1. Heterogeneous catalysis: Selection and design of catalysts for different
applications: The role of metal, support and promoters.
2. Synthesis of novel catalytic materials and their characterization:
influence of preparation parameters on the properties of catalysts; structural
and textural characterization of catalysts; application of different spectral
techniques for surface and bulk analysis; structure-property relationship
3. Developing in-situ spectroscopic characterization techniques.
4. Study of mixed metal oxides, condensed materials, perovskites, fluorites
and spinels through novel methods of preparation and characterization.
5. Nano-architecture for the enhancement of the efficiency of fuel cell
6. Micro/mesoporous materials: zeolites, aluminophosphates and pillared
clays. Mesoporous carbon, carbon nitrides and metal nitrides. Photocatalytic
7. Oxidative dehydrogenation reactions. Selective oxidation of light alkanes.
8. Development of novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials for gas storage
Various synthetic routes for the preparation of novel zeolites with micro
and mesoporous structure, mixed metal oxides, pillared and encapsulated
clays and clay nanocomposites, hierarchical mesoporous transition metal
oxides and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Coordination metal complexes.
Powder X-ray diffraction techniques: Normal X-ray diffraction, low temperature
X-ray diffraction and in situ high temperature X-ray diffraction studies.
Rietveld refinement analysis using Fullprof and X’pert plus software.
Spectroscopic techniques: Diffuse reflectance infrared and UV-visible
spectroscopic techniques. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic
resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Microscopic techniques: Scanning electron microscope and transmission
Temperature programmed desorption and reduction analysis.
Vapor phase reactions (alkylation, dehydrogenation and oxidative dehydrogenation
reactions). Batch reactions (oxidation and epoxidation reactions). High-pressure
reactions in Parr reactors. Reactions at ambient and non-ambient conditions.
1. B. Murugan and A. V. Ramaswamy, Defect site promoted surface reorganization
in nanocrystalline ceria for the low temperature activation of ethylbenzene
using nitrous oxide, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, (2007), 3062.
2. B. Murugan, A. V. Ramaswamy, D. Srinivas, C. S. Gopinath, V. Ramaswamy,
Nature of Manganese Species in Ce1-xMnxO2-d Solid Solutions Synthesized
by the Solution Combustion Route, Chem. of Mater., 17, (2005), 3589.
3. M. Vijayaraj, B. Murugan, S. Umbarkar, S. G. Hegde and C. S. Gopinath,
An insight into the mechanism of selective mono-N-methylation of aniline
on Cu1-xZnxFe2O4: a DRIFTS study, J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem., 231, (2005),
4. B. Murugan and Veda Ramaswamy, Use of N,N-Diisopropylethylamine for
Faster Synthesis of AlPO-5 and MgAPO-5 Molecular Sieves and their Characterization,
Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal., 154, (2004), 971.
5. B. Murugan, A. V. Ramaswamy, D. Srinivas, C. S. Gopinath, V. Ramaswamy,
Effect of fuel on the nature of Manganese Species in Ce1-xMnxO2-d Solid
Solutions Synthesized by the Solution Combustion Route, Acta Mater., (submitted).
6. B. Murugan, A. V. Ramaswamy, D. Srinivas, C. S. Gopinath, V. Ramaswamy
An Efficient CeO2/?-alumina Catalyst for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation
of Ethylbenzene Using N2O, (in preparation).
7. B. Murugan and A. V. Ramaswamy, A direct spectroscopic evidence for
the active participation of Ce3+ defect sites in nanocrystalline ceria
for the ODH of ethylbenzene, (in preparation).
1. Oral presentation in 1st International IUPAC Conference on Green-Sustainable
Chemistry, Dresden, Germany, 10-15th September 2006. Topic: “An
Efficient CeO2/?-alumina Catalyst for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of
Ethylbenzene Using N2O”.
2. Oral presentation in the “17th National Symposium on Catalysis”
held at Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India. Topic: “The Nature of Manganese
Species in Ce1-xMnxO2-d Solid Solutions Synthesized by Combustion Route".
3. Oral presentation in 14th International Zeolite Conference, Cape Town,
South Africa, 25-30th April 2004. Topic: "Use of N,N-Diisopropylethylamine
for Faster Synthesis of AlPO-5 and MgAPO-5 Molecular Sieves and their
1. Position held: Project Assistant
Project title: Activation of molecular oxygen by various Transition metal
Duration: June 2001 to February 2002
Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
Project Coordinator: Prof. R. N. Mukherjee
Sponsored by: Department of Science and Technology, India
2. Position held: Project Assistant
Project title: Structural studies of metal incorporated molecular sieves
by X-ray, magnetic resonance and electron microscopy techniques
Duration: July 2002 to September 2003
Institution: National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.
Project Coordinator: Dr. Veda Ramaswamy
Sponsored by: Department of Science and Technology, India
3. Position held: Research Fellow
Project title: Studies on the synthesis of fluorites and pervoskites by
novel chemical routes, their characterization & possible application
in direct electrooxidation.
Duration: October 2003 to September 2006.
Institution: University of Pune, Pune, India.
Project Coordinator: Prof. A. V. Ramaswamy
Sponsored by: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
4. Position held: Post doctoral fellow
Project title: Synthesis, characterization and functionalization of mesoporous
Duration: January 2007 to March 2007
Institution: National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan.
Project Coordinator: Dr. T. Mori
5. Position held: Project Associate
Project title: DST project on centre for catalysis research
Duration: June 2007 to July 2007
Institution: National Centre for Catalysis Research, Indian Institute
of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.
Project Coordinator: Prof. B. Viswanathan / Prof. A. V. Ramaswamy