Research Group Publications

  • Manoj kumar Ghosalya, Ruchi Jain, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy And Chinnakonda S Gopinath*, Silicon Oxidation by NAPPES: From Dangling bonds to Oxygen Islands to 2D SiOx Layer to the Onset of Bulk SiO2 Formation, Journal of Physical Chemistry C., Just Accepted, (2018).
  • Perumal Devaraji And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, "Pt - g-C3N4 - (Au/TiO2) : Electronically integrated nanocomposite for solar hydrogen generation", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy., 43, 601 - 613 (2018).
  • Subhasis Das, Gourab Bhattacharjee, Biswarup Satpati, Mukesh Kumar, Sasanka Deka, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya And Chinnakonda S. Gopinathd Tanushree Bala*, Deposition of Au nanoparticles inside porous CeO2 nanocubes using Langmuir–Blodgett technique, New Journal of chemistry., 42, 1379 - 1386 (2018).
  • Kshirodra Kumar Patra and Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Harnessing Visible Light and Limited Near IR Photons Through Plasmon Effect of Gold Nanorod with AgTiO2, Journal of Physical Chemistry C., 122, 1206 - 1214 (2018).
  • Sandeep Yadav, Ruchi Dixit, Kumar Vanka And Sakya S. Sen*, Beyond Hydrofunctionalization: A Well-Defined Calcium Compound Catalyzed Mild and Efficient Carbonyl Cyanosilylation, Chem. Eur. J., 24, 1269 - 1273 (2018).
  • S. P. Midya, V. G. Landge, M. K. Sahoo, J. Rana And E. Balaraman*, Cobalt-Catalyzed Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling of Aminoalcohols with alcohols: Direct Access to Pyrrole, Pyridine and Pyrazine Derivatives, Chem. Commun., 54, 90 - 93 (2018), DOI:10.1039/C7CC07427A.
  • Manoj kumar Ghosalya, Ruchi Jain, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Kank Roy And Chinnakonda S Gopinath*, Subtle Interaction between Ag and O2: A Near Ambient Pressure UV Photoelectron Spectroscopy (NAP-UPS) Investigations, Journal of Chemical Sciences., Just Accepted, (2017).
  • G. Jaiswal, V. Landge, D. Jagadeesan* And E. Balaraman*, Iron-based nanocatalyst for the acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions, Nature Commun., 8, 2147 - 2160 (2017), DOI:10.1038/s41467-017-01603-3.
  • V. G. Landge, J. Pitchaimani, S. P. Midya, M. Subaramanian, V. Madhu* And E. Balaraman*, Phosphine-free cobalt pincer complex catalyzed Z-selective semihydrogenation of unbiased alkynes, Catal. Sci. Technol., , (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7CY01994G.
  • M. K. Sahoo, G. Jaiswal, J. Rana And E. Balaraman*, Organo-photoredox catalyzed oxidative dehydrogenation of N-heterocycles, Chem. Eur. J., 23, 14167 - 14172 (2017), DOI:10.1002/chem.201703642.
  • S Das, A Bordoloi, MK Ghosalya, CS Gopinath And T Bala, Facile synthesis of Al2O3-Pt nanocomposite and its catalytic activity, Materials Research Express., 4, 115002 (2017).
  • LK Preethi, Rajini P Antony, Tom Mathews, Lukasz Walczak And Chinnakonda S Gopinath, A Study on Doped Heterojunctions in TiO 2 Nanotubes: An Efficient Photocatalyst for Solar Water Splitting, Nature Scientific Reports., 7, 14314 (2017).
  • C P Vinod*, A B Vysakh And S Sreedhala, Model Nanoparticles in Catalysis, book chapter in "Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters Advances in Synthesis, Properties and Applications" Springer (2017)., , 165 - 199 (2017),
  • K. J. Betsy, Anish Lazar And C. P. Vinod*, Aqueous Phase Selective Hydrogenation of Phenols over RuO2 nanoparticles supported on MCM-41, Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects., , (2017), DOI:(Invited article, just accepted).
  • Perumal Devaraji, Maitri Mapa, Hasna M. Abdul Hakkeem, Vediappan Sudhakar, Kothandam Krishnamoorthy And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, ZnO-ZnS Heterojunctions: A Potential Candidate for Optoelectronics Applications and Mineralization of Endocrine Disruptors in Direct Sunlight, ACS Omega., 2, 6768 - 6781 (2017).
  • Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Ruchi Jain, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya And and Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Metallic Cobalt to Spinel Co3O4 – Electronic Structure Evolution by Near-Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy, J. Physical Chemistry C., 121, 21472 - 21481 (2017).
  • Vysakh A B, Ruchi Jain, Gopinath S Chinnakonda And Vinod Prabhakaran, Diverse reactivity trends of Ni surface in Au@Ni core-shell nanoparticle probed by Near Ambient Pressure (NAP) XPS, Catalysis Science & Technology., 7, 4489 - 4498 (2017).
  • Ruchi Jain, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, Water Mediated Deactivation of Co3O4 Naonrods Catalyst for CO Oxidation and Resumption of Activity at and Above 373 K: Electronic Structural Aspects by NAPPES, Journal of Physical Chemistry C., 121, 20296 - 20305 (2017).
  • Kshirodra Patra, Bela Bhuskute And Chinnakonda Gopinath*, Possibly scalable solar hydrogen generation with quasi-artificial leaf approach, Nature Scientific Reports., 7, 6515 (2017).
  • S Chakrabartty, CS Gopinath And CR Raj, Polymer-based hybrid catalyst of low Pt content for electrochemical hydrogen evolution, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy., 42, 22821 (2017).
  • Meenakshi Chauhan, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And and Sasanka Deka, Copper Cobalt Sulphide Nanosheets Realizing Promising Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Reaction, ACS Catalysis., 7, 5871 - 5879 (2017).
  • Anish Lazar, K J Betsy, C. P. Vinod And A. P. Singh, Ru(II)-functionalized SBA-15 as highly chemoselective, acid free and sustainable heterogeneous catalyst for acetalization of aldehydes and ketones, Catalysis Communications., , (2017),
  • Sourik Mondal, Thattarathody Rajesh, Basab Bijayi Dhar, Markus Snellman, Junjie Li And Leonard Deepak Francis and R. Nandini Devi , Understanding alloy structure and composition in sinter-resistant AgPd@SiO2 encapsulated catalysts and their effect on catalytic properties, New J. Chem., Just Accepted, (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7NJ03652C.
    Extent of alloying and alloy composition, crucial in determining the activity and selectivity of bimetallic catalysts, are studied in porous silica encapsulated AgPd catalysts using XRD, HRTEM and HAADF-STEM. Water dispersible ligand protected Pd ultra small clusters and Ag nanoparticles of three different sizes are used as precursors. High reactivity of Pd ultra small clusters enhances alloying of even big Ag nanoparticles to an extent. Encapsulation seems to have minimised the sintering of the resultant nanoparticles. Earlier suggestions of role of d-band positions with respect to adsorption energies holds good for AgPd system also and alloying enhances the activity. Alloy of composition Ag50Pd50 is found to be the most active with rate of the reaction enhanced two fold in this system compared to other compositions. Other factors like particle size and sinter-resistance also play important roles in enhancing the activity of these catalysts.
  • Babasaheb M. Matsagar, ........... , Paresh L. Dhepe And Kevin C-W. Wu, Direct Production of Furfural in One-pot Fashion from Raw Biomass Using Brønsted Acidic Ionic Liquids, Scientific Reports., , (2017), DOI:DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-13946-4.
    The conversion of raw biomass into C5-sugars and furfural was demonstrated with the one-pot method using Brønsted acidic ionic liquids (BAILs) without any mineral acids or metal halides. Various BAILs were synthesized and characterized using NMR, FT-IR, TGA, and CHNS microanalysis and were used as the catalyst for raw biomass conversion. The remarkably high yield (i.e. 88%) of C5 sugars from bagasse can be obtained using 1-methyl-3(3-sulfopropyl)-imidazolium hydrogen sulfate ([C3SO3HMIM][HSO4]) BAIL catalyst in a water medium. Similarly, the [C3SO3HMIM][HSO4] BAIL also converts the bagasse into furfural with very high yield (73%) in one-pot method using a water/toluene biphasic solvent system.
  • Sandip K. Singh, Subhrashis Banerjee, Kumar Vanka And Paresh L. Dhepe, Understanding interactions between lignin and ionic Liquids with experimental and theoretical studies during catalytic depolymerization, Catalysis Today., , (2017).
    Compared to H2SO4, Brønsted acidic ionic liquid (BAIL, [C3SO3HMIM][HSO4]) catalyzed depolymerization of lignin yielded higher concentration of low molecular weight products under mild conditions (120 oC) as proven by GC and GC-MS. To comprehend this disparity in catalytic activity among H2SO4 and BAIL (at similar H+ concentration), experimental techniques [1D(1H) NMR, 2D(15N/1H HMBC) NMR and RAMAN] have been employed. Based on these studies, it has been proven that the transfer of electron density from substrate to the electron deficient imidazolium ring via formation of hydrogen bond between –OH/OCH3 (substrate) and -N1C2H2N3- (cation) is possible, while the anion plays an important role. Further, density functional theory (DFT) calculations also corroborated this fact by showing a change in the bond angle and decrease in bond length (C2-H2 in imidazole), due to the presence of weak and strong hydrogen bonding between the substrate and IL.
  • Babasaheb M. Matsagar And Paresh L. Dhepe, Effects of cations, anions and H+ concentration of acidic ionic liquids in the valorization of polysaccharides into furfural, New Journal of Chemistry., 41, 6137 - 6144 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7NJ00342K.
    Valorization of hemicellulose to valuable chemicals such as C5 sugars and furfural in the one-pot fashion is crucial. In this work, acidic ionic liquids in presence of water showed high yields of C5 sugars (>80%) with >99% conversion of hemicelluloses at 160 °C. With water+toluene biphasic solvent system, within 4 h, 85% furfural yield was obtained directly from hemicellulose in a one-pot fashion using the catalytic amount of 1-methyl-3-(3-sulfopropyl)-imidazolium hydrogen sulfate. It is seen that BAILs perform better than solid acid [Faujasite and Mordenite zeolites; ion exchange resin, Amberlyst-15] and mineral catalysts [HCl and H2SO4]. The higher activity of BAILs compared to solid acids and mineral acid was correlated to Hammett acidity function (Ho) and ion-dipole type of interaction. The catalysts were characterized using NMR (1H and 13C), elemental analysis and TGA to confirm that those are stable under reaction conditions and thus were recyclable.
  • Sandip K. Singh And Paresh L. Dhepe, Effect of structural properties of organosolv lignins isolated from different rice husks on their liquefaction using acidic ionic liquids, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy., , (2017).
