• Main Group Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism

Ph.D Students

Name: Selvakumar. A
Roll No: CY15D105
Lab number: 5190, 5147
Research Area: Organometallic single ion magnets
View on Science: when you observe the nature around us, unable to understand things explicitly, but if we go to the molecular level everything seems to be logical.
Name: Jayasree K
Roll No: CY17D004
Email: jjayasree7@gmail.com
Lab Landline No: 044-2257 5190, 044-2257 5147
Research Area: Synthesis of coordination and organometallic complexes/clusters, investigating their magnetic properties. Electrochemical reduction and Energy storage.
Expertise in: Synthesis of coordination complexes, crystallization, single crystal X-ray data refinements, structure elucidation, Designing active electrocatalyst to find application in electrochemical reduction studies and exploring their applications.
My insight towards science: Science is the most powerful tool which can simplify most of the things and able to make this world the most comfortable and problem-free. By proper utilization and careful handling of resources can improve the survival of living things on the Earth. We have to be creative in thinking and look for ways to implement them.
Why is this work special: Possible to design materials for compact storage devices with 10000 times higher storage density. Making efficient, stable electrocatalysts for nitrogen reduction reaction with more activity and selectivity.
Name: Prathap . R
Email: prathaptony17@gmail.com, cy19d006@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Preparation of Organometallic complexes and organic catalysis, Organometallic single ion magnets to increase the storage of our pendrive by 10000 times, Main group chemistry with carbene ligands, Synthesis and isolation of stable radicals, diradicals and diradicaloids.
Expertise: Organometallics chemistry, Co-ordination Compounds and its Chemistry, Main group elements.
View on Science: I believe science deserves first place when compare with anything, because it gives a reasonable answer for all your questions. My view about science is that the world has developed in all the field with the help of science and I also believe it is going to be same in the future too.
Special about my research: In our research group, we work in stabilising the sensitive & exotic organometallic compounds which has greater value or application on catalysis. And also we try to analyze its magnetic behaviour (SIM & SMM) and fluorescence properties.
Name: Sujit Das
Email: sujitdas3051@gmail.com
Research Area: Synthesis and Theoretical /Computational Calculation of organometallic compounds and analysis to various application.
Try to have Expertise in: Theoretical and computational chemistry including those that deal with problem of optimization of electronic structure, properties, energetics, bonding analysis, strong/weak interactions, reactivity and catalysis. The computational chemistry program ADF is very powerful tool to understanding and predicting structure, reactivity, catalysis and spectra of molecules. The most important quantum chemistry computer program includes the method Hartree-Fock method and also includes DFT (Density Functional Theory). Another important computational and theoretical tool to understand and to analyze chemical bonds, with the well verified method EDA-NOCV.
View on Science: Science is an intellectual activity carried on by humans that is designed to extract information about the natural world in which humans live and to discover the ways in which this information can be organized into meaningful patterns. It is the knowledge gained from using observation and experiments to describe and explain the world around us.
Why I chose this area of research: Over the decades organometallic complexes have attracted great interests of synthetic and theoretical chemists due to their unique structural features and bonding aspects. Some of these complexes are utilized by inorganic and organic chemists for the binding to small organic substrates, followed by bond activation and finally to serve as catalysts. These complexes have revolutionized the field of catalysis and have been used extensively. The key of application for these complexes is their stability and bonding.
Name: Harsha K Sasidharan
Email: harsha26051996@gmail.com
Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry
Expertise in: I have basic knowledge in Coordination Chemistry, NMR, IR of Organic Molecules, Spectroscopy related to Physical Chemistry.
View on Science: According to me science is something we need a better understanding than memorising things. The importance and applications of science begins from every ones daily life. Trying to acquire scientific knowledge and thinking of its possible applications. For example, if we study Joule Thomson effect, and Carnot cycle, we must understand that its application lies in the working of air conditioner and refrigerator. This is a simple example similarly lot of things are there. Never study for the marks of exam study science for the usefulness of coming generations. Nature itself shows the importance of science, blue color of sky and formation of rainbow, green color of leaves of the trees etc. The science lies everywhere in every aspect.
Special about my Research: I am now dealing with the theoretical part of the molecules. At first sight a molecule seems to be simple toeveryone, because all of them looks mostlyattheir structures. In reality there are many things that need to be analyzedstarting from a simple structure. When we think about the stability of a molecule, its reactivity, bonding features, interactions functional groups in a molecule etc.The clear answer to such questions can be attained from the theoretical calculations such as NBO, TD-DFT, QTAIM and EDA–NOCV calculations. The secrets of a molecule can be easily interpreted through such theoretical calculations which is very interesting to me.
