Raja Angamuthu

PhD (Leiden University)

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry


Research Interest



  • PhD (2009), Leiden University, Netherlands
    Thesis Title:Structural and functional models for [NiFe] hydrogenase
    Thesis Supervisor:Prof. Jan Reedik and Prof. Elisabeth Bouwman
  • M.Sc., (Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli)
  • B.Sc.,(Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli)



Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Bio-Inspired Catalysis (LISBIC) walks along with nature to answer number of long standing questions.
Our primary goals are to understand the structure and functions of organometallic active sites in enzymes such as Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase (CODH), Acetyl-Coenzyme A Synthase (ACS), Acireductone Dioxygenase (ARD), Methyl-Coenzyme M Reductase (MCR), Methylenediurease (MDU) and on top of all, Hydrogenase (H2ase), in order to develop simple small molecular models as catalysts for industrially and environmentally important chemical transformations such as

(1) reversible interconversion of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide,
(2) decomposition of the acetyl group into separate one-carbon units or catalysing acetate synthesis using one-carbon unit precursors,
(3) C-C bond cleavage,
(4) methane generation or activation,
(5) degradation of methyleneurea (slow release fertilizer), and most prominently,
(6) reversible interconversion of dihydrogen into protons and electrons.

SO2 sequestration and activation is one of our branching projects where we are developing molecules with multiple nucleophilic centers to bind with SO2.

Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase (CODH)

CO + H2O 2H+ + CO2 + 2e–

Methyl–Coenzyme M Reductase (MCR)

CH3–CoM + CoB–SH  CH4 + CoM–S–S–CoB

Hydrogenases (H2ase)

H2  H+ + H– 2H+ + 2e–


Organometallic Chemistry 

  • Organo Ruthenium–Nickel Dithiolates with Redox-Responsive Nickel Sites,Organometallics 2013, 32, 6324.

  • A New Route to Azadithiolato Complexes,Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 1029.

  • Electrocatalytic CO2 Conversion to Oxalate by a Copper Complex,Science 2010, 327, 313.

  • A molecular cage of nickel(II) and copper(I) : a [{Ni(L)2}2(CuI)6] cluster resembling the active site ofnickel-containing enzymes, Chem. Comm. 2009, 2700.

  • Reduction of protons assisted by a exanuclear nickel thiolate metallacrown: protonation andelectrocatalytic dihydrogen evolution.Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2009, 11, 5578.

  • Hexanuclear [Ni6L12] metallacrown framework consisting of NiS4 square-planar and NiS5 square-pyramidal building blocks.Dalton Trans. 2007, 4641.


  • RA, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli (2002-2005)

  • Leiden University (2009-2010)

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rubicon Post Doctoral Fellow (from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO), (2010-2012)


  • Young Scientist Research Award, DAE.

  • RUBICON Independent Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2010‐2012.



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Kanpur 208016

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Email: raja[AT]iitk.ac.in

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