Profile

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

  • Ph. D. (Organic Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India, 1999 (Guide: Padma Shri Prof. Vinod K. Singh)
  • M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry), A. C. Tech. (Guindy Campus), University of Madras, India,1995 (M.Sc. thesis guide: Prof. P. Rajakumar)
  • B.Sc. (Chemistry), Govt. Arts College-Dharmapuri, University of Madras India,1993

POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

  1. Postdoctoral scholar in organic chemistry at California Institute of Technology, USA with Prof. Brian M. Stoltz, Feb. 2003 – Dec. 2004
  2. Humboldt (AvH) postdoctoral fellow at University of Goettingen, Germany with Prof. L. F. Tietze (Jul. 2001 – Dec. 2002)
  3. JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan with Prof. H. Nishiyama (Apr. 2000 – Jun. 2001)
  4. Research associate at IIT Kanpur, India with Prof. V. K. Singh (Sep. 1999 – Mar. 2000)

PROFESSIONAL POSITION HELD (IIT MADRAS)

  1. Professor, Department of Chemistry ( July 2014- till date )
  2. Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry ( June 2010 – July 2014 )
  3. Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry ( Dec 2004 – May 2010)

AWARDS AND HONOURS

  • Mid-Career Research & Development Award (IRDA-2017) by IIT Madras
  • Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI)  council member (April 1, 2017 – 31.3.2020)
  • Exploratory research project (ERP-2017) by IC&SR, IIT Madras
  • CRSI Bronze Medal-2015
  • Member, Tamil Nadu’s “State Crisis Group” for “management of chemical accidents” (from August, 2013 – till date)
  • AvH Foundation Equipment Award (2009)
  • Editorial board member of “ISRN Organic Chemistry”( Hindawi’s open access, peer-reviwed journal; 2009 -13)
  • Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (AvH), Germany (July 2001 – December 2002)
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan (April 2000 – June 2001)
  • DST Fast Track Research Project for young Scientist (2005-2008), this project was rated as “Excellent” by DST expert committee
  • For three consecutive years (2010-2012) my Pd.D students got “Eli Lilly and company Asia Outstanding Thesis Award”
  • SSLC-School Topper; HSC-Branch topper; B.Sc-College topper

RESEARCH GUIDANCE

Ph.D. students (Awarded):  16
Ph.D. students (on-going): 12

M. Sc. students (Awarded):  20
M.Sc. students(on-going):

RESEARCH PAPERS PUBLISHED: 96

TEACHING EXPERIENCE  (in IIT MADRAS)
Ph. D. Courses
  1. CY 734:Modern Concepts in Organic Synthesis

M.Sc. Courses

  1. CY 674/CY6106: Organometallic Chemistry for Organic Synthesis
  2. CY 605/CY6013:  Synthetic methodology
  3. CY 551: Advanced Organic Chemistry of Multiple Bonds
  4. CY 505/CY5013: Stereochemistry, Reaction Mechanisms and Aromaticity
  5. CY 511: M.Sc. Organic Practicals I
  6. CY 562: Organic Chemistry Practicals II

 B.Tech. Courses

  1. CY 202: Chemistry IV (Industrial Organic Chemistry)
  2. CY 102/CY1001: Chemistry II (Organic Chemistry)
  3. CY 103/CY1002: B. Tech. Chemistry  Laboratory Course

Preparatory Courses

  1. Preparatory Course – Organic Chemistry I
  2. Preparatory Course – Organic Chemistry II
  3. Preparatory Course – Laboratory Course

DETAILS OF RESEARCH PROJECTS (Completed/ On-Going)

1. IIT Madras funded new faculty scheme (Completed)
Title: Oxidative Kinetic Resolution
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years (09-03-2005 to 08-03-2007)
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 5, 00 ,000

2. DST SERC FAST TRACK Research Project (Completed)
This project was rated as “Excellent” by DST expert committee.
Title: Enantioselective Oxidative Kinetic Resolution: Asymmetric Version of Corey-Kim Oxidation and Swern Oxidation
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years (22-3-2005 to 212-3-2008)
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 11, 34, 000 (including institute overhead)

3. CSIR Sponsored Project (Completed)
Title: Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor FR225659
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years (29.3. 2006 to 28.3. 2009)
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 10,46,000

