Dr. S. Shanmugan

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. S. Shanmugan received his B.Sc., and M.Sc., degrees from Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore (Bharathiyar University). He completed his M.Phil., in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Madras, Guindy campus, Chennai. He has graduated his Ph.D in Materials and Organometallic chemistry under the supervision of Dr. R. Murugavel in 2009 from Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India. Subsequently he held postdoctoral positions at foreign universities like ÉcolePolytechnique, France with Dr. Nicolas Mézailles and Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium with Prof. Paolo P. Pescarmona. His research interests mainly focus on Inorganic-Organic hybrid framework materials, Nitrogen fixation by metal complexes, Polyoxometalate catalyst and Organotin phosphate clusters. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in Research Institute & Department of Chemistry at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu.

  • Silsesquioxane Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Framework Materials for Gas Adsorption.
  • Activation of Small Molecules like Dinitrogen, Carbon dioxide using Low-Valent Transition Metal Complexes.
  • Polyoxometalate Catalyst for Oxidation Reactions.
  • Organotin Phosphate Clusters.

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Selected Publications

  • M. Gopalakrishnan, S. Shanmugan, N. Palanisami, Synthesis and Spectroscopic Characterization of Tris(tert-butoxy)siloxy Titanium and Hafnium Complexes: Molecular Precursor to [M/Si/O (M = Ti, Hf)] Materials, Phosphorus, Sulfur Silicon Relat. Elem. 2017, 192, 977.
  • C. Gurudevaru, M. Gopalakrishnan, K. Senthilkumar, H. Hemachandran, R. Siva, T. Srinivasan, D. Velmurugan, S. Shanmugan, N. Palanisami, Synthesis and structural and DNA binding studies of mono and dinuclear copper(II) complexes constructed with ─O and ─N donor ligands: Potential anti‐skin cancer drugs, Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2017, e3998.
  • K. Vediappana, K. Prasanna, S. Shanmugan, RM. Gnanamuthu, C. W. Lee, Structural stability and electrochemical properties of gadolinium-substituted LiGdxMn2-xO4 spinel as cathode materials for Li-ion rechargeable batteries, Appl. Surf. Sci. 2017, 449, 412.
  • S. Kumaraguru, G.G. Kumar, S. Shanmugan, S. Mohan, R.M. Gnanamuthu, Enhanced texture and microhardness of the nickel surface using Bi2O3 particles via electrodeposition technique for engineering application, J. Alloys Compd., 2018, 753, 740.
  • R. Prabu, K. Peramaiah, N. Palanisami, P. P. Pescarmona, B. Neppolian and S. Shanmugan, Non-covalent polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-polyoxometalates as inorganic–organic–inorganic hybrid materials for visible-light photocatalytic splitting of water. Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, 5, 2666
  • U. Pramod Kumar, S. Shanmugan, C. Joseph Kennady and S. M. A. Shibli, Anti-corrosion and microstructural properties of NieW alloy coatings: effect of 3,4-Dihydroxybenzaldehyde, Heliyon, 2019, 5, e01288
  • S. K. Gupta, S. Shanmugan, T. Rajeshkumar, A. Borah, M. Damjanović, M. Schulze, W. Wernsdorfer, G. Rajaraman and R. Murugavel, A single-ion single-electron cerrous magnet, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 15928
  • U. Pramod Kumar, R. H. Albrakaty, N. Wazzan, I. B. Obot, Z. S. Safi, S. Shanmugan and T. Liang. Insight into the nature of the ionic interactions between some aldehydes and Ni-W alloy: A theoretical study. Mater. Today Commun. 2020, 22, 100693
  • P. Marimuthu, S. Shanmugan, K. P. Kirubakaran, A. Thomas, M.Prakash, C. Senthil, C. W. Lee and K. Vediappan, High energy storage of Li-ions on keggin-type polyoxometalate as electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries, J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 2020, 142, 109468.
  • G. Champaka, K. Senthilkumar, E. David, S. Shanmugan and N. Palanisami, Monomeric zinc ferrocene carboxylate [Zn(FcCOO)(3, 5-dmp)2Cl] derived from 3, 5-dimethylpyrazole: structural, optical, electrochemical and antimicrobial studies, J. Mol. Struct., 2021, 1228, 129749.
  • V. Jeevananthan, S. A. G. Thangavelu, P. Loganathan and S. Shanmugan, Multisite coordination ligands on cyclotriphosphazene core for the assembly of metal clusters and porous coordination polymers, ChemistrySelect, 2021, 6, 1478.
  • P. Loganathan, K. K. R. Datta and S. Shanmugan, Superhydrophobic Covalent Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Hybrid Material as a Highly Efficient and Reusable Sorbent for Organic Liquids, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D0QI01405B.
  • S. Shanmugan, T. Prapakaran, M. G. Walawalkar and R. Murugavel, Multifunctionality-assisted supramolecular architecture formation in tert-butyl phosphonic acid adducts with cytosine and adenine, Emergent Materials,
  • Synthesis of benzothiazole–benzoxazoledendrimers with triazole as bridging unit and their application in dye-sensitized solar cellsPerumalRajakumar, VenkatesanKalpana, ShanmugamGanesan and PichaiMaruthamuthuNew J. Chem., 2013, 37, 3692—3700 (Impact factor 3)
  • A bright entry to improve the performance of DSSCs with the influence of novel optoelectronic acridinedione based macromolecules in I_/I3_ electrolytes GovindasamiPeriyasami,  Raju Rajesh, NatarajanArumugam, RaghavacharyRaghunathan, ShanmugamGanesan and PichaiMaruthamuthu, J. Mater. Chem. A  DOI: 1, 2013,14666–14674 (Impact factor 8.2)
  • A poly (ethylene oxide), poly (vinylidene fluoride) and polycapro lactone polymer blend doped with an indigenous nitrogen–sulfur based organic compound as a novel electrolyte system for dye-sensitized solar cell applications, S. Ganesan, P. Karthika, R. Rajarathinam, M. Arthanareeswari, Vinod Mathew, P. Maruthamuthu, Solar Energy 135 (2016) 84-91 (Impact factor3.7)
  • Influence of organic additive to PVDF-HFP mixed iodide electrolytes on thephotovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells, R.A. Senthil, J. Theerthagiri, J. Madhavan, S. Ganesan, A.K. Arof, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 101 (2017) 18–24 (Impact factor2.1)
  • Synthesis and application of stilbenoid phenothiazine dendrimers as additives for dye-sensitized solar cellsMahalingamRavivarma, ChinnaduraiSatheeshkumar, ShanmugamGanesan andPerumalRajakumar, Materials Chemistry Frontiers DOI: 10.1039/c7qm00238f
  • Synthesis, photophysical and electrochemical properties and DSSC applications of triphenylaminechalconedendrimers via click chemistryDevarajAnandkumar, ShanmugamGanesan, PerumalRajakumarPichaiMaruthamuthu, New Journal of Chemistry DOI: 10.1039/c7nj01059a
  • S. Shanmugan, D. Cani, Paolo P. Pescarmona, The design and synthesis of an innovative octacarboxy-silsesquioxane building block, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 11008-11011.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Assembling metal phosphonates in the presence of monodentate-terminal and bidentate-bridging pyridine ligands: use of non-covalent and covalent interaction to build polymeric metal-phosphonates architectures. Dalton Trans., 2008, 5358-5367.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Highly Asymmetric Pentameric and Tetrameric Organooxotin clusters: Insights into Their Formation through Partial Dearylation, Organometallics 2008, 27, 2784-2788.
  • R. Pothiraja, S. Shanmugan, M. G. Walawalkar, M. Nethaji, R. J. Butcher, and R. Murugavel, Structural Diversity in Zinc Phosphates and Phosphinates: Observation of a Lattice Water Dimer Sandwiched Between Phosphoryl Oxygen Atoms, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2008, 1834-1845.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, and S. Kuppuswamy, Structural Diversity in Organotin Compounds Derived from Bulky Monoaryl Phosphates: Dimeric, Tetrameric, and Polymeric Tin Phosphate Complexes, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2008, 1508-1517.
  • R. Murugavel, S. Shanmugan, Seeking Tetrameric Transition Metal Phosphonate with a D4R core and organizing it into a 3-D supramolecular assembly, Chem. Commun. 2007, 1257-1259.

