Vaidhyanathan Ramamurthy


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1975-78Post Doctoral Columbia University
1974-75Post Doctoral University of Western Ontario, London
1974Ph.D. University of Hawaii
Life sustaining highly specific chemical reactions occur in the confined and organized medium of protein. Our projects aimed at achieving similar selectivity in (photo)chemical reactions explore the use of readily available hosts that bear similarity to biological media. In our laboratory, spatially confined cavities provided by crystals, zeolites, polymers (nafions), and water-soluble cyclodextrins (natural and functionalized), organic hosts, micelles and dendrimers are currently being explored as reaction media. Photophysical and photochemical probes as well as structural tools are generously utilized in our research to define the characteristics of confined reaction cavities prior to employing them as reaction media.

Our research interests involving synthesis of organic molecules, X-ray crystallography, solid state NMR, spectroscopic structural tools such as UV, IR and NMR, 2D-NMR, steady state and time resolved emission spectroscopy, and computational methods provide well-rounded experimental skills to students. Our projects encompassing concepts from currently popular topics such as nano-chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and green chemistry serve to train students in the broader areas of physical organic chemistry and photochemistry.

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Organic photochemistry, solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry


Lei - Min Zhao, Qing - Yuan Meng, Xiang - Bing Fan, Chen Ye, V. Ramamurthy, Chen - Ho Tung, Bin Chen and Li - Zhu Wu, Angew Photocatalysis with Quantum Dots and Visible Light: Selective and Efficient Oxidation of Alcohols to Carbonyl Compounds Through a Radical Relay Process in Water 3020-302456 (Chem. Int. Ed.. 2017).

A. Danao, V. Ramalingam, V. Ramamurthy and R. S. Muthyala, J. On the origin of chloride - induced emission e nhancement in ortho substituted squaramides 108-113344 (Photochem. Photobiol.. 2017).

F. S. Santos, E. R amasamy,V. Ramamurthy and F. S. Rodembusch Photoinduced electron transfer across an organic molecular wall: Octaacid encapsulated ESIPT dyes as electron donors 840-84416 (Photochem. Photobiol.. 2017).

N. Kamatham, José P. Da Silva, R. S. Givens and V. Ramamurthy Melding Caged Compounds with Supramolecular Containers: The Photogeneration and Miscreant Behavior of the Coumarylmethyl Carbocation 3588 – 359119 (13) (Org. Lett. 2017).

C - J. Wu, W - X. Cao, T. Lei, Z - H Li, Q - Y. Meng, X - L. Yang, B. Chen; .V. Ramamurthy, C - H Tung and L - Z Wu A Green Synthesis of Indolines under Visible Light Irradiation ASAP (Chem. Commun.. 2017).

S. Bhandari, Z. Zheng, C - H. Chuang, M. Porel, Z - Q. You, V. Ramamurthy, C. Burda. J. M. Herber t, and B. D. Dunietz What is the Opto - Electronic Effect of the Capsule on the Guest Molecule in Aqueous Host/Guest Complexes? A Combined Computational and Spectroscopic Perspective ASAP (J. Phys. Chem.. 2017).

P. Jagadesan, S. R. Samanta, R. Choudhury and V. Ramamurthy Container Chemistry: Manipulating excited state behavior of organic guests within cavitands that form capsules in water ASAP (J. Phys. Org. Chem.. 2017).

Maria A. A. Rodrigues, Débora C. Mendes, V. Ramamurthy and José P. Da Silva, J. ESI - MS of cucurbituril complexes under negative ESI ASAP (J. Am. Soc. Mass. Spec.. 2017).