    Lignin is the only naturally available sustainable resource of aromatic compound on the Earth. Depending on the properties of lignin and the reaction conditions employed for the liquefaction, it is observed that the product distribution alters. Since, ionic liquids (ILs) are considered as green and have tuneable properties, in the current work, imidazolium based acidic ILs were employed to liquefy organosolv lignins derived from different varieties of rice husks. When liquefaction was carried out at 120 oC for 1 h 36% yield for EtOAc and DEE soluble products with high mass balance (97±3%) was observed. The detailed characterizations of lignins and organic solvent soluble products were done by variety of techniques (GC-MS, FT-IR, UV-Vis, 2D (HSQC) NMR) and based on this, the correlation between activity and properties of catalyst and lignin were established.
  • Manisha Dohade And Paresh L. Dhepe, One pot conversion of furfural to 2-methylfuran in presence of PtCo bimetallic catalyst, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy., , 1 - 11 (2017), DOI:10.1007/s10098-017-1408-z.
    Biomass-derived furfural (FAL) is the platform chemical for synthesis of various value-added chemicals and fuels. One of the FAL-derived chemicals, i.e., 2-methylfuran (2-MF), is the potential biofuel due to its attractive chemical and physical properties. Various methods are reported for conversion of FAL to 2-MF which are operated at high temperature and high H2 pressure. In present work, one pot catalytic method was developed in batch mode process for conversion of FAL to 2-MF. Reactions are carried out in the presence of PtCo/C bimetallic catalyst under 0.5–1 MPa H2 pressure. Monometallic and bimetallic catalysts with different Pt and Co loading were prepared by wet impregnation method, and catalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, BET surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and inductive coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy techniques. 59% 2-MF yield was achieved at 180 °C and lower (0.5 MPa) H2 pressure
  • M. K. Sahoo, S. P. Midya, V. G. Landge And E. Balaraman* , A unified strategy for silver-, base-, and oxidant free direct arylation of C–H bonds, Green Chem., 19, 2111 - 2117 (2017), DOI:10.1039/c6gc03438a.
  • S. P. Midya, J. Rana, T. Abraham, B. Aswin And E. Balaraman*, Metal-free radical trifluoromethylation of beta-nitroalkenes through visible-light photoredox catalysis, Chem. Commun., 53, 6760 - 6763 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7CC02589K.
  • S. P. Midya, A. Mondal, A. Begum And E. Balaraman*, A simple CoCl2 catalyzed N-alkylation of amines with alcohols, Synthesis., 49, 3957 - 3961 (2017), DOI:10.1055/s-0036-1589064.
    * Dedicated to Professor David Milstein on the occasion of his 70th birthday * Invited article for a special topic on ‘Cobalt in organic synthesis’
  • E. Balaraman*, A. Nandakumar*, G. Jaiswal And M. K. Sahoo, Iron-catalyzed dehydrogenation reactions and its applications in sustainable energy and catalysis (Review Article), Catal. Sci. Technol., 7, 3177 - 3195 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7CY00879A.
    * Cover page article * Dedicated to Professor David Milstein on the occasion of his 70th birthday
  • M. K. Sahoo, J. Rana, M. Subaramanian And E. Balaraman*, Room-temperature direct arylation of anilides under external oxidant-free conditions using CO2 derived dimethyl carbonate (DMC) as 'green' solvent, ChemistrySelect., 2, 7565 - 7569 (2017), DOI:10.1002/slct.201701108.
  • M. Subaramanian, A. Bera, B. L. V. Prasad* And E. Balaraman*, Nickel-catalyzed direct synthesis of dialkoxymethane ethers, J. Chem. Sci., 129, 1153 - 1159 (2017), DOI:10.1007/s12039-017-1339-6.
    Dedicated to Prof. K. C. Kumara Swamy on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
  • V. G. Landge, J. Rana, M. Subaramanian And E. Balaraman*, Nickel-catalyzed N-vinylation of heteroaromatic amines via C-H bond activation, Org. Biomol. Chem., 15, 6896 - 6900 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7OB01791J.
  • V. S. V. S. N. Swamy, Nasrina Parvin, K. Vipin Raj, Kumar Vanka* And Sakya S. Sen*, C(sp3)–F, C(sp2)–F and C(sp3)–H bond activation at silicon(II) center, Chem. Commun., 53, 9850 - 9853 (2017).
  • Sandeep Yadav, Ekta Sangtani, Diksha Dhawan, Rajesh G. Gonnade, Debashree Ghosh* And Sakya S. Sen*, Unprecedented solvent induced inter-conversion between monomeric and dimeric silylene-zinc iodide adducts, Dalton Transactions., 46, 11418 - 11424 (2017).
  • A B Vysakh, Ruchi Jain, C S Gopinath And C. P. Vinod*, Diverse reactivity trends of Ni surface in Au@Ni core-shell nanoparticle probed by Near Ambient Pressure (NAP) XPS, Catalysis Science & Technology., (just accepted), (2017), DOI:10.1039/C7CY01070B.
  • Yogita Soni, E. A. Anumol, Chandrani Nayak, Leonard Deepak Francis And C. P. Vinod, "A Convenient Route for Au@Ti-SiO2 Nanocatalyst Synthesis and its Application for Room Temperature CO Oxidation", The Journal of Physical Chemistry C., 121(9), 4946 - 4957 (2017), DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10202.
  • A Lazar, CP Vinod And AP Singh, Exploration of amination reactions on highly extendable active sites of Pd (II)-3-allylsalicylaldiminophenol (ASIP) complex over thiofunctionalized SBA-15, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials., 242, 173 - 181 (2017), DOI:
  • A Lazar, S Silpa, CP Vinod And AP Singh, A heterogeneous route for transfer hydrogenation reactions of ketones using Ru (II) Cymene complex over modified benzene-organosilica (PMO B), Molecular Catalysis., 440, 66 - 74 (2017), DOI:
  • Ruchi Jain, Edwin Gnanakumar And Chinnakonda S Gopinath, Mechanistic Aspects of Wet and Dry CO Oxidation on Co3O4 Nanorod Surfaces : A NAP-UPS study, ACS Omega., 2, 828 - 834 (2017).
  • L.K. Preethi, Tom Mathewsa, Mangla Nand, S.N. Jha, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And S. Dash, Band alignment and charge transfer pathway in three phase anatase-rutile-brookite TiO2 nanotubes: An efficient photocatalyst for water splitting, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental., 218, 9 - 19 (2017).
  • Debasmita Sardar, Jayeta Maity, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya, Chinnakonda S Gopinath And Tanushree Bala, Facile synthesis of ZnO–Ag nanocomposite and its photocatalytic activity, Materials Research Express., , (2017), DOI:10.1088/2053-1591/aa6df1.
  • S. L. Deshmukh, P. C. Pingale, G. T. Chavan, S. T. Pawar, V. M. Prakshale, S. S. Kamble, S. R. Jadkar, N. B. Chaure, C. S. Gopinath, N. N. Maldar And L. P. Deshmukh, Compositional dependence of electrical conduction in solution grown Zn1?xCrxSe thin films: a correlation, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics., 28, 5070 - 5074 (2017).
  • Anjani Dubey, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Ambient CO oxidation on in-situ generated Co3O4 spinel surfaces with random morphology, ChemistrySelect., 2, 533 - 536 (2017).
  • Minu Mohan, Vikas Nandal, Sanish Paramadam, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Sekar Ramkumar, Sumanshu Agarwal, Chinnakonda S Gopinath, Pradeep R Nair And Manoj AG Namboothiry, Efficient Organic Photovoltaics with Improved Charge Extraction and High Short-Circuit Current, J. Physical Chemistry C., 121, 5523 - 5530 (2017).
  • Debasmita Sardara, Manideepa Senguptab, Ankur Bardoluib, Md. A. Ahmedc, S.K. Neogic, Sudipta Bandyopadhyayc, Ruchi Jain, Chinnakonda S. Gopinathd And Tanushree Balaa*, Multiple functionalities of Ni nanoparticles embedded in carboxymethyl guar gum polymer: Catalytic activity and superparamagnetism, Applied Surface Science., 405, 231 - 239 (2017).
  • V. S. V. S. N. Swamy, Milan Kumar Bisai, Tamal Das And Sakya S. Sen*, Metal free mild and selective aldehyde cyanosilylation by a neutral penta-coordinate silicon compound, Chem. Commun., 53, 6910 - 6913 (2017).
  • P. Karthik, R. Vinoth, P. Selvam, E. Balaraman*, M. Navaneethan, Y. Hayakawa And B. Neppolian*, A visible-light active catechol–metal oxide carbonaceous polymeric material for enhanced photocatalytic activity, J. Mat. Chem. A., 5, 384 - 396 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C6TA07685H.
  • M. Bhadra, H. S. Sasmal, A. Basu, S. P. Midya, S. Kandambeth, P. Pachfule, E. Balaraman* And R. Banerjee*, Predesigned metal anchored building block for in situ generation of Pd nanoparticles in microporous covalent organic framework: application in heterogeneous tandem catalysis, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., 9, 13785 - 13792 (2017), DOI:10.1021/acsami.7b02355.
  • Richa Chaudhary And Paresh L. Dhepe, Solid base catalyzed depolymerization of lignin into low molecular weight products, Green Chemistry., 19, 778 - 788 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C6GC02701F.
    For biorefinery concept to become commercially viable, it is essential to value-add lignin which is the only naturally available aromatic polymer. A one-pot depolymerization of lignin into reactive substituted phenolic compounds (platform chemicals and octane enhancers) with low molecular weightis of paramount interest and for that development of environmentally benign method is necessary. Herein we report, depolymerization of high molecular weight lignin (60,000 Da) over various recyclable solid base catalysts at 250 oC in 1 h. Under this conditions, most of the zeolitic catalysts (NaX, NaY, NaP) showed very high yields of low molecular weight products than other catalysts (MgO, CaO, HT, HAP). But particularly, over NaX maximum yield (51%) of low molecular weight products was achieved. Identification and quantification of products was done by GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS, CHNS, NMR and FT-IR techniques. The revelation of retention of most of the functional groups on products present in lignin is done by FT-IR studies. It is observed that efficiencies of catalysts were dependent on pH, cation, type and concentration of basic sites etc. A unique study on products adsorption capacities on solids was done and it is recognized that as strength of basic sites increases adsorption enhances.
  • Manisha Dohade And Paresh L. Dhepe, Efficient hydrogenation of concentrated aqueous furfural solutions in to furfuryl alcohol under ambient conditions in presence of PtCo bimetallic catalysts, Green Chemistry., 19, 1144 - 1154 (2017), DOI:10.1039/C6GC03143A.
    One of the biomass derived significant chemical furfural (FAL) can be hydrogenated to yield industrially important platform chemical, furfuryl alcohol (FOL). Although heterogeneous catalysts based methods are known to yield FOL from dilute solutions of FAL, those mainly operate at higher temperatures and/or high pressures of hydrogen and in presence of organic solvents. In this work, we employ bimetallic PtCo/C catalysts with varying metal concentrations to achieve maximum possible FOL yield (100%) at 35 oC under 0.1 MPa H2 in water. With concentrated FAL (40 wt%) at 50 oC and under 1 MPa H2 pressure, 86% yield for FOL was observed. Moreover, efficient recycling of catalyst in at least 4 runs with marginal loss in activity due to handling error and isolation of FOL in pure form confirmed by NMR and HPLC is attractive. The characterization of catalysts with several physico-chemical techniques (XRD, TEM, XPS, ICP,TPR) reveal the presence of electron rich Pt and ionic Co species in proximity with each other and those work synergistically to facilitate accomplishment of maximum possible yield of FOL under ambient conditions and in water medium.
  • Sandeep Yadav, Sanjukta Pahar And Sakya S. Sen*, Benz-amidinato calcium iodide catalyzed aldehyde and ketone hydroboration with unprecedented functional group tolerance, Chem. Commun., 53, 4562 - 4564 (2017).
  • Milan Kumar Bisai, Sanjukta Pahar, Tamal Das, Kumar Vanka* And Sakya S. Sen*, Transition metal free catalytic hydroboration of aldehydes and aldimines by amidinato silane, Dalton Trans., 46, 2420 - 2424 (2017).
  • Nasrina Parvin, Rajarshi Dasgupta, Shiv Pal, Sakya S. Sen* And Shabana Khan*, Strikingly diverse reactivity of structurally identical silylene and stannylene, Dalton Trans., 46, 6528 - 6532 (2017).
  • Andreas E Seitz, Maria Eckhardt, Sakya S. Sen, Andreas Erlebach, Eugenia V Peresypkina, Herbert W Roesky, Marek Sierka* And Manfred Scheer*, Different Reactivity of As4 towards Disilenes and Silylenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 6655 - 6659 (2017).
  • Shyamapada Nandi, Santosh Kumar Singh, Dinesh Mullangi, Rajith Illathvalappil, Leena George, C. P. Vinod, Sreekumar Kurungot And Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan, Low Band Gap Benzimidazole COF Supported Ni3N as highly active OER catalyst, Advanced Energy Materials., 6(24), (2016), DOI:10.1002/aenm.201601189.
  • Sadhu K. Kolekar, Anjani Dubey, Kalyani S. Date, Suwarna Datar And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, "An attempt to correlate surface physics and chemical properties : Molecular beam and Kelvin probe investigations of Ce 1-x Zr x O 2 thin films", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics., 18, 27594 - 27602 (2016).
  • Anjani Dubey, Sadhu K. Kolekar And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, C-H Activation of Methane to Formaldehyde on Ce1-xZrxO2 Thin films: A step to bridge the material gap, ChemCatChem., 8, 3650 - 3656 (2016).
  • Kalpesh Sorathiya, Biswajit Mishra, Abhishek Kalarikkal, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And Deepa Khushalani*, Enhancement in Rate of Photocatalysis Upon Catalyst Recycling, Nature Scientific Reports., 6, 35075 (2016).
  • V. G. Landge, S. P. Midya, J. Rana, D. R. Shinde And E. Balaraman*, Expedient cobalt-catalyzed C–H alkynylation of (enantiopure) benzylamines, Org. Lett., 18, 5252 - 5255 (2016), DOI:10.1021/acs.orglett.6b02549.
    Prof. Douglass F. Taber has cited in his Highlight column on "Benzene Derivatives" in Organic Chemistry Portal:
  • G. Jaiswal, V. Landge, D. Jagadeesan* And E. Balaraman*, Sustainable iron-catalyzed direct imine formation by acceptorless dehydrogenative coupling of alcohols with amines, Green Chem., 18, 3232 - 3238 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C6GC00565A.
    ChemInform Abstract: DOI: 10.1002/chin.201641098
  • V. G. Landge, C. H. Shewale, G. Jaiswal, M. K. Sahoo, S. P. Midya And E. Balaraman*, Nickel-catalyzed direct alkynylation of C(sp2)-H bonds of amides: An “inverse Sonogashira strategy” to ortho-alkynylbenzoic acids, Catal. Sci. Technol., 6, 1946 - 1951 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C5CY01299F.
  • Vinod G. Landge, G. Jaiswal And E. Balaraman, Cobalt-catalyzed bis-alkynylation of amides via double C–H bond activation, Org. Lett., 18, 812 - 815 (2016), DOI:10.1021/acs.orglett.6b00095.
  • Sandip K. Singh And Paresh L. Dhepe, Isolation of lignin by Organosolv process from different varieties of rice husk: Understanding their physical and chemical properties, Bioresource Technology., 221, 310 - 317 (2016), DOI:
    The aim of this work was to study the difference in properties of lignins, those (organosolv lignins (ORGLs, 12±3% yield and 93±5% mass balance) were isolated from diverse rice husk (RH) substrates using organosolv procedure (water:ethanol, H2SO4) carried out at 180?C for 1 h. To identify the possible alterations in lignin structures several bulk and molecular level advanced characterization tools were employed. Even though lignins were extracted using common isolation procedure from three varieties of similar species of RH; from XRD, GPC, and elemental analysis it was found that those have comparable properties on bulk level. But molecular level analysis conducted using UV-Vis, ATR, 1D/2D HSQC NMR techniques could help disclose that isolated lignins have varying concentrations of G, H, S and T substructures. Additionally, the double bond equivalence of 4.4-4.7 reveals that few of the aromatic rings are devoid of substituent.
  • V. S. V. S. N. Swamy, Sandeep Yadav, Shiv Pal, Tamal das, Kumar Vanka* And Sakya S. Sen*, Facile access to a Ge(II) dication stabilized by isocyanides, Chem. Commun., 52, 7890 - 7892 (2016).
  • Sandeep Yadav, Sumana Saha And Sakya S. Sen*, Compounds having Low-Valent p-Block Elements for Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis, ChemCatChem., 8, 486 - 501 (2016).
  • Sandeep Yadav, V. S. V. S. N. Swamy, Rajesh G Gonnade And Sakya S. Sen*, Benz-amidinato Stabilized a Monomeric Calcium Iodide and a Lithium Calciate(II) Cluster featuring Group 1 and Group 2 Elements, ChemistrySelect., 1, 1066 - 1071 (2016).
  • Rüdiger Bertermann, Julian Böhnke, Holger Braunschweig, Rian D. Dewhurst, Thomas Kupfer, Jonas H. Muessig, Leanne Pentecost, Krzysztof Radacki, Sakya S. Sen And Alfredo Vargas, Dynamic, Reversible Oxidative Addition of Highly Polar Bonds to a Transition Metal, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138, 16140 - 16147 (2016).
  • Leena George, Athira K. Kunhikannan, Rajith Illathvalappil, Divya Ottoor And Sreekumar Kurungot and R. Nandini Devi, Understanding the electron transfer process in ZnO–naphthol azobenzoic acid composites from photophysical characterisation, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 22179 - 22187 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C6CP02908F.
    Semiconductor nanoparticles surface modified with organic molecules capable of visible light absorption and effectively transferring the electrons to the catalytic sites have the potential to be good photocatalysts. ZnO nanoparticles of size ?3 nm are grafted with two azonaphthols, one conjugated and the other non-conjugated. The photophysical properties of modified ZnO indicate an effective electron transfer from the conjugated azonaphthol to ZnO but not in the case of the non-conjugated molecule. It is also observed from lifetime studies that the conjugated molecule stabilises the defect sites on ZnO nanoparticles. It is possible that excited electrons from the conjugated molecule are transferred to specific defect sites in ZnO. This apparently does not occur in the non-conjugated molecule, bringing to focus the importance of the photophysical characteristics of organic modifiers in designing visible light active photocatalysts.
  • Chamundi P Jijil, Moorthi Lokanathan, Sundaresan Chithiravel, Chandrani Nayak, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Shambhu Nath Jha, Peram Delli Babu, Bhalchandra Kakade And and R. Nandini Devi, N Doping in Oxygen Deficient Ca2Fe2O5: A Strategy for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Oxide Catalysts, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces., Just Accepted Manuscript, (2016), DOI:10.1021/acsami.6b11718.
    Oxygen reduction reaction is increasingly being studied in oxide systems due to advantages ranging from cost effectiveness to desirable kinetics. Oxygen deficient oxides like brownmillerites are known to enhance ORR activity by providing oxygen adsorption sites. In parallel, N and Fe doping in C materials and consequent presence of catalytically active complex species like C-Fe-N is also suggested to be good strategies for designing ORR active catalysts. A combination of these features in a N doped Fe containing brownmillerite can be envisaged to present synergistic effects to improve the activity. This is conceptualized in this report through enhanced activity of N doped Ca2Fe2O5 brownmillerite when compared to its oxide parents. N doping is proved using neutron diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Electrical conductivity is also found to be enhanced by N doping which influences the activity. Electrochemical characterizations using cyclic voltammetry, rotating disc electrode and rotating ring disk electrode indicates an improved oxygen reduction activity in N-doped brownmillerite with a 10 mV positive shift in the onset potential. RRDE measurements show that both the compound exhibit 4-electron reduction pathways with lower H2O2 production in N-doped system also N-doped sample exhibited better stability. The observations will enable better designing of ORR catalysts which are stable and cost effective.
  • Kshirodra K.Patra And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Bimetallic and Plasmonic Ag-Au on TiO2 for Solar Water Splitting : An Active Nanocomposite for Entire Visible Light Region Absorption, ChemCatChem., 8, 3294 - 3311 (2016).
  • Kandasamy Prabu, Marimuthu Prabu, Ashok Kumar Venugopal, WVY Sai Sandilya, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath* And Thirumalaiswamy Raja*, Effective and selective oxidation of 2-butanol over Mn supported catalyst systems, Applied Catalysis A: General., 525, 237 - 246 (2016).
  • Subhasis Das, Biswarup Satpati, Himani Chauhan, Sasanka Deka, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And Tanushree Bala*, Seeding of Au on CdSe/CdS nanoplates using Langmuir–Blodgett technique, RSC Advances., 6, 14658 - 14665 (2016).
  • Mukesh Kumar, Kiran Soni, Biswarup Satpati, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And Sasanka Deka*, Exploration of magnetically separable Ag@AgxNiy core/graded-alloy-shell nanostructures, Chemical Communications., 52, 8737 - 8740 (2016).
  • Anand S. Burange, Rakesh Shukla, Avesh Kumar Tyagi* And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Palladium Supported on Fluorite Structured Redox CeZrO4-? for Heterogeneous Suzuki Coupling in Water: A Green Protocol, Chemistry select., 1, 2673 - 2681 (2016).
  • Naveen K. Sathu, Perumal Devaraji And C. S. Gopinath*, Green Leaf to Inorganic Leaf: A Case Study of ZnO, Journal nanoscience and nanotechnology., 9, 9203 - 9208 (2016).
  • Anjani Dubey, Sadhu K. Kolekar And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, "C-H Activation of Methane to Syngas on MnxCe1-x-yZryO2 - A Molecular Beam Study", ChemCatChem., 8, 2296 - 2307 (2016).
  • Ambrose A.Melvin, Pradnya A. Bharad, Kavya Illath, Meenu P. Lawrence And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Is there any Real effect of Low Dimensional Morphologies towards Light Harvesting? A Case Study of Au-rGO-TiO2 Nanocomposites, Chemistry Select., 5, 917 - 923 (2016).
  • Kanak Roy, Ruchi Jain, Manoj Kumar Ghosalya, Kasala Prabhakar Reddy And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Three Way Catalytic Converter Reactions Aspects at Near Ambient Temperatures on Modified Pd-Surfaces, Comptes Rendus Chimie., 19, 1363 - 1369 (2016).
  • Anjani Dubey, Sadhu K. Kolekar, Edwin S. Gnanakumar, Kanak Roy, C. P. Vinod And Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Porous Thin Films Towards Bridging the Material Gap in Heterogeneous Catalysis, Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity., 2, 1 - 12 (2016).
  • Ruchi Jain, Anjani J Dubey, Manoj K Ghosalya And Gopinath S Chinnakonda , Gas-Solid Interaction of H2-Ce0.95Zr0.05O2: New Insights on Surface Participation in Heterogeneous Catalysis, Catalysis Science & Technology., 6, 1746 - 1756 (2016).
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik And Paresh L. Dhepe, From Lignocellulosic Biomass to Furfural: Insight into the Active Species of a Silica-Supported Tungsten Oxide Catalyst, ChemCatChem., , (2016), DOI:10.1002/cctc.201600784R1.
    A sol-gel synthesized silica supported tungsten oxide catalyst that has Lewis acidity was characterized and employed as a solid acid catalyst in the synthesis of furfural directly from lignocellulosic biomass (isolated xylans and crop wastes). In a one-pot method, 71% furfural formation from isolated xylan was possible using a water/toluene (1:2 v/v) biphasic solvent system at 170°C after 10 h over 10 wt^% WO3/SiO2. The WO3/SiO2 catalyst in the selective conversion of pentosan from crop wastes (bagasse, wheat straw, and rice husk) yielded 72-87% furfural under the optimum reaction conditions. Additionally, the catalyst presented excellent recyclability in at least eight runs after simple water washing. From the catalyst characterization studies, it was suggested that silicotungstic-type acid species are anchored on the WO3/SiO2 catalyst that help to achieve a good catalytic activity.
  • Kandasamy Prabu, Marimuthu Prabu, Ashok Kumar Venugopal, Aswathy Thareparambil Venugopalan, W.V.Y. Sai Sandilya, Chinnakonda S. Gopinath And Thirumalaiswamy Raja, Effective and selective oxidation of 2-butanol over Mn supported catalyst systems, Applied Catalysis A: General., 525, 237 - 246 (2016), DOI:
  • Sandip K. Singh And Paresh L. Dhepe, Ionic liquids catalyzed lignin liquefaction: mechanistic studies using TPO-MS, FT-IR, RAMAN and 1D, 2D-HSQC/NOSEY NMR, Green Chemistry., 18, 4098 - 4108 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C6GC00771F.
    Valorization of a profusely available alternate resource, biomass and in particular its 3-D intricate component lignin into low molecular weight aromatic products are used as platform chemicals and fuel additives, and developing a low temperature catalytic process is imperative in preserving atom efficiency. Ionic liquids, due to their unique properties, offer an advantage to develop such methods under milder conditions. Herein, we show use of –SO3H functionalized imidazolium based various recyclable Brønsted acidic ionic liquids (BAILs) in catalytic quantity under ambient pressure at 120 °C for depolymerization of lignin (60000 g mol?1) into THF soluble products with high efficiency (78% yield, 95% ± 5% mass balance). The decoding of this efficiency by 1D and 2D (HSQC/NOSEY) NMR, FT-IR and RAMAN studies exemplify that the –OH group(s) interact with the electron deficient BAIL cation. The mechanistic insights unraveled in this study open a plethora of opportunities to design catalysts for developing efficient processes.
  • , Nanoscale., , (2016), DOI:10.1039/c5nr06756a.
  • Rawesh Kumara, Sneha Shaha, Jitendra Bahadur, Yuri B. Melnichenko, Debasis Sen, S. Mazumder, C. P. Vinod And Biswajit Chowdhury, Highly stable In-SBA-15 catalyst for vapor phase Beckmann rearrangement reaction, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials., (just accepted), (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.07.024.
  • Sakya S. Sen and Herbert W. Roesky, Efficient Methods for Preparing Silicon Compounds, Academic Press, Elsevier., Chapter 17 and 18, (2016).
  • Sreedhala S, Shruti Maheshwari, Betsy K J And C. P. Vinod*, Large Trisoctahedral Au nanoparticles encapsulated inside porous silica catalyses CO oxidation at room temperature: Probing the effect of encapsulation and the role of step atoms and interfaces, Applied Catalysis A: General., 524, 1 - 7 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.apcata.2016.05.023.
  • Marimuthu Manikandan, Ashok Kumar Venugopal, Kandasamy Prabu, Ratnesh Kumar Jha And Raja Thirumalaiswamy*, Role of surface synergistic effect on the performance of Ni-based hydrotalcite catalyst for highly efficient hydrogenation of furfural, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical., 417, 153 - 162 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.molcata.2016.03.019.
  • Marimuthu Manikandan, Ashok Kumar Venugopal, Atul S. Nagpure And Satyanarayana Chilukuri* and Thirumalaiswamy Raja*, Promotional effect of Fe on the performance of supported Cu catalyst for ambient pressure hydrogenation of furfural, RSC Advances., 6, 3888 - 3898 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C5RA24742J.
  • A C Sunil Sekhar* And C P Vinod *, Gold incorporated mesoporous silica thin film model surface as a robust SERS and catalytically active substrate, Molecules., (invited article for a speciail issue "Coinage Metal (Copper, Silver, and Gold) Catalysis", (2016).
  • Soumya B. Narendranath, Saranya V. Thekkeparambil, Leena George, Shibin Thundiyil And R. Nandini Devi, Photocatalytic H2 evolution from water–methanol mixtures on InGaO3(ZnO)m with an anisotropic layered structure modified with CuO and NiO cocatalysts, J. Mol. Cat. A., 415, 82 - 88 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.molcata.2016.01.018.
    InGaO3(ZnO)m series of oxides is found to be active for photocatalytic H2 evolution from water–methanol mixtures. The structure of this series is highly anisotropic with InO6 octahedral layers sandwiching Ga/ZnOn polyhedra. The structural anisotropy in which the conducting layer is spatially separated from the charge generation sites may help in suppressing charge recombination and consequently enhance catalytic activity. The band gaps of the series obtained from absorption spectra are above 3.6 eV and hence they are not active under visible light irradiation. H2 evolution is considerably enhanced under UV light on employing NiO as cocatalyst due to facile electron transfer from InGaO3(ZnO)m to NiO. However, when CuO is used as cocatalyst, visible light activity could be brought out. Due to the very low band gap of CuO, it can act as a sensitizer absorbing in visible light. The band positions become conducive for H2 evolution due to band alignments consequent to electron accumulation in CuO conduction band.
  • S. Sreedhala, V. Sudheeshkumar And C. P. Vinod*, "CO oxidation on large high index faceted Pd nanostructures", Journal of Catalysis., 337, 138 - 144 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2016.01.017.
  • A. B. Vysakh, Anish Lazar, V. Yadukiran, A. P. Singh And C. P. Vinod*, Phenyl acetylene hydrogenation on Au@Ni bimetallic core shell nanoparticles synthesized under mild conditions, Catalysis Science and Technology., 6, 708 - 712 (2016), DOI:10.1039/C5CY02005K.
  • A. B. Vysakh, V. Yadukiran, Anish Lazar And A. P. Singh And C. P. Vinod*, "Synthesis of Au@Ni bimetallic core shell nanoparticle and nanochains in soyabean oil and their catalytic hydrogenation reactions", Chemistry Select., 1 (2), 140 - 146 (2016), DOI:10.1002/slct.201500006.
  • Anish Lazar, Shoy George, Jithesh P R, C P Vinod And A. P. Singh*, Correlating the role of hydrophilic/hydrophobic nature of Rh(I) and Ru(II) supported organosilica/silica catalysts in organotransformation reactions, Applied Catalysis A., 513, 138 - 146 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.apcata.2015.12.026.
  • Anish Lazar, C P Vinod And A. P. Singh*, A simple, phosphine free, reusable Pd(II)-2,2’-Dihydroxybenzophenone-SBA-15 catalyst for arylation and hydrogenation reactions of alkenes, New Journal of Chemistry., (accepted), (2016), DOI:10.1039/C5NJ02686E.
  • Anjani Dubey, Sadhu K. Kolekar, Edwin S. Gnanakumar, Kanak Roy, C. P. Vinod And Chinnakonda S. Gopinatha, Porous Thin Films Towards Bridging the Material Gap in Heterogeneous Catalysis, Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity., (accepted), (2016).
  • V S V S N Swamy, Shiv Pal, Shabana Khan* And Sakya S. Sen*, Cations and dications of heavier group 14 elements in low oxidation state, Dalton Trans., 44, 12903 - 12923 (2015).
  • Holger Braunschweig, Mehmet A. Celik, Rian D. Dewhurst, Magdalena Heid, Florian. Hupp And Sakya S. Sen, Stepwise isolation of low-valent, low-coordinate Sn and Pb mono- and dications in the coordination sphere of platinum, Chem. Sci., 6, 425 - 435 (2015).
  • S. P. Midya, M. K. Sahoo, V. G. Landge, P. R. Rajamohanan And E. Balaraman*, Reversed reactivity of anilines with alkynes in the rhodium-catalysed C–H activation/carbonylation tandem, Nature Commun., 6, 8591 - 8601 (2015), DOI:10.1038/ncomms9591.
  • A. Nandakumar, M. K. Sahoo And E. Balaraman*, Reverse-hydroformylation: A missing reaction explored, Org. Chem. Front., 2, 1422 - 1424 (2015), DOI:10.1039/c5qo00229j.
