Dr. Apurba Lal Koner

Supramolecular Photochemistry and Photophysics

  • Designation : Assistant Professor
  • Phone : +91 755 269 1335, 669 1335
  • Email : akoner@iiserb.ac.in
  • Fax : +91 755 669 2392
Academic Details

Assistant Professor (2012-present), in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India.

Human Frontier Science Fellow (2010 - 2012), in Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, UK, with Prof. Dr. David J. Sherratt and Dr. Mark Howarth.

Welcome Trust Postdoctoral Researcher (2009 - 2010), in Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, UK, with Dr. Mark Howarth.

Ph.D (2006 - 2009), from School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, with Prof. Dr. Werner M. Nau.

Profile Details

    Supramolecular photochemistry and photophysics, molecular switches, sensors and functional materials.

    Synthesis and characterization of fluorescent nanoparticle, bioconjugation and single-particle spectroscopy.

    Fluorescence microscopy, live-cell imaging, cell-surface receptor and RNA-trafficking


    • N. Singhal, A. L. Koner, P. Mal, P. Venugopalan, W. M. Nau*, J. N. Moorthy*, Diastereomer-differentiating photochemistry of b-arylbutyrophenones: Yang cyclization versus type II elimination, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 14375–14382. (Web of Science citation 15, impact factor=9.907).

    • H. Bakirci, A. L. Koner, M. H. Dickman, U. Kortz, W. M. Nau*, Dynamically self-assembling metalloenzyme models based on calixarenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 7400–7404. (Web of Science citation 40, impact factor=13.455).

    • A. L. Koner, J. Schatz, W. M. Nau*, U. Pischel*, Selective sensing of citrate by a supramolecular 1,8-naphthalimide/calix[4]arene assembly via complexation-modulated pKa shifts in a ternary complex, J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 3889–3895. (Web of Science citation 31, impact factor=4.450).

    • A. L. Koner, W. M. Nau*, Cucurbituril encapsulation of fluorescent dyes, Supramol. Chem. 2007, 19, 55–66. (Web of Science citation 79, impact factor=2.145).

    • A. L. Koner, U. Pischel*, W. M. Nau*, Kinetic solvent effects on hydrogen abstraction reactions, Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 2899–2902. (Web of Science citation 17, impact factor=5.862).

    • J. N. Moorthy*, S. Samanta, A. L. Koner, S. Saha, W. M. Nau*, Intramolecular O-H--O hydrogen bond-mediated reversal in the partitioning of conformationally-restricted triplet 1,4-biradicals and amplification of diastereo-differentiation in their Lifetimes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 13608–13617. (Web of Science citation 9, impact factor=9.907) .

    • N. Saleh*, A. L. Koner, W. M. Nau*, Activation and stabilization of drugs by supramolecular pKa shifts: Drug delivery applications tailored for cucurbiturils, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5398–5401. (Web of Science citation 69, impact factor=13.455) .

    • J. N. Moorthy*, A. L. Koner, S. Samanta, A. Roy, W. M. Nau*, Modulation of spectrokinetic properties of o-quinonoid reactive intermediates by electronic factors: Timeresolved laser flash and steady-state photolysis investigations of photochromic of 6- and 7-arylchromenes, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 4289–4300. (Web of Science citation 11, impact factor=5.925).

    • A. L. Koner, C. Marquez, M. H. Dickman , W. M. Nau*, Transition Metal-Promoted Chemoselective Photoreactions at the Cucurbituril Rim, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 545–548, (Featured in the inside Cover.) (Web of Science citation 14, impact factor=13.455) .