Visiting Professor

Dr Lakshmi Kantam Mannepalli

Department of Chemistry

  1. Catalysis
  2. Nanotechnology
  3. Green Chemistry



Andhra University
B.Sc. (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology)


Kurukshetra University
M.Sc. Chemistry (Inorganic)


Kurukshetra University
Ph.D. Chemistry


  • Dec 2015 to till date | Professor | Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • April 2015 to Nov 2015 | Professor | Tezpur Central University, Assam
  • April 2013 to Mar 2015 | Director | Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  • May 2006 to Mar 2013 | Scientist G | Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  • May 2001 to April 2006 | Scientist F | Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  • Dec 1994 to April 2001 | Scientist E-I | Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  • Dec 1989 to Nov 1994 | Scientist C | Regional Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
  • Oct 1984 to Nov 1989 | Scientist B | Regional Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
  • April 1983 to Sep 1984 | Postdoc Fellow | Regional Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
  • July 1982 to July1983 | Lecturer | JMJ College for Women, Tenali

Research Interest

  • Design and development of catalytic materials for the synthesis of various chemical intermediates.
  • Application of mesoporous materials, metal organic frame works, mixed oxides, layered double hydroxide derived mixed oxide catalysts, metal ion exchanged clays for conversion of biomass to chemicals, green processes for fine chemicals and bulk chemicals.
  • Process intensification studies by using heterogeneous catalysis for several industrially important processes.
  • Development of clean and economical catalysts and processes to replace traditional catalytic processes

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2018- Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • 2017-Devang Mehta – National Education Award (Women in Education Award)
  • 2016- Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy Sciences
  • 2016-Professor Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture Award , INSA
  • 2016-Asian Paints Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (For leadership in Science, Technology and Education)-CHEMCON-2016
  • 2015- J.C.Bose Fellowship (DST)
  • 2015- Eminent Scientist Award – Catalysis Society of India.
  • 2014- Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy
  • 2013 – Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • 2011- Vasvik Award
  • 2011 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Chemical Society, 2011
  • 2008 – Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2008-till date – Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2008- B.D. Tilak Visiting Fellow, UICT, Mumbai
  • 2007 – RMIT Foundation Fellowship Award, RMIT Uni, Australia
  • 2006- Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademy of Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Editorial Board Member, Chemical Record (TCR), Wiley-VCH.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chemical Sciences, Springer Publishers.
  • Associate Editor, Catalysis in Green Chemistry and Engineering, Begell house


  • Non-Executive Independent Director, Vinati Organics Ltd.( 2019- till date)
  • Non-Executive Independent Director, Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.( 2017- till date)
  • Non-Executive Independent Director, Indo-Amines Ltd.(2017- till date)
  • Member, Board of Governors, IIT-Hyderabad, (2015- till date)
  • Chairman, Department of Science and Technology–PAC ( Inorganic and Physical Chemistry) (2018-2021)
  • Member, Research Advisory Council, GAIL, (2018-2021)
  • Chairperson, Subject Expert Committee, Women Scientists Scheme, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India ( 2010-2016)
  • Member, Department of Science and Technology–PAC ( Inorganic and Physical Chemistry), (2013-2018)
  • Member, Department of Science and Technology-FIST (Chemical Sciences) (2015-till date)
  • Member, Selection Committee, Raja Ramanna Fellowship Scheme, DAE (Department of Atomic Energy)(2013- till date)
  • Member, RAC-DRDO (2015-till date)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee(SAC) on Hydrocarbons of MoP& NG(Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas)( 2013-2017)
  • Member, Research Council, HEMRL(High Energy Materials Research Laboratory), Pune (DRDO)(2015-tilldate)
  • Member, Standing Committee for Promoting Women In Science, Department of Science and Technology (2016-till date)
  • Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad ( 2013-2015)