  • A. Nandakumar, * S. P. Midya, V. G. Landge And E. Balaraman*, Transition-metal catalysed hydrogen transfer annulation strategy to heterocyclic scaffolds, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 11022 - 11034 (2015), DOI:10.1002/anie.201503247.
  • V.G. Landge, M. K. Sahoo, S. P. Midya, G.Jaiswal And E. Balaraman*, Well-defined palladium(II) complexes for ligand enabled C(sp3)-alkynylation, Dalton Trans., 44, 15382 - 15386 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5DT02772A.
  • E. Balaraman, D. Srimani, Y. Diskin-Posner And D. Milstein*, Direct synthesis of secondary amines from alcohols and ammonia catalyzed by a ruthenium pincer complex, Catal. Lett., 145, 139 - 144 (2015), DOI:10.1007/s10562-014-1422-2.
  • , Molecular Simulations., , (2015), DOI:10.1080/08927022.2015.1067368.
  • , Nanoscale., , (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5NR05715A.
  • Kaliyappan Periyasamy, Venugopalan T. Aswathy, Venugopal Ashok kumar, Marimuthu Manikandan, Rakesh Shukla And Avesh K. Tyagi and Thirumalaiswamy Raja*, An efficient robust fluorite CeZrO4?? oxide catalyst for the eco-benign synthesis of styrene, RSC Advances., 5, 3619 - 3626 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C4RA12355G.
  • Atul S. Nagpure, Ashok Kumar Venugopal, Nishita Lucas, Marimuthu Manikandan And Raja Thirumalaiswamy * and Satyanarayana Chilukuri *, Renewable fuels from biomass-derived compounds: Ru-containing hydrotalcites as catalysts for conversion of HMF to 2,5-dimethylfuran, Catalysis Science & Technology., 5, 1463 - 1472 (2015), DOI:10.1039/c4cy01376j.
  • D. Sardar, S. K. Neogi, S. Bandyopadhyay, B. Satpati, M. Ahir, A. Adhikary, R. Jain, C. S. Gopinath And T. Bala*, Multifaceted core-shell nanoparticles: Superparamagnetism and biocompatibility, New Journal of Chemistry., 39, 8513 - 8521 (2015).
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik And Paresh L. Dhepe, Conversion of Biomass into Sugars, Biomass Sugars for Non-Fuel Applications., 43, 1 - 53 (2015), DOI:10.1039/9781782622079.
  • Trupti V. Kotbagi, Swati L. Pandhare, Mohan K. Dongare And Shubhangi B. Umbarkar , In situ formed supported silicomolybdic heteropolyanions: efficient solid catalyst for acetylation of glycerol, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry., 02(05), (2015), DOI:10.4172/2380-2391.1000160.
  • P.M. More, D.L. Nguyen, M.K. Dongare, S.B. Umbarkar, N. Nuns, J.-S. Girardon, C. Dujardin, C. Lancelot, A.-S. Mamede And P. Granger , Rational preparation of Ag and Au bimetallic catalysts for the hydrocarbon-SCR of NOx: Sequential deposition vs. coprecipitation method, Applied Catalysis B Environmental., 162, 11 - 20 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.06.031.
  • S. Kale, S.B. Umbarkar, M.K. Dongare, R. Eckelt, U. Armbruster And A. Martin , Selective formation of triacetin by glycerol acetylation using acidic ion-exchange resins as catalyst and toluene as entrainer, Applied Catalysis A General., 490, 10 - 16 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.apcata.2014.10.059.
  • Wenhao Fang, Sébastien Paul, Mickaël Capron, Ankush V. Biradar, Shubhangi B. Umbarkar, Mohan K. Dongare, Franck Dumeignil And Louise Jalowiecki-Duhamel , Highly loaded well dispersed stable Ni species in NiXMg2AlOY nanocomposites: application to hydrogen production from bioethanol, Applied Catalysis B Environmental., 166-167, 485 - 496 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.11.052.
  • Pavan M. More, Duy L. Nguyen, Pascal Granger, Christophe Dujardin, Mohan K. Dongare And Shubhangi B. Umbarkar, Activation by pretreatment of Ag–Au/Al2O3 bimetallic catalyst to improve low temperature HC-SCR of NOx for lean burn engine exhaust, Applied Catalysis B Environmental., 174, 145 - 156 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.02.035.
  • Prakash Chandra, Dhananjay S. Doke, Shubhangi B. Umbarkar, Kumar Vanka And Ankush V. Biradar , Silica microspheres containing high density surface hydroxyl groups as efficient epoxidation catalysts, RSC Advances., 5(27), 21125 - 21131 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5RA00374A.
  • A.B. Kulal, M.K. Dongare And S.B. Umbarkar, Sol gel synthesised WO3 nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica for liquid phase nitration of aromatics, Applied Catalysis B., , 142 - 152 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.09.020.
  • Leena George, Subrahmanyam Sappati, Prasenjit Ghosh And and R. Nandini Devi, Surface Site Modulations by Conjugated Organic Molecules to Enhance Visible Light Activity of ZnO Nanostructures in Photocatalytic Water Splitting, J. Phys. Chem. C., 119, 3060 - 3067 (2015), DOI:10.1021/jp511996z.
    Surface modification of ZnO nanoparticles is identified as a method of modulating surface sites advantageously. ZnO nanoparticles of two different sizes are surface modified with a conjugated organic moiety to enable electron conduction and transfer. Enhanced H2 evolution from water methanol mixtures was observed in the composite systems compared to pristine ZnO under visible light irradiation without any cocatalyst. The system is also marginally active in water splitting in pure water without any sacrificial agents. Photophysical characterisation indicates that even though reducing size into nanoregime affects the band gap detrimentally, modifications by simple conjugated organic molecules assist in enhanced visible light activity. The experimental observations are corroborated with computational studies, which also point to a localisation of valence band maximum of the interface on the organic moiety and conduction band minimum on ZnO.
  • S. Gupta, C. P. Vinod And D. Jagadeeshan, Preparation of mesoporous titanosilicate with isolated Ti active centers for cyclohexene oxidation, RSC Advances., 5, 92371 - 92377 (2015), DOI:10.1039/c5ra18044a.
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik and Paresh L. Dhepe, Solid Acid Catalyzed Synthesis of Furans from Carbohydrates, Cat. Rev.-Sci. Eng., , (2015), DOI:10.1080/01614940.2015.1099894.
    The alternative feedstock, biomass (particularly lignocelluloses) having profuse availability is promising for the synthesis of several value-added chemicals which are currently obtained from fossil feedstock. In this review, the synthesis of two extremely significant furan chemicals viz. furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) are discussed. In the synthesis of furans from biomass, numerous challenges for instance, use of edible sugars as substrates, selectivity to furans, their isolation in pure form, reuse of catalyst, environmental issues etc. are perceived and in recent past researchers tried to resolve those by developing advance methodologies. This review summarizes latest progresses made in the above mentioned areas comprehensively and also commentary is given on the analyses of results, rationale for observed activity and mechanisms etc. Review also discusses future aspects of this work.
  • Babasaheb. M. Matsagar, Mudassir. K. Munshi, Ashutosh A. Kelkar And Paresh L. Dhepe, Conversion of concentrated sugar solutions into 5-hydroxymethyl furfural and furfural using Brönsted acidic ionic liquids, Catal. Sci. Tenchnol., , (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5CY00858A.
    Catalytic amounts of recyclable Brönsted acidic ionic liquids (BAILs) yielded HMF (73%) and furfural (81%) with high selectivity from highly concentrated solutions of D-fructose (40 wt%) and D-xylose (3 wt%), respectively. With a 6 wt% D-xylose solution, 73% yield was observed. An activity–property correlation of BAIL is established.
  • Ambrose A. Melvin, Kavya Illath, Tanmay Das, T. Raja, Somnath Bhattacharyya And C. S. Gopinath*, M-Au/TiO2 (M = Ag, Pd, and Pt) Nanophotocatalyst for overall solar water splitting: Role of Interfaces, Nanoscale., 7, 13477 - 13488 (2015).
  • Pradnya A. Bharad, K. Sivaranjani And C. S. Gopinath*, A Rational Approach Towards Enhancing Solar Water Splitting : A Case Study of Au – RGO/N-RGO – TiO2, Nanoscale., 7, 11206 - 11215 (2015).
  • Baljeet Singh, Kaustubh R. Mote, C. S. Gopinath, P. K. Madhu* And Vivek Polshettiwar*, SBA-15-Oxynitrides as a Solid-Base Catalyst: Effect of Nitridation Temperature, Angewandte Chemie International Ed., 54, 5985 - 5989 (2015).
  • C. S. Gopinath*, K. Roy And S. Nagarajan, Can we shift and/or broaden the catalysis regime towards ambient temperature?, ChemCatChem., 7, 588 - 594 (2015).
  • S. Raja Ambal, K. Sivaranjani And C. S. Gopinath*, Recent Developments in Solar H2 Generation from Water Splitting, Journal of Chemical Science., 127, 33 - 47 (2015).
  • Manjusha V. Patwadkar, C. S. Gopinath And M. V. Badiger*, An efficient Ag-nanoparticle embedded semi-IPN hydrogel for catalytic applications, RSC Advances., 5, 7567 - 7574 (2015).
  • S. Sreedhala and C. P. Vinod*, Surfactant assisted formation of Ruthenium nanochains under mild conditions and their catalytic CO oxidation activity, Chemical Communications., 51, 10178 - 10181 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C4CC09430A.
  • D. Mullangi, S. Nandi, S. Shalini, S. Sreedhala , C. P. Vinod And R. Vaidhyanathan, Pd loaded amphiphilic COF as catalyst for multi-fold Heck reactions, C-C couplings and CO oxidation, Nature Scientific Reports., , (2015), DOI:10.1038/srep10876.
  • Sumbul Rahman, S. A. Farooqui, Aditya Rai, Rawesh Kumar, Chiranjit Santra, Vinod C P, Gopala Ram Bhadu, Debasis Sen, S. Mazumder, Sudip Maity And Anil Sinha and Biswajit Chowdhury, Mesoporous TUD-1 supported indium oxide nanoparticles for epoxidation of styrene using molecular O2, RSC Advances., (Just Accepted), (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5RA03400K.
  • Vysakh A. Bharathan, Chinchu Lizen Babu And C. P. Vinod*, "Demonstration of Synergistic Catalysis in Au@Ni Bimetallic Core Shell Nanostructures", J Phys Chem C., 119 (15), 8138 - 8146 (2015), DOI:10.1021/jp5128089.
  • A. C. Sunil Sekhar, K. V. Ziyad, Y. Soni And C. P. Vinod*, Activity enhancement on Titanium incorporation: Au@Ti-SiO2 core shell nanocatalysts for CO oxidation reaction, ChemCatChem., 7 (7), 1222 - 1230 (2015), DOI:10.1002/cctc.201402954.
