Major Research Projects


Minor research projects Completed

  Mr. Jenish Paul : Glass fibre reinforced epoxidised siloxane modified epoxy system for high strength applications

Ms. Smitha Roy-Isolation of chitin and its interaction studies with organic dyes (Computational and Experimental)

Dr. Simi Pushpan.K  – Synthesis and Characterization of Selected Previleged Structure bearing Dipyrromethanes

Ph.D theses Submitted:

Under the supervision of Dr. A Benny Cherian, former Principal and Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry two students completed their Ph.D


Ms. Manjusha Hariharan defended her thesis titled “Nanocomposites based on toughened unsaturated polyester resin’’ January 14, 2020

Ms. Neethumol Varghese defended her thesis titled  ” “Nano composites based on toughened epoxy resin” on 23rd July, 2020

List of Publications

Department of Chemistry( Journal / Book/ Patent Publications)

  1. Amphiphilic Block Co Polymers: From Synthesis including Living Polymerisation Methods to Application in Drug Delivery.  Aravind Krishnan, Smitha Roy, Sajith Menon,  European Polymer Journal, 2022, in press
  2. Book Chapter: Ruthenium Complexes in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: Experimental and Theoretical Perspective, Smitha Roy, Bebeto G Nair, Aravind Krishnan,  Photosensitizers and their applications, 2022,chapter ID 76416, Nova Publication, Book ID20980
  3. Book Chapter : Chapter 13 “Biomedical Applications of Porphyrin Nanohybrids”. In: Gopi, S., Balakrishnan, P., Mubarak, N.M. (eds) Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications. Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials. Simi Pushpan, K., Nair, A.B. 2022, 333-350, Springer, Singapore. Print ISBN:978-981-16-7482-2; Online ISBN:978-981-16-7483-9,
  4. An Assessment of water quality in river Periyar, Kerala, Diya Sabu, Ahsana T S, Aiswarya T R, Devika K M, Akhil Yohannan, Dinesh Sankar, Minu Joys 2021, Carmel Blaze, 13(1),166-187, ISSN-2349-0217
  5. Exploiting the extracts of Moringa Oleifera plant for the green synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanoparticles, Aparna M Roy, Arjun Dileep, Ashkar Ali B, Neethumol Varghese 2021, Carmel Blaze, 13(1),150-165, ISSN-2349-0217
  6. Locard’s Exchange Principle : In search of hidden evidence in forensic science. Abhiramy Suresh and Ajalesh B nair. 2021, Carmel Blaze, 13(1), 01-11, ISSN-2349-0217
  7. A comparative study of mechanical, dynamic mechanical and thermal properties of rice husk ash, modified rice husk ash and nano silica filled epoxy composites, E. P. Ayswarya, Ajalesh B. Nair, Eby ThomasThachil, Materials Today: Proceedings ; Part of special issue:International Conference on Sustainable materials, Manufacturing and Renewable Technologies 2021 Edited by Basil Kuriachen, C.R. Rejeesh, 2021, 47(2), 5351-5357. ISSN 2214-7853,
  8.  “HYDROTHERMAL SYNTHESIS OF NANO-TIO2 PHOTOCATALYST AND ITS CHARACTERIZATION”,  Vidya Francis,Ayswarya E.P,Ajalesh B Nair,Eby Thomas Thachil, 2021, 9(6), f657-f664, ISSN:2320-2882,
  9. Electron transfer study on newly synthesized Ti(IV)/Zr(IV) complexes of amide and oxime functionality: A pulse radiolytic and theoretical revelation, Raji Thomas, Densely Jose, Nelson Joseph P, R.T.Pardasani & T. Mukherjee, 2021, Indian Journal of Chemistry A, 60A(03), 361-369. ISSN : 0376-4710 ; EISSN: 0975-0975,
  10. Perceptions about the Mechanical and Morphological Performance of Nano Chitosan/Ctbn/Dgeba Ternary Nanocomposites, Neethumol Varghese, Minu Joys , Ajalesh B. Nair, International Journal of All Research Education and Scientific Methods (IJARESM), 2021, 9(3), 615-622, ISSN: 2455-6211,
  11. Book Chapter: Neethumol Varghese, Tania Francis, Meril Shelly, Ajalesh B NairNanocomposites of Polymer Matrices:  Nano scale processing (Chapter 16). Nanoscale Processing, Book : Editor(s): Sabu Thomas, Preetha Balakrishnan, In Micro and Nano Technologies, Nanoscale Processing,Elsevier, 2021 , ISBN 978-0-12-820569-3,
