Prof. G. Sundararajan  
 

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: Prof. G. Sundararajan
: CYB 201
: (044) 2257 4213
: (044) 2257 6213
: C1-3-12, I Loop Road
: gsundar@iitm.ac.in

 
Academic profile :
  • B.Sc. (1976) Vivekananda College, Chennai
  • M.Sc. (1978) Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Ph.D. (1984) Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.A. (Mentor: Professor Joseph San Filippo Jr.)

Areas of expertise :

  • Organic Chemistry – Organometallics, Polymers, Asymmetric Synthesis – (No Nano Yet!)

Professional experience :

  • Post-Doctoral Member of Technical Staff: 1984-85; AT & T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ U.S.A. (Mentor: Dr. Steven Bertz)

Research Interest :

Metathesis Polymerization

Effective use of classical metathesis catalysts for synthesis of polyphenylacetylenes, block copolymers, conjugated polymers with redox-active end-groups, polymers for additives as propellants

Olefin Polymerization

Development of single-site non-metallocene catalysts for stetreoselective polymerization of ??olefins; transformation reactions for the synthesis of novel block copolyemrs;

Asymmetric Synthesis

Development of chiral ligands for generation of Lewis acids/heterobimetallics for inducing asymmetry in organic reactions especially Michael addition, Diels-Alder, Inverse-Electron Demand Diels-Alder, Az-Michael


Selected publications/patents :

  • “Novel Linear and Tribranched Polymers with Redox-Active End Groups via W(CO)6-Initiated Metathesis Polymerization”, N.S. Santhosh, G. Sundararajan, Organic Letters 2006, 8, 605-608.
  • “A New Class of Mono- and Tetra-nuclear Titanatranes – Synthesis, Structure and Ethylene Polymerization Studies – Role of Single-Sited Active Species?” P. Sudhakar, C. V. Amburose, G. Sundararajan and M. Nethaji, Organometallics, 2004, 23, 4462-4467
  • “A New Polymer Anchored Chiral Catalyst for Asymmetric Michael Addition Reactions”, G. Sundararajan, N. Prabagaran, Organic Letters 2001, 3, 389-92.
  • “Switching the mechanism of polymerisation from vilyl-addition to metathesis using single-site catalysts”, R. Manivannan, G. Sundararajan & Walter Kaminsky, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2000, 21, 968-72.
  • “Acceptor-induced-electron-transfer-catalysis - Application to metathesis polymerisation of phenylacetylene”, T.A. Vijayaraj & G. Sundararajan, Organometallics 1997, 16, 4940-42.
  • “A new C2-symmetric heterobometallic complex as a promoter for asymmetric Michael addition reactions”, G. Manickam & G. Sundararajan, Tetrahedron Asymmetry 1997, 8, 2271-78.
  • "Synthesis of novel block copolymers by ring-opening metathetical polymerisation (ROMP) under photolytic conditions" B. Gita & G. Sundararajan, Tetrahedron Letters 1993, 34, 6123-26.
  • "Metathetical polymerisation of phenylacetylene with (arene)Mo(CO)3 complexes under thermal and electron-transfer-chain catalysis conditions", S. Ganesamoorthy & G. Sundararajan, Macromolecules 1992, 25, 2060-61.
  • "Studies in synthesis and C-C bond-forming reactions of binuclear iron complexes", G. Sundararajan, Organometallics 1991, 10, 1337-82.
  • "Asymmetric induction with amidocuprates", S.H. Bertz, G. Dabbagh & G. Sundararajan, J. Org. Chem. 1986, 51, 4953-59.
  • "Evidence for intra-molecular pathways in C-C bond-forming reactions proceeding from binuclear iron complexes", G. Sundararajan & J. San Filippo, Organometallics 1985, 4, 606-8.

Recent publications and conference proceedings :

Year 2006

  • "Titanium precatalysts bearing N-substituted beta-amino alcohols for 1-hexene polymerization: The effect of steric crowding", K. Vijayakrishna & G.. Sundararajan, Polymer in press.

  • “Sterically modified C3 and pseudo-Cs symmetric titanium and zirconium catalysts for polymerization of 1-hexene”. P. Sudhakar, G. Sundararajan, Polymer Preprints 2006, 47, 280-281.

  • “Investigation of the active species in a Michael addition promoted by chirally modified tetrahydroborate”. Susan Abraham, G. Sundararajan, Tetrahedron 2006, 62, 1474-1478.

  • “Novel Linear and Tribranched Polymers with Redox-Active End Groups via W(CO)6-Initiated Metathesis Polymerization”, N.S. Santhosh, G. Sundararajan, Organic Letters 2006, 8, 605-608.

    Year 2005

  • “Tuning the reactivity of N,O,O,O-non-metallocene catalysts for a-olefin polymerization: issues related to ligand symmetry and derivatization”, P. Sudhakar, G. Sundararajan, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2005, 26, 1854-1859.

  • “Highly efficient resolution of racemic diethanolamine using (-) camphor-10-sulphonic acid”, Neelima D. Tangellamudi, Babu Varghese, and Govindarajan Sundararajan, ARKIVOC 2005 (xi) 137-145.

