Dr. (Mrs).S. Velmathi






 M.Sc., Ph.D

Professional Experience:

  1. March 2018-till date Professor, Department of Chemistry, NIT, Trichy, India
  2. Nov 2011-Feb 2018 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, NIT, Trichy, India
  3. Nov 2008-Oct 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, NIT, Trichy, India
  4. August 2006- Nov. 2008 Lecturer Department of Chemistry, NIT, Trichy, India

Research Experience:

  1. April 2002- November 2002 Research Associate in SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai
  2. April 2001 - March 2002 CSIR extended SRF
  3. April 1998 - March 2001-CSIR Senior Research Fellow.
  4. 1996 October –1998 March Junior Research Fellow in SPIC – Biotech division
  5. 1995 July -1996 October Junior Research Fellow in the project sponsored by ICAR.

Visiting Scientist:

  1. At Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University and Academia Sinica, Taiwan, May 2015

  2. At Department of Organic material and polymer engineering, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea, January 2013, 2014

  3. At (WPI-MANA) World Premier Institute-Center for Materials Nano Architectonics, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan June-July, 2008

  4. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, USA, (Dec-Feb 2008)

  5. At Fuel Cell Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan May-July-2007

Post Doctoral Fellowship:

  • At Research Institute for Innovations in Sustainable Chemistry, Advanced Polymer Group, National Institute of Advanced Industrial science and Technology, AIST Central 5-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan(2003 –2006)

Research Interest:

  • Sensors

  • Catalysis and photocatalysis

  • Porous materials

  • Organic Synthesis

Professional Recognition, Awards, Fellowships received:

  1. Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

  2. Member of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (MNASc)

  3. Fellow of Tamilnadu Academy of Sciences (FASCh)

  4. Received the Faculty achiever award in the NITT institute day for three consecutive years 2016, 2017, 2018 for the contribution in terms of research publications and citations

  5. Chaired a session in the International Conference on Recent Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (IMMT-2017), Organised by Department of Mechanical Engineering, BITS, Pilani Dubai Campus 28-29 November, 2017

  6. Selected for the INSA Bilateral Exchange Fellowship to Visit Taiwan, May 2015

  7. Received the prestigious Tamil Nadu Young Women Scientist Award-2012 for Chemical Sciences

  8. Received International Travel grant from DST, to visit South Korea for presenting a paper in the 14th Tetrahedron symposium held at Seoul, South Korea, Oct 21-24, 2013

  9. Chaired a session in the International Conference on Key Engineering materials ICKEM 2012, Held at Singapore Feb 26-28, 2012

  10. Editorial Board member in the journal ISRN Analytical Chemistry

  11. International Travel grant from DST, to visit Australia for presenting a paper in the International Conference of 11th Pacific Polymer Conference held at Cairns, Australia, Dec 06-10, 2009

  12. DST-SERC Fast Track Young Scientist Award –2007 Research Grant of 20 lakhs

  13. Received the best poster award in the 5th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Network symposium held at Tokyo, Japan, March 7-8, 2005

  14. Senior Research Fellowship (Extended), CSIR, India-April 2001

  15. Senior Research Fellowship of CSIR, India – April 1998

Selected Publications:

Far red to NIR emitting ultra-sensitive probe to detect the endogenous HOCl and fluorescence imaging in zebra fish and Raw cell 264.7, N.Vijay, N. Thirumalaivasan, Shu-Pao Wu, S. Velmathi* Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2019, 17, 3538-3544

Indium (III) Triflate-Catalyzed Reactions of Aza-Michael Adducts of Chalcones with Aromatic Amines: Retro-Michael Addition versus Quinoline Formation, T Selvi, S Velmathi, The Journal of Organic Chemistry 83 (7), 4087-4091, 2018


Quinoxaline based redox relay receptor for iodide ions and its application towards real sample analysis and logic gate function B Gopal, S Velmathi, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 256, 126-134, 2018


New Zinc functionalized metal organic Framework for selective sensing of chromate ion

R Minmini, S Naha, S Velmathi Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 251, 644-649, 2017


High-efficiency new visible light-driven Ag2MoO4–Ag3PO4 composite photocatalyst towards degradation of industrial dyes, R Dhanabal, S Velmathi, AC Bose, Catalysis Science & Technology 6 (24), 8449-8463, 2016


A highly fluorescent zinc complex of a dipodal N-acyl hydrazone as a selective sensor for H2PO4 ions and application in living cells S Suganya, S Velmathi, P Venkatesan, SP Wu, MS Boobalan, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers 2 (7), 649-656, 2015


