Chemistry Division

Dr. Ramalingam Natarajan

MSc (1998), Anna University, Chennai
PhD (2005) , Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Prof. J Narasimha Moorthy)
Post-doctoral Fellow (2005-2006), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Republic of Korea (Prof. Kimoon Kim)
Post-doctoral Fellow (2006-2007) with Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at University of Wuerzburg, Germany (Prof. Frank Wuerthner)
Post-doctoral Fellow (2007-2010), University of Bristol, UK (Prof. Anthony P. Davis)
Research Assistant Professor (2011-2013), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Republic of Korea (Prof. Kimoon Kim)

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Senior Scientist

Current Research Interest

  • Design and synthesis of novel receptors, through dynamic combinatorial chemistry, towards selective recognition of biologically important targets
  • Selective and tunable transport of inorganic ions and organic molecules across bilayer membrane by novel synthetic ion channels and carriers
  • Crystal engineering of functional organic molecules towards biomedical applications

Names of the group members including regular staff with designation and research fellows

Fellow / RA / PA

1. Jayanta Samanta (UGC-JRF)
2. Shovan Kr Sen (UGC-JRF)

Position Available: CSIR/UGC NET awardees with background in organic chemistry are welcome to apply via email

Complete List of Publications

  1. Cucurbit[7]uril: A High-Affinity Host for Encapsulation of Amino Saccharides and Supramolecular Stabilization of Their α-Anomers in Water.
    Jung, Y; Natarajan, R.*; Ko, Y. H; Kim, K*. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 54, 1003-1007.

  2. Hollow Nanotubular Toroidal Polymer Microrings. Lee, J. L.; Baek. K.; Kim, M.; Yun, G.; Ko, Y. H.; Lee, N. -S.; Hwang, I; Kim, J.; Natarajan, R.; Park, C. G.; Sung, W.; Kim, K. Nature Chem. 2014, 6, 97-103.

  3. Tunable Porous Organic Crystals: Structural Scope and Adsorption Properties of Nanoporous Steroidal Ureas.
    Natarajan, R.; Bridgland, L.; Sirikilkajorn, A.; Lee, J.-H.; Haddow, M. F.; Magro, G.; Ali, B.; Narayanan, S.; Strickland, P.; Charmant, J. P. H.; Orpen, A. G.; McKewon, N. B.; Bezzu, C. G.; Davis, A.P. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16912-16925.

  4. Tandem catalysis with a bifunctional site-isolated Lewis acid–Brønsted base metal–organic framework, NH2-MIL-101(Al)
    Srirambalaji, R.; Hong, S.; Natarajan, R.; Yoon, M.; Hota, R.; Kim, Y.; Ko, Y. H.; Kim, K. Chem. Commun, 2012, 48, 11650-11652.

  5. Nanoporous Organic Alloys.
    Natarajan, R.; Magro, G.; Bridgland, L. N.; Sirikulkajorn, A.; Narayanan, S.; Ryan, L. E.; Haddow, M. F.; Orpen, A. G.; Charmant, J. P. H.; Hudson, A. J. Davis, A. P. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 11386-11390.
    Highlight: Rational Design of Multifunctional Nanopores by Mixing Matching Molecules. Mastalerz, M. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 584-586..

  6. Water Chains in Hydrophobic Crystal Channels: Nanoporous Materials as Supramolecular Analogs of Carbon Nanotubes.
    Natarajan, R.; Charmant, J. P. H.; Orpen, A. G.; Davis, A. P. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 5125-5129.

  7. Influence of Weaker Interactions on the Self-Assembly of Rigid Molecular Scaffolds Based on Tetraarylbimesityls.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Savitha, G.; Venugopalan, P. Cryst. Growth Des. 2006, 6, 919-924

  8. Anion Driven Self-Assembly of Tetrapyridyl Ligand with a Twist.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Savitha, G.; Suchopar, A.; Richards, R. M. J. Mol. Struct. 2006, 796, 216-222.

  9. Three-Dimensional Organic Scaffolds with a Twist: Synthesis and Self-Assembly.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Venugopalan, P. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 8568-8571.

  10. Corundum, Diamond and PtS Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) with a Difference: Self-Assembly with a Unique Pair of 3-Connecting D2d-Symmetric 3,3’,5,5’-Tetrakis(4-pyridyl)bimesityl.
    Natarajan, R.; Savitha, G.; Dominiak, P.; Wozniak, K.; Moorthy, J. N. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 2115-2119.

  11. Identification of New Supramolecular Synthon in o-Anisaldehydes: Molecular Self-Assembly into Tapes and Staircases.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Venugopalan, P. J. Mol. Struct. 2005, 741, 107-114.

  12. Self-Assembly of a Unique Extended-Tetrahedral 3,3’,5,5’-Tetrakis(4-pyridyl) Ligand into Discrete Supramolecular Cubes by Face Directed Metal Coordination.
    Natarajan, R.; Savitha, G.; Moorthy, J. N.Cryst. Growth Des. 2005, 5, 69-72.

  13. Polymorphism of an o-Anisaldehyde: A Novel Example of Channel-Type Organization Sustained by Weak C-H∙∙∙O and C-H∙∙∙N Hydrogen Bonds.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Mal, P.; Venugopalan, P. New J. Chem. 2004, 1416-1419.

  14. Characterization of Planar Cyclic Form of Water Hexamer in an Organic Supramolecular Complex: An Unusual Self-Assembly of Bimesityl-3,3’-dicarboxylic Acid.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Venugopalan, P. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2002, 41, 3417-3420.

  15. Helical Self-Assembly of Substituted Benzoic Acids: Influence of Weaker X∙∙∙X and C-H∙∙∙X Interactions.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Natarajan, R.; Mal, P.; Venugopalan, P. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 6530-6531.

  16. Efficient Photocyclization of o-Alkylbenzaldehydes in the Solid State: Direct Observation of E-Xylyenols en route to Benzocyclobutenols.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Mal, P.; Natarajan, R.; Venugopalan, P. J. Org. Chem. 2001, 66, 7013-7019.

  17. Solid-State Photochromism and Photoreactivity of o- and p-Anisaldehydes. Remarkable Stabilization of o-Xylyenols.
    Moorthy, J. N.; Mal. P.; Natarajan, R.; Venugopalan, P. Org. Lett. 2001, 3, 1579-1582.

  18. Indium Trichloride-Catalyzed Imino Diels-Alder Reactions: Synthesis of New Indolylquinoline Derivatives.
    Babu, G.; Nagarajan, R.; Natarajan, R.; Perumal, P. T. Synthesis, 2000, 661-666.
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