Department of Chemistry

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                      Dr. Nagaraja C. Mallaiah
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore)


        Research Interests  
  •  Inorganic, Organometallic and Materials Chemistry

  •  Design of multifunctional  framework (MOF/COF) materials for catalytic conversion of CO2 to fine chemicals   

  •  Development of hetero-structured nano photocatalysts for energy and environmental applications

                       Contact Information
   Department of Chemistry,                                                   
     Room No.317  
     S. S. Bhatnagar Block    
     Indian Institute of Technology  Ropar
     Punjab, INDIA

Looking for a highly motivated candidate for a JRF position in SERB-funded project on Development of 2D Metal-Organic Nanosheet (MONs)-based Photocatalysts for Production of Clean Fuel and Value-added Chemicals. Interested candidates may write to me ( along with the resume

Selected Recent Publications
  • Rajesh Das, Surya Sekhar Manna, Biswarup Pathak, and C. M. Nagaraja, Strategic Design of Mg-Centered Porphyrin MOF for Efficient Visible Light-Promoted Fixation of CO2 at Ambient Conditions: Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2022, 14, 29, 33285-33296.

  • S. Dhingra, M. Sharma, V. Krishnan, and C. M. Nagaraja, Design of noble metal-free CoTiO3/Zn0.5Cd0.5S heterostructure photocatalyst for selective synthesis of furfuraldehyde combined with H2 production, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 608, 2022, 1040-1050.
  • Rajesh Das, T. Ezhil,A. S. PalakkalD. Muthukumar,   Renjith S. Pillai  and  C. M. Nagaraja,  Efficient chemical fixation of CO2 from direct air under environment-friendly co-catalyst and solvent-free ambient conditions, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2021, 9, 23127-23139).
  • Rajesh Das and C. M. Nagaraja, Noble metal-free Cu(I)-anchored NHC-based MOF for highly recyclable fixation of CO2 under RT and atmospheric pressure conditions, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 5195-5204.

  • Bharati Debnath, Suman Dhingra, C M Nagaraja, Recent developments in the design of CdxZn1-xS based photocatalysts for sustainable production of hydrogen, Solar RRL 2021, 2100226.
  • Rajesh Das and C. M. Nagaraja, Highly Efficient Fixation of Carbon Dioxide at RT and Atmospheric Pressure Conditions: Influence of Polar Functionality on Selective Capture and Conversion of CO2, Inorg. Chem. 59,  2020, 9765-9773.

  • Suman Dhingra, Tripti Chhabra, Venkata Krishnan, and C. M. Nagaraja, Visible-light-driven selective oxidation of biomass-derived HMF to DFF coupled with H2 generation by noble metal-free Zn0.5Cd0.5S/MnO2 heterostructures, ACS Applied Energy Materials 2020, 3, 7138-7148.
  • S. S. Dhankhar, B. Ugale and C. M. Nagaraja Co-catalyst-free chemical fixation of CO2 into cyclic carbonates by using metal-organic frameworks as efficient heterogeneous catalysts, Chem Asian J. 2020, 15, 2403-2427 (invited review article, adjudged as top cited article in 2020-21).
  • Construction of a bifunctional Zn(II)-organic framework containing basic amine functionality for selective capture and room temperature fixation of CO2, Inorg. Chem. Front., 7, 2020, 72-81 (Featured as front cover of the issue).

  • B. Ugale, S. Kumar, T. J. Dhilip Kumar and C. M. Nagaraja, Environment-friendly, Cocatalyst-free Chemical Fixation of CO2 at Mild Conditions Using Dual-walled Nitrogen-rich 3D Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Inorg. Chem. 58, 2019, 3925-3936 (Link) 

  • S. Dhankhar, N. Sharma, S. Kumar, T. J. Dhilip Kumar and C. M. Nagaraja, Rational Design of a 3D Mn(II)-Metal–Organic Framework Based on a Nonmetallated Porphyrin Linker for Selective Capture of CO2 and One‐Pot Synthesis of Styrene Carbonates, Chem. Eur. J. 24, 2018, 16662-16669 (Link) (Adjudged as top downloaded paper in 2018 and 2019).

  • M. Kaur and C. M. Nagaraja, Template-free Synthesis of Zn1-xCdxS Nanocrystals with Tunable Band Structure for Efficient Water Splitting and Reduction of Nitroaromatics in Water, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 5, 2017, 4293-4303 (Link).