  12. Book Chapter: Neena George, Ajalesh B Nair, Neethumol Varghese and Rani Joseph, Utilization of carbon allotropes with special reference to carbon nanotubes and graphene for the high performance of natural rubber ,Editor(s): Shinzo Kohjiya, Yuko Ikeda, Chemistry, Manufacture, and Application of Natural Rubber (Second Edition) In Woodhead Publishing in Materials (Elsevier), 2021, 203-246. ISBN: 978-0-12-818843-9.
  13. Sajith Menon, Aravind Krishnan, Smitha Roy, Anthracene based photo-tunable polymers with excimer emission, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 2021,406, 112990,ISSN 1010-6030. IF: 4.291
  14. Sajith Menon, Aravind Krishnan, T. E Jose, Smitha Roy, “UV-Responsive Glycosomes as Frameworks for FRET: The Quest for Bio-Inspired Energy Transfer Systems”Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 2021. 405, 112927. ISSN 1010-6030,  IF: 4.291
  15. “Properties of nanoceria particles: Comparison among thermal and microwave mediated synthesis” Manju Kurian and Minu Joys , AIP Conference Proceedings 2020,  2263, 060008 , ISSN: 1551-7616, Doi: 10.1063/5.0017550
  16. “Tuning Aqueous Supramolecular Polymerization by an Acid‐responsive Conformational Switch”Dr. Christina Rest , Dr. Divya Susan Philips , Torsten Dünnebacke , Dr. Papri Sutar , Dr. Angel Sampedro , Jörn Droste , Dr. Vladimir Stepanenko , Prof. Dr. Michael Ryan Hansen, Dr. Rodrigo Q. Albuquerque , Prof. Dr. Gustavo Fernández Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 10005-10013. ISSN:1521-3765  IF: 5.236  DOI: 10.1002/chem.202001566
  17. Diketopyrrolopyrrole-based Functional Supramolecular Polymers: Next Generation Materials for Optoelectronic Applications, Samrat Ghosh, Sreejith Shankar, Divya Susan Philips, Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh , 2020, Material Today Chemistry, 16, 100242. ISSN: 24685194, 10.1016/j.mtchem.2020.100242. IF: 8.301
  18. Neethumol Varghese, Manjusha Hariharan, Premjith.U.P, Dr. A. Benny Cherian,  “ Inquisition on the mechanical and morphological characterization of nano Mn3O4 oxide spinel/DGEBA nanocomposites”, International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews (IJRAR), 2020, 7(1),345-351. E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138
  19. ” Interplay between H-Bonding and Preorganization in the Evolution of Self-Assembled Systems” Divya S. Philips  Kalathil K. Kartha,  Antiope T. Politi  Timo Krüger, Rodrigo Q. Albuquerque, Gustavo Fernández Angew Chem Int Ed Engl., 2019;58(14):4732-4736,,  ISSN: 1433-7851, IF:15.34
  20. “Ageing Studies on Diglycidyl Ether of Bis-phenol A Resin Modified by Epoxy Cresol Novolacs “Jenish Paul and Eby Thomas Thachil  International Journal of Scientific Research and Reviews 2019, 8(1), 2680-2686
  21. “Ageing Studies of Terminal and Pendant Epoxy Functional Polydimethyl Siloxane Blended DGEBA Resin” Jenish Paul and Eby Thomas Thachil International Journal for Research in Applied Science & Engineering Technology 2019, 7(3), 2068-2072. ISSN 2321-9653,  10.22214/ijraset.2019.3383
  22. “Modification of DGEBA using a mixture of epoxidised cardanol and epoxidised novolac from p-cresol”  Jenish Paul and Eby Thomas Thachil,  International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews 2019, 6(1), 310-315. E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138
  23. “Mechanical and Thermal Studies of Epoxy Resin Modified with Epoxidised Novolac from Phenol Naphthol Mixture” Jenish Paul and Eby Thomas Thachil International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Management  2019, 4(4), 16-20. ISSN 2455-6378, 
  24. “AGEING STUDIES OF DGEBA MODIFIED WITH MIXTURE OF EPOXIDISED CARDANOL AND EPOXIDIED NOVOLAC FROM P-CRESOL” Jenish Paul Neethumol Varghese,Eby Thomas Thachil , International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews 2019. 6(2), 233-236. E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138.
  25. A stealth emulsion based on natural rubber latex, core-shell ferrofluid/ carbon black in the S and X-band. Vinayasree Sreedharan, Ajalesh Balachandran Nair, Manoj Mani, Archana V N, Rani Joseph, P Mohanan, P A Joy and M R Anantharaman  2019, Nanotechnology , 30, 1-11Online ISSN: 1361-6528
