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Research

Research Areas:  Materials Science, Alternate Renewable Energy, Organic Electronics, Materials for Organic Electronic Applications, Nanomaterials andPhotochemistry.

Research focus of Department of Chemistry is on alternative renewable energy resources especially on low cost solar energy based organic photovoltaic devices. Our other research interests are design and synthesis of novel organic molecules for organic electronics, synthesis of nanomaterials and their incorporation in photovoltaic devices etc.

Materials having delocalized π electron system are interesting due to their optical and electronic properties. They are potential candidates in organic photovoltaics. We design, synthesis and characterize various materials for organic electronics. Some of the materials of interest includes, derivatives perylene diimides, pyrene etc. One of the main objectives of our research are the investigation of the photophysical properties of oligomeric and polymeric materials which can be used to fabricate organic electronic devices.

Research Fellows

Tintu Raveendran (Working as JRF in UGC Sponsored Project)

Sruthi C. Sasidharan (Working as JRF in DST Sponsored Project)

Research Projects

·         Major project entitled “Investigations of the Photophysical Properties of Semiconducting Organic Materials for Electronic Applications”funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India (Total Grant: 11,60,800 (INR) for three years 2012-2015). (Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Manoj)

·         Major project entitled “Optical Characterization and Charge Transport Properties of Conjugated Oligomers and Polymers for Organic Photovoltaics”funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India (Total Grant: 31,85,000 (INR) for three years 2013-2016) (Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Manoj)

·         Minor project entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials for Photovoltaic Applications”funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India (Total Grant Rs. 80,000/-) (Principal Investigator: Seena Elizabeth George)

·         Minor project entitled “Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of fluorescent Chitosan”funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India. (Total Grant Rs. 90,000/-) (Principal Investigator: Dr. Pearl Augustine)

·         Minor project entitled “Comparitive Study of Substituent Effect on Two Related Families of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using Ruthenium and Iridium Complexes”funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India. (Total Grant Rs. 1,50,000/-) (Principal Investigator: Joseph Libin K. L.)

Facilities

The major equipment in the research lab includes, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (UV 2600 Shimadzu) (with ISR-2600 plus integrating sphere, specular reflectance, thermoelectrically temperature controlled cell holder, film holder), Spin coater, Rotavapor, Ultrasonic Cleaner, etc.

       

List of Publications

1.        Manjumol Mathew, S. Sreedhanya, P. Manoj, C. T. Aravindakumar, and Usha K. Aravind, Exploring the Interaction of Bisphenol-S with Serum Albumins: A Better or Worse Alternative for Bisphenol A? J. Phys. Chem. B,2014,118, 3832.

2. Sruthi C. Sasidharan, P. Rajagopal and P. Manoj, Perylene Diimides: A Versatile Alternative to Fullerene in Organic Photovoltaics, New Numbers and Letters, 2013, 4(1), 8.

3. Yeru Liu, James R. Jennings, Manoj Parameswaran and Qing Wang, An Organic Redox Mediator for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Near Unity Quantum Efficiency Energy Environ. Sci., 4, 2011, 564. (Advance article)

4. Md. Anower Hossain, Guangwu Yang, Manoj Parameswaran, James R. Jennings and Qing Wang, Nanostructured SnO2 Spheres Synthesized by Electrochemical Anodization and Their Application for Semiconductor-Sensitized Solar Cells. J. Phys. Chem. 114 (49), 2010, 21878.

5. Ganapathy Balaji,Manoj Parameswaran, Chellappan Vijila, Tan Mein Jin, Zhu Furong and Suresh Valiyaveetil, Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Fluorescent Dithieno pyrrole oligomers. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010,114, 4628.

6. Manoj Parameswaran, Ganapathy Balaji, Tan Mein Jin, Chellappan Vijila, Sajini Vadukumpully, Zhu Furong and Suresh Valiyaveettil, Charge Transport Studies in Fluorene -Dithieno[3,2-b:2¢,3¢-d]pyrrole Oligomerusing Time-of-Flight Photoconductivity Method, Org.  Electron. 10,2009,1534.

7. Ganapathy Balaji, Wong Low Shim, Manoj Parameswaran and Suresh Valiyaveettil, Thiadiazole Fused Indolo[2,3-a]carbazole Based Oligomers and Polymer, Org. Lett. 11, 2009, 4450.

