Avishek Dey, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interest

​Dr. Dey's research interests include supramolecular chemistry, self-assembled functional organic and metal-organic materials (MOFs, Gels etc.), porous organic and metal-organic cage, organic macrocycle.

Selected Publications

Photochemical reactions in supramolecular assemblies of gels: Dimerizations and polymerizations via Pericyclic reactions
A. Dey, K. Biradha Israel Journal of Chemistry
DOI: 10.1002/ijch.201800137, 2019

Thermochromic, solvatochromic and piezochromic Cd(II) and Zn(II) coordination polymers: Detection of small molecules by luminescence switching from blue to green
A. Dey, A. Garai, V. Gude, K. Biradha
Cryst. Growth Des. 18, 6070-6077, 2018

Self-sorting of metal-organic polymeric assemblies in gels: Selective templation and catalysis of homo dimers in gels
S. K. Konavarapu, A. Dey, A. Garai, K. Biradha
Chem. Eur. J. 24, 5760-5764, 2018

Anion and guest directed tetracyclic macrocycles of Ag5L4 and Ag6L4 with an arc shaped ligand containing pyridine and benzimidazole Units: Reversal of anion selectivity by guest
A. Dey, K. Biradha
Cryst. Growth Des. 17, 5629-5633, 2017

MOFs with PCU topology for the inclusion of one-dimensional water cages: Selective sorption of water vapor, CO2, and dyes and luminescence properties
A. Dey, D. Bairagi, K. Biradha
Cryst. Growth Des. 17, 3885-3892, 2017

Porous coordination polymers containing pyridine-3,5-bis(5- azabenzimidazole): Exploration of water sorption, selective dye adsorption, and luminescent properties
A. Dey, S. K. Konavarapu, H. S. Sasmal, K. Biradha
Cryst. Growth Des. 16, 5976-5984, 2016

Cocrystals and salts of Pyridine-3,5-bis(1-methyl-benzimidazole-2-yl) with pyromellitic acid: Aromatic guest inclusion and separation via benzimidazole-carboxylic acid heterosynthon
A. Dey, S. Bera, Kumar Biradha
Cryst. Growth Des. 15, 318-325, 2015

Metal-organic gels and coordination networks of pyridine-3,5-bis(1-methyl-benzimidazole-2-yl) and metal halides: Self sustainability, mechano, chemical responsiveness and gas and dye sorptions
A. Dey, S. K. Mandal, K. Biradha
CrystEngComm, 15, 9769-9778, 2013


  • Ph.D., Supramolecular Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2018
  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, Vidyasagar University, India, 2011
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Midnapore College, Vidyasagar University, India, 200

Professional Profile

  • ​2018 - Current: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • ​Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from University Grant Commission (UGC), India in 2014
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Joint CSIR- UGC National Eligibility Test, India in 2011 and 2012

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​ Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Macrocycle Porous frameworks