    Print ISSN: 0957-4484, doi:10.1088/issn.0957-4484, IF: 3.874
  26. “Mesoporous Shell@Macroporous Core Aluminosilicates as Sustainable Nanocatalysts for Direct N‐alkylation of Amines” A C Sunil Sekhar, Anumol Erumpukuthickal Ashokkumar, C T Cygnet, S Vidhya Lakshmi, F L Deepak, and Vinod Prabhakaran ChemNanoMat 2018, 4(6), 537–541. ISSN:2199-692X IF:3.154
  27. “Enhanced selectivity of 3-D ordered macroporous Pt/Al2O3 catalysts in nitrites removal from water ” A.C. Sunil Sekhar, A. Zakib, S. Troncea, , S. Casale, C.P. Vinod, J.P. Dacquin, P. Granger Applied Catalysis A, General 2018, 564, 26-32. ISSN 0926-860X, IF: 5.706
  28. Real Time Imaging and Dynamics of Hippocampal Zn 2+ under Epileptic Condition Using a Ratiometric Fluorescent Probe,  Hema Santhakumar, Resmi V Nair, Divya Susan Philips, Sachin J Shenoy, Anoopkumar Thekkuveettil, Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, Ramapurath S Jayasree, 2018, Scientific reports, 8, 9069.  ISSN:2045-2322,, IF: 4.379
  29. pH-Controlled Nanoparticles Formation and Tracking of Lysosomal Zinc Ions in Cancer Cells by Fluorescent Carbazole–Bipyridine Conjugates, Karivachery V. Sudheesh, Manu M. Joseph, Divya S. Philips, Animesh Samanta, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Ayappanpillai Ajayaghosh, ChemistrySelect2018 3 (8),  2416-2422    ISSN:2365-6549   IF: 2.109
  30. Porous Tantalum: A New biomaterial in orthopeadic surgery” Neena George, Ajalesh B. Nair, in Series title: Polymeric Biomaterials-Volume 1, Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier), Chapter-11, 2018, p 240-268. (Book Chapter) ISBN: 978-0-08-102205-4.
  31. An Unsymmetrical Squaraine-Dye-Based Chemical Platform for Multiple Analyte Recognition, Divya S. Philips,Samrat Ghosh,Karivachery V. Sudheesh, Cherumuttathu H. Suresh, Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh  Chemistry-A European Journal 2017, 23 (71), 17973- 17980. ISSN:1521-3765, IF: 5.236
  32. Studies on Photoresponse and LPG sensitivity of transparent Al doped ZnO thin films prepared by thermal evaporation technique N.H. Sheeba, Sunil C. Vattappalam, G.S Okram, Vikash Sharma,  Sreenivasan, P.V. Sunny Mathew, Rachel ReenaPhilip,* Materials Research Bulletin , 2017; 93, 130–137. ISSN 0025-5408.
  33. Efficiencies of dipolymer rubber blends (EPDM/FKM) using common weight data envelopment analysis , Shinoy George, C M Sushama , Ajalesh B. Nair * Materials Research. 2017; 20(6): 1722-1728. ISSN 1980-5373.
  34. Effect of Aluminium Hydroxide on Thermal, Dynamic Mechanical and Dielectric Properties of Hexafluoropropylenevinylidinefluoride Elastomeric Composites, Ajalesh B. Nair*, Dhanya Vijayan , Ayswarya E P, Rani Joseph and Changwoon Nah Journal of Advances in Nanomaterials, 2017;  2(2): 83-96. ISSN: 2689-2855
  35. Zinc Gallate and its starting materials in solid state reaction route- A comparative study. Safeera, Johns, Mini Krishna, Sreenivasan P.V, R Reshmi, EI Anila, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2016; 181, 21-25. IF: 4,641
  36. Low temperature electrical conductivity and seebeck coefficient of nanostructured CuSe thin films with Ga addition  Anitha Abraham, Tarachand, Guunadhor S. Okram, Rajani Jacob, V. Sreenivasan, Rachel Reena Philip,*Vacuum , 2016 , 129, 74–78
  37. Influence of Sb incorporation on optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of transparent ZnO thin films,   Sheeba, N.H., Vattappalam, S.C., Sreenivasan, P.V., Mathew, S., Philip, R.R. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2016,179, 137–142.
  38. “ Use and abuse of antibacterial drugs” Simi Pushpan.K  Vetri Education, Quarterly Journal, 2015; 10 (4), , 7 – 13.
  39. Fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic cell with novel configuration ITO/n-CuIn3Se5/p-CIS/In , R Geethu, R Jacob, P V Sreenivasan, T Shripathi, Okram G S and R, Philip* IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 2015; 73.
  40. Low temperature fabrication and characterisation of wurtzite structured ZnS quantum dots by chemical spray pyrolysis, Safeera, Johns, Anila, Sreenivasan,P.V., Reshmi, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 2015;115, 96-102