4. DST Sponsored Research Project (Completed)
Title: Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Anti-HIV Michellamines A, B & C and their Unnatural Isomers by Asymmetric Ullmann Coupling
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years (04.09.2008 – 03.09.2011)
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 39, 90,000 (including institute overhead)

5. AvH Foundation, Germany: Under Equipment Grant (completed)
Title: Asymmetric Oxidatation and Reduction Reactions:
Enantioselective Oppenauer Oxidation and MPV Reduction
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar
Duration: 1 year (19.11.2009 – 18.11.2010)
Total fund Allotted: Euro 19,778

6. CSIR Sponsored Project (completed)
Title: Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Isokotanin-A, Kotanin and Desertorin-C Natural Products through Catalytic, Enantioselective Oxidative Coupling
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 23,50,000

7. DST Nano Mission Sponsored Research Project (On-Going)
Title: Design, Synthesis and Application of New Classes of Easily Recoverable and Reusable Transition Metal Nanocatalysts: An Extension to Asymmetric Synthesis
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years (30.10.2013-20.10.2016)
Total fund Allotted: ~ Rs. 49,40,000

8. DST Sponsored Research Project (Approved)
Title: Iron-Catalyzed C-H Functionalization and C-N Bond Formation through Controlled Carbon and Nitrogen Radicals: Application in Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Compounds
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 3 years
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 53,00,000

9. DST Sponsored Research Project (Approved; Project No.: TET_09_IN_DST_KFI) under Indo-Hungarian Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology
Title: Development and application of high-performance palladium and copper catalysators in the domino synthesis of condensed polyheterocycles
Investigator: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 2 years
Total fund Allotted: Yet to be known

DETAILS OF RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT UNDER MY GUIDANCE (Completed/ On-Going)

10.  IIT Madras-Ph.D. students innovative project (Completed)
Title: Synthesis of highly important optically active alcohols through copper catalyzed marko oxidation

Student: Mr. E.A. Jaseer
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 09-06-2006 to 08-07-2007 (1 year)
Total fund Allotted: Rs. 2,00,000

11.  DST SERC FAST TRACK Research Project (Completed)
Title: Synthesis, resolution, stereochemistry and computational study

Student/Postdoctoral scholar: Dr. E. Poonguzhali
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 07-07-2009 To 06-01-2013 (3 years)
Total fund Allotted: Rs.23,22,000

12.  DST SERC FAST TRACK Research Project (on-going)
Title: Novel copper catalyzed domino oxidative CO-insertion/C-H functionalization: Total synthesis

Student/Postdoctoral scholar: Dr. Rajesh Kumar
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 27-11-2014 To 26-11-2017 (3 years)
Total fund Allotted: Rs.25,00,000

13. DST SERC FAST TRACK Research Project (on-going)
Title: Design and synthesis of new chiral catalysts for enantioselective 1,2-diamine synthesis

Student/Postdoctoral scholar: Dr. Rajesh Kumar
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sekar, IIT Madras
Duration: 22-09-2015 To 21-09-2018 (3 years)
Total fund Allotted: Rs.32,00,000

 

INVITED/GUEST LECTURES

67. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction (Keynote address), International Conferenc on SOPHISTICATED INSTRUMENTS IN MODERN RESEARCH  (ICSIMR – 2017), 30th June & 1st July, 2017, IIT  Guwahati.

66. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, 16th  June, 2017, Dept. of Chemistry, BITS Pilani, India

65. Chiral Nanocatalysts for asymmetric synthesis, Summer Training Programme in Chemistry (STPIC-2017), June 2, 2017, School of chemical sciences, University of Madras, Chennai.

64. Asymmetric Synthesis, Summer Training Programme in Chemistry (STPIC-2017), June 2, 2017, School of chemical sciences, University of Madras, Chennai.

63. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, Guest lecture, May 22, 2017, Dept. of Chemistry, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India

62. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction,  Guest lecture, May 10, 2017, Dept. of Chemistry, VIT Vellore, TN, India.

61. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction,  Guest lecture, May 5, 2017, Dept. of Chemical Sciences, IISER Mohali, India

60. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, March 24, 2017, Dept. of Chemistry, Central University of Tamilnadu, Thiruvarur, TN, India

59. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, International Conference on Recent Trends of Chemical & Biological Sciences in Medicine, Natural Product and Drug Discovery (ICRTCBSMNPDD)-2017, March 3-5, 2017, P. G. Dept. of Chemistry, Berhampur University, Odisha, India.

58. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, UGC sponsored national seminar on Green Chemistry for Environmental Sustainability, February 7, 2017, Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Cochin

57. Catalysts, Lecture-IX, DST-INSPIRE Science Internship Programme for XI students, 2.02.2017, Department of Chemistry, School of Basic Sciences, Vels University, Chennai

56. Metal Nanoparticles Stabilized by Metal-Carbon Covalent Bonds: An Efficient and Reusable Nanocatalyst, Joint IIT Madras – University of Manchester Catalysis Workshop 23rd – 25th January 2017, ICSR Auditorium: Hall I, IIT Madras, Chennai

55. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, School of Chemistry, Hyderabad Central University, 8th December 2016.

54. Chiral catalysts; 15th orientation program on catalysis; Dec. 2, 2016; NCCR, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras

53. Chiral nanocatalysts; 15th orientation program catalysis; Dec. 2, 2016; NCCR, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras

52. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, Department of Organic Chemistry IISER Bhopal, 3rd November 2016

51. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols by Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, Department of Organic Chemistry IISc Bangalore, 21st October, 2016

50. Asymmetric Synthesis, Colloquium on Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry: Recent Trends Kottayam, Kerala July 29 -31, 2016

49. Metal Nanoparticles as Efficient and Reusable Nanocatalysts, Colloquium on Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry: Recent Trends Kottayam, Kerala, July 29 -31, 2016

48. Chiral Nano-catalysts, Science City Chennai sponsored Workshop for M.Sc. students, June 30, 2016, School of chemical sciences, University of Madras, Chennai.

47. Asymmetric Synthesis, Science City Chennai sponsored Workshop for M.Sc. students, June 30, 2016, School of chemical sciences, University of Madras, Chennai.

46. Synthesis of Chiral Alcohols Through Enantioselective Oxidation and Reduction, Recent Trends in Organic Chemistry (RTOG-2016), (On the Occasion of Prof. P. Rajakumar’s 60th Birthday Celebrations), 10th May, 2016, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai.

45. Influence of Chirality in Drug Activity, special lecture (Key-note lecture) at UGC Sponsored one day National Level Seminar on Moden Trends in Chemical Sciences (SMTCS-2016), Dept. of Chemistry, Govt. Arts College, Nandanam, Chennai-35, 29th Jan. 2016.

44. Chiral Nanocatalysts, REFRESHER COURSE IN CHEMISTRY, Academic Staff College, University of Madras October 28, 2015

43. Chiral Catalysts, REFRESHER COURSE IN CHEMISTRY, Academic Staff College, University of Madras October 28, 2015

42. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, National Seminar on Recent Advances in Chemistry August 13, 2015; Kandaswami Kandar’s College, Velur, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

41. Metal Nanoparticles Stabilized by Metal-Carbon Covalent Bonds: An Efficient and Reusable Nanocatalyst, CiHS-2014, 12th August 2015, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras

40. Metal Nanoparticles Stabilized by Metal-Carbon Covalent Bonds:An Efficient and Reusable Nanocatalyst, CRSI BRONZE medal Lecture; 10th Mid-Year CRSI Symposium in Chemistry JULY 23-25, 2015; Dept. of Chemistry, NIT Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.

39. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, 16th July, 2015, Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad

38. Chiral Green Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, Key-note lecture at 2nd National Seminar on the Concepts of Green Chemistry (NSCGC’15), Department of Chemistry, SRM-Valliammai Engineering College, Kattankulathur, Chennai.

37. Chiral catalysts; 15th orientation program; Dec. 8, 2014; NCCR, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras

36. Chiral nanocatalysts; 15th orientation program; Dec. 8, 2014; NCCR, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT M

35. Influence of Chirality in Drug Activity,KSCSTE’s Colloquium/Seminar on Organic- and Bioorganic-chemistry, July 18-20, 2014, SRIBS, Kottayam, Kerala

34. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis; One Day National Seminar on “Catalysis and Catalyzed Reactions” 28th March, 2014, School of Chemistry, MKU, Madurai

33. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur, March 14, 2014

32. Non-enzymatic Kinetic Resolution;WCRI2K13; December 17-20, 2013; St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala

31. Nature Inspired Green Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis; Industrial Green Chemistry World – 2013(Green Catalysts);6, 7, 8 December, 2013; Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai, INDIA

32. Advances in Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis; Chiral India 2013; 14 & 15 November, 2013; Mumbai, INDIA

