Faculty Profile

Dr. Rajendra Singh Dhayal
Assistant Professor
Departmet of Chemistry
School of Basic & Applied Sciences
Central University of Punjab
Bathinda- 151001
Email Id: rajendra.dhayal@gmail.com, rajendra.dhayal@cup.edu.in
Phone (O): 0164 2864 184

Education :
Degree/ Certificate University /Institute Year
Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. January 2007-June 2011
M.Sc. Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan 2004
B.Sc. S. K. College, Sikar, Rajasthan 2001
Experience :
Institute Position Period
Department of Chemical Sciences,
School of Basic Sciences,
Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, Punjab, India
Assistant Professor July, 2015 onwards

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

Assistant Professor December, 2014 to July, 2015

Department of Chemistry, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan

Post-doctoral Fellow August 2011 to December 2014
Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSIR-Lab), Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Project Fellow (JRF) January, 2005 to December, 2006
Teaching Assignments :
  • CHM.502: Inorganic Chemistry – I
  • Inorganic Chemistry – II
  • Inorganic Chemistry-III
  • Medical Biology
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Boron Chemistry
  • Research Methodology
  • Organic Chemistry-I
  • Industrial Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Practical-I
  • Inorganic Practical-II
  • Inorganic Practical-III
Research Project :
  1. DST-SERB: Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists), Grant Sanction – 27.5 Lakh,
    Period – 2016 to 2019
  2. UGC Project: Grant – 10 Lakh, Period- 2017 to 2019
  3. UGC-DAE Project: Grant 13.8 Lakh, Period - (2017-2020)
  4. Seed Money project-CUPB: Grant-3 Lakh, 2017- 2018
Professional Recognition /Awards/Scholarship :
  • Best teacher award (2019) by Central University of Punjab
  • Outstanding Research Award, (2017) by Central University of Punjab
  • Outstanding Research Award (IF) (2017) by Central University of Punjab
  • Outstanding Research Award (More than 10 IF) (2017) by Central University of Punjab
  • Central University of Punjab (cumulative high IF) (2017) by Central University of Punjab
  • Best research faculty award (2017) by Central University of Punjab
  • DST-SERB - Start-Up Research Grant
  • MOST Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2011- 2014), NDHU, Taiwan.
  • Senior Research Fellowship (UGC-SRF), (2011), IIT Madras
  • Junior Research Fellowship (UGC-JRF), (2008), IIT Madras
  • GATE Fellowship (2005, 2006), CSMCRI (CSIR-Lab) Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
  • CSIR-NET 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • GATE – 2006 {Score = 376, AIR = 381, 92 Percentile}, 2005 (Score = 341, AIR = 416, 90 Percentile)
Peer Recognition :

Play role as reviewer in many of International and national Journals

Membership-, Institute for Engineering Research and Publication (IFERP), PMIN25683710
Citations of Research Publications :

My research publications have been cited 4740 times with
of 16
i10-index of 19 (Source: Google Scholar July 10, 2020).
Total Impact Factor = 145.

Publications :

