Dr. R. Karvembu





•Ph.D. Chemistry, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (2002)
•M.Phil. Chemistry, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (1997)
•M.Sc. Chemistry, St. Joseph's College, Trichy (1996)

Membership in Professional bodies

• Chemical Research Society of India
• Indian Chemical Society
• Catalysis Society of India
• Indian Science Congress
• Indian Council of Chemists


• Japanese Patent (2016 - 064398)
• Qualified CSIR-NET
• Best Student Award, St. Joseph's College, Trichy
• Young Scientist Fast Track Project from DST
• UK-India Staff Exchange Fellowship (UKIERI)
• Top cited author for 2012-2013, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Elsevier
• Top cited papers for 2011 and 2012, Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier
• Editorial Board Member in Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2019-till date
• Editorial Board Member in Current Organocatalysis, 2015-till date
• Editorial Board Member in Journal of Catalyst & Catalysis, 2013-till date
• Sophia Lecturing-Research Grant

Other Important Assignments

• Visiting Professor, Sophia University, Japan, May 2013 - August 2013 (STEC Fellowship)
• Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, UK, May 2012 - June 2012 (UKIERI Indo-UK Staff Exchange Fellowship)
• Visiting professor, Sophia University, Japan, May 2009 - August 2009 (STEC Fellowship)
• Visiting Researcher, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, June 2007 - July 2007 (TEQIP Fellowship)
• Post-Doctoral Scientist, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, Nov 2002 - Nov 2003
• Visited University of Rennes, France and University of Glasgow, UK for presenting papers in International conferences in July 2008 and August 2011 respectively

Topic of Research

• Tertiary Phosphine/Arsine Complexes of Ru(II) and Ru(III) with Various Ligands
• Coordination Chemistry of Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu and Co
• Catalysis by Coordination/Organometallic Compounds
• DNA Binding, Photocleavage and Biological Studies of Metal Complexes
• Nano Catalysis, Green Catalysis and Metal-Enzyme Combo Catalysis

Recent 5 Publications:

  1. Towards phosphine free Pd(II) pincer complexes for catalyzing Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction in aqueous medium
    P. Jerome, P. N. Sathishkumar, N. S. P. Bhuvanesh and R. Karvembu
    J. Organomet. Chem. 845, 115-124 (2017)

  2. Half-sandwich RuCl26-p-cymene) core complexes containing sulfur donor aroylthiourea ligand: DNA and protein binding, DNA cleavage and cytotoxic studies
    K. Jeyalakshmi, J. Haribabu, N. S. P. Bhuvanesh and R. Karvembu
    Dalton Trans. 45(31), 12518-12531 (2016)

  3. DNA/protein binding, DNA cleavage, cytotoxicity, superoxide radical scavenging and molecular docking studies of copper(II) complexes containing N-benzyl-N'-aryl-N'-benzoylguanidine ligands
    K. Jeyalakshmi, N. S. P. Bhuvanesh, Y. Arun, P. T. Perumal, A. Sreekanth and R. Karvembu
    Inorg. Chem. Front. 2(8), 780-798 (2015)

  4. Self-assembled Cu(II) and Ni(II) metallamacrocycles formed from 3,3,3',3'-tetrabenzyl-1,1'-aroylbis(thiourea) ligands: DNA and protein binding studies, and cytotoxicity of trinuclear complexes
    N. Selvakumaran, N.S.P. Bhuvanesh and R. Karvembu
    Dalton Trans. 43(43), 16395-16410 (2014)

  5. Chiral (η6-p-cymene) ruthenium(II) complexes containing monodentate acylthiourea ligands for efficient asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones
    M. Mary Sheeba, M. Muthu Tamizh, L. Farrugia, A. Endo, R. Karvembu
    Organometallics 33(2), 540-550 (2014)


Contact Address: 

Dr. R. Karvembu
Department of Chemistry
National Institute of Technology
Trichy-620 015


  • kar [at] nitt.edu
  • karvembu [at] rediffmail.com

Website : www.karvembur.com