  41. Effect of Sn doping on properties of transparent ZnO thin films prepared by thermal evaporation technique, Sheeba N.H, Sunil  C. Vattappalam, Johns  Naduvath, Sreenivasan, V, Sunny Mathew and Rachel Reena Philip, Chemical Physics Letters  2015; 290-294.
  42. Jenish Paul, A. Benny Cherian, Neethumol Varghese, Manjusha, Eby Thomas Thachil “ Synthesis of terminal epoxy functional siloxanes for modification of Diglycidyl ether of Bis-Phenol A” International Journal of Engineering Sciences & Research Technology 2015, 4(1), 435-444.
  43. Anusha Mony, Harikrishnan G. Nair, Vinila, V.S., Sheela Kumari Isacc, Anitha S. Nair, Jayakumari Isacc “ Investigation of the absorption coefficient, refractive index, energy bandgap, dispersion energy urbach energy of nanocrystalline ceramic superconductor YSrBiCuO” International Journal of recent scientific research 2015, 6(1), 2438-2444
  44. PVA – Assisted Synthesis and Characterization of Nano α -Alumina”, Neethumol Varghese, Manjusha Hariharan, Benny Cherian, P.V. Sreenivasan, Jenish Paul, Asmy Antony. K.A, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP), 2014; 4(10).
  45. Synthesis and Characterisation of CaCO3 (Calcite) Nano particles from cockle shells Using Chitosan as Precursor”, Manjusha Hariharan, Neethumol Varghese, A. Benny Cherian, P.V. Sreenivasan, Jenish Paul, Asmy Antony. K.A, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP), 2014; 4(10)
  46. “Highly conductive n and p-type CuInO thin films by reactive evaporation”, Surya A. Mary, Bindu G. Nair, Johns Naduvath, G.S. Okram, Stephen K. Remillard, V. Sreenivasan, Rachel R. Philip, Journal of Alloys and Compounds  2014; 600, 159–161.
  47. Structural, optical and electrical properties of Sb doped and undoped AgIn1-xGaxSe2 and Ag(InGa)5Se8 thin films, Rajani Jacob, Stephen K. Remillard, Paul A. DeYoung, Uday P. Deshpande, T. Shripathi, V. Ganesan, Johns Naduvath, V. Sreenivasan and Rachel Reena Philip, Phys. Status Solidi A, 211, (2014) 714-722.
  48. Vinila, V.S., Anusha Mony, Harikrishnan G. Nair, Sheela Kumari Isacc, Anitha S. Nair, Jayakumari Isacc “ XRD studies on nanocrystalline ceramic superconductor PbSrCaCuO at different treating Temperatures” , Crystal Structure theory and applications 2014, 3, 1-9.
  49. Anusha Mony, Sheela Kumari Isacc, Jayakumari Isacc “Bandgap Energy and optical constants of Nanocrystalline Ceramics”, Science and Research 2014, 3, 1451-1456.
  50. Anusha Mony, Vinila, V.S., Sheela Kumari Isacc, Sam Rajan, Jayakumari Isacc “ Structural and morphological studies of nanocrystalline ceramic PbSrBaTiO6 at different treating Temperatures, Journal of Advances in Chemistry 2014, 10, 3303-3313.
  51. Anusha Mony, Vinila, V.S., Harikrishnan G. Nair, Sheela Kumari Isacc, Anitha S. Nair, Jayakumari Isacc “ Thermal behavior of nanocrystalline ceramic PbSrBaTiO6, International Journal of Innovative Science, Engineering and technology 2014, 1, 645-649.
  52. Vinila, V.S., Reenu Jacob, Anusha Mony, Sheela Kumari Isacc, Sam Rajan, Jayakumari Isacc “ Ceramic nanocrystalline superconductor GdBaCuO at different treating Temperatures” Journal of Crystallization Process and Technology 2014, 4, 168-176.
  53. Anitha S. Nair, Vinila, V.S., Sheela Kumari Isacc, Reenu Jacob, Anusha Mony, Jayakumari Isacc “Studies on  nanocrystalline ceramic superconductor LaZrYBaCa2Cu3O11 at three different temperatures: Journal of Crystallization Process and Technology 2014,4, 126-133.
  54. Vinila, V.S., Reenu Jacob, Anusha Mony, Sheela Kumari Isacc, Sam Rajan, Jayakumari Isacc “ XRD analysis of nanocrystalline ceramic PbBaTiO3” , Crystal Structure theory and applications 2014, 3, 57-65.
  55. V. Sreenivasan contributed a chapter in a book titled “Engineering Chemistry and Environmental studies” (2014).
  56. α-Axis oriented ZnS thin film synthesised by dip coating method, K. R. Bindu, V. Sreenivasan , Arturo I. Martinez ,  E. I. Anila. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol, 2013, 68(2), 351-355.