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Selvarajan NAGENDRAN

Department of Chemistry
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Department of Chemistry
VI Block
231 - First Floor
IIT Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2659 6570
Fax: +91 11 2658 1102


Born Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu. Ph.D. (Prof. V. Chandrasekhar), IIT Kanpur, 2002. JSPS Post Doctoral Fellow (Prof. Mitsuo Kira), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2003-2005. Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Research Fellow (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Herbert W. Roesky), Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany (2005-2008). Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2008-present. Awarded the Honorable Mention (Cash Award of USD 100 and a copy of the IUPAC “Gold Book”) for the 2003 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), USA.

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Research Interests

Due to the importance of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), there is a great deal of interest in the synthesis of NHC analogues of heavier group 13 and 14 elements. In addition, the dogma about their unstable nature has been eliminated with the advent of sophisticated synthetic methodologies and handling techniques and therefore, in recent years, they are used as starting materials for the synthesis of unusual compounds of group 13 and 14 elements. In view of this, my research group is interested in the synthesis and characterization of novel functionalized silylenes and germylenes, studying their interesting reactivity, and looking for their potential application in materials and catalysis. Two exotic target molecules are show below:

Apart from this, we also have huge interest in bioorganometallic chemistry and studying the applications of novel metallocenophane based polymers.

Selected Publications

1. Iwamoto, T., Kobayashi, M., Uchiyama, K., Sasaki, S., Nagendran, S., Isobe, H. and Kira, M. Anthryl-substituted trialkyl-disilene showing distinct intra- molecular charge-transfer transition. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 0000.
2. Nagendran, S., Sen, S. S., Roesky, H. W., Koley, D., Grubmüller, H., Pal, A. and Herbst-Irmer, R. RGe(I)Ge(I)R compound (R = PhC(NtBu)2) with a Ge-Ge single bond and a comparison with the Gauche conformation of hydrazine.Organometallics, 2008, 27, 5459.
3. Nagendran, S. and Roesky, H. W. The chemistry of Aluminum(I), Silicon(II), and Germanium(II). Organometallics, 2008, 27, 457.
4. Uchiyama, K., Nagendran, S., Ishida, S., Iwamoto, T. and Kira, M. Thermal and photochemical cleavage of Si=Si bond in tetrasila-1,3-diene. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 10638.

Group Members

Rahul Kumar (PhD)
Chandan (PhD)
Surendra (PhD)


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