8. Hairong Li, Manoj Parameswaran, Muhammad Hanafiah Nurmawati, Qing-Hua Xu and Suresh Valiyaveettil, Synthesis and Structure-Property Investigation of Novel Poly(p-phenylene)s with Conjugated Side Chains, Macromolecules 41, 2008,8473.

9. P. Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C. T. Aravindakumar and Taiha Joo,Ultrafast Charge Transfer Dynamics in 2-Aminopurine Modified Double Helical DNA, Chem. Phys. 352, 2008,333.

10. Jun Hong Yao, Khine Yi Mya, Xu Li,Manoj Parameswaran, Qing-Hua Xu, Kian Ping Loh, Zhi-Kuan Chen, Light Scattering and Luminescence Studies on Self-Aggregation Behavior of Water-soluble Copolymer Micelles, J. Phys. Chem. B. 112, 2008, 749.

11. P. Manoj, H. Mohan, V. M. Manoj, J. P. Mittal, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Charge Transfer from 2-Aminopurine Radical Cation and Radical Anion to Nucleobases: A Pulse Radiolysis Study, Chem. Phys. 331, 2007, 351.

12. P. Manoj, V. M. Manoj, K. P. Prasanthkumar, Usha K. Aravind, T. K. Manojkumar and C. T. Aravindakumar, Oxidation of Substituted Triazines by Sulfate Radical Anion (SO4·-) in Aqueous Medium: A Laser flash Photolysis and Steady State Radiolysis Study,J. Phys. Org. Chem.20, 2007, 122.

13. P. Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C. T. Aravindakumar and Taiha Joo, Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics of a modified double helical DNA, Springer Series in Chemical Physics, 88, 2007, 540.

14. P. Manoj, H. Mohan, V. M. Manoj, J. P. Mittal, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reactions of ·OH and O·-with 2-Aminopurine in Aqueous Medium, Res. Chem. Intermed. 32, 2006, 817.

15. G. Pramod, Harimohan, P. Manoj, T. K. Manojkumar, V. M. Manoj,J. P. Mittal,  and C. T. Aravindakumar, Redox Chemistry of 8-Azaadenine, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 19, 2006, 415.

16. Rani Varghese, Hari Mohan, P. Manoj, V. M. Manoj, Usha K. Aravind, K. Vandana and C. T. Aravindakumar, On the Reactions of Hydrated Electrons with Triazine Derivatives in Aqueous Medium, J. Food. Agric. Chem. 54, 2006, 8171.

17. G. Pramod, K. P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, V. M. Manoj, P. Manoj, C. H. Suresh, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reaction of Hydroxyl Radicals with Azacytosines: A Pulse Radiolysis and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A. 110, 2006, 11517.

18. T. L. Luke, T. A. Jacob, H. Mohan, H. Destaillats, V. M. Manoj, P. Manoj, J. P. Mittal, M. R. Hoffmann and C. T. Aravindakumar, Properties of the OH-Adducts of Hydroxy, Methyl, Methoxy and Amino Substituted Pyrimidines: Their Dehydration Reactions and End- Product Analysis, J. Phys. Chem. A. 106, 2002, 2497.

19. G. Pramod, K. P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, V. M. Manoj, P. Manoj, C. H. Suresh, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reaction of Hydroxyl Radicals with Azacytosines: A Pulse Radiolysis and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A. 110, 2006, 11517.

20. T. L. Luke, H. Mohan, V. M. Manoj, P. Manoj, J. P. Mittal, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reactions of Sulphate Radical Anion (SO4·-) with Hydroxy and Methyl substituted Pyrimidines: A Pulse Radiolysis Study, Res. Chem. Intermed.29, 2003, 379.

21. P. Manoj, R. Varghese, V. M. Manoj and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reactions of Sulphate Radical Anion (SO4·-) with Cyanuric Acid: A Potential Reaction for its Degradation?, Chem. Lett. 1, 2002, 74.

22. T. L. Luke, H. Mohan, V. M. Manoj, P. Manoj, J. P. Mittal, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Reactions of Oxide Radical Ion (O·-) with Substituted Pyrimidines, Res. Chem. Intermed. 28, 2002, 303.

23. K. Girish Kumar, Sareena John, Remalakshmy Poduval and Pearl Augustine, “Electrochemical determination of terazosin in pure form and in dosage forms”,The Chinese Pharmaceutical Journal, 57, 29 (2005).

24. K. Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustine, Remalakshmy Poduval and Sareena John, “Voltammetric studies of sparfloxacin and application to its determination in pharmaceuticals”, Pharmazie, 61(4),291 (2006).