Photocatalytic Application of Wide Band Gap CuO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Microwave Assisted Quick Precipitation, NS Sanjini, R Dhanalakshmi, S Velmathi, Science of Advanced Materials, 6 (7), 1399-1405, 2014


Iron impregnated SBA-15, a mild and efficient catalyst for the catalytic hydride transfer reduction of aromatic nitro compounds NS Sanjini, S Velmathi, RSC Advances 4 (30), 15381-15388, 2014

Sponored Projects completed as PI

  1. Received the DST-SERC Fast Track Young Scientist Project Research Grant of 20 lakhs. Project title- Studies towards the development of reusable chiral catalysts for asymmetric synthesis 2007-2010 SR/FTP/CS-142/2006. This project is rated as GOOD by the PAC

  2. Joint Research project between Dr. A. V. Adhikari, Dept. of Chemistry NITK has been sanctioned under TEQIP networking (4 lakhs). Project title –Development of new biodegradable polymers using microwaves 2007-2008

  3. A MOU has been signed between Fuel cell Materials center, NIMS-Japan and NITT (2007-2012)

  4. Received the CSIR Project on Studies towards the application of new tridentate ligands for ring opening polymerization of lactides (2008-11) 12.64 lakhs 01(2282)/08/EMR-II dated 20 th November 2008

  5. Received the DRDO Project Research Grant of 30.43 lakhs. Project title- Studies towards the development of colorimetric and fluorescent on-off receptors for cation/anion sensing (2011-2014) ERIP/ER/1006004/M01/1333 dt. 23-05-2011

  6. Received the DST Project Research Grant of 47 lakhs (2011-2014). Project title- Chiral Hybrid Organic-Inorganic three dimensional Mesoporous Materials for Enantioselective synthesis- SR/S1/OC-06/2011

  7. Coordinator for the MHRD-GIAN sponsored course on supramolecular photochemistry-Research grant of Rs. 5,50,000, 2017

  8. Mentor for the project entitled Carbon-Carbon coupling reactions in water- sanctioned by DST-NPDF-Dr. T. Selvi 2016-2018, PDF/2015/000012 dt. 10.03.2016 Research grant: Rs. 19,20,000

  9. Mentor for the project entitled - Rhodium Catalyzed C-H activation: Alkylative/Arylative Cyclization of 1,6-Enyne for the synthesis of biologically important fused cyclic frameworks sanctioned by DST-NPDF-Dr. S. Periyaraja 2017-2018, PDF/2016/003908,dt.17.02.2017 Research grant: Rs. 19,20,000

Sponsored Projects completed as Co-Investigator:

  1. Co-Investigator in the DST Nano Mission project (2009-12) grant of 5.8 crores Project title- Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for engineering applications SR/NM/NS-27/2008

Sponsored Projects ongoing as Principal Investigator:

  1. CSIR project on "Sense and Separate" strategy for the detection of toxic analytes using Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Mesoporous Materials (2018-21) 01(2949)/18/EMR-II dated 01.05.2018


Books, Monographs and Book Chapters

  1. Benzimidazoles: Smart Chemosensors for toxic metal ions and anions By Sivan Velmathi And Gopal Balamurugan Lambert Academic Publishing, 2018 ISBN (978-613-8-33401-9)


Book Edited

  1. A Special Issue on Synthesis and Applications of Porous Materials
    Guest Editor: S. Velmathi, Adv. Porous Mater. 3, 1 (2015) pp.1-74

Ph.D. students guided

Guided (9) Students

Ongoing Ph.D. students

Ongoing Ph.D. Students (8)

M.Sc. Projects guided/co-guided


M.Tech. Projects guided/co-guided

Guided (2)

Summer Interns/Visiting student’s projects guided

Guided (17)


Membership in professional societies:

  • Life member of Catalysis Society of India (CSI).

  • Life member of Materials Research Society of INDIA (MRSI).

  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

  • Life Member of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI).


Publications list:

  • 135 Full length articles in international journals

  • 10 full papers published in conference proceedings

  • 3 Japanese patents

  • 70 papers presented in International/National Conferences


Contact Address:


Dr. (Mrs.). S. Velmathi, FRSC


Department of Chemistry

National Institute of Technology

Trichy-620 015


Mobile: +91-9486067404

E-mail: velmathis@nitt.edu

Alternate Email: svelmathi@hotmail.com

External personal website: http://sites.google.com/site/sivanvelmathinitt/