List of Publications

  • Mannepalli L.K., Gadipelly C., Deshmukh G., Likhar P., Pottabathula S., Advances in C-C Coupling Reactions Catalyzed by Homogeneous Phosphine Free Palladium Catalysts. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, 93 (3), 355-372 (2020).(IF: 4.431 )
  • Shyam Suder R. Gupta, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Catalytic conversion of furfuryl alcohol or levulinic acid into alkyl levulinates using a sulfonic acid-functionalized hafnium-based MOF. Catalysis Communications, 124, 2019, 62-66. (IF: 3.67)
  • Priya S Samudrala, Akhil V Nakhate, Shyam Sunder R Gupta, Kalidas B Rasal, Gunjan P Deshmukh, Chandrakanth R Gadipelly, Srinivas Theegala, Deepa K Dumbre, Selvakannan Periasamy, VR Chary Komandur, Suresh K Bhargava, Lakshmi Kantam Mannepalli. Oxidative coupling of carboxylic acids or benzaldehydes with DMF using hydrotalicite- derived oxide catalysts. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 240, 2019, 348-357. (IF: 14.22)
  • M Lakshmi Kantam, Chandrakanth Gadipelly, Gunjan Deshmukh, K Rajender Reddy, Suresh Bhargava. Copper Catalyzed C‚àí H Activation. The Chemical Record, 19, 2019, 1302. (IF: 5.38)
  • Gajbhiye S.R., Deshmukh G., Vinu A., Mannepalli L.K., Production of p-Cymene by alkylation of toluene with propan-2-ol. Catalysis in Green Chemistry and Engineering 2 (2), (2019).
  • Gadipelly Chandrakanth, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Nano-metal oxides for organic transformations. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 15, 2019, 20-26. (IF: 1.145)
  • Shyam Sunder R. Gupta, Akhil V Nakhate, Gunjan P Deshmukh, Selvakannan Periswamy, Priya S Samudrala, Suresh K Bhargava, and Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Direct synthesis of amides via oxidative coupling of benzyl alcohols or benzylamines with N-substituted formamides using a Cu-Fe based heterogeneous catalyst. Chemistry Select, 3, 29, 2018, 8436-8443. (IF: 1.71)
  • Shyam Suder R. Gupta, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Selective hydrogenation of levulinic acid into Œ≥-valerolactone over Cu-Ni hydrotalcite-derived catalyst. Catalysis Today, 309, 2018, 189. (IF: 4.88)
  • Ganapati D Yadav, M. Lakshmi Kantam, Bhalachandra M Bhanage. Catalysis for Sustainable Development, Peace and Prosperity. Catalysis Today, 309, 2018, 1. (IF: 4.88)
  • Shyam Sunder R Gupta, M. Lakshmi Kantam, Bhalchandra M Bhanage. Shape-selective synthesis of gold nanoparticles and their catalytic activity towards reduction of p- nitroaniline. Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects, 14, 2018, 125.
  • Lakshmi Kantam and Virendra K. Rathod. Recent Trends in the Design and Development of Catalysts and their Applications. Journal of Chemical Sciences, 129, 2017, 1659. (IF: 1.235)
  • Akhil V. Nakhate, Kalidas B. Rasal, Gunjan P. Deshmukh, Shyam Sunder R. Gupta, Chandrakanth R. Gadipelly, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Synthesis of Quinoxaline derivatives from terminal alkynes and o-phenylenediamine by using copper alumina catalyst. Journal of Chemical Sciences, 129, 2017, 11. (IF: 1.235)
  • Shyam Suder R. Gupta, Akhil V. Nakhate, Kalidas B. Rasal, Gunjan P. Deshmukh, and Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Oxidative amidation of aldehydes with N-substituted formamides by using Co-Al hydrotalcite-derived mixed metal oxides. New Journal of Chemistry, 41, 2017, 15268. (IF: 3.086)
  • Akondi, A. M., Sowmya, M., Kantam, M. L., Trivedi, R., Raju Chowahan, L., Amitava Das. An expedient microwave assisted regio- and stereoselective synthesis of spiroquinoxaline pyrrolizine derivatives and their AChE inhibitory activity. New Journal of Chemistry, 41, 2017, 873-878. (IF: 3.086)
  • Ganapati D. Yadav, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam, Bhalchandra M. Bhanage, Bala Subramania. Advances in Catalysis for Sustainable Development Special Issue. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 5, 2017, 3597-3597. (IF: 5.267)
  • Reddy P. V., Likhar, P., Annapurna, M., Bhargava, S. K., Kantam M. L. Carboxyamido/carbene ligated palladium(II) complex: A versatile catalyst for the synthesis of aryl-substitute. Polyhedron, 120, 2016, 150-153. (IF: 1.973)
  • Shanthi Priya, S., Bhanuchander, P., Kumar,V. P., Deepa K. Dumbre, Selvakannan R. P., Bhargava, S. K., Kantam M. L., Chary, K.V. R. Platinum Supported on H-Mordenite: A Highly Efficient Catalyst for Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to 1,3-Propanediol. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 4, 2016, 1212‚àí1222. (IF: 5.267)
