Research Facilities

Research

The thrust area of research of Department of Chemistry includes, Organic Electronics, Alternate Renewable Energy, Photochemistry, Nanomaterialsand Electrochemical Sensors. At present three research scholars are working in the Department for the Ph.D programme. The research activities of the Department are highly active with sole aim of upgrading the Department to a Research Department in near future. The research programme of the Department is financially supported by University Grants Commission (UGC) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) in the form of Major and Minor Research Projects. In 2015, Department received the prestigious DST-FIST grant and with this the research facilities are improved tremendously. With this fund we setup a Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre and Networkingand Computational Facility in the Department. The major research instruments include UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, FTIR, Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Electrochemical Workstation etc. These facilities are also utilized by teachers, students and research scholars of neighbouring colleges of both Kerala and MG University. The Department has also signed MoUs with various colleges and reputed research centres in Kerala to strengthen the research activities. It is noteworthy that the students of our Department are qualifying various National Eligibility Tests such as CSIR and GATE examinations and pursuing their higher studies in various reputed research institutes in India and abroad. In 2018 the Department started functioning completely with Green Energy. Department of Chemistry is the first fully Solar Educational Department in the College, totally devoted for the promotion of renewable energy.

 

Alternative renewable energy resources especially low cost solar energy based organic photovoltaic devices are the major focus of research of the Department. Our other research interest includes 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 include derivatives perylenediimides, pyrene, phenothiazineetc. We also interested to investigate the photophysical and transport properties of oligomeric and polymeric materials which can be used to fabricate organic electronic devices.


Focus of research of Department of Chemistry is,

  • Organic Photovoltaics, Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Device Fabrication and Characterization
  • Transport Studies of Oligomeric and Polymeric Materials
  • Photophysical Properties of Conjugated Polymers and Nanoparticles
  • Charge Transfer Dynamics in DNA
  • Electrochemical Sensors

 

Research Scholars

Three students are working for Ph.D under the guidance of Dr. P. Manoj.

  • Gayathri Mohan M. (Full time research scholar)
  • Seena Elizabeth George (Part-time)
  • Satheesh Babu T. (Part-time)

Research Projects

  • Student Project entitled “Electrochemical Detection of Analytes using Voltammetric Sensors”funded by KSCSTE, Kerala, 2019 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Pearl Augustine)
  • Student Project entitled “Synthesis, Characterization and Photophysical Study of Electrospun dye Doped Polymer Nanofibers for Photovolataic Applications” funded by KSCSTE, Kerala, 2018 (Principal Investigator: Liya Jose M.)
  • 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 “Comparative 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 etc)
  • FTIR (Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two)
  • Fluorescence Spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer LS 55)
  • Electrochemical Work Station (Autolab)
  • Spin Coating Unit
  • Rotavapours
  • Computational Facility
  • Laboratory for Synthesis

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/colleges are doing their M.Sc. projects at Department of Chemistry. All B.Sc. students are doing their research project in the department itself.

