Swapandeep Singh Chimni received a B.Sc. (Hons. Sch.) (1984), M.Sc. (Hons. Sch.) (1985) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Chemistry from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He is currently holding the position of Professor of Chemistry at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. From 1990 to 1992, he was Lecture in Applied Chemistry at N. I. T. Jalandhar, Jalandhar where he initiated his research on Biocatalysis. From 1992 to 1997, he was a Lecturer in Chemistry at Guru Nanak Dev University and was promoted as Senior Lecturer in 1997 and subsequently as Reader in 2000. In 2009 he was promoted as Professor of Chemistry. His research interests include enantioselective synthesis of small molecules using biocatalytic and organocatalytic methods. He has authored more than 110 publications with his students and collaborators. Two of his publications received Most Cited Paper Awards from Tetrahedron Letters (2005-2008) and Tetrahedron Asymmetry (2005-2008, 2006-2009). His two research papers were highlighted as Inside Cover (2013, 2014) in Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry and another two highlighted in Chemistry Views (2012, 2013). One of his research papers has been highlighted on the Front Cover of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2015).
Professor Chimni was awarded INSA-RSC Bilateral Exchange Fellowship in 1996 to visit the laboratory of Professor Stanley M. Roberts, Robert Robinson Laboratory, University of Liverpool, U.K. He also visited the laboratory of Professor D. Basavaiah, School of Chemistry, Central University, Hyderabad as UGC Visiting Fellow (2000-2002). He has delivered over 22 invited talks in National and International Conferences and gave a keynote address in a National Conference at GJUS&T, Hissar and has chaired sessions in many Conferences/Symposiums. He was bestowed with Costal Chemical Research Society Award for the year 2014.