Books Published

  • P. P. Pescarmona, C. Aprile, S. Shanmugan. New and Future Developments in Catalysis.Hybrid Materials, Composites, and Organocatalysts. Editor: Steven L. Suib. Silsesquioxanes and their use as precursors for catalysts and as model compounds.Chapter 16. Elsevier, 2013, 385-422

Funded projects

  • DST-Fast Track (Young Scientist) (2015-2018), New Delhi
  • DST-SERB Young Scientist Scheme 2016-2019 32.60 Lakhs Silsesquioxane based Inorganic­Organic Hybrid Framework Materials (SIOHF)
  • DST-SERB Core Research Grant 2021-2024 36.13 Lakhs Bifunctional Site-isolated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane for Tandem and Cooperative Catalytic Reactions

Courses Taught 

  • CY101 – Chemistry
  • CY102 – Principles ofEnvironmental Science

Sponsored Research Project

DST-Start Up Research Grant (Young Scientists)-accepted for funding (2015)with a grant of Rs32.6 lakhs. Project Title: Silsesquioxane based Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Framework Materials (SIOHF)

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Dr. S. Shanmugan
Research Assistant professor,
Research Institute & Department of Chemistry,
University Building - 1221,
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur - 603203,
Chengalpattu District,Tamil Nadu, India