  • S. Sreedhala, V. Sudheeshkumar And C. P. Vinod* , Oxidation catalysis by large trisoctahedral gold nanoparticles: Mind the step!, Catalysis Today., 244, 177 - 183 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.cattod.2014.02.049.
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik And Paresh L. Dhepe, Effects of careful designing of SAPO-44 catalysts on the efficient synthesis of furfural, Catal. Today., 251, 66 - 72 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.cattod.2014.10.042.
    Considering the growing importance of furfural, it is necessary to develop a robust solid acid catalyst for the conversion of xylan (hemicelluloses) into furfural in a one-pot method. In this study, the effects of various components (Si, Al and P) and crystallization time on the preparation of acidic materials and their properties are extensively described. It is seen that with the increase in crystallization time (0, 48, 96, 176 h) during the synthesis of silicoaluminophosphate (SAPO-44), materials morphology changes from amorphous to AFI to CHA and the best activity for furfural synthesis (82%) from xylan was observed with SAPO-44 catalyst aged for 176 h. Since, acidity in the SAPO-44 is guided by the incorporation of Si in the ALPO framework, study on Si molar concentration (0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6) in SAPO-44 was carried out and it was observed that SAPO-44 having 1.0 mole of Si content is the best catalyst for the xylan/xylose conversion to furfural. Catalyst structure-activity correlation is thoroughly defined with the help of several physico-chemical properties.
  • Chamundi P Jijil , Siddheshwar N. Bhange , Sreekumar Kurungot And and R. Nandini Devi, Effect of B site coordination environment in the ORR activity in disordered brownmillerites Ba2In2-xCexO5+?, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., Just Accepted Manusript, (2015), DOI:10.1021/am5087837.
    Ba2In2O5 brownmillerites in which In site is progressively doped with Ce exhibit excellent oxygen reduction activity under alkaline conditions. Ce doping leads to structural changes advantageous for the reaction. 25% doping retains the ordered structure of brownmillerite with alternate layers of tetrahedra and octahedra whereas further increase in Ce concentration creates disorder. Structures with disordered oxygen atoms/vacancies are found to be better ORR catalysts probably aided by isotropic ionic conduction and Ba2In0.5Ce1.5O5+? is the most active. This enhanced activity is correlated to the more symmetric Ce site coordination environment in this compound. Stoichiometric perovskite BaCeO3 with the highest concentration of Ce shows very poor activity emphasizing the importance of oxygen vacancies, which facilitate O2 adsorption, in tandem with catalytic sites in oxygen reduction reactions.
  • Anup P. Tathod And Paresh L. Dhepe, Efficient method for the conversion of agricultural waste into sugar alcohols over supported bimetallic catalysts, Bioresour. Technol., 178, 36 - 44 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2014.10.036.
    Promoter effect of Sn in the PtSn/g-Al2O3 (AL) and PtSn/C bimetallic catalysts is studied for the conversion of variety of substrates such as, C5 sugars (xylose, arabinose), C6 sugars (glucose, fructose, galactose), hemicelluloses (xylan, arabinogalactan), inulin and agricultural wastes (bagasse, rice husk, wheat straw) into sugar alcohols (sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, arabitol, galactitol). In all the reactions, PtSn/AL showed enhanced yields of sugar alcohols by 1.5 to 3 times than Pt/AL. Compared to C, AL supported bimetallic catalysts showed prominent enhancement in the yields of sugar alcohols. Bimetallic catalysts characterized by X-ray diffraction study revealed the stability of catalyst and absence of alloy formation thereby indicating that Pt and Sn are present as individual particles in PtSn/AL. The TEM analysis also confirmed stability of the catalysts and XPS study disclosed formation of electron deficient Sn species which helps in polarizing carbonyl bond to achieve enhanced hydrogenation activity.
  • A. K. Deepa And Paresh L. Dhepe, Lignin depolymerization into aromatic monomers over solid acid catalysts, ACS Catal., 5, 365 - 379 (2015), DOI:10.1021/cs501371q.
    It is imperative to develop an efficient and environmentally benign pathway to valorize profusely available lignin, a component of non-edible lignocellulosic materials into value-added aromatic monomers, which can be used as fuel additives and platform chemicals. To convert lignin, earlier studies used mineral bases (NaOH, CsOH) or supported metal catalysts (Pt, Ru, Pd, Ni on C, SiO2, Al2O3 etc.) under hydrogen atmosphere but these methods face several drawbacks such as corrosion, difficulty in catalyst recovery, sintering of metals, loss of activity etc. Here we show that under inert atmosphere various solid acid catalysts can efficiently convert six different types of lignins in to value-added aromatic monomers. Particularly, SiO2, Al2O3 catalyst gave exceptionally high yields of ca. 60 % for organic solvent soluble extracted products with 95±10 % mass balance in the depolymerization of Dealkaline lignin, Bagasse lignin, ORG and EORG lignins at 250 oC within 30 min. The GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS, and GPC analysis of organic soluble extracted products confirmed the formation of aromatic monomers with ca. 90 % selectivity. In the products, confirmation of retention of aromatic nature as present in lignin and appearance of several functional groups is done by FT-IR, 1H and 13C NMR studies. Further, isolation of major products by column chromatography was carried out to obtain aromatic monomers in pure form and their further characterization by NMR is presented. Detailed characterization of six different types of lignins obtained from various sources helped in substantiating the catalytic results obtained in these reactions. Meticulous study on fresh and spent catalysts revealed that the amorphous catalysts are preferred to obtain reproducible catalytic results.
  • Babasaheb M. Matsagar And Paresh L. Dhepe, Brönsted acidic ionic liquids catalyzed conversion of hemicellulose into sugars, Catal. Sci. Technol., 5, 531 - 539 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C4CY01047G.
    Development of competent method for the conversion of hemicelluloses, a lignocellulosic component into sugars is essential. In a one-pot method, at 160 °C and in water media, Brönsted acidic ionic liquid (BAIL) catalyzed hydrolysis of hardwood hemicellulose gives 87% yield for C5 sugars (xylose+arabinose). The efficiency of the ILs and acid strength both followed the similar trend, [C3SO3HMIM][HSO4] > [C3SO3HMIM][PTS] > [C3SO3HMIM][Cl] > [BMIM][Cl]. The ion-dipole type interaction present between BAIL and substrate which is proposed by 1H NMR study is suggested to help in achieving better activity with BAIL compared to mineral acid, H2SO4.
  • Sakya S. Sen*, A Stable Silanone with a Tri-coordinate Silicon Atom: Century's Wait is Over, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53, 8820 - 8822 (2014).
  • E. Balaraman* And D. Milstein, Hydrogenation of polar bonds catalysed by ruthenium-pincer complexes, Top. Organomet. Chem., 48, 19 - 44 (2014), DOI:10.1007/3418_2014_77.
    Book Chapter: Ruthenium in catalysis (Eds: C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf)
  • , Applied Surface Science., , (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.09.042.
  • Sanjay Singh Negi, Aswathy Thareparambil Venugopalan, Thirumalaiswamy Raja And Anand Pal Singh and Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, A green chemistry approach to styrene from ethylbenzene and air on MnxTi1?xO2 catalyst, RSC Advances., 4, 57087 - 57097 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4RA11814F.
  • Edwin S. Gnanakumar, Jarpla Madhusudhan Naik, Marimuthu Manikandan And Thirumalaiswamy Raja and Chinnakonda S. Gopinath*, Role of Nanointerfaces in Cu- and Cu+ Au-Based Near- Ambient-Temperature CO Oxidation Catalysts, ChemCatChem., 6, 3116 - 3124 (2014), DOI:10.1002/cctc.201402581.
  • Vaibhav R. Acham, Ankush V. Biradar, Mohan K. Dongare, Erhard Kemnitz And Shubhangi B. Umbarkar , Palladium nanoparticles supported on magnesium hydroxide fluorides: a selective catalyst for olefin hydrogenation, ChemCatChem., 6(11), 3182 - 3191 (2014), DOI:10.1002/cctc.201402469.
  • Swati L. Pandharea, Rajesh R. Jadhaoa, Vedavati G. Puranikb, Pranaya V. Joshib, Frédéric Capetc, Mohan K. Dongarea, Shubhangi B. Umbarkara, Christophe Michonc And Francine Agbossou-Niedercornc, Molybdenum(VI) dioxo complexes for the epoxidation of allylic alcohols and olefins, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry., 772-773, 271 - 279 (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.jorganchem.2014.09.029.
  • Prakash Chandra, Dhananjay S. Doke, Shubhangi B. Umbarkar And Ankush V. Biradar , One-pot synthesis of ultrasmall MoO3 nanoparticles supported on SiO2, TiO2, and ZrO2 nanospheres: an efficient epoxidation catalyst, Journal of Materials Chemistry A., 2, 19060 - 19066 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4TA03754E.
  • Pavan M. More, Neelam Jagtapa, Atul B. Kulal, Mohan K. Dongare And Shubhangi B. Umbarkar , Magnesia doped Ag/Al2O3 – Sulfur tolerant catalyst for low temperature HC-SCR of NOx, Applied Catalysis B Environmental., 144, 408 - 415 (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.07.044.
  • Vidhya C. Ghantani, Mohan K. Dongare And Shubhangi B. Umbarkar , Nonstoichiometric calcium pyrophosphate: A highly efficient and selective catalyst for dehydration of lactic acid to acrylic acid, RSC Advances., 4(63), 33319 - 33326 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4RA06429A.
  • S. Das, B. Satpati, H. Chauhan, S. Deka, C. S. Gopinath And T. Bala*, Preferential growth of Au on CdSe quantum dots using Langmuir-Blodgett technique, RSC Advances., , 64535 - 64541 (2014).
  • S. S. Negi, T. V. Aswathy, T. Raja*, A. P. Singh And C. S. Gopinath*, A green chemistry approach to styrene from ethylbenzene and air on MnxTi1-xO2 catalyst, RSC Advances., 4, 64535 - 64541 (2014).
  • S. Raja Ambal, A. K. Yadav, S. N. Jha, D. Bhattacharyya And C. S. Gopinath*, Electronic structure – Sunlight driven water splitting activity correlation of (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics., 16, 23654 - 23662 (2014).
  • E. S. Gnanakumar, Madhusudhan Naik J., M. Manikandan, T. Raja And C. S. Gopinath*, Role of nano-interfaces in Cu and Cu + Au based near ambient temperature CO oxidation catalysts, ChemCatChem., 6, 3116 - 3124 (2014).
  • P. Devaraji, N. K. Sathu And C. S. Gopinath*, Ambient oxidation of benzene to phenol by photocatalysis on Au/Ti0.98V0.02O2 : Role of Holes, ACS Catalysis., 4, 2844 - 2853 (2014).
