Aslam Shaikh

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow




Research Interests

Multi-step organic synthesis; Novel reaction methodology development; Lewis acid catalysis; Photo-redox catalysis; Design, development, and synthesis of organic fluorophore analog for bio-imaging, and OLEDs.

Selected Publications

  • Photocatalytic α-Arylation of cyclic ketones. Md M. Hossain*, A. C. Shaikh*, J. Moutet, and T. L. Gianetti, Nature Synthesis, 2022, DOI: 10.1038/s44160-021-00021-0; (*work equally contributed).
  • Trioxatriangulenium (TOTA+) as a Robust Carbon-based Lewis Acid in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry. A. C. Shaikh, J. M. Veleta, J. Moutet and T. L. Gianetti, Chem. Sci., 2021 12, 4841-4849. 
  • Persistent, Highly Localized, and Tunable [4]Helicene Radicals. A. C. Shaikh, J. Moutet, J. M. Veleta, Md M.Hossain, J. Bloch, A. V. Astashkin, and T. L. Gianetti, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 11060-11067.
  • Oxidative Intramolecular 1,2-Amino-oxygenation of Alkynes under Au(I)/Au(III)-Catalysis: Discovery of Pyridinium-Oxazole Dyad as Novel Ionic Fluorophore. A. C. Shaikh, D. S. Ranade, P. R. Rajamohanan, P. P. Kulkarni, and N. T. Patil, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 757-761. 


  • Ph.D. Chemical Science, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, 2018
  • M.Sc. Organic Chemistry, SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune, 2012
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune, 2010

Professional Profile

  • Feb 2022- till date, Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA
  • Aug 2019 – Jan-2022, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.
  • Aug 2018 – Jul 2019, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • Aug 2013 – April 2018, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellow, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
  • Jan 2013 – Aug 2013, Research Assistant, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.
  • Aug 2012 – Dec 2012, Lecturer in Chemistry, Pravara Education Society, Loni, India.


  • “RAJAPPA AWARD” - “Best Published Research Paper in Organic Chemistry” CSIR-NCL, Pune-2017
  • “NCL-Agnimitra Memorial Best Poster Award” -Award best poster award CSIR-NCL, Pune-2017
  • “CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship”- CSIR New Delhi-2013

KAUST Affiliations

PSE - Physical and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Organic synthesis Photoredox catalysis Organic Fluorophores