List of Publications

  • Sajin K. Francis, Beena James, Sunil VarugheseandMangalam S. Nair, Phytochemical Investigation on Myristicafragrans stem bark.Natural Product Research,2018, DOI:10.1080/14786419.2018.1457670.
  • Saranya S.,Sarath Chand,GreeshmaGopalan V., Jijitha K. V., Radhakrishnan, A Facile Access to trans-3-Styryl-4-hydrazinocyclopentenes via Palladium-Catalyzed Ring Opening of Diazanorbornenes with (Z)-β-Bromostyrenes/2,3-Dibromohydrocinnamic Acids, S. Synthesis, 50, 2018,184.
  • ShreyassSaranya,ThekkeVeettilBaiju,GreeshmaGopalan,  KokkuvayilVasu Radhakrishnan, Lewis acid catalyzedPovarov reaction of pentafulvenes and spiro[2,4]-hepta-[4,6]-diene: An efficient access to cyclopentene fused quinolones, Synth. Commun.,48,2018, 816.
  • Arjun V. P, P. Manoj, and P. S. Parameswaran, Green Synthesis of Silver nanoparticles Using HemigraphisColorataLeaf Extract, IJRAR, 5(3), 2018, 330.
  • Sivasankaran, S. T. Cyriac, S. Menon, and K. G. Kumar, Fluorescence turn off sensor for brilliant blue FCF- an approach based on inner filter effect. Journal of Fluorescence, 27, 2017, 69.
  • Shine K. Albert, IrlaSivakumar, MuraliGolla, HariVeera Prasad Thelu, Nithiyanandan Krishnan, Joseph Libin K. L.Ashish, and Reji Varghese. “DNA-Decorated Two-Dimensional Crystalline Nanosheets” Am. Chem. Soc., 139(49),2017, 17799.
  • Beena James and E. Suresh. “Crystal Structure Details of Novel Polycyclic Cage Compounds Appended with Aromatic and HeteroaromaticRings.”Michaels Journal of Academic Research (MJAR), 1,2017, 53.
  • T. Cyriac, D. Thomas, A. E. Vikraman, and K. Girish Kumar, Electrochemical sensor for propyl gallate, based on synergic effect of gold nanoparticles andpoly(p-Aminobenzene sulfonic acid). Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 14, 2016, B683.
  • Gayathri Mohan. M, TintuRaveendran, T. K. Manojkumar, P. Rajagopal, and P. Manoj, Theoretical Study of Pyrene Based Oligomers for Organic Solar Cells, IEEE (978-1-4673-9939-5/16) 2016.
  • 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? Phys. Chem. B, 118(14), 2014, 3832.
  • S. Sarath Chand, S. Saranya, P. Preethanuj, B. P. Dhanya, E. Jijy, Praveen Prakash, B. S. Sasidhar, Jan Szymoniak, P. V. Santhini,and K. V. Radhakrishnan, Trapping the Lewis Acid Generated Transient Species from Pentafulvene Derived Diazanorbornenes with ortho-Functionalized Aryl Iodides and Aliphatic Alcohols, Org. Biomol. Chem., 12,2014, 3045.
  • A. E. Vikraman, D. Thomas, S. T. Cyriac, and K. Girish Kumar, Kinetic and thermodynamic approach in the development of a voltammetric sensor for sunset yellow. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161, 2014, B305.
  • 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?  Phys. Chem. B,118,2014, 3832.
  • Sruthi C. Sasidharan, P. Rajagopal and  Manoj, PeryleneDiimides: A Versatile Alternative to Fullerene in Organic Photovoltaics, New Numbers and Letters4(1),2013, 8.
  • Thomas, L. Lonappan, S. T. Cyriacand K. Girish Kumar, Quantum dots (QDs) based fluorescent sensor for the selective determination of nimesulide, J. Fluoresc. 232013, 473.
  • Jos, D.Thomas, S. T. Cyriac, M. Jacoband 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 Research3, 20138434.
  • Kanoo, A. C. Ghosh, S. T. Cyriacand 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.
  • Kanoo, R. Haldar, S. T. Cyriacand T. K. Maji, Coordination driven axial chirality in a microporous solid assembled from an achiral linker via in situ C-N coupling, Chem. Commun. 472011, 11038.
  • Yeru Liu, James R. Jennings, Manoj Parameswaranand Qing Wang, An Organic Redox Mediator for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Near Unity Quantum Efficiency Energy Environ. Sci., 42011,
  • AnowerHossain, Guangwu Yang, Manoj ParameswaranJames R. Jennings and Qing Wang, Nanostructured SnO2Spheres Synthesized by Electrochemical Anodization and Their Application for Semiconductor-Sensitized Solar Cells. J. Phys. Chem. 114 (49), 2010, 21878.
  • GanapathyBalaji,Manoj Parameswaran, ChellappanVijila, Tan Mein Jin, Zhu Furong and Suresh Valiyaveetil, Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Fluorescent Dithienopyrrole oligomers.  Phys. Chem. C, 114, 2010,4628.
  • Manoj Parameswaran, GanapathyBalaji, Tan Mein Jin, ChellappanVijila, SajiniVadukumpully, Zhu Furong and Suresh Valiyaveettil, Charge Transport Studies in Fluorene -Dithieno[3,2-b:2¢,3¢-d]pyrroleOligomerusing Time-of-Flight Photoconductivity Method,  Electron. 10,2009,1534.
  • James,M. Yoshida, Synthesis of Photoresponsive Polymers, Japanese Patent filed. Number: 2010-236948
