M. S. Balakrishna


Room 333, Chemistry Bldg.
+91 22 2576 7181
Educational Background:

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
M.Sc., Mysore University
B.Sc., Mysore University

Professional Experience:

Post-doc, University of Alberta, Canada
Post-doc, Tulane University, USA
Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay (1996)
Associate Professor, IIT Bombay (2000)
Professor, IIT Bombay (2005)

Research Interest:

Research interests of our group span the areas of main-group chemistry, organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. We design functionalized phosphorus(III) and phosphorus(V) based ligands and their transition metal complexes for both catalytic as well as biological studies. These functionalized phosphines have led us to a large number of metallomacrocyclic inorganic rings and cages of various topologies as well as 2D and 3D-metal organic frameworks. We also study the chemistry of multinuclear trivalent phosphorus centers to understand both steric and electronic influences on the metal-phosphorus interactions. Solution thermochemistry of ligand substitution with various transition metals with bisphosphines having different backbone framework is also an active area we are involved with. Many of the phosphine-based transition metal complexes have shown interesting results in the anti-proliferative studies in cancer cells.

Specific areas include:
• Designing new mutlifunctional, multidentate phosphorus and nitrogen organophosphorus compounds and the transition metal chemistry.
• Inorganic rings, cages and clusters and their transition metal chemistry.
• Designing new type of water soluble phosphine ligands for medicinal and catalytic studies.
• Homogeneous catalysis.

Transition metal complexes of tetrakis(diphenylphosphino)ethylenediamine [(Ph2P)2NCH2CH2N(PPh2)2],
V. S. Kashid, B. S. Kote, H. S. Kunchur, J. T. Mague, M. S. Balakrishna
Polyhedron, 2019, 00, 000

Catechol and 1,2,4,5-tetrahydroxybenzene functionalized cyclodiphosphazane ligands: synthesis, structural studies, and transition metal complexes
M. K. Pandey, H. S. Kunchur, G. S. Ananthnag, J. T. Mague, M. S. Balakrishna
Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 3610-3624.

Synthesis and transition metal complexes of 1,1′-bis(diphenylethynylphosphino)ferrocene
P. S. Prasad and M. S. Balakrishna
Polyhedron, 2019, 158, 173-182.

Copper(I) chemistry of phosphines, bisphosphines, phospholes and phosphorus heterocycles
Ed. M. S. Balakrishna
Elsevier, 2019 [Includes 13 contributed chapters on various aspects].

Copper(I) chemistry of cyclodiphosphazanes, M. S. Balakrishna, Copper(I) chemistry of phosphines, bisphosphines, phospholes and phosphorus heterocycles,
Ed. M. S. Balakrishna,
Ch 11 345-374, Elsevier, 2019.