Name: Kavita Devi
Roll No: cy20d071
Email: beniwalkavita1@gmail.com, cy20d071@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: I would like to work on the stabilization of various organometallic and highly reactive main group inorganic compounds and complexes with the high reactive carbenes like NHC and cAAC etc. Apart from the stabilization, these moieties could also form the complexes with various metals of main group and transition metals which could potentially act as catalysts for organic synthetic reactions.
Expertise in: Making exotic species containing main group elements by stabilizing it with cAAC and NHC and investigating their structural features, bonding properties, theoretical modelling.
Science & its Importance: According to me science means seeing the things as they are. Science cannot be explained in just some words, it is an endless topic. Science is not just in lab and not just in science fictions, Its everywhere, in many forms. Science is not only a subject; our life completely depends upon science. Science has become an integral part of our existence and in the 21st century, it is more embedded into our life than it was ever before. The innovations of science are not only improving our life but also making it easier and better. Science improves human life at every level, from individual comfort to global issues.
Special about my Research: The discovery of the cAAC and NHC carbenes opened the new gateways in the field of inorganic chemistry, almost most of the elements in main group and transition metals can form adducts with these. The unique nature of these carbenes enables to stabilize the highly reactive species by forming strong bonds. They are also successful in stabilizing low valent transition metals which could potentially gives rise to robust catalysts.
Name: Saurav Ghosh
Email: ghoshsaurav96@gmail.com, cy20d144@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Synthesis of Organometallic Complexes-Fluorescence and Magnetic Studies
Expertise in: Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry, Magnetochemistry, All types of spectroscopy, and Chemistry of main group elements
Why I chose this research topic: Organometallic Chemistry is one of the most advanced and active research topic of Inorganic Chemistry. It has garnered the interest of the modern day chemists, due to the unique structural and remarkable bonding features, these compounds exhibit. These compounds find innumerable practical applications, as they form the bridge between the Inorganic and Organic Worlds. I am interested in the synthesis of transition and inner-transition metals based organometallic compounds. Thereafter, I want to study their fluorescence, magnetic and electronic properties, and would like to hunt for their applications in the practical world.
My views on Science: Science, according to me is not just a subject. It is far beyond that. It provides a way to observe the various things happening in our body, and in our surroundings, and compels us to think how fascinating is the entire world. This stimulates us to discover the various mysteries present in this world. Science is that knowledge hub, which has the solutions for all themysterious and fascinating queries, occurring in our mind.
Hobbies: During my free time, I like reading novels. I am also fond of watching football and movies. Additionally, I love playing Basketball. I was a state level Basketball champion, during my schooldays in Dehradun.
Name: Madhuri Bhattacharya
Email: madhuribhatt97@rediffmail.com, cy21d094@smail.iitm.ac.in
Qualification: M.Sc. with Analytical Chemistry Special from University of Calcutta (Rajabajar Science Campus).
B.Sc. with Chemistry Honours from Bagnan College under University of Calcutta.
Research Area: Developing potential Organometallic and Co-ordination Complexes with low valance metal ions, their Characterisation and Applications, Theoretical calculations on Stability and Bonding aspects of unusual exotic species, Sensitive chemistry research.
Expertise in: Coordination and Organometallic chemistry, Bio-inorganic chemistry, Air-sensitive compounds synthesis under inert atmosphere, Crystallography, XRD data refinement, Spectroscopy (UV-Vis, IR, NMR, EPR etc.), Mass spectrometry.
My view on Science: To me, answer of every ‘why’ is ‘science’. It enables us to become a good observer and then prove the facts. Proper implementation of science leads to improvement of our society and makes our life comfortable. Searching and researching are continued which finally results explanation of an established fact or sometimes a new invention!
Special about my Research: My research contains experimental as well as theoretical analysis. Motive is to explore the mechanisms of nitrogen binding in bacteria via synthesizing stable organometallic compounds. They can effectively bind the nitrogen and then act as efficient electrocatalyst to reduce it to ammonia in presence of proton source in mild conditions. Theoretical calculations will provide evidence of stability and bonding aspects. In our group, we are also working on their magnetic properties to serve as SIM/SMM and Fluorescence properties.
