DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS

Professor

DR. SEKAR, G.

Biography

Prof. Sekar obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur in 1999 under the guidance of Padma Shri, Prof. Vinod K. Singh. He was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, and an Humboldt (AvH) postdoctoral fellow at Goettingen University, Germany. He also carried out postdoctoral research at Caltech, USA. Prof. Sekar’s research activity on organic synthesis focuses on developing new synthetic methodologies employing environmentally benign homogeneous catalysts, metal nanocatalysts, and halogen bonding catalysis. Prof. Sekar is the author of more than 110 publications and graduated 20 Ph.D. students. He was the recipient of CRSI bronze medal, and IRDA-2017 (mid-career award). He is the present council member of CRSI and NOST, India.

Education

  • 1999 - Ph. D from IIT Kanpur
  • 1995 - M. Sc from University of Madras
  • 1993 - B. Sc from University of Madras

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Metal Nanocatalysis
  • Halogen Bonding Catalysis

Representative Publications

Selective oxidation of alkylarenes to aromatic acids/ketone in water by using reusable binaphthyl stabilized Pt nanoparticles (Pt-BNP) as catalyst, Saha, R.; Sekar, G., Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental, 2019, 250, 325.

Stable Pd-nanoparticles catalyzed domino C-H activation/C-N bond formation strategy: An access to phenanthridinones, Saha, R.; Sekar, G., J. Catalysis, 2018, 366, 176.

Metal-free halogen(I) catalysts for the oxidation of aryl(heteroaryl)methanes to ketones or esters: Selectivity control by halogen bonding, Somraj Guha, Sekar, G., Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 14171.

An efficient synthesis of polysubstituted olefins using stable palladium nanocatalyst: Applications in synthesis of tamoxifen and iso-combretastatin A4, Ganapathy, D.,  Sekar, G., Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 3856.

Galactose oxidase model: biomimetic, enantiomer-differentiating oxidation of alcohols by chiral copper complex, Alamsetti, S. K., Mannam, S., Muthupandi, P., Sekar, G., Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 1086.

DR. SEKAR, G.

Professor
  • gsekar@iitm.ac.in
  • +91-44-2257-4229 (Office)
  • +91-44-2257-6229 (Residence)
  • +91-44-2257-4202
  • CYB 209D, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036
  • INDIA

Honors and Rewards

  • Prof. Sekar’s recent research regarding conversion of petroleum waste toluene to benzoic acid using Pt-BNP nano-catalyst in water is highlighted in “The Hindu” national English newspaper (31st March, 2019)
  • NOST council members (2019 - 22)
  • KVPY regional coordinator (2019)
  • FASCh (2019)
  • FRSC (2018)
  • IRDA - 2017 (Mid - career award)
  • CRSI council members (2017 – 2020)
  • CRSI Bronze medal (2015)
  • AvH Equipment Grant (2009)
  • AvH Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001)
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000)

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