International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Professor Tara Dasgupta Ideas Activities
  • IYC Representative: Jamaica
  • Emeritus Professor, University of the West Indies
    Kingston, Jamaica
  • Email
    Tel 876-927-1910
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    University of the West Indies
    Caribbean Academy of Sciences
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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Professor Tara Dasgupta has been attached to the Department of Chemistry at the UWI Mona for close to 30 years. His renown as a scholar and researcher has qualified him for mention in several biographical reference books such as Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Commonwealth, Dictionary of International Biography, International Book of Honour, Men of Achievement and Personalities in the Caribbean. Appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1980, Professor Dasgupta whose research interest lies in Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, Solvation of metal ions and Transfer Chemical Potential, Synthesis and Reactivity of Novel Transition Metal Complexes, New Generation of Nitrovasodilators and Fate of Agrochemicals, has earned the respect of his colleagues with his tenacity and hard Work. Unbounded by the challenges of limited resources, Professor Dasgupta was able to establish a vigorous research programme on Mechanisms of Electron Transfer processes, Solvation Thermodynamics, Degradation of Pesticides in Tropical conditions and Synthesis and Bioefficacies of nitric oxide releasing compounds which will have potential to be drugs for treatments of hypertension, muscle relaxation, impotency and neurological disorders.His most significant research achievement has been in the field of reaction mechanisms involving hydrolytic cleavage and formation of carbonates in the mononuclear and binuclear complexes, thus making an important contribution to the understanding of activation of small molecules. His other research achievements include quantitative evaluation of fate of some pesticides in tropical ecosystem and syntheses and biological evaluation of new generation of nitrovasodilators. The findings of these and other aspects of his research work combine to form an impressive output of nearly 100 research publication in top international refereed journals, 50 papers presented at international conferences and form the basis of lectures delivered at more than 30 different universities worldwide. He has also supervised record number (36) of graduate students towards completion of Ph.D. (22) and M. Phil. (14) degrees.Elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Professor Dasgupta has been elected as President of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. He received Vice-Chancellor’s award , Principal’s award (for two successive years), Jamaican Society of Scientists and Technologists award for his outstanding research work.Professor Dasgupta who is a member of the American Chemical Society, Jamaican Society of Scientists and Technologists, coordinator of Affiliation programme of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Chairman of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences-Jamaican Chapter, is a referee for a number of International journals. These include Journal of Chemical Society – Dalton Transaction, Faraday Transaction, Inorganic Chemistry, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms and Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology and in the Editorial Board of Prestigious international journal, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms.