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 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 125 publications, graduated 24 Ph.D. students, and presently guiding 11 Ph.D. scholars.  He is the recipient of the Institute Research and Development Award (Mid-Career)-2017, JSPS, AvH postdoctoral fellowships, AvH equipment award, and CRSI bronze medal for the year-2015. 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’s Research Outcome

  • Number of papers published:                                       125
  • Number of Ph.D. students (completed):                       24
  • Number of Ph.D. students (on-going):                          11
  • Number of sponsored projects (completed):              11
  • Number of sponsored projects (on-going):                  02
  • Invited/guest lectures delivered:                                   108
  • H-index : 34; Total citation: 3341 (as on 6th May, 2020); 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 RECOGNITION,  AWARDS,  FELLOWSHIPS, Etc.

  • Convener, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Chennai Regional Chapter (2020 – 2023)
  • 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