Assistant Professor

Dr. Namitharan

Department of Chemistry


  1. New Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry
  2. Development of New Catalytic Reactions
  3. Heterogeneous Catalysis



Madura College


Madurai Kamaraj University


Madurai Kamaraj University


  • July 2017 - Present, Assistant Professor, SRM University-AP, Amaravati, India.
  • 2015 - 2017, Assistant Professor, SRM University, Chennai, India.
  • 2014 - 2015, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ohio State University, USA.
  • 2012 - 2014, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Research Interest

  • Our research group focus on the development of new synthetic methodologies, applicable solution of complex molecules synthesis, including transition-metal free organic synthesis. Other goals include the development of heterogeneous catalysts for selective organic transformations.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2015 - DST-INSPIRE Faculty Award – Department of Science and Technology, DST (Total worth of 90 Lakh rupees)
  • 2014 – NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ohio State University, United States
  • 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship(NRF-NTU), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2009 - Senior Research Fellowship Awarded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India
  • 2007 - Junior Research Fellowship Awarded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India


  • Memberships in professional associations to be listed


  • Transition-Metal-Free In Situ Generation of Terminal Alkenes: Synthesis of Multisubstituted Acrylamidines via Tandem sp3 C−H Olefination/sp2 C−H Arylation Reactions - R. Pothikumar, C. Sujatha and K. Namitharan* ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 7783-7787; (I.F.: 10.6).
  • Copper Catalyzed Sulfonyl Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Reactions: Simultaneous Generation and Trapping of Copper-Triazoles and -Ketenimines for the synthesis of Triazolopyrimidines - N. Madhu and K. Namitharan* Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 3536-3539; (I.F.: 6.7).
  • Anisotropic noble metal nanoparticles: Synthesis, surface functionalization and applications in biosensing, bioimaging, drug delivery and theranostics (Review article) - P. Gokul, K. Namitharan, M. R. Arul, K. S. Ashok, S. Anandhakumar Acta Biomaterialia 2017, 49, 45; (I.F.: 6.1).
  • Copper(I)–Y zeolite catalyzed N-sulfonylketenimine mediated annulation of hydroxynaphthoquinones; syntheses of naphtho[2,1-b]furan-2,5-diones and benzo[de]chromene-2,6-diones - D. Ramanathan, K. Namitharan and K. Pitchumani Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 8436; (I.F.: 6.6).

Publications Before Joining SRM University

  • Metal and Carbene Organocatalytic Relay Activation of Alkynes for Stereoselective Reactions - K. Namitharan, T.  Zhu, J. Cheng, P. Zheng, X. Li, S. Yang, B.-A. Song and Y. R. Chi. Nat. Commun. 2014, 5, 3982; (I.F.: 11.3).
  • Copper(I) Catalyzed (3+2)/(4+2) Cycloaddition-Aromataization Cascade: An Unprecedented Chemo/Stereoselective Three Component Reaction of Sulfonyl Azides, Alkynes and N-arylidene-pyridin-2-amines to pyrido[1,2-a]pyirimidin-4-imines - K. Namitharan and K. Pitchumani, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2013, 355, 93; (I.F.: 6.5).
  • Cascade Synthesis of bis-N-sulfonylcyclobutenes via Cu(I)/Lewis Acid-Catalyzed (3+2)/(2+2) Cycloadditions: Observation of Enhanced Emission from Restricted C=N Photoisomerization - K. Namitharan and K. Pitchumani, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 2937; (I.F.: 3.6).
  • Copper(I)-Catalyzed Three Component Reaction of Sulfonyl Azide, Alkyne, and Nitrone Cycloaddition/Rearrangement Cascades: A Novel One-Step Synthesis of Imidazolidin-4-ones - K. Namitharan and K. Pitchumani, Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 5728; (I.F.: 6.7).
  • Nickel-Catalyzed Solvent-Free Three Component Coupling of Aldehyde, Alkyne and Amine - K. Namitharan and K. Pitchumani, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 411; (I.F.: 3.1).
  • Cu(II)-Hydrotalcite as an Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Huisgen [3+2]   Cycloaddition - K. Namitharan, M. Kumarraja and K. Pitchumani, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 2755; (I.F.: 5.8).

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