DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS

Professor

DR. RAJAKUMAR BALLA

Biography

Rajakumar Balla Born in a very remote village of the Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh to Sri Suryanarayana and Smt. Jayalakshmi in 1971. Obtained B. Sc from Sri Durgaprasad Sharaf college of arts and applied sciences, Sriram Nagar, Garividi of Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. Studied M. Sc in Chemistry in the School of Chemistry, Andhra University Visakhapatnam. Introduced to the field of gas phase physical chemistry by Prof. E. Arunan at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and obtained Ph. D in 2002 under his supervision. Further, pursued research in the area of the atmospheric chemistry and physics as a post doctoral researcher under the leadership of the famous scientist Prof. Dr. A. R. Ravishankara at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, Colorado, U. S. A. Returned to India in 2006 and joined the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as an Assistant Professor and currently working as a Professor.

Education

  • 2002 - Ph. D from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • 1996 - M. Sc in Chemistry from the School of Chemistry, Andhra University Visakhapatnam.
  • 1993 - B. Sc from Sri Durgaprasad Sharaf college of arts and applied sciences, Sriram Nagar, Garividi of Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh.

Research Interests

  • ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY (Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy, Laser Induced Fluorescence)
  • COMBUSTION CHEMISTRY (Shock tube kinetics and modeling)
  • COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

Representative Publications

    “Cl Atom Initiated Photo-oxidation of Mono-chlorinated Propanes To Form Carbonyl Compounds: A Kinetic and Mechanistic Approach”. Avinash Kumar,  Rajakumar, B.  J. Phys. Chem. A, 2019, 123, 723–741.

    “Thermochemistry and kinetic studies on the autoignition of 2 – butanone: A computational study”.  Kuzhanthaivelan, S. Rajakumar, B.  J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 6134–6146.

    “Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on the Reaction of 1,3-Butadiene with Cl Atom in the Gas Phase”. Vijayakumar, S.  Rajakumar, B.  J. Phys. Chem. A. 2017, 121, 1976−1984.

    “Thermal Decomposition of 2-Pentanol: A Shock Tube Study and RRKM Calculations”. Parandaman, A. Rajakumar, B. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2016, 120, 8024-8036.

    “Excited state C–N bond dissociation and cyclization of tri-aryl amine-based OLED materials: a theoretical investigation.”. Vijaya sundar,J. Subramanian, V. Rajakumar, B.  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 438-447.

DR. RAJAKUMAR BALLA

Professor
rajakumar@iitm.ac.in
  • +91-44-2257-4231 (Office)
  • +91-44-2257-5242 (Lab 1)
  • +91-44-2257-5193 (Lab 2)
  • CYB 214, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036
  • INDIA

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