About G. Sekar

Prof. G. Sekar obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur in 1999 under the guidance of Padma Shri, Prof. Vinod K. Singh. Dr. Sekar was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow (with Prof. H. Nishiyama) at Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, and an AvH postdoctoral fellow (with Prof. L. F. Tietze) at Goettingen University, Germany. He also carried out postdoctoral research (with Prof. Brian M. Stoltz ) at Caltech, USA.

Prof. Sekar’s research activity on organic synthesis focuses on developing new synthetic methodologies employing environmentally benign homogeneous catalysts, metal nanocatalysts, and halogen bonding catalysis. His group has synthesized the first enantiopure model of the Galactose Oxidase enzyme and mimicked its activity for the synthesis of important enantiopure alcohols through oxidative kinetic resolution. His group has synthesized a new class of highly stable palladium and platinum semi-heterogeneous nanocatalysts stabilized by M – C (sp2) covalent bonds and utilized them as easily recoverable/reusable green catalysts. Recently, his group has developed new catalysts using principles of halogen bonding interaction, an emerging field in catalysis.

Prof. Sekar is the author of 131 publications, graduated 25 Ph.D. students, and presently guiding 12 Ph.D. scholars.  He is the recipient of the Senior Scientist Award-2021 by the Academy of Sciences Chennai, CRSI bronze medal-2015, Institute Research and Development Award (Mid-Career)-2017, JSPS, AvH postdoctoral fellowships, and AvH equipment award. He is the Fellow National Academy of Sciences (FNASc, 2019), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Chennai (FASCh). He is also a present council member of the National Organic Symposium Trust (NOST), Chemical Research Society of India (Joint Secretary, CRSI), and Academy of Sciences, Chennai.

Prof. Sekar is the selection committee member of DST-INSA INSPIRE Faculty Fellowships, co-opted member of SERB organic chemistry PAC, screening committee member of SERB-SUPRA, regional coordinator (TN) of KVPY (2019 & 2020), and the Vice President of RSC-South India Local Section.

Prof. Sekar’s Research Outcome

  • Number of papers published:                                       132
  • Number of Ph.D. students (completed):                       25
  • Number of Ph.D. students (on-going):                          11
  • Number of sponsored projects (completed):              12
  • Number of sponsored projects (on-going):                  01
  • Invited/guest lectures delivered:                                   115
  • Number of the patent (filed/granted)                           07
  • H-index : 36; Total citation: 4,066 (as on 21.03.2022); Source: Scopus; Scopus ID: 6602184820)
  • Our recent research regarding conversion of toluene to benzoic acid using Pt-BNP nano-catalyst in water (in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 250, 325) is highlighted in “The Hindu” national English newspaper on 31st March 2019 (Page 13 of Chennai Edition)
  • DD national (Science) TV / RS TV news coverage about conversion of toluene to benzoic acid using our Pt-BNP nano-catalyst in water (18.5.2019, Science Monitor)

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD (@ IIT Madras)

  • Professor (HAG), Department of Chemistry (July 2021 – till date)
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry (July 2014 – June 2021)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry (May 2010 – July 2014)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry (Dec. 2004 – May 2010)

 

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION,  AWARDS,  FELLOWSHIPS, Etc.

  • Vice president, RSC – South India Local Section (2022 – till date)
  • Senior Scientist Award for the year 2021 (Dr. M. Santappa Award in Chemical Sciences) by the Academy of Sciences Chennai.
  • Selection Committee Member, DST INSPIRE Faculty Fellowships, DST-INSPIRE program (Jan. 2022 – Jan. 2025)
  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry (Catalytic Reactions and Chemistry) from Dec. 2021 to till date (Impact factor: 5.221)
    https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/chemistry/sections/catalytic-reactions-and-chemistry#editorial-board
  • Member of reviewers’ panel for Current Organocatalysis journal, Current Organic Synthesis journal and Current Catalysis journal (2022 onwards)
  • Co-opted member, Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of Organic Chemistry, DST-SERB (June 2021 – June 2024)
  • Member of Executive Committee of  R&D Cell, Annamacharya Institute of Technology  & Sciences, Rajampet, AP  (2021-22 to 2023-24)
  • Continuous reviewer for CSIR-FIRST (Fundamental & Innovative Research in Science of Tomorrow) Scheme, CSIR India (from April 2021)
  • Member of the Screening Committee of DST “SERB-SUPRA,”  2020-2021
  • Convener, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Chennai Regional Chapter (2020 – 2023)
  • RSC – South India Local Section Committee Member (2020- 2021)
  • Golden Jubilee Alumni endowment award lecture (March 2020), Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai
  • Joint Secretary, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) (April 2020 – March 2023)
  • Executive council member, Academy of Sciences, Chennai (2020 – till date)
  • Fellow National Academy of Sciences (FNASc., 2019)
  • Regional Coordinator (Chennai), KVPY (2019 – till date)
  • Our recent research regarding the conversion of toluene to benzoic acid using Pt-BNP nano-catalyst in water (in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 250, 325) was highlighted in “The Hindu” national English newspaper on 31st March 2019.
  • DD national (Science) TV / RS TV news coverage about conversion of toluene to benzoic acid using our Pt-BNP nano-catalyst in water (18.5.2019, Science Monitor)
  • National Organic Symposium Trust (NOST) council member (Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2022)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2018)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Chennai (FASCh., 2018)
  • Institute Research & Development Award (IRDA-2017; Mid-career award) by IIT Madras
  • Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) council member (April 2017 – March 2020)
  • Bronze medal for  the year-2015 by Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI)
  • Member, Tamil Nadu’s “State Crisis Group” for “management of chemical accidents” (from August 2013 – till date)
  • Editorial board member of  “ISRN Organic Chemistry” (Hindawi’s open access, peer-reviewed journal) (from Sep. 2010 – 2013)
  • AvH Foundation’s (Germany) Equipment Grant (2009-10; Euro 19,778)
  • DST Fast Track Research Project for Young Scientist (2005-2008, this project was rated as “Excellent” by DST expert committee)
  • Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (AvH), Germany (July 2001 – December 2002)
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan (April 2000 – June 2001)
  • GATE / CSIR research fellowship and CSIR-RA fellowship
  • SSLC (school topper); HSC (branch topper); B. Sc. (college topper)

Dr. G. Sekar

Professor
Department of Chemistry
IIT Madras, INDIA