R. Murugavel

    Professor and Head

    Department of Chemistry

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Powai, Mumbai 400076

    Ph:   022-2576 7163

    Fax:  022-2576 7152

    Email: rmv[at]chem.iitb.ac.in


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Academic Background

M.Sc. University of Madras (1987)
Ph.D. IISc, Bangalore (1993)

Professional Experience

AvH Research Fellow, University of Goettingen, Germany (1994 - 1996)
Research Scientist, Univ of Goettingen (Feb. 1996 - Dec. 1997)
Assistant Professor, Chemistry Dept., IIT-Bombay (1997 - 2001)
Associate Professor, Chemistry Dept., IIT-Bombay (2001 - 2005)
Professor, Chemistry Dept., IIT-Bombay, 2005 onwards
DFG Mercator Professor at Bochum, 2009 - 2010
Institute Chair Professor, IIT-Bombay, 2015 onwards
J. C. Bose National Fellow, 2015 onwards


Research Interests and Representative Recent Publications :

    Metallophosphate chemistry :

  • A. A. Dar, S. Sen, S. K. Gupta, G. N. Patwari, R. Murugavel, Octanuclear ZincPhosphates with Hitherto Unknown Cluster Architectures: Ancillary Ligand and Solvent Assisted Structural Transformations Thereof. Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 9458.

  • A. A. Dar, S. K.Sharma,R. Murugavel, Is Single-4-Ring the Most Basic but Elusive Secondary Building Unit That Transforms to Larger Structures in Zinc Phosphate Chemistry?.Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 4882.

  • S. K.Gupta, S.Kuppuswamy, J. P. S.Walsh, E. J. L.McInnes, R. Murugavel, Discrete and polymeric cobalt organophosphates: isolation of a 3-D cobalt phosphate framework exhibiting selective CO2 capture. Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 5587.

  • A. A. Dar, A. Mallick, R. Murugavel, Synthetic strategies to achieve further-functionalisedmonoaryl phosphate primary building units: crystal structures and solid-state aggregation behavior. New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 1186.

  • P. Rajakannu, R.Howlader, A. C. Kalita, R. J. Butcher, R. Murugavel, Role of 4,4'-bipyridine versus longer spacers 4,4'-azobipyridine, 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene, and 1,2-bis(pyridin-3-ylmethylene)hydrazine in the formation of thermally labile metallophosphate coordination polymers. Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015, 2, 55.

  • G. A. Bhat, P. Vishnoi, S. K.Gupta, R.Murugavel, Anhydrous manganese hypophosphite dense framework solid: Synthesis, structure and magnetic studies. Inorg. Chem. commun, 2015, 59, 84.

  • A. C. Kalita, N. Gogoi, R. Jangir, S. Kuppuswamy, M. G. Walawalkar, R. Murugavel, Ab Initio Chemical Synthesis of Designer Metal Phosphate Frameworks at Ambient Conditions. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 8959.

  • A. C. Kalita, R. Murugavel, Fluoride Ion Sensing and Caging by a Preformed Molecular D4R Zinc Phosphate Heterocubane. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 3345.

  • L. Kalita, A. C. Kalita, R. Murugavel, Organotitanium phosphates with free P-OH groups: Synthesis,spectroscopy and solid state structures. J. Organomet. Chem., 2014, 751, 555.

  • R. Pothiraja, P. Rajakannu, P. Vishnoi, R. J. Butcher, R. Murugavel, Polymeric and cyclic manganese phosphates and phosphinates:Synthesis, spectral characterization and solid-state structures. Inorg. Chim, Acta, 2014, 414, 264.

  • A. C.Kalita, C. R. Marchal, R. Murugavel, Cationic D4R zinc phosphate-anionic polyoxometalate hybrids: synthesis,spectra, structure and catalytic studies. Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 9755.

  • Fluorescence organic materials :

  • D.Kaleeswaran, P. Vishnoi, R. Murugavel, [3+3] Imine and β-ketoenamine tethered fluorescent covalent-organic frameworks for CO2 uptake and nitroaromatic sensing. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 7159.

  • P.Vishnoi, S.Sen, G. N.Patwari, R. Murugavel, Charge transfer aided selective sensing and capture of picric acid by triphenylbenzenes. New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 886.

  • P. Vishnoi, M. G. Walawalkar, S. Sen, A. Datta, G. N. Patwari, R. Murugavel, Selective fluorescence sensing of polynitroaromatic explosives using triaminophenylbenzene scaffolds. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 10651.

  • Molecular Magnets :

  • S. K. Gupta, A. A. Dar, T. Rajeshkumar, S. Kuppuswamy, S. K. Langley, K. S. Murray, G. Rajaraman, R. Murugavel, Discrete {GdIII4M} (M = GdIII or CoII) pentanuclear complexes: a new class of metal-organophosphate molecular coolers. Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 5961.

  • Polyoxomolybdates (POM) Chemistry :

  • R. Jangir, R. Antony, R. Murugavel, New sterically encumbered arylimido hexamolybdates for organic oxidation reactions. New J. Chem. 2015. Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1039/C5NJ02330K.

  • Crystal Engineering/Main Group Chemistry

  • S. Hossain, S. K.Gupta, R. Murugavel, 2,6-Dimethylphenol derived H-phosphonate and α-hydroxyphosphonate: facile synthesis, crystal chemistry, supramolecular association and metal complexation. CrystEngComm, 2015, 17, 4355.

  • S. Banerjee, P. Rajakannu, R. J. Butcher, R. Murugavel, Auxiliary ligand-aided tuning of aggregation of transition metal benzoates: isolation of four different types of coordination polymers. CrystEngComm, 2014, 16, 8429.

  • A. C. Kalita, K. Sharma, R. Murugavel, Pseudopolymorphism leading and two different supramolecular aggregations in a phosphate monoester: role of a rare water-dimer. CrystEngComm, 2014, 16, 51.

  • P. Vishnoi, M. G. Walawalkar, R. Murugavel, Containment of Polynitroaromatic Compounds in a Hydrogen Bonded Triarylbenzene Host. Cryst. Growth Des., 2014, 14, 5668.

  • Metal Carboxylate Chemistry

  • P. Vishnoi, R. Murugavel, A Flexible Tri-carboxylic Acid Derived Zinc(II) 3D Helical Metal-Organic-Framework and a Cadmium(II) Interwoven 2D Layered Framework Solid. Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 2014, 640, 1075.

  • P. Vishnoi, A. C. Kalita, R. Murugavel, An anionic two-dimensional indium carboxylate framework derived from a pseudo C3-symmetric semi-flexible tricarboxylic acid. J. Chem. Sci., 2014, 126, 1385.

  • N. Palanisamy, P. Rajakannu, R. Murugavel, Non-covalently aggregated zinc and cadmium complexes derived from substituted aromatic carboxylic acids: Synthesis, spectroscopy, and structural studies. Inorg. Chim, Acta, 2013, 405, 522.