Popular Articles

Workshop/Conferences/Invited Talks :
  1. (RhCl(PNp3)3, tri-1-naphthylphosphine complex of Ruthenium(II) as regioselective catalyst for hydrogenation of alkenes, (Indian Chemical Society), University Vadodara, Vadodara, Jan. 2006. India.
  2. Chlorinated Hypoelectronic Dimetallaborane Clusters: Synthesis, Characterization and Electronic Structures of (η5-C5Me5W)2B5HnClm (n = 7, m = 2 and n = 8, m = 1). Modern Trends in Inorganic Chemistry-XII, Dec., 2007, IIT Madras, India.
  3. Unusual Open Eight-Vertex Oxamolybdaboranes: Structural Characterizations of (η5- C5Me5Mo)2B5(μ3-OEt)H6R (R = H and n-BuO). 11th CRSI national Symposium in Chemistry, NCL, Feb.,2009, Pune,India
  4. Hydrido Copper (1) clusters stabilized by diselenocarbamate ligands. Annual Meeting of Chemical Society, National Cheng Kung University(NCKU), Tainan. Dec., 2012, Taiwan.
  5. Nanosized Copper Polyhydrido cluster: [Cu32(H)20{S2P(O2Bu)12}]. Annual Meeting of Chemical Society, NTHU, Nov., 2013, Taiwan.
  6. Vertex-Fused Metallaborane Clusters: Synthesis, Characterization and Electronic Structure of [(η5-C5Me5Mo)3MoB9H18]. Inorganic Ring Systems-12, August,2009, Goa, India.
  7. Synthesis of a New class of Open-Cage Dimolybdaheteroborane Clusters, Inaugurated conference on molecular and functional catalysis (ICMFC)-1, National University Singapore,July,2010, Singapore.
  8. Solar H2 Evolution from Polyhydrido Copper Nanoclusters and Complete Reduction of Hydrido Clusters by Borohydride: Formation of Rhombus-Shaped Copper Nanoparticles. The 11th Taiwan-U.S. Air Force Nanoscience Program Review & Workshop, May (13-15th), 2014, NDHU, Hualien, Taiwan.
  9. [Cu32(H)20{S2P(OiPr)2}12]: The Largest Number of Hydrides Recorded on A Molecular Metal Cluster by Neutron Diffraction, Frontiers at the Chemistry-Allied Sciences Interface (FCASI-2015), Univ. of Rajasthan. March(13-14th), 2015.
  10. Structurally Described Polyhydrido Copper Nanoclusters, Recent Advancements in Chemical Sciences (RAICS-2015), Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) Jaipur, August 21-23, 2015.
  11. Polyhydrido Nanoclusters reduced into Rhombus nanoparticles and Harvesting Solar Energy for H2 Evolution, Microscopy in Materials Science during February 25-27, 2016, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab.
  12. Intrinsic Chirality within Copper Nanocluster, International Conference on Technologically Advanced Materials & Asian Meeting on Ferroelectricity (ICTAM-AMF10), November 7-11, 2016, University of Delhi
  13. X-ray and Neutron Diffraction of Coinage Metal Nanoclusters Enclosed by Dichalcogenide Ligands, 45th National Seminar on Crystallography, IIT BHU, 9-12 July, 2017.
  14. Coinage Metal Nanoclusters Stabilized with Chalcogenide Ligands, Frontiers at the Chemistry - Allied Sciences Interface, UOR, Jaipur, 22-23 July, 2017.
  15. Hydride-Rich Nanocluster, international conference on nanotechnology, IIT Roorke 05-08 Dec., 2017
  16. Nanomaterials of coinage metals, Recent Advances in Chemical, Biological & Environmental Sciences (RACES-2018), February 09-10, 2018, M. Modi college, Patiala
  17. Hydride-Rich Copper Nanocluster: Synthesis, Characterization, and H2 Evolution Study, Applied materials, 6-7th April, 2018, Central University of Gujarat.
  18. Coinage Metal Nanocluster: Synthesis, Characterization, and H2 Evolution Study, 63rd DAE Solid state Physics Symposium, Dec 18-22, 2018, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
  19. Fronteir at the Chemistry-Allied Sciences Interface, 21-11 Dec, 2018, Dept of Chemistry, Unvi. Of Rajasthan Jaipur
  20. Coinage metal nanoclusters supported by hydrides and dichalcogenolates, National Conference on, “Trends and Innovation in Chem Sci, RNT, Kapasan, Udaipur, Dec., 6-7, 2019.
Other Achievements :

Press release on our research
New molecule puts scientists a step closer to understanding hydrogen storage - See more at:

Collaboration :
  • Prof. Chen-Wei Liu, Distinguished professor in Department of Chemistry at National   
    Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan.
  • Prof. Rupesh S. Deven, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore.
Group Members :

PhD Scholars
                   1. Ms. Samreet, DST_SERB
                   2. Ms. Sangeeta Meena, CSIR-JRF
                   3. Mr. Dilip Kumar Jangid, CSIR-JRF
Master Project Students                                       
                 1. Mr.  Deepandu Dolui, Thesis-2017
                 2. Ms. Jyoti, Thesis-2017
                 3. Ms. Kriti. Thesis-2017
                 4. Ms. Sandeep Kaur, Thesis-2018
                 5. Mr. Sambit Shashanka Sekhar Rout, Thesis-2018.
                 6. Mr. Swayamprakash Biswal, Thesis-2018.
                 7. Ms. Anu Bovas, Thesis-2019
                  8. Mr. Mohd Sufiyan, Thesis-2019
                  9. Ms. Preetika, Thesis-2019
                  10. Ms. Ritu Poonia, Thesis-2019

Recruiting:  CSIR/UGC-JRF qualified students can join my research group at any time.
Area specializations/Research Interest :
  • Metal hydrides and their applications.
  • Super atom Chemistry
  • Chalcogen stabilized metal complexes and their applications.
  • Organometallic chemistry (synthesis and characterization of metallaborane, Metallaheteroborane)
  • Hydrogenation and hydroformylation


A Nanospheric Polyhydrido Copper Cluster of Elongated Triangular Orthobicupola Array: Liberation of H2 from Solar Energy

Dr Rajendr_Dhayal

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 47044707

A 15 Hydride, 28 Copper Atom Nanoball

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7214 –7218


[Ag21{S2P(OiPr)2}12]+: An Eight-Electron Superatom

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 3702 –3706

Diselenophosphate-Induced Conversion of an Achiral [Cu20H11{S2P(OiPr)2}9] into a Chiral [Cu20H11{Se2P(OiPr)2}9] Polyhydrido Nanocluster

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13604 –13608

Polyhydrido Copper Clusters: Synthetic Advances, Structural Diversity, and Nanocluster-to-Nanoparticle Conversion

Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 86−95

Copper hydride clusters in energy storage and conversion

Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 3531

(This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 Frontier and Perspective articles)