Raja Angamuthu was born in 1980 in Karur, Tamil Nadu (India); studied chemistry at the Government Arts College of Karur (Bharathidasan University) for BSc (2000) and in the Department of Chemistry, Bharathidasan University at Thiruchirappalli for MSc (2002); was a research assistant in Palaniandavar’s group until he moved to Leiden University (The Netherlands) in March 2005 for PhD with Professors Jan Reedijk and Elisabeth Bouwman where he mimicked the enzyme NiFe hydrogenase. After receiving PhD (Oct, 2009), he became a Rubicon postdoctoral fellow (independent fellowship from the Dutch government) in the group of Prof. Thomas B. Rauchfuss at UIUC from April 2010 where he worked on the development of bio-inspired NiRu complexes and isolated the much sought-after cofactor aza-dithiol in its N-protected form. In July 2012, he was appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry at IIT Kanpur. His present interests are (1) using prebiotically relevant multicomponent pools to find emergents that are new and useful molecules, (2) using bio-inspired weak interactions in sequestration and activation of environmentally detrimental molecules and, (3) organic and metal hydrides as well.
Amarish (18107265) is from Kanpur. He graduated from CSJM University, Kanpur. Working with pyridinophane-based Ni(II) complexes for metal-hydrides.
Archana (20207262) is from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. She graduated from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. Working on deracemisation of koneramines. Archana holds a Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship.
Neha (21107268) is from Nawada, Bihar. She graduated from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. Developing new triazines for small molecule sequestration employing bio-inspired weak interactions.
Shruthi (21207268) is from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu. She graduated from the Central University of Tamilnadu, Tiruvarur. Developing new hydrides for sulfur dioxide activation. Shruthi holds Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship.
Pranay (231070624) is from Cuttack, Odisha. He graduated from Odisha University of Technology and Research, Bhubaneswar. Developing pyrene appended koneramines, to begin with.
Aman (231070603) is from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated from the University of Allahabad; busy with his coursework at the moment.
Ashutosh (221289) is from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He got bachelor’s degree from Banaras Hindu University; studying master’s at IIT Kanpur. Getting trained by Amarish (metal-hydrides), Neha (triazines) and others (koneramines) for his MSc projects.