  • GanapathyBalaji, Wong Low Shim, Manoj Parameswaranand Suresh Valiyaveettil, Thiadiazole Fused Indolo[2,3-a]carbazole Based Oligomers and Polymer,  Lett. 112009, 4450.
  • Hairong Li, Manoj Parameswaran, Muhammad HanafiahNurmawati, Qing-HuaXu and Suresh Valiyaveettil, Synthesis and Structure-Property Investigation of Novel Poly(p-phenylene)s with Conjugated Side Chains, Macromolecules,41,2008,8473.
  • Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C. T. Aravindakumar and TaihaJoo,Ultrafast Charge Transfer Dynamics in 2-Aminopurine Modified Double Helical DNA, Chem. Phys. 352, 2008,333.
  • Jun Hong Yao, Khine Yi Mya, Xu Li,Manoj Parameswaran, Qing-HuaXu, Kian Ping Loh, Zhi-Kuan Chen, Light Scattering and Luminescence Studies on Self-Aggregation Behavior of Water-soluble Copolymer Micelles,  Phys. Chem. B. 1122008, 749.
  • Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustine, SareenaJohn, JerziRadecki and Hanna Radecka, “Fabrication of potentiometric sensors for the selective determination of Ketoconazole“, Analytical Letters, 41(7), 2008, 1144-1157.
  • 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. 3312007, 351.
  • 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.202007, 122.
  • Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C. T. Aravindakumar and TaihaJoo, Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics of a modified double helical DNA, Springer Series in Chemical Physics, 882007, 540.
  • Girish Kumar, Sareena John, Pearl Augustine, RemalakshmyPoduval and Beena S., “A novel mebendazole selective membrane sensor and its application to pharmaceutical analysis”Analytical Sciences, 23(3),2007, 291.
  • Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustineand Sareena John, “A novel potentiometric sensor for the determination of nimesulide”PortugaliaeElectrochimicaActa, 25(3), 2007, 375-381.
  • 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.48, 2007,
  • 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.48,2007, 
  • 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.
  • 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.192006, 415.
  • Rani VargheseHari Mohan, 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.542006, 8171.
  • 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. 1102006, 11517.
  • Girish Kumar, Pearl Augustine, RemalakshmyPoduval and Sareena John, “Voltammetric studies of sparfloxacin and application to its determination in pharmaceuticals”Pharmazie, 61(4),2006, 291.
  • Girish Kumar, RemalakshmyPoduval, Sareena John and Pearl Augustine, “A PVC plasticized membrane sensor for nickel ions”MicrochimicaActa, 156, 2006, 283.
  • Girish Kumar, RemalakshmyPoduval, Pearl Augustine, Sareena John and Beena S., “A PVC plasticized sensor for Ni (II) ion based on a simple ionophore”Analytical Sciences, 22(10), 2006, 1333.
  • 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.20, 2006,3479.
  • 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.47, 2006,
  • Girish Kumar, Sareena John, RemalakshmyPoduval and Pearl Augustine, “Electrochemical determination of terazosin in pure form and in dosage forms”,The Chinese Pharmaceutical Journal, 57, 2005, 29.
  • 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.1062002, 2497.
  • 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. 1102006, 11517.
  • 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. Chem. Int.30,2004, 247.
  • 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. Chem. Int.29, 2003,523.
  • 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.292003, 379.
  • 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.
  • 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. Intermed282002, 303.

 

Resources

Research Facilities

The major equipment in the research lab includes,

  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (UV 2600 Shimadzu) (with ISR-2600 plus integrating sphere, specular reflectance etc)
  • FTIR (Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two)
  • Fluorescence Spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer LS 55)
  • Electrochemical Work Station (Autolab)
  • Spin Coating Unit
  • Rotavapours
  • Computational Facility
  • Laboratory for Synthesis
  • Well-equipped B.Sc. and M.Sc. Laboratory

Some of the instruments in the UG and PG laboratory includes, Digital Potentiometer, Digital Conductivity meter, Digital Polarimeter, Abbe Refractometer, pH meter, Sonicator, Rotary Shaker, Distillation Unit, Electronic Balances, Vacuum Desiccator, Photoelectric Colorimeter, UV Chamber for TLC, Water  Analyser, Visible Spectrophotometer etc.