Assistant Professor



Venkatakrishnan hails from Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. He did his B. Sc Chemistry in MDT Hindu College, Tirunelveli and proceeded to NIT Trichy for pursuing his M. Sc in Applied Chemistry. He then moved to IIT Kanpur for carrying out his Ph. D in organic materials for application in OLED and photochromic lenses. After 5 years of postdoctoral experience in France and Alberta, he joined the Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras as an Assistant Professor. His hobbies are listening to music, painting and photography. 


  • 2007 - Ph. D from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • 1999 - M. Sc (Applied Chemistry) from NIT Trichy, Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu
  • 1997 - B. Sc (Chemistry) from the MDT Hindu College, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Research Interests

  • Molecular Switches and Sensors
  • Organic electronics, Macrocyclic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry and Photochemistry

Representative Publications

   Oxidative Coupling of Carbazoles: A Substituent-Governed Regioselectivity Profile. Mallick, S.; Maddala, S.; Kollimalayan, K.; Venkatakrishnan, P. JOrg. Chem. 2019, 84, 73.

    Coumarin[4]arenes: A Fluorescent Macrocycle. Pawan, K.; Venkatakrishnan, P. Org Lett. 2018, 20, 1295.

   Bigger and Brighter Fluorenes: Facile π-Expansion, Brilliant Emission and Sensing of Nitroaromatics. Ramakrishna, J.; Venkatakrishnan, P. ChemAsian J., 2017, 12, 181.

    Metal-Free Oxidative C-C coupling of Arylamines Using a Quinone-Based Organic Oxidant. Sudhakar, M.; Sudesh, M.; Venkatakrishnan, P. JOrg. Chem. 2017, 82, 8958.

    Combination of Cyanine Behavior and Giant Hyperpolarizability β in Novel Merocyanine Dyes: Beyond the BLA Paradigm. Venkatakrishnan, P.; Pandey, R.; Stolte, M.; Ghosh, S.; Wurthner, F.; Das, P. K.; Blanchard-Desce, M. ChemEur. J. 2015, 21, 14211.


Assistant Professor
  • CYB 112, Department of Chemistry,
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
  • Chennai - 600036,
  • INDIA.

Honors and Rewards

  • Member of Canadian Society of Chemistry (2012)
  • Received the Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) of CSIR, India in 2005
  • Received the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR, India in 2003
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in 2002
  • Tamil Nadu Government Endowment Prize from the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India (2000) for being topper in MSc

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