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Research Interests


Studying mechanism of polymerization reactions.



B.Sc. (Chemistry): RKMRC Narendrapur, India [2012]

M.Sc. (Chemistry): IIT Bombay, India [2014]

Project Assistant: CSIR-NCL Pune, India [2015]


Mandal, M. ; Das, T.; Grewal, B. K.; Ghosh, D. "Feasibility of Ionization-Mediated Pathway for Ultraviolet-Induced Melanin Damage." J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119, 13288.

Stasiw, D. E.; Mandal, M. ; Neisen, B. D.; Mitchell, L. M.; Cramer, C. J.; Tolman, W. B. "Why So Slow? Mechanistic Insights from Studies of a Poor Catalyst for Polymerization of ε-Caprolactoe" Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 725.

Fieser, M. E.; Sanford, M. J.; Mitchell, L. A.; Dunbar, C. R.; Mandal, M.; Van Zee, N. J.; Urness, D. M.; Cramer, C. J.; Coates, G. W.; Tolman, W. B. "Mechanistic Insights into the Alternating Copolymerization of Epoxides and Cyclic Anhydrides Using a (Salph)AlCl and Iminium Salt Catalytic System" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 15222.

Stasiw, D. E.; Luke, A. M.; Rosen, T.; League, A. B.; Mandal, M.; Neisen, B. D.; Cramer, C. J.; Kol, M.; Tolman, W. B. "Mechanism of the Polymerization of rac-Lactide by Fast Zinc Alkoxide Catalysts" Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 14366.

Macaranas, J. A.; Luke, A. M.; Mandal, M.; Neisen, B. D.; Marell, D. J.; Cramer, C. J.; Tolman, W. B. "Sterically induced ligand framework distortion effects on catalytic cyclic ester polymerizations" Inorg. Chem. in press.



Mukunda Mandal

3rd Year Grad. Student

149 Smith Hall

University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431

Phone: 612-624-1535
Fax: 612-626-7541

Email: manda071(at)