  • Rao, K. S., Ramesh, P., Trivedi, R., Kantam, M. L. Chiral squaramide catalyzed synthesis of C4 substituted chiral pyrazol-3-ol derivatives via a facile asymmetric Michael addition of 3-methyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one to √ü-nitrostyrenes. Tetrahedron Letters 57, 2016, 1227- 1231. (IF: 2.212)
  • Sudhakar, M., Naresh, G., Rambabu, G., Anjaneyulu, C., Padmasri, A.H., Kantam, M.L., Venugopal A., Crude bio-glycerol as a hydrogen source for the selective hydrogenation of aromatic nitro compounds over Ru/MgLaO catalyst. Catalysis Communications, 74, 2016, 91-94. (IF: 3.699)
  • Sudhakar, M., Naresh, G., Rambabu, G., Anjaneyulu, C., Padmasri, A.H., Kantam, M.L., Venugopal, A., Vapor phase hydrogenation of aqueous levulinic acid over hydroxyapatite supported metal (M=Pd, Pt, Ru, Cu, Ni) catalysts. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 180, 2016, 113-120. (IF: 14.229)
  • Akondi, A.M., Kantam, M.L., Trivedi, R., Bharatam, J., Vemulapalli, S.P.B., Bhargava, S.K., Buddana, S.K., Prakasham, R.S., Ce/SiO2 composite as an efficient catalyst for the multicomponent one-pot synthesis of substituted pyrazolones in aqueous media and their antimicrobial activities. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 411, 2016, 325- 336. (IF: 3.615)
  • M. Lakshmi Kantam. Challenges and opportunities in Indian Science: My experiences. ACS, Symposium Series, 1195, 2015, 373-383.
  • K Raveendranath Reddy, D Venkanna, M Lakshmi Kantam, SK Bhargava. SnO2-SiO2 Mesoporous Composite: A Very Active Catalyst for Regioselective Synthesis of Aromatic Ketones with Unusual Catalytic Behavior. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 54 (28), 2015, 7005-7013. (IF: 3.375)
  • Priya, S.S., Kumar, V.P., Kantam, M.L., Bhargava, S.K., Srikanth, A., Chary, K.V.R. High Efficiency Conversion of Glycerol to 1,3-Propanediol Using a Novel Platinum-Tungsten Catalyst Supported on SBA-15. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 54 (37), 2015, 9104-9115. (IF: 3.375)
  • Priya, S.S., Kumar, V.P., Kantam, M.L., Bhargava, S.K., Periasamy, S., Chary, K.V.R. Metal- acid bifunctional catalysts for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol under atmospheric pressure: A highly selective route to produce propanols. Applied Catalysis A: General, 498, 2015, 88-98. (IF: 4.6)
  • PV Reddy, M Annapurna, P Srinivas, PR Likhar, ML Kantam. Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide-stabilized palladium (0): an efficient and reusable catalyst for synthesis of N-(2- pyridyl) indoles. New Journal of Chemistry, 39 (5), 2015, 3399-3404. (IF: 3.086)
  • Ramineni Kishore, Jagjit Yadav, Boosa Venu, Akula Venugopal, and M. Lakshmi Kantam Pd(II)/Mg-La mixed oxide catalyst for cyanation of aryl C-H bonds and tandem Suzuki cyanation reactions. New Journal of Chemistry, 39, 2015. 5259-5264; (IF: 3.086)
  • Kishore Ramineni, Shanthi Priya Samudrala, Sudhakar Medak, Venu Boosa, Venugopal Akula, Jagjit Yadav and M Lakshmi Kantam. Synthesis of fluorenones by using Pd(II)/Mg- La mixed oxide catalyst. Catalysis Science and Technology, 5(6), 2015, 3363-3367. (IF: 5.426)
  • T Parsharamulu, PV Reddy, PR Likhar, M Lakshmi Kantam. Dehydrogenative and decarboxylative C-H alkynylation of heteroarenes catalyzed by Pd (II)-carbene complex Tetrahedron, 7(13), 2015, 1975-1981. (IF: 2.379)
  • Manne Annapurna, T. Parsharamulu, P. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, M. Suresh, Pravin R. Likhar and Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam. Nano palladium supported on high-surface-area metal-organic framework MIL-101: an efficient catalyst for Sonogashira coupling of aryl and heteroaryl bromides with alkynes Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 29, 4, 2015, 234-239. (IF: 2.248)
  • Srinivasu, Pavuluri; Venkanna, Dupati; Kantam, Mannepalli Lakshmi. Ordered Hexagonal Mesoporous Aluminosilicates and their Application in Ligand-Free Synthesis of Secondary Amines. ChemCatChem, 7, 5, 2015, 747-751. (IF: 4.556)
  • Nagireddy Veera Reddy, Pailla Santhosh Kumar, Peddi Sudhir Reddy, Mannepalli Lakshmi Kantam and Kallu Rajender Reddy. Synthesis of unsymmetrical phenylurea derivatives via oxidative cross coupling of aryl formamides with amines under metal-free conditions New Journal of Chemistry, 39, 2, 2015, 805-809. (IF: 3.086)
  • Rao, Kadiyala Srinivasa; Trivedi, Rajiv; Kantam, M. Lakshmi. Ferrocene Analogues of Hydrogen-Bond-Donor Catalysts: An Investigative Study on Asymmetric Michael Addition of 1,3-Dicarbonyl Compounds to Nitroalkenes. Synlett, 26, 2, 2015, 221-227. (IF: 2.419)

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