25. K. Girish Kumar, Remalakshmy Poduval, Sareena John and Pearl Augustine, “A PVC plasticized membrane sensor for nickel ions”, Microchimica Acta, 156, 283 (2006).

26. K. Girish Kumar, Remalakshmy Poduval, Pearl Augustine, Sareena John and Beena S., “A PVC plasticized sensor for Ni (II) ion based on a simple ionophore”, Analytical Sciences, 22(10), 1333 (2006).

27. K. Girish Kumar, Sareena John, Pearl Augustine, Remalakshmy Poduval and Beena S., “A novel mebendazole selective membrane sensor and its application to pharmaceutical analysis”, Analytical Sciences, 23(3),291 (2007).

28. K. Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustine and Sareena John, “A novel potentiometric sensor for the determination of nimesulide”. Portugaliae Electrochimica Acta, 25(3), 375-381 (2007).

29. K. Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustine, SareenaJohn, Jerzi Radecki and Hanna Radecka, "Fabrication of potentiometric sensors for the selective determination of Ketoconazole", Analytical Letters, 41(7), 1144-1157(2008).

30. B. James,M. Yoshida, Synthesis of Photoresponsive Polymers, Japanese Patent filed.Number: 2010-236948

31. James,B.; Viji, S.; Mathew, S.; Suresh, E.; Lakshmanan, D.; Kumar, R. A.; Nair, M. S. Synthesis of Highly Functionalized, Biologically Active Novel Polycyclic Caged Amides. Tetrahedron Lett. 2007, 48, 6204.

32. James, B.; Suresh, E.; Nair, M. S. Friedel-Crafts alkylation of a cage enone: Synthesis of Aralkyl Substituted Tetracyclo[5.3.1.02,6.04,8]undeca-9,11-diones and the Formation of Fascinating Novel Cage Compounds with Pyrrole and Thiophene using Montmorillonite K-10. Tetrahedron Lett. 2007, 48, 6059.

33. James, B.; Suresh, E.; Nair, M. S. Hetero Diels-Alder Reaction of 3-Bromo-7-(bromomethyl)tetracyclo[5.3.1.02,6.04,8]undec-10(12)-ene-9,11-dione with Pentafulvenes: Facile Synthesis of Novel Polycyclic Cage Compounds Having Pyran Ring.Synlett.2006, 20, 3479.

34. James, B.; Rath, N. P.; Suresh, E.; Nair, M. S. Formation of Novel Polycyclic Cage Compounds through ‘Uncaging’ of Readily Accessible Higher Cage Compounds. Tetrahedron Lett. 2006, 47, 5775.

35. Sudhir, U.; James, B.; Joly, S.; Nair, M. S. Formation of Highly Caged compounds through Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of 3-Bromo-7-(bromomethyl) tetracyclo[5.3.1.02,6.04,8]undeca-10(12)-ene-9,11-dione with itself and with Cyclopentadiene.Res. Chem. Int.2004, 30, 247.

36. Sudhir, U.; James, B.; Joly, S.; Nair, M.S. Diels-Alder Reactivity of 2-(Bromomethyl)-1,4-quinone and 2-Bromo-5-(bromomethyl)-1,4-quinone with Cyclopentadiene and the Synthesis of New Substituted Pentacyclic Systems.Res. Chem. Int. 2003, 29, 523.

37. P. Kanoo, R. Haldar, S. T. Cyriac and T. K. Maji, Coordination driven axial chirality in a microporous solid assembled from an achiral linker via in situ C-N coupling, Chem. Commun. 47, 2011, 11038.

38. P. Kanoo, A. C. Ghosh, S. T. Cyriac and T. K. Maji, A metal organic frame work with highly polar pore surface: Selective CO2 adsorption and guest dependent ON/OFF emission properties, Chem. Eur. J. 18, 2012, 237.

39. D.Thomas, L. Lonappan, S. T. Cyriac and K. Girish Kumar, Quantum dots (QDs) based fluorescent sensor for the selective determination of nimesulide, J. Fluoresc. 23, 2013, 473.

40. T. Jos, D.Thomas, S. T. Cyriac, M. Jacob and K. Girish Kumar, Effect of anionic surfactant on the reduction of tinidazole at a gold nanaoparticle modified glassy carbon electrode,Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 3, 2013, 8434.

 

Student Projects

Department encourage students to do the project in the research laboratory. M.Sc. students from this college as well as from neighbouring institutes are doing their M.Sc. projects at Department of Chemistry. All B.Sc. students are doing their research project in the department itself.

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