Raja Angamuthu

Raja Angamuthu was born in 1980 in Karur, Tamil Nadu (India). Raja studied chemistry at Government Arts College of Karur (Bharathidasan University) and obtained BSc degree in June 2000. He then moved to Department of Chemistry, Bharathidasan University at Thiruchirappalli and obtained MSc (2002) under the guidance of Prof. Mallayan Palaniandavar. His MSc research  was on “Copper(II) complexes of tridentate pyridylmethylethylene-diamines: Role of ligand steric hindrance on DNA binding and cleavage”. In the first year of M.Sc., he was selected as Summer Visiting Student-Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and worked on “Metal Ion Reconstituted Hybrid Hemoglobin and Interactions between Hemoglobin and Nitrosohemoglobin” in the summer of 2001 under the supervision of Prof. P.T. Manoharan at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He continued his research in Palaniandavar’s group as a research assistant until he moved to Leiden University (The Netherlands) in March 2005 for his PhD (Professors Jan Reedijk and Elisabeth Bouwman) where he mimicked the enzyme NiFe hydrogenase. After receiving a Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry in October 2009, he became a postdoctoral scholar (with a Rubicon independent fellowship from Dutch government) in the group of Prof. Thomas B. Rauchfuss at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in April 2010. At UIUC, he worked on the development of bio-inspired NiRu complexes and isolated the much sought after cofactor azadithiol in its N-protected form. July 2012, he was appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry in the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He initiated the Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Bioinspired Catalysis (LISBIC) on May 13, 2013. 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. He loves playing with organic and metal hydrides as well.

Kalaikodikumaran Mani

Kumaran is from Villupuram district of Tamilnadu. He graduated from Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu.  He is destined to isolate and study enantiopure koneramine complexes.

[3] S. Raje, K. Mani, P. Kandasamy, R. J. Butcher and R. Angamuthu*. Eur J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 2164-2167.

[2] M. Chahal, K. Mani, C. S. Lodhi, R. J. Butcher, R. Angamuthu* and S. Raje*. ChemistrySelect 2018, 3, 9960-9964.

[1] S. Raje, K. Mani, M. M. Parsutkar, R. Angamuthu. New J. Chem. 2017, 12303-12308.

Suchismita Ghosh

Suchi is from Kolkata. She graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Will work on koneramines.

Sandhya Singh

Sandhya is from Kanpur. She graduated from CSJM University, Kanpur. Will work on sulfur dioxide activation.

Amarish Kumar

Amarish is from Kanpur. He graduated from CSJM University, Kanpur. Will work on sulfur dioxide sequestration.

Suraj Sudhakar

Suraj Sudhakar is from Surathkal, Karnataka. He is in the second year of four years BS degree course at IIT Kanpur; will graduate in June 2022. Right now Suraj works in LISBIC with Raja and enjoys learning everything about prebiotic reactions and koneramines; good writer and chemistry literature enthusiast. Suraj is a vocalist in the music club of IIT Kanpur and raps a lot !!!

Sankarganesh Murugesan

Sankarganesh is from Trichuli of Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu; PhD (2019) from Anna University (Dr. Dhaveethu Raja, American College, Madurai); will work on koneramines.


Ankit Kanaujia

Ankit is from Kanpur. He graduated from CSJM University, Kanpur.


Archana Yadav

Archana is from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. She graduated from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.