Dr. S. Shanmugan

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. S. Shanmugan received his B.Sc., and M.Sc., degrees from Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore (Bharathiyar University). He completed his M.Phil., in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Madras, Guindy campus, Chennai. He has graduated his Ph.D in Materials and Organometallic chemistry under the supervision of Dr. R. Murugavel in 2009 from Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India. Subsequently he held postdoctoral positions at foreign universities like ÉcolePolytechnique, France with Dr. Nicolas Mézailles and Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium with Prof. Paolo P. Pescarmona. His research interests mainly focus on Inorganic-Organic hybrid framework materials, Nitrogen fixation by metal complexes, Polyoxometalate catalyst and Organotin phosphate clusters. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in Research Institute & Department of Chemistry at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu.

  • Silsesquioxane Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Framework Materials for Gas Adsorption.
  • Activation of Small Molecules like Dinitrogen, Carbon dioxide using Low-Valent Transition Metal Complexes.
  • Polyoxometalate Catalyst for Oxidation Reactions.
  • Organotin Phosphate Clusters.

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Selected Publications

  • Synthesis of benzothiazole–benzoxazoledendrimers with triazole as bridging unit and their application in dye-sensitized solar cellsPerumalRajakumar, VenkatesanKalpana, ShanmugamGanesan and PichaiMaruthamuthuNew J. Chem., 2013, 37, 3692—3700 (Impact factor 3)
  • A bright entry to improve the performance of DSSCs with the influence of novel optoelectronic acridinedione based macromolecules in I_/I3_ electrolytes GovindasamiPeriyasami,  Raju Rajesh, NatarajanArumugam, RaghavacharyRaghunathan, ShanmugamGanesan and PichaiMaruthamuthu, J. Mater. Chem. A  DOI: 1, 2013,14666–14674 (Impact factor 8.2)
  • A poly (ethylene oxide), poly (vinylidene fluoride) and polycapro lactone polymer blend doped with an indigenous nitrogen–sulfur based organic compound as a novel electrolyte system for dye-sensitized solar cell applications, S. Ganesan, P. Karthika, R. Rajarathinam, M. Arthanareeswari, Vinod Mathew, P. Maruthamuthu, Solar Energy 135 (2016) 84-91 (Impact factor3.7)
  • Influence of organic additive to PVDF-HFP mixed iodide electrolytes on thephotovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells, R.A. Senthil, J. Theerthagiri, J. Madhavan, S. Ganesan, A.K. Arof, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 101 (2017) 18–24 (Impact factor2.1)
  • Synthesis and application of stilbenoid phenothiazine dendrimers as additives for dye-sensitized solar cellsMahalingamRavivarma, ChinnaduraiSatheeshkumar, ShanmugamGanesan andPerumalRajakumar, Materials Chemistry Frontiers DOI: 10.1039/c7qm00238f
  • Synthesis, photophysical and electrochemical properties and DSSC applications of triphenylaminechalconedendrimers via click chemistryDevarajAnandkumar, ShanmugamGanesan, PerumalRajakumarPichaiMaruthamuthu, New Journal of Chemistry DOI: 10.1039/c7nj01059a
  • S. Shanmugan, D. Cani, Paolo P. Pescarmona, The design and synthesis of an innovative octacarboxy-silsesquioxane building block, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 11008-11011.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Assembling metal phosphonates in the presence of monodentate-terminal and bidentate-bridging pyridine ligands: use of non-covalent and covalent interaction to build polymeric metal-phosphonates architectures. Dalton Trans., 2008, 5358-5367.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Highly Asymmetric Pentameric and Tetrameric Organooxotin clusters: Insights into Their Formation through Partial Dearylation, Organometallics 2008, 27, 2784-2788.
  • R. Pothiraja, S. Shanmugan, M. G. Walawalkar, M. Nethaji, R. J. Butcher, and R. Murugavel, Structural Diversity in Zinc Phosphates and Phosphinates: Observation of a Lattice Water Dimer Sandwiched Between Phosphoryl Oxygen Atoms, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2008, 1834-1845.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, and S. Kuppuswamy, Structural Diversity in Organotin Compounds Derived from Bulky Monoaryl Phosphates: Dimeric, Tetrameric, and Polymeric Tin Phosphate Complexes, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2008, 1508-1517.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Seeking Tetrameric Transition Metal Phosphonate with a D4R core and organizing it into a 3-D supramolecular assembly, Chem. Commun. 2007, 1257-1259.

Books Published: 

  • P. P. Pescarmona, C. Aprile, S. Shanmugan. New and Future Developments in Catalysis.Hybrid Materials, Composites, and Organocatalysts. Editor: Steven L. Suib. Silsesquioxanes and their use as precursors for catalysts and as model compounds.Chapter 16. Elsevier, 2013, 385-422

Funded project

  • DST-Fast Track (Young Scientist) (2015-2018), New Delhi

Courses Taught 

  • CY101 – Chemistry
  • CY102 – Principles ofEnvironmental Science

Sponsored Research Project:

DST-Start Up Research Grant (Young Scientists)-accepted for funding (2015)with a grant of Rs32.6 lakhs. Project Title: Silsesquioxane based Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Framework Materials (SIOHF)

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Dr. S. Shanmugan
Research Assistant professor,
Research Institute & Department of Chemistry,
University Building - 1221,
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur - 603203,
Kancheepuram District,Tamil Nadu, India