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Dr. Prathapan Sreedharan

PRATHAPAN S.
Professor (Emeritus)
Department of Applied Chemistry
128 Thiruvonam Nagar
Cochin University P. O.
Kochi-682022
Kerala
04842577384 (Res)
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Tenures

  • Assistant Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. (1991 to 1994)
  • Norman and Rosita Winston Fellow, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA. (1998 to 1991)
  • Lecturer, CUSAT(1994-2003)
  • Reader, CUSAT (2003-2007).
  • Associate professor CUSAT. (2007-2010)
  • Professor CUSAT (2010 - 2018)
  • Professor (Emeritus) (2018 tol date)
  • Vising Professor, IIRBS, MG University, Kottayam (2012 to date)

AREAS OF SPECIALISATION

Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry, Photochemistry, Electron Transfer Reactions, Porphyrin Chemistry.

MAJOR AREAS OF RESEARCH

  • Synthesis and transformations of various heterocycles.
  • Synthesis of spiro and dispiro compounds.
  • Synthesis of tricyclics.
  • Synthesis of facially-encumbered porphyrins.
  • Development of novel reagents for the stereoselective dehydration, dehydrogenation and oxidation under mild conditions.
  • Extensive Investigation on Cycloaddition reactions (1,3-Dipolar & Diels-Alder)
  • Photophysical and photochemical studies of bischromophoroic systems

VISITING FELLOWSHIPS AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

  • January ‘04 - January ’05: Visiting Fellow Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
  • July 2000 - November ’01: Visiting fellow, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA.
  • May ’99 - July ’99: Visiting Fellow, University of Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • June’98 - November ’98: Visiting Fellow, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA.
  • August ’91- September’93: Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
  • March’88-August ’91: Norman and Rosita Winston Fellow, The Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.

Important Assignments

1. Served as Member, Board of Studies (Chemistry) of Department of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology, PG Board, Kerla University, S. H. College Thevara, S. B. College Changanassery and Fatima Mata College, Kollam

2. Member - Academic Council, CUSAT (2012 to 2014)

3. Member - University Senate, CUSAT (2012-2014)

4. Member - Faculty of Science, CUSAT (2012 to date)

5. Member - Program Implementation Group for PURSE fund allocation totaling Rs. 50000000 (five crores), CUSAT

6. Chairman - Council of Wardens, CUSAT (in charge of 10 hostels run by the University)  2010-2014

7. Member - Advisory Committee for Coaching Schemes for SC/ST/OBC/Minority Students

8. Member - Advisory Committee on activities of Department of Youth Welfare

9. President - Alumni Association, Department of Applied Chemistry, CUSAT

10. Executive Member - Parent Teacher Association, Department of Applied Chemistry, CUSAT

Affiliations

Permanent Member, Chemical Research Society of India

Other Activities

1. Invited and Endowment Lectures at various Colleges, Universities and Institutions (30)

2. Coordinator: International Conference, MATCON 2010 at CUSAT

3. Coordinated several programs for College teachers and School Students, CUSAT

4. Member: National Advisory Board for National and International Seminars (9)

Professional Achievements and Research Output

1.  Papers published: 51 (all in reputed international journals)

2.  Patents: 2 (International patents)

Recent Publications

1.   Dramatic solvent and concentration dependence in the reaction of (anthracen-9-yl)methanamines with suitable electron deficient acetylenes, Jomon P. Jacob, Reshma Gopalakrishnan, Rekha R. Mallia, Jean John Vadakkan, Perupparampil A. Unnikrishnan, Sreedharan Prathapan, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2014, 27, 884-891.

2.   Domino reaction sequences leading to the formation of 2:2 adducts between acenaphthenequinone and acetophenone, Jomon P. Jacob, Christy Kunjachan, L. U. Sajitha, Roshini K. Thumpakara, K. Rakesh, V. Nidhisha, Perupparampil A. Unnikrishnan, Sreedharan Prathapan, ARKIVOC 2014, vi, 127-138.

3.   Studies on the solvent dependence in the reaction of (anthracen-9-yl)methyl sulfides with suitable electron deficient acetylenes, Reshma Gopalakrishnan, Jomon P. Jacob, Rekha R. Mallia, Perupparampil A. Unnikrishnan, Sreedharan Prathapan, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2015, 28, 472.

4.   Diverse reactivity of nitrones towards electron deficient acetylenes, Sandhya Radhamani, Rakesh Natarajan, Peruparampil A. Unnikrishnan, Sreedharan Prathapan and John P. Rappai, New J. Chem. 2015, 39, 5580.

 

Achievements as Research Supervisor

 1.     Successfully guided Eleven (13) students towards the award of Ph.D. degree

2.  Ten (10) students completed their M.Phil. dissertation

3.  Nine (12) students completed their M.Sc. project research

4.  Evaluated 25 Ph.D. theses and chaired open defense of ten Ph.D. students

Achievements as Coordinator of Sponsored Projects   

1.   Principal Investigator: Three (3) projects sponsored by CSIR, DST and DRDO totaling Rs. 47 lakhs

2.   Co-Investigator: Six (6) projects sponsored by DBT, BRNS, CSIR, Kerala Government, and DST totaling Rs. 180 lakhs

 

Scientific Collaborations

1.   Department of Physics, CUSAT

2.   Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, CUSAT

3.   International School of Phonics, CUSAT

4.   Department of Electronics, CUSAT

5.   National Center for Aquatic Animal Health, CUSAT

6.   Inter University Center for Nanomaterials and Devices

     Three (3) students completed their PhD based on these collaborative programs

 

International Assignments:

1.     Member: Editorial Board of International Journal of Chemistry (published from Canada)

2.     Member: Editorial Board of International Journal of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (published from Europe)

3.     Reviewed articles submitted to several international journals