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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.
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
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).