  • D. Sardar, S. K. Neogi, S. Bandyopadhyay, B. Satpati, R. Jain, C. S. Gopinath And T. Bala*, A facile method for synthesis of Co-core Au-shell nanohybrid, New Journal of Chemistry., 38, 4107 - 4114 (2014).
  • S. Raja Ambal, M. Mapa And C. S. Gopinath* , In1-xGaxN@ZnO: A rationally designed and quantum dot integrated material for water splitting and solar harvesting applications, Dalton Transactions., 43, 12546 - 12554 (2014).
  • J. Kowalska* And C. S. Gopinath, Mapping of copper oxidation state using high pressure photoelectron spectroscopy, Acta Physica Polonica A., 125, 1065 - 1066 (2014).
  • K. Roy, R. Jain And C. S. Gopinath*, Towards A Sustainable and Near Ambient DeNOx Under Lean Burn Conditions: A Revisit to NO Reduction on Virgin and Modified Pd(111) Surfaces, ACS Catalysis., 4, 1801 - 1811 (2014).
  • E. S. Gnanakumar, C. Eswara Rao, S. Kunjir, T.G. Ajithkumar, P. R. Rajamohanan, D. Chakraborty And C. S. Gopinath* , 9-Fluorenemethanol: An Internal Electron Donor to Fine Tune Olefin Polymerization Activity, Dalton Transactions., 14, 9143 - 9151 (2014).
  • K. Roy And C. S. Gopinath*, UV photoelectron spectroscopy at near ambient pressures: Mapping valence band electronic structure changes from Cu to CuO, Analytical Chemistry., 86, 3683 - 3687 (2014).
  • Shelu Garg, Kapil Soni, V.V.D.N. Prasad, Manoj Kumar, T. Bhaskar, J. K. Gupta, G. Murali Dhar* And C. S. Gopinath, Effect of method of preparation on hydrodesulphurization activity of Co- and Ni-promoted MoS2/SBA-15 catalysts, Journal of Chemical Science., 126, 437 - 444 (2014).
  • Sourav Bag, Kanak Roy, C. S. Gopinath And C. Retna Raj* , A Facile Single-Step Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide - Mn3O4 Hybrid Functional Material for the Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., 6, 2692 - 2699 (2014).
  • N. R. Gupta, B. L. V. Prasad, C. S. Gopinath* And M. V. Badiger*, A Nanocomposite of Silver and Thermo-associating Polymer by Green Route: A Potential Soft-Hard Material for Controlled Drug Release, RSC Advances., 4, 10261 - 10268 (2014).
  • K.S. Thushara, T.G. Ajithkumar, P.R. Rajamohanan* And C. S. Gopinath*, Solid-State NMR Investigations of MgCl2.4(CH3)2CHCH2OH Molecular Adduct: A Peculiar Case of Reversible Equilibrium Between Two Phases, J. Phys. Chem. A., 118, 1213 - 1219 (2014).
  • K. Roy And C. S. Gopinath* , DeNOx at Near Ambient Temperatures and Under Lean Burn Conditions on Modified Pd Surfaces, ChemCatChem., 6, 531 - 537 (2014).
  • K. Sivaranjani, S. Raja Ambal, Tanmay Das, K. Roy, S. Bhattacharyya And C. S. Gopinath*, Disordered Mesoporous TiO2-xNx + Nano Au: An electronically integrated nanocomposite for solar H2 generation, ChemCatChem., 6, 522 - 530 (2014).
  • K.S. Thushara, T.G. Ajithkumar, P.R. Rajamohanan And C.S. Gopinath*, Structural investigations of porous MgCl2-2-butanol molecular adduct as support for olefin polymerization, Applied Catalysis A - General., 469, 267 - 274 (2014).
  • S. Sreedhala, V. SudheeshKumar And C. P. Vinod* , “Structure Sensitive Chemical Reactivity by Palladium Concave Nanocubes and Nanoflowers Synthesised by Seed Mediated Procedure in Aqueous Medium”, Nanoscale., 6, 7496 - 7502 (2014), DOI:10.1039/c4nr01283f.
  • Sourik Mondal, Anupam Samanta, Basab B. Dhar And R. Nandini Devi, Encapsulation of ultra small metal clusters in silica: Evolution of the concept of nanoreactors and the case of Ag–Pd@SiO2 alloy catalyst, Catalysis Today., , (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.cattod.2014.11.006.
    The concept of encapsulation of ultra small clusters within silica evolved as a means to address the sintering of active metal nanoparticles and subsequent deactivation observed in supported noble metal catalysts. It is hypothesised that sintering, which mainly occurs due to mobility of metal species on the support surfaces, can be minimised if the growth and movement of metal nanoparticles are constrained. First, nanoparticles are isolated inside 1D channels in 2D mesoporous compounds and the idea develops to complete encapsulation of thiol protected ultra small nanoclusters in silica spheres. Sintering is better controlled in the latter due to the confined space for growth of nanoparticles. Access of reactant molecules to the active metal surfaces also is ensured by porosity created in the silica matrix forming the basis of the concept of nanoreactors. In this paper, we elaborate on the evolution of this concept from our earlier work on highly sinter resistant silica encapsulated Au, Pd and Au–Pd alloys to the present system of Ag–Pd alloy encapsulated in silica. Silver, with the lowest Tammann temperature among noble metals, is highly prone to sintering which is adequately controlled by alloying with Pd as well as encapsulation in silica. Its enhanced activity in paranitrophenol reduction in comparison with pure metals indicates the advantageous effect of alloying.
  • Thattarathody Rajesh And R. Nandini Devi, Resistance to Ionic Pt Insertion in Oxygen Excess LaMnO3 Perovskite Lattices and Its Effect in Water Gas Shift Reaction, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical., 395, 534 - 542 (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.molcata.2014.08.042.
    Pt doped and impregnated LaMnO3 perovskites are synthesized at different temperatures and Pt and Mn states are compared in an attempt to get insight into extent of lattice incorporation of Pt in perovskite. Various characterization studies indicate that oxygen excess system like LaMnO3 presents substantial resistance to B site doping with Pt. This behavior is different from other oxygen deficient perovskites like LaCoO3 and LaFeO3 in which lattice incorporation stabilizes the active species against sintering. Water gas shift reaction was used as a probe reaction to understand the effect of this difference in the activity. In case of LaMnO3, failure in lattice substitution leads to sintering and deactivation at high synthesis temperatures (?700 °C) in both impregnated and doped samples. In doped samples, however, a strong interaction of Pt species with a persistent amorphous phase prevents sintering at lower synthesis temperature thereby enhancing the activity when compared to impregnated sample. The study reveals a possible mechanism in which only Pt(0) species is active with perovskite playing a minimal role in this system due to the resistance to lattice incorporation.
  • Thattarathody Rajesh, Anuj Upadhyay, Anil K. Sinha, Sudip K. Deb And R. Nandini Devi, Effect of Pt incorporation in LaBO3 (B = Mn, Fe, Co) perovskites on Water Gas Shift activity, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical., 395, 506 - 513 (2014), DOI:10.1016/j.molcata.2014.09.015.
    Pt incorporated perovskites LaBO3 (B = Mn, Co, Fe) were synthesised and characterised to understand the charge state of Pt in these materials. At the temperature range used in this study, Pt could be stabilised in ionic form in Co and Fe perovskites but not in LaMnO3. Consequent to incorporation of Pt in +2 and +4 oxidation states, reduction in B site ion charge state occurred, enhancing oxygen vacancies. Pt doped Co and Fe perovskites showed high activity for CO conversion under water gas shift conditions but the activity characteristics were found to be different for the two catalysts; LaCo1?xPtxO3?? showed methanation whereas the Fe counterpart was active in water gas shift reaction. It was also observed that methanation could be decreased and water gas shift enhanced in case of Pt doped Co perovskite when compared to Pt impregnated perovskite or mixed oxides.
  • Thattarathody Rajesh and R. Nandini Devi, Pt States in BaCe0.98Pt0.02O3?? During Start Up and Shut Down Operations Under Different Conditions: Stability and Activity of Ionic Pt in Water Gas Shift Reaction, Catalysis Letters., 144, 2227 - 2232 (2014), DOI:10.1007/s10562-014-1378-2.
    Stability of Pt species in doped BaCeO3 perovskites under Water gas shift reaction conditions is studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and in situ powder X-ray diffraction. The catalyst BaCe0.98Pt0.02O3–? has Pt in +2 oxidation state and is found to be stable in the ionic form under reaction conditions as well as under various highly reducing shut down and start up conditions. In-situ XRD under Water Gas shift reaction conditions also reveals the Pt ions to be highly stabilized in lattice and no egress is observed.
  • Anup P. Tathod And Paresh L. Dhepe, Towards efficient synthesis of sugar alcohols from mono- and poly-saccharides: Role of metals, supports & promoters, Green Chem., 16, 4944 - 4954 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4GC01264J.
    Biomass derived sugar alcohols (xylitol, arabitol) find numerous uses in the food, oral and pharmaceutical industries. Their direct synthesis from poly-saccharides however still remains an immense challenge. In this study, we demonstrate in detail, the effects of metals, supports and promoters in enhancing the yields of sugar alcohols from mono- and poly-saccharides. We undertook, synthesis of bimetallic catalysts, M-M’/S (M, Metal=Pt, Ru; M’, Promoter=Sn, Ga, Fe; S, support=g-Al2O3 (AL), SiO2-Al2O3 (SA), Carbon (C)) with varying metal loadings (Pt/Ru=2, 3.5wt%; Sn=0.22, 0.43, 0.87, 1.5, 3.5wt%; Ga/Fe=0.25wt%) by co-impregnation method. The catalytic activities of these catalysts were evaluated in the synthesis of sugar alcohols from xylose (mono-saccharide) and hemicellulose (xylan, poly-saccharide) at 130-190oC. Among all bimetallic catalysts, Pt(3.5)Sn(0.43)/AL catalyst (50%) showed 2.8 times improvement in the sugar alcohols yield compared to monometallic Pt(3.5)/AL catalyst (18%). Similarly, in xylose reaction also 2.4 times enhancement in sugar alcohols yield over Pt(3.5)Sn(0.43)/AL (79%) was observed as against 33% yield obtained with Pt(3.5)/AL. By conducting several experiments it is confirmed that the residual Cl- remained on the catalyst even after calcinations and reductions carried out at 400oC, does not play any role in catalysis. The stability of the Pt(3.5)Sn(0.43)/AL catalyst confirmed by XRD and ICP analysis was responsible in achieving reproducible activity in at least 5 consecutive runs. Formation of electron deficient Sn confirmed by XPS analysis helped polarizing carbonyl group which in turn enhanced the sugar alcohols yields. Formation of PtSn and Pt3Sn species was observed when Sn loading is more than 0.87%.
