M. Ravikanth


    Department of Chemistry

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Powai, Mumbai 400076

    Ph:   022-2576 7176

    Fax:  022-2576 7152

    Email: ravikanth[at]chem.iitb.ac.in

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Academic Background

M. Sc.; Osmania University, Hyderabad (1988) 

Ph.D.; Department of Chemistry, I.I.T. Kanpur (1994) 


Professional Experience

Post Doctoral Fellow, Chemical Physics Group, T. I. F. R.; Bombay 

Carnegie -Mellon University, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State Univ.,USA

JSPS postdoctoral fellow, Kyoto University Japan. 1998-1999

Research Interests

  • Synthesis and photodynamics of unsymmetrical multiporphyrin arrays
  • Synthesis and characterization of porphyrins attached to organometallic systems.
  • Design, synthesis and study of nonlinear optical properties of selected tetra pyrrole systems.
  • Use of tetra pyrrole systems as catalyst in organic conversions
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Light harvesting arrays/artificial photosynthetic units
  • Self assembling systems.
  • Active site mimicking of biosystems


Representative Publications

  • Novel and rapid synthetic routes to A3B and AB3-type 21-thiaporphyrins and their use in the construction of unsymmetrical covalent and non-covalent porphyrin arrays Iti Gupta, Neeraj Agarwal and M. Ravikanth, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 1693-1697 (2004). 

  • Synthesis of b-pyrrole and b-thiophene substituted 21,23-dithia and 21-monothiaporphyrins Neeraj Agarwal and M. Ravikanth, Tetrahedron  60, 4739-4747 (2004). 

  • Synthesis of N3S, N3O, N2S2, N2O2, N2SO and N2OS porphyrins with one meso-unsubstituted carbon S. Punidha, Neeraj Agarwal, Ritwik, Burai and   M. Ravikanth, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2223-2230 (2004). 

  • Synthesis of mono meso-pyridyl 21,23-dithiaporphyrins and unsymmetrical non-covalent dimers S. Punidha and M. Ravikanth, Tetrahedron, 60, 8437-8444 (2004).

  • Synthesis and crystal structures of 2,3,12,13-tetraalkoxy-21,23-dithiaporphyrins and 2,3-dialkoxy-21-monothiaporphyrins Neeraj Agarwal, C.-H. Hung and M. Ravikanth, Tetrahedron, 60, 10671-10680 (2004).

  • One-flask synthesis of mono- and tri-functionalized 21-thia and 21-oxaporphyrin building blocks and their application in the synthesis of covalent and non-covalent unsymmetrical porphyrin arrays Iti Gupta and M. Ravikanth, J. Org. Chem. 69, 6796-6811 (2004).