Dr. Balakrishna Bugga

Dr. Balakrishna Bugga



Room: 345 (N26)
Phone: +49(0)731-50-38356



Balakrishna Bugga was born in Hyderabad, India. He obtained his degree (B.Sc.) from Acharaya Nagarjuna University (Guntur, India) in 2008 and completed his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 2010 at the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad. After working for a year and a half as a project trainee at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) in Hyderabad under the supervision of Dr. B. V. Subba Reddy, he joined Prof. Anton Vidal’s group at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as a PhD student in 2012. He worked mainly on the design and development of catalytic systems derived from P-OP ligands and metal precursors for asymmetric transformations of interest. After obtaining his doctoral degree, in September 2016, he joined Prof. Max von Delius’s group as a post-doctoral researcher, working on Mechanically Interlocked Synthetic Carbon Allotropes. When he is not in the lab enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends.

Master Thesis

Self-assembled Metal Organic Assemblies for molecular sensors

Ph.D. Thesis

Development of P-OP Ligands with new Structural Motifs for Rhodium- and Iridium-Mediated Asymmetric Hydrogenations

Research area

Mechanically Interlocked Carbon Allotropes

Prizes & Awards

  • 2013-2016:  Predoctoral fellowship from AGAUR, Spain for the Ph.D. thesis at ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain

  • 2010: UGC-Networking project fellow from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

  • 2009: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) Summer Project Fellowship

  • 2009 & 2010: Mean and Merit Scholarship from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India

Conference contributions

  • Suprachem 2019, Würzburg, 24-26/2/2019: poster presentation

  • Ulm-Erlangen Symposium on Functional Organic Materials, 10-11/7/2017: poster presentation

  • OMCOS 18 (18th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis) 28/6–2/7 2015, Sitges – Barcelona: poster presentation

  • 7th SPJ-OCS (7th Spanish Portuguese Japanese Organic Chemistry Symposium) 23-26/6/2015, Seville, Spain: poster presentation


6)H. Fernández-Pérez, B. Balakrishna, A. Vidal-Ferran Structural Investigations on Enantiopure P–OP Ligands: A High‐Performing P–OP Ligand for Rhodium‐Catalyzed HydrogenationsEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry 2018, 1525-1532
5)B. Balakrishna, A. Vidal-Ferran A Practical Synthesis of Rhodium Precatalysts for Enantioselective Hydrogenative TransformationsSynthesis 2016, 48, 997-1001
4)B. Balakrishna, A. Bauzá, A. Frontera, A. Vidal-Ferran Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Seven-Membered C=N-containing Heterocycles and Rationalization of the EnantioselectivityChemistry - A European Journal 2016, 22, 10607-10613
3)B. Balakrishna, J. L. Núñez-Rico, A. Vidal-Ferran Substrate Activation in the Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation of N -HeteroarenesEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry 2015, 2015, 5293-5303
2)H. Fernández-Pérez, P. Etayo, J. L. Núñez-Rico, B. Balakrishna, A. Vidal-Ferran Ring-opening of enantiomerically pure oxa-containing heterocycles with phosphorus nucleophilesRSC Adv. 2014, 4, 58440-58447
1)K. P. Divya, S. Sreejith, B. Balakrishna, P. Jayamurthy, P. Anees, A. Ajayaghosh A Zn2+-specific fluorescent molecular probe for the selective detection of endogenous cyanide in biorelevant samplesChemical Communications 2010, 46, 6069-6071