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 heterostructured nanophotocatalysts for energy and environmental applications

                       Contact Information
   Department of Chemistry,
     Room No.310    
     Indian Institute of Technology  Ropar,  
     Nangal Road, Rupnagar-140001,
     Punjab, INDIA

Selected Recent Publications
  • Rajesh Das, D. Muthukumar, Renjith S. Pillai and C. M. Nagaraja, Rational design of a Zn(II)-MOF with multiple functional sites for highly efficient fixation of CO2 at mild conditions: combined experimental and theoretical investigation, Chem. Eur. J. 2020 (
  • 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).
  • 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).

  • N. Sharma, S. S. Dhankhar, and C. M. Nagaraja, Environment-friendly, co-catalyst and solvent-free fixation of CO2 using an ionic Zinc(II)-porphyrin complex immobilized in porous metal-organic framework, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, 3, 2977-2982 (HOT Article).

  • 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).

  • S. Dhankhar, N. Sharma, S. Kumar, T. J. Dhilip Kumar and C. M. Nagaraja, Rational design of bifunctional, 2-fold interpenetrated Zn(II)-metal-organic framework for selective adsorption of CO2 and efficient aqueous phase sensing of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol, Chem. Eur. J. 23, 2017, 16204-16212. (Highlighted as Frontispiece, Hot Paper ) (Link).