• Email: nnmurthy@iitm.ac.in
  • Phone: +91-44-2257-4225
  • Address: CYB 250A, Department of Chemistry


Chemistry in the Murthy group is at the interface of inorganic, bio-inorganic chemistry and inorganic spectroscopy. The group is mainly interested in development of transition metal complexes that are interesting and exhibit unusual structures, spectroscopy and chemical reactivity similar to the active-sites of copper, iron, nickel or cobalt metalloproteins. He employs a variety of characterization methods, Uv-Vis-NIR, paramagnetic proton NMR, EPR, including X-ray crystallography, electrochemistry, and magnetism.

Murthy earned an MSc degree in chemistry from Manasagangotri, Mysore, and a Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he worked under the direction of Prof. A.G. Samuelson. As a post-doctoral fellow for two years in the laboratories of Prof. Ken Karlin, at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., he worked on bioinorganic chemistry of copper/O2 complexes. After serving as a research staff at the same institution for four years, he joined IIT Madras in August 1997. He has passion for teaching. Taught several courses: inorganic chemistry, inorganic-spectroscopy, bioinorganic and inorganic lab for M.Sc. and basic chemistry for engineering students. Taught an advanced inorganic chemistry course for undergraduate seniors at the Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A. during his sabbatical visit.

  • 1990 – Ph. D from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • 1983 – M. Sc in Chemistry from Mysore University, Manasagangotri, Mysore
  • 1981 – B. Sc from Yuvaraja’s College, Mysore


  • J.C. Ghosh medal for best Ph.D. thesis, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • Invention of the year award for developing copper complexes as anti-cancer agents, for collaborative work between Johns Hopkins Univ., Univ. of Maryland College Park and IIT Madras.