29. Design, Synthesis and Application of Metal Nanocatalysts Stabilized Covalent Bond; National Symposium on “Frontiers in Organic Chemistry”; (On the Occasion of Prof. M. Periasamy’s 60th Birthday Celebrations); School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad; October 11–12, 2013

28. Chiral Catalysts in Asymmetric Synthesis; Refresher Course in Chemistry; August 28, 2013; UGC-Academic Staff College; University of Hyderabad

27. Chiral Catalysts in Non-enzymatic Kinetic Resolutions; Refresher Course in Chemistry; August 28, 2013; UGC-Academic Staff College; University of Hyderabad

26. Influence of Chirality in Drug Activity, National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Chemistry, March 15, 2013, AVS College of Arts and Science, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

25. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Activated Alcohols, IFCOS -VIII, April 1 – 3, 2013, Goa

24. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, 1st February, 2013, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad

23. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Activated Alcohols, CHENNAI CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE – 2013

22. Influence of Chirality in Drug Activity, 14th September, 2012, Dept. of Chemistry, Hindustan University, Padur, Chennai.

21. A National Seminar on Recent Trends in Chemistry, CLRI, Chennai, February 8 – 10, 2013.

20. Nature Inspired Chiral Green Catalysts for Aerobic Oxidation of Racemic Alcohols, 2012 TWAS-ROESEAP-GCE Symposium on Frontier in Chemical Engineering, July 27-31, 2012, Beijing, China

19. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, 2nd April, 2012, Dept. of Chemical Sciences, IISER Bhopal

18. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, Current Trends in Chemistry, 16th March, 2012, Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry University

17. Coupling Reactions: From Nobel Success to Modern Trends, Lecture Workshop on “Modern Trends in Chemistry” March 6 & 7, 2012, Department of Chemistry, St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India

16. Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols by Asymmetric Synthesis, Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols by Asymmetric Synthesis, Lecture Workshop on “Modern Trends in Chemistry” March 6 & 7, 2012, Department of Chemistry, St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India

15. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols, INDIGO – Ph.D Research Conference and Intensive Course, February 12th-16th, 2012 , Chennai, INDIA

14. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols, 14th CRSI-NSC and 6th CRSI-RSC symposium in Chemistry, February 2nd to 5th, 2012, NIIST & IISER Trivandrum, INDIA

13. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols, Frontiers of Chemistry – An Endo-European-Singapore Symposium, November 10-13, 2011, NISER Bhubaneswar

12. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiomerically Enriched Alcohols, Horizon-2011, NIT Trichy, 22nd Oct, 2011

11. Modern Trends in Chemistry, Guest Lecturer in Department of Chemistry, Vels University, Chennai, 30th November, 2011.

10. New Chiral Metal Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis, Chemistry in-house Symposium-2011, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madear, 24th August 2011.

9. Cu-BINAM Complex as an Efficient Catalyst for Organic Synthesis, Dept. of Organic Chemistry, University of Madras, 27th Jan. 2011.

8. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiopure Alcohols, NOST – XIV Organic Chemistry Conference – 2010, Goa, Dec. 5-8, 2010

7. Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling in Organic Synthesis, Science Club (115th Meet), IIT Madras, November 13, 2010

6. Galactose Oxidase Enzyme Inspired Chiral Catalysts for the Synthesis of Enantiopure Alcohols, ICBP-2010, IICT Hyderabad, Sep. 21-24, 2010

5. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysis for Aerobic Oxidative Kinetic Resolution ff Racemic Alcohols, NCGSC-2010, BITS Pilani, Feb. 19-21, 2010

4. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysis for Asymmetric Synthesis, University of Nottingham, UK, September 15, 2009

3. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysis for Asymmetric Synthesis, Loughborough University, UK, September 14, 2009

2. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysis for Oxidative Kinetic Resolution of Alcohols, Gregynog Conference, University of Wales, UK, September 11-13, 2009

1. Nature Inspired Chiral Catalysis for Asymmetric Synthesis, BITS Pilani, April 25, 2009

Citation Summary and H-index : 26 (as on 22nd Feb 2017)

Scopus-Sekar_ Govindasamy-hIndex

Scopus-Sekar_ Govindasamy-Documents-Sources

Scopus-Sekar_ Govindasamy-Citations

Scopus ID: 6602184820 (Link)