Name: Sanjay Biswas
Co-Guide: Dr. Kartik Chandra Mondal
Email: sanjaykalyani52@gmail.com, cy21d037@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Synthesis of Carbene Supported Organometallic Complexesand Applications Towards Polymer Synthesis & Homogeneous Catalysis.
Expertise in: Optimization and Synthesis of Co-ordination & Organometallic Complexes including handling of air sensitive compounds. All elemental spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, IR, UV-vis, EPR and mass spectrometry.
View on Science: In my opinion science is the most important channel through which we can contribute towards welfare of society.
Why I Chose This Area of Research: The goal of my research is to design and synthesis of a new class of organometallic complexes and study their novel properties. The great advantage of synthesizing of organometallic complexes is that these complexes may exhibit catalytic activity towards various catalytic systems. The diverse applications of these complexes including polymer synthesis and various homogeneous catalysis attracted me to choose this particular research area.
Hobbies: Playing Chess and Reading Theological books.
Name: Gaurav Mishra
Co-Guide: Dr. Kartik Chandra Mondal
Email: gauravmishra14110921@gmail.com, cy21d034@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Carbene-supported organometallic compound synthesis and characterization, along with their application in polymer synthesis.
Expertise in: Coordination Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Spectroscopic techniques (IR, NMR, UV and ESR etc. ), Quantitative and Qualitative analysis of Organic and Inorganic samples and Green Chemistry.
Insight on Chemistry: Every day, doing chemistry is like playing the role of Sherlock Holmes or HerculePoirot. I see a result and I need to figure out why it happened, using my "little grey cells" to puzzle and reason back to what the mechanism must have been.
Special about my Research: Catalysts account for 35% of GDP, both directly and indirectly. So, the goal of my research is to develop a new and highly efficient organometallic catalyst that will aid in the synthesis of polymers and other organic compounds. In addition, I intend to work on the various implementations of produced material.
Name: Sonam
Email: cy21d149@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Applying Computational Chemistry to study highly exotic species in Coordination and Organometallic field.
Expertise in: Throughout my Research , I’ll be focusing on Theoretical Calculation on Stability , Reactivity and different bonding aspects of unusual exotic species using DFT and ADF methods.
Science in my words: It is something that makes you think out of the box to find out answers to your curiosity. It is like a sea , the more deep you go, the more deeper you found things which are yet to discover.
Special about my Research: Studying the molecules and exotic species on theoretical level using different aspects like EDA-NOCV, DFT makes the understanding of the molecule much easier with the output data. Using the Computational Chemistry, we can easily predict the reactivity and stability of the species which may be difficult through experimental processes.
Name: Sangita Mondal
Email: sangitamchem146@gmail.com, cy21d150@smail.iitm.ac.in
Research Area: Investigation of chemical bonding, estimation of intrinsic interaction energies of different Organometallic species using computational DFT methods.
Expertise in: : Computational & theoretical chemistry using Density Functional Theory, ADF methods & other important tools to study the structures, bonding properties, electronic spectra of different species and predict the same for different Organometallic complexes.
Special about my Research: It is about the theoretical and computational parts of a molecule, specially any organometallic compound using different methods like DFT (Density Functional Theory) , EDA-NOCV (Energy Decomposition Analysis coupled with Natural Orbital for Chemical Valence) analyses, QTAIM (Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules). Learning all these aspects will help us to predict about a chemical species whether it may be possible to synthesize in the experimental laboratory.
My Realization About Science: Science is a special word that I use to answer my curiosity. It is the golden key that, if followed correctly, it will lead to success and failure which can lead to the destruction when it is employed wrongly. It’s the Science through which we can know about the past, deal with the present and even can predict the future to some extent.
My Hobbies: Singing, Reading story books and Novels, watching Cricket, Listening to music.
Name: Christel Livia Mascarenhas
Email: christelmascarenhas98@gmail.com
Research Area: Organometallic chemistry and electronic structure by different modern tools.
Expertise in: Quantitative and qualitative analysis of organic compound by instrument Reverse phase HPLC and LC-MS. I have basic knowledge of coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry, NMR, IR, Mass Spectroscopy.
View on Science: According to me, science is a beautiful thing that comes into existence through the curiosity created by phenomenon, keen observation, and innovatory ideas which makes a positively remarkable change in the life of human beings. Science is a strong feeling, unlimited passion, a tendency to create something excellent as well as new and endless effort. Science is a universe of an endless boundaries. Its reach is beyond the imagination of human beings. It is the treasure that is found by digging the ground of enormous knowledge. It is the answer to countless puzzles.