  • Guest Editorial: Unsaturated Sugars: Syntheses and Applications. A Special Issue in Honour of Professor Kalpattu Kuppuswamy BalsubramanianG. Sundararajan and N.G. Ramesh, Molecules 2005, 10, 833–836.

    Year 2004

  • “Synthesis of ?-amino alcohols by regioselective ring opening of arylepoxides with anilines catalyzed by cobaltous chloride”, Govindarajan Sundararajan, Kari Vijayakrishnaa and Babu Varghese, Tetrahedron Letters, 2004, 25, 8253-8256
  • “A New Class of Mono- and Tetra-nuclear Titanatranes – Synthesis, Structure and Ethylene Polymerization Studies – Role of Single-Sited Active Species?” P. Sudhakar, C. V. Amburose, G. Sundararajan and M. Nethaji, Organometallics, 2004, 23, 4462-4467


    Year 2003

  • “Transformation reaction of vinyl- addition to metathesis - studies with a new single-site catalyst”, G. Sundararajan, International Journal of Plastics Technology 2003, 6, 68-72.
  • “Homogeneous catalysts for polymerisation of olefins”, G. Sundararajan, Editor(s): Viswanathan, B.; Sivasanker, S.; Ramaswamy, A. V. Catalysis, 2002, 302-310. Publisher: Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, India

    Year 2002

  • “Latent Bimodal Polymerization of 1-Hexene by a Titanium-Based Diastereomeric Catalyst Containing a rac/meso-Aminodiol Ligand”, G. Sundararajan & R. Manivannan, Macromolecules 2002, 35, 7883-7890.
  • “Asymmetric Michael addition reactions with a chiral catalyst containing an amino diol ligand”, N. Prabagaran, Susan Abraham & G. Sundararajan, ARKIVOC 2002 part vii. 212-226. (http://www.arkat-usa.org/ark/ARKIVOC/arkivoc_articles_2002.htm)
  • “Asymmetric Michael addition reactions using chiral La-Na aminodiolate catalyst”, N. Prabagaran & G. Sundararajan, Tetrahedron Asymmetry, 2002, 13, 1053-58.
  • “Transformation Reactions involving metathesis polymerisation”, R. Manivannan & G. Sundararajan, J. Mol. Catal. 2002, 190, 57-66.
  • “Conjugated polymers with ferrocenes as pendants or as end-groups”, K. Dhanalakshmi & G. Sundararajan, J. Organometal. Chem. 2002, 645, 27–32

    Year 2001

  • “First Asymmetric Synthesis of Quinoline Derivatives by Inverse-Electron-Demand (IED) Diels-Alder Reaction using Chiral Ti(IV) Complex”, G. Sundararajan, N. Prabagaran & Babu Verghese, Organic Letters, 2001, 3 1973-76.
  • “Synthesis and characterization of CdS nanocrystals in a perfluorinated ionomer (Nafion)”, P. Nandakumar, C. Vijayan, Y.V.G.S. Murti, K. Dhanalakshmi and G. Sundararajan, Materials Science & Engineering B83 2001 61-65.
  • “A New Polymer Anchored Chiral Catalyst for Asymmetric Michael Addition Reactions”, G. Sundararajan, N. Prabagaran, Organic Letters 2001, 3, 389-92.

Courses taught recently :
  • Undergraduate Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry on Reaction Mechanisms and Aromaticity
  • Organometallics for Organic Synthesis
  • Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Laboratory Courses for Undergraduate & Masters Level Students

Projects :

Sponsored Research projects :

  • Since 1988 - present on Metathesis and Olefin polymerisation - by DST.
  • Since 1993 - present on Asymmetric Induction - by CSIR.
  • Aug. 1992 – Sep.1996 on Polymer Additives to Solid Propellants by ISRO

Industry Sponsored Research Projects :

  • “Electroactive polymers” Dr. S. Gunasekaran, GE-India Technology Center, Bangalore (2005-2006).
  • “New catalysts for the polymerization of vinyl ethers”, International Specialty Products, Wayne, New Jersey. Collaborator: Dr. Paul Taylor (2003-2005).
  • “Search for New Single-Site catalysts”, Dr. Sumit Bhaduri, Reliance Industries Limited, April 2001 - present.
  • Synthesis of new triblock copolymers – Dr. Maria Spinu, Dupont Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware (1996 - 1998)

Research Collaboration with Scientists abroad:

  • IITMadrars-BMBF research collaboration with Professor Walter Kaminsky, University of Hamburg, Germany (1997, 1998 & 1999).
  • Royal Society – Indian national Science Acadmey – Visiting Scientist to Imperial College, London, Collaborator, Professor Susan Thomas.
Others :

At present (circa April 2006),

  • Head of the Department of Chemistry - IITMadras
  • DST-PAC (Organic) Member
  • Member of the Council of Chemical Research Society of India
  • Vice- President – High Energy Materials Society of India – Madras Zone

    Some significant was:

  • President – IITMadras Alumni Association 2002-2004
  • Organizer – Indo-US Symposium in Organometallics and Olefin Polymerization sponsored by National Science Foundation and Department of Science & Technology – Dec. 2003
  • Warden – Ganga Hostel, IITMadras, 1999-2001.