. Jain, S. Shukla, R. Yadav, P. Sen, S. M. Meeran, and Sanjay Batra. J. Med. Chem. 2015, 58, 3485−3499
Microwave-assisted Palladium-catalysed isonitrile insertion in 2-bromophenylureas for efficient synthesis of 4-substituted imino 4H-benzo[d][1,3]oxazin-2-amines. G Pandey, and Sanjay Batra RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 28875-28878.
A general route to the synthesis of indoloazocines using allyl bromides prepared from Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts. G. Pandey, Ruchir Kant, Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 930–933
Regioselective metal-free decarboxylative multicomponent coupling of proline, aldehydes and isonitriles leading to N-substituted prolinamides with antithrombotic activity. S. U. Dighe, Anil Kumar K. S., S. Srivastava, P. Shukla, S. Singh, M. Dikshit and Sanjay Batra J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 99–108.
Iron nitrate/TEMPO is a superior homogenous catalyst for aerobic oxidation of primary alcohols to nitriles in air. S. U. Dighe, D. Chowdhury and Sanjay Batra Adv. Synth. Catal. 2014, 356, 3892–3896.
Synthesis of N-alkyl pyrroles via decarboxylation/dehydration in neutral ionic liquid under catalyst-free conditions. V. D. Yadav, S. U. Dighe and Sanjay Batra RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 57587–57590.
7. Synthesis of dihydropyrazolo[4,3-c]azepines via Iodine-mediated intramolecular hydrative cyclization. H. Batchu and Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 45, 6236–6239.
Synthesis of 4-substitutedimino-4H-benzo[d][1,3]thiazin-2-amines via palladium-catalyzed isocyanide insertion in 2-bromophenylthioureas. G Pandey, S. Bhowmik and Sanjay Batra RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 41433 - 41436.
Reinvestigations into synthesis of allyldithiocarbamates and their intramolecular cyclization: Synthesis and antihyperglycemic activity of 2-thioxothiazolidine-4-alkanoates. S. U. Dighe, V. D. Yadav, R. Srivastava, A. Mishra, S. Gautam, A. K. Srivastava, V. M. Balaramnavar, A. K. Saxena and Sanjay Batra. Tetrahedron 2014, 70, 6841-6850.
An alternate route to substituted 6,7-dihydro 5H-dibenzo[c,e]azepines from allylbenzamides derived from the Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts. S. Bhowmik, S. Bhattacharyya and Sanjay Batra. Tetrahedron 2014, 70, 4031-4037.
Synthesis and evaluation of new diaryl ether and quinoline hybrids as potential antiplasmodial and antimicrobial agents. A. Mishra, H. Batchu, K. Srivastava, P. Singh, P. K. Shukla and S. Batra. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2014, 24, 1719-1723.
Morita-Baylis-Hillman Approach toward Formal Total Synthesis of Tamiflu and Total Synthesis of Gabaculine. S. Bhowmik and Sanjay Batra Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 7145-7151.
An efficient combinatorial synthesis of allocolchicine analogs via a triple cascade reaction and inhibition of insulin aggregation. S. Bhowmik, S. Khanna, K. Srivastava, M. Hasanain, J. Sarkar, S. Verma and Sanjay Batra ChemMedChem 2013, 8, 1767-1772.
Synthesis of 3H-pyrazolo[3,4-c]isoquinolines and thieno[3,2-c]isoquinolines via cascade imination/intramolecular decarboxylative coupling. G. Pandey, S. Bhowmik and Sanjay Batra Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 5044-5047.
Iodine-mediated electrophilic tandem cyclization of 2-alkynylbenzaldehydes with anthranilic acid leading to 1,2-dihydroisoquinoline-fused benzoxazinones. S. U. Dighe and Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron 2013, 69, 9875-9885.
Substituent-guided switch between C-H activation and decarboxylative cross-coupling during Palladium/ Copper-catalyzed cascade reaction of 2-aminobenzoates with 2-haloarylaldehydes. S. Bhowmik, G. Pandey and Sanjay Batra Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 10487-10491.
Copper-catalysed synthesis of substituted isoindolo[2,1-a]quinoxalines and isoindolo[2,1-a]quinoxalin-6(5H)-ones. S. Biswas and Sanjay Batra Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 4895-4902.
Synthesis of pyrazole-fused polycyclic systems from 4-iodopyrazolecarbaldehydes via intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions. M. Nayak, N. Rastogi and Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron. 2013, 69, 5029-5043.
Expeditious synthesis of chiral 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazines. S. Bhowmik, Anil K. S. and Sanjay Batra Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 2251-2254.