  • A. K. Deepa And Paresh L. Dhepe, Function of metals and supports on the hydrodeoxygenation of phenolic compounds, ChemPlusChem., 79, 1573 - 1583 (2014), DOI:10.1002/cplu.201402145R1.
    Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) is an important process to remove oxygen from lignin derived phenolic monomers to obtain chemicals which can be used as fuel or fuel additives. A systematic study is performed to check the effects of supports (acidic, neutral, basic) and noble metals (Pd, Pt, Ru) on HDO of phenol, guaicol and eugenol. When the combinations of metals and supports were evaluated under the similar reaction conditions, it was found that the metals supported on highly acidic support (SiO2-Al2O3) show complete hydrogenation products with a possibility of C-O bond cleavage to achieve a real HDO activity. While on a mildly acidic support (g-Al2O3), complicated product distribution is achieved, neutral (C) and basic (HT) supports gave restricted hydrogenation activity but yielded the products with very high selectivity. Based on the results, reaction pathways are suggested and deliberated. Catalysts showed reproducible activity in recycle runs. Catalysts were characterized by various (XRD, TEM, TPD, ICP-OES) techniques to establish catalyst activity-property relationship.
  • Vishal M. Dhavale, Sachin S. Gaikwad, Leena George And R. Nandini Devi and Sreekumar Kurungot, Nitrogen-doped graphene interpenetrated 3D Ni-nanocages: efficient and stable water-to-dioxygen electrocatalysts, Nanoscale., 6, 13179 - 13187 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4NR03578J.
  • Thattarathody Rajesh and R. Nandini Devi , Role of Oxygen Vacancies in Water Gas Shift Reaction: Activity Study on BaCe0.98–xYxPt0.02O3?? Perovskites, The Journal Of Physical Chemistry C., 118, 20867 - 20874 (2014), DOI:10.1021/jp503922x.
  • Anupam Samanta And Thattarathody Rajesh and R. Nandini Devi, Confined space synthesis of fully alloyed and sinter resistant AuPd nanoparticles encapsulated in porous silica, Journal of Materials Chemistry A., 2, 4398 - 4405 (2014), DOI:DOI:10.1039/C3TA15194H.
  • Soumya B. Narendranath, Ashok Kumar Yadav, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Shambu Nath Jha And and R. Nandini Devi, Photocatalytic H2 Evolution from Water?Methanol System by Anisotropic InFeO3(ZnO)m Oxides without Cocatalyst in Visible Light, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces., 6, 12321 - 12327 (2014),
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik, Tanushree Kane And Paresh L. Dhepe, Silica and zirconia supported tungsten, molybdenum and gallium oxide catalysts for the synthesis of furfural, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4, 2904 - 2907 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4CY00530A.
    SiO2 and ZrO2 supported W, Mo and Ga oxide catalysts were prepared by sol-gel and wet-impregnation method. The 10wt% WO3/SiO2 (sol-gel) catalyst showed 61±2% furfural yield from hemicellulose in one-pot fashion at least in 8 cycles. Based on XRD, TPD, Hammett acidity characterizations catalyst structure-activity correlation was drawn.
  • Vysakh A. Bharathan, Govind K Raj, P. A. Joy And C. P. Vinod*, “Synthesis and Reactivity of Magnetically Diverse Au@Ni Core-shell Nanostructures”, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization., 31, 236 - 244 (2014), DOI:10.1002/ppsc.201300195.
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik And Paresh L. Dhepe, Exceptionally high yields of furfural from assorted raw biomass over solid acids, RSC Adv., 4, 26215 - 26221 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4RA04119D.
    Development of stable and recyclable solid acid catalysts in the efficient valorisation of hemicellulose to yield C5 sugars and furfural is vital to boost the prospects of using lignocelluloses for the chemicals synthesis. Using SAPO-44 catalyst an environmentally benign process of furfural synthesis from diversified real substrates (without any treatment & the need for separation of its components) is shown. In an efficient one-pot methodology, at 443 K and in the presence of biphasic solvent system, selective conversions of hemicelluloses from raw biomass (bagasse, rice husk & wheat straw) to extraordinarily high yields of furfural of about 93% were attainable. Under similar reaction conditions, 82% yield of furfural is also achievable directly from isolated hemicellulose within 10 h. Hydrophilic SAPO-44 having higher hydrothermal stability showed similar activity for all the substrates minimum up to 8 times in recycle runs. Various physico-chemical characterizations (XRD, TGA-DTG, TPD-NH3, solid state NMR) of fresh and spent catalysts edify on the SAPO-44 stability.
  • Paresh L. Dhepe , Ashutosh Kelkar, Babasaheb Matsagar And Sandip Singh, Acidic ionic liquids catalyzed depolymerization of lignin, Patent., IN, (2014).
  • Paresh L. Dhepe And Anup Tathod, Production of sugar alcohols, xylitol and arabbitol using bimetallic supported metal catalysts, Patent., IN, (2014).
  • Paresh L. Dhepe And Babasaheb Matsagar, Conversion of hemicellulose using acidic ionic liquids, Patent., IN, (2014).
    Patent applied on a process for acidic ionic liquid catalyzed hemicellulose conversion
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik, A. K. Deepa, Tanushree Kane And Paresh L. Dhepe, Value addition to lignocellulosics and biomass-derived sugars: An insight into solid acid-based catalytic methods, J. Chem. Sci., 126, 373 - 385 (2014), DOI:10.1007/s12039-014-0574-3.
    For the synthesis of important platform chemicals such as sugars (xylose and arabinose) and furans (furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)) from carbohydrates (hemicellulose and fructose) solid acid catalysts are employed. Similarly, over solid acid catalysts, conversion of lignin into aromatic monomers is performed. It is observed that in the dehydration of fructose, because of higher hydrothermal stability, silicoaluminophosphate (SAPO) catalysts give better activity (78% HMF yield) compared with other solid acid catalysts (<63% HMF yield) at 175°C. Particularly, SAPO-44 catalyst can be reused at least 5 times with marginal decrease in the activity. Zeolite, HUSY (Si/Al = 15) is active in the conversion of isolated (pure) hemicellulose to produce 41% C5 sugars in water. The catalyst is also active in the selective conversion of hemicellulose from bagasse to yield 59% C5 sugars. It is possible to obtain high yields of furfural (54%) directly from bagasse if instead of water, water+toluene solvent system is used. Depolymerization of lignin using HUSY catalyst produced aromatic monomers with 60% yield at 250°C. A detailed catalyst characterization study is performed to understand the correlation between catalyst activity and morphology. To understand the effect of impurities present in the substrate over solid acid catalysts, metal-exchange study is carried out.
  • A. K. Deepa And Paresh L. Dhepe, Solid acid catalyzed depolymerization of lignin into value added aromatic monomers, RSC Adv., 4, 12625 - 12629 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C3RA47818A.
    Depolymerization of lignin to produce value-added aromatic monomers has attracted a lot of attention since these monomers can potentially be used as fuel additives (octane enhancers) and in turn can improve the prospects of cellulosic ethanol technology to become economically feasible. Here we show that solid acid catalysts could efficiently convert lignin into value added aromatic monomers with 60% yields and ca. 95% mass balance when depolymerization reactions were carried out at 250°C for 30–120 minutes. We found that the reaction parameters have a remarkable effect on improving the yields.
  • Ramakanta Sahu And Paresh L. Dhepe, Synthesis of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid by the aerobic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural over supported metal catalysts, Reac. Kinet. Mech. Cat., 112, 173 - 187 (2014), DOI:10.1007/s11144-014-0689-z.
    Supported Pt catalysts are synthesized, characterized and are used in the liquid phase air oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). Under the optimum reaction conditions of a stepwise increase in the reaction temperature (75 and 140°C for 12 h each), we achieved as high as 96% FDCA yield in presence of 1 bar oxygen pressure over Pt/g-Al2O3. It is shown that as the oxygen pressure increases (1–10 bar), the FDCA yields decrease, since at higher partial pressure of oxygen, overoxidation reactions of substrate and product(s) are possible. It is interesting to note that even with air as an oxidant, we obtained similar yields of FDCA as that with oxygen. Moreover, the effects of base (weak or strong), its concentration (equimolar or excess) were studied in detail. It is important to increase the reaction temperature in a stepwise manner to achieve higher yields of FDCA since at higher temperatures HMF undergoes self-degradation and thus the yields of FDCA decrease. The self-degradation of HMF is also proved by undertaking the reaction under nitrogen environment. The study on the effect of substrate/catalyst ratio is done to improve up on the economics of overall process. The effect of supports (reducible and non-reducible) and their oxygen storage capacity is discussed and is proposed to be one of the factors to change the course of reaction. Furthermore, we have shown that FDCA formed in the reaction can be successfully isolated (91%, isolated yield) in the pure form and its purity is confirmed by NMR, melting point, and elemental analysis. The catalysts were characterized with X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy techniques.
  • Johannes Brand, Holger Braunschweig And Sakya S. Sen, B=B and B?E (E=O and N) Multiple Bonds in the Coordination Sphere of Late Transition Metals, Acc. Chem. Res., 47, 180 - 191 (2014), DOI:10.1021/ar400106u.
  • Johannes Brand, Holger Braunschweig, Florian Hupp, Ashwini K. Phukan, Krzysztof Radacki And Sakya S. Sen, A B–C Double Bond Unit Coordinated to Platinum: An Alkylideneboryl Ligand that is Isoelectronic to Neutral Aminoborylene Ligands, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53, 2240 - 2244 (2014), DOI:10.1002/anie.201310557.
  • Soumya B. Narendranath, Ashok Kumar Yadav, T.G. Ajithkumar, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Shambhu Nath Jha, Krishna K. Dey, Thirumalaiswamy Raja And R. Nandini Devi , Investigations into variations in local cationic environment in layered oxide series InGaO3(ZnO)m (m = 1-4), Dalton Transactions., 43 (5), 2120 - 2126 (2014).
  • E. Balaraman, E. Khaskin, G. Leitus And D. Milstein*, Catalytic transformation of alcohols to carboxylic acid salts and H2 using water as the oxygen atom source, Nature. Chem., 5, 122 - 125 (2013), DOI:10.1038/nchem.1536.
    Highlights: • RSC Chemistryworld • CORANTE - In the Pipeline • The Chemistry Cascade
  • D. Srimani, E. Balaraman, P. Hu, Y. Ben-David And D. Milstein*, Formation of tertiary amides and H2 by dehydrogenative coupling of primary alcohols with secondary amines catalyzed by ruthenium bipyridine-based pincer complexes, Adv. Syn. Catal., 355, 2525 - 2530 (2013), DOI:10.1002/adsc.201300620.
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