Current Group Members

Research Fellows

Dipendu Mandal

Dipendu completed his Chemistry degrees in India with BSc (Hons) at Vidyasagar University, Medinipur in 2010 and MSc at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Chennai, in 2012. During masters he completed a short summer intern at industry (Hindustan Unilever Limited, R&D Centre, Bengaluru, India) on organic synthesis and also a final year project on ferrocene based molecular sensing chemistry under Prof. Sundargopal Ghosh. He had also a stint in 2013 as a project associate in the same group in collaboration with Prof. Edamana Prasad at IIT Madras on developing ferrocene tagged supramolecular materials. He completed his PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Alan Welch at Heriot-Watt University, UK, on the exploration of metallacarborane chemistry of 1,1′‑bis(o-carborane). He joins as a research fellow to study the activation of C-F bond using Frustrated Lewis Pairs.



Hendrik Tinnermann

Hendrik completed his bachelor and master thesis at the TU Dortmund, Germany in organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Hiersemann. He contributed to the total synthesis of Menverin C and F, and worked on the development of catalytic asymmetric Claisen rearrangement of kojic acid derivatives. For his PhD studies he moved to the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany, where he pursued the design, synthesis and applications of new cationic ligands of the 15th main group elements under the supervision of Prof. Fürstner and Prof. Alcarazo. He finished his PhD degree after moving with Prof. Alcarazo to the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Afterwards Hendrik joined Rowan´s group in February 2018 as a research fellow, focusing his research interest to PCcarbeneP pincers and their late stage modification for applications in catalysis. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering and a good chess match.



Richard Manzano

Richie is an aspiring organometallic chemist originating from Australia’s bush capital, Canberra. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University (ANU), where he also furthered his studies achieving a PhD in Prof. Anthony F. Hill group entitled “The odd nature of main group organometallic polyyne complexes”. Soon after he accepted a Research Fellow position in A. Prof. Rowan D. Young’s group at the National University of Singapore (NUS) researching the reactivity of transition metal Frustrated Lewis Pair systems. In his spare time Richie enjoys long walks on the beach, dinner by candlelight and listening to the smooth R&B compositions of Black Street.



Mahesh Halle

Mahesh B. Halle is from Maharashtra, India. He received his M.Sc. in Drug Chemistry from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Later he moved to the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai, Maharashtra) to fulfill a Ph.D program with Prof. Rodney A. Fernandes in 2010. After his graduation, he joined Prof. David G. Churchill at the Department of Chemistry, KAIST in South Korea as a post-doctoral scholar (2016-2019). In September 2019 he moved to National University of Singapore for his second post doctorate with Prof. Rowan D. Young. His research includes the synthesis of biologically active natural products, its chalcogenide derivatives and currently he is working on C-F bond functionalization using Frustrated Lewis pairs and its application.



Graduate Students

Amit Kumar Jaiswal

Amit was born in New Delhi, raised in Kolkata and studied there until he finished his undergraduate in University of Calcutta in Kolkata. Later, he moved to Pondicherry Central University to finished his MSc. in Chemical Sciences. He worked under the supervision of Dr. N. Dastagiri Reddy in the Main Group Organometallics Lab for his Masters’ Thesis where he worked on the catalytic applications of aluminium and magnesium complexes. Amit joined the group in January 2016 and started working on C-F bond activation catalysed by main group elements.

Email: e0013537@u.nus.ed


Wang Qingyang

Qingyang was born in Xi’an,China in 1992. He finished his undergraduate from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. During his final year, he went to Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland for exchange. He worked under Dr.Chirangano Mangwandi for Purification of industrial dyes by column technology for final year research project. Then he continued to stay in UK to finish his MPhil degree on assessing the bioactivity of peptide especially for anti-cancer target under Prof. Chris Shaw and Dr.Tianbao Chen. Qingyang joined Rowan’s group to start his PhD in Jan 2016.



Richa Gupta

Richa completed her undergraduate at Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. After that she moved to Hyderabad to pursue M.Sc. in Chemical Science from Hyderabad Central University, India. Under the supervision of Prof. M. Sathiyendrian, she worked towards the synthesis of Rhenium-based Metallacycles for her final year M.Sc. Project. Then she moved to Delhi to take a position as Technical Consultant Chemistry in Scube Scientific, India. Richa has joined Rowan’s group as a graduate student in January, 2018 and is working on C-F bond activations.



Undergraduate Project Students


Zhi Hao Toh


Jin Hui Tan

Zihan Zhao

Intern Students