Associate Professor



Anbarasan obtained Ph. D on the enantioselective total synthesis of natural product from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with Prof. Kavirayani R. Prasad, in 2007. Subsequently, he held post – doctoral position at Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany as Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Prof. Matthias Beller and the University of California, Berkeley, the USA with Prof. Dean Toste. He joined the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Dec – 2011, where he is currently Associate Professor.


  • 2007 – Ph. D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • 2004 - Masters in chemistry from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  • 2002 - Bachelors in Chemistry from Periyar Arts College, Cuddalore

Research Interests

  • Transannulation of N - heterocycles
  • Trifluoromethyl(thiol)ation
  • Activation and functionalization of strong bonds
  • Synthesis of natural products
  • Conversion of sugar and carbon dioxide to valuable chemicals

Representative Publications

Tandem Rh (II) and Chiral Squaramide Relay Catalysis: Enantioselective Synthesis of Dihydro-β-Carbolines via Insertion to C – H Bond and Aza – Michael Reaction; Rajasekar, S.; Anbarasan, P. Org. Lett. 2019, accepted.

An Electrophilic Trifluoromethylthiolation of Silylenol Ethers and β – Naphthols with Diethylaminosulfur Trifluoride and (Trifluoromethyl) trimethylsilane; Saravanan, P.; Anbarasan, P. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2018, 360, 2894.

Lewis Acid/Brønsted Acid Controlled Pd (II) – Catalysed Chemodivergent Functionalization of C(sp2) – H Bonds with – (Arylthio) i (a) mides; Chaitanya, M.; Anbarasan, P. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3362.

 Stereoselective Palladium – Catalyzed Synthesis of Indolines via Intramolecular Trapping of N – Ylides with Alkenes; Reddy, A. C. S.; Choutipalli, V. S. K.; Ghorai, J.; Subramanian, V.; Anbarasan, P. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 6283.

 Rhodium Catalyzed Diastereoselective Synthesis of 2,2,3,3 – Tetrasubstituted Indolines from – Sulfonyl – 1,2,3-Triazoles and ortho – Vinylanilines; Yadagiri, D.; Reddy, A. C. S.; Anbarasan, P. Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 5934.


Associate Professor
  • CYB 104A, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

  • CRSI - Young Scientist Award, 2019
  • ISCB - Young Scientist Award, 2017
  • NASI - Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award, 2016
  • Institute Research & Development Awards (IRDA), 2015 - 2016
  • Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), 2015
  • Associate Member of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, (2015 - 2018)
  • DAE - Young Scientist Research Award
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award, 2013

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