Chemistry Department


Dr. Praveen Prakash
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Edu. Qualifications

  • MSc.
  • PhD

Areas of Interest/Specialisation

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Transition metal catalyzed synthetic transformations
  • C–H bond functionalization
  • Supramolecular assembly of metal nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

Courses/subject Taught

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Field of Research

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry


  • 10 Years in Research & 3 Years in Teaching

Memberships in Learned Bodies/Societies, If any

  • Academy of Chemistry Teachers
  • French Chemical Society

Scholarships/Fellowships Obtained

  • CEA-Eurotalents Fellowship (Marie Curie COFUND) (2014) for two year postdoctoral research (March 2015-March 2017) at CEA-Saclay, Paris, France
  • Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (2011)
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE Score–94.69%) (2009)
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (2008)

Extension Activities

  • Associated with “Talent Hunt-Shastrajalakam” at Sree Narayana College, Kannur on 10-11-2018 organized by Sate Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), Govt. of Kerala

Papers Published

Google Scholar:

  • Diazanorbornene: A Valuable Synthon towards Carbocycles and Heterocycles. P. Preethalayam, E. Jijy, P. Prakash, S. C. Sarngadharan, A. Vijayan, K. V. Radhakrishnan and J. John Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020, 42, 6588. [Impact Factor: 2.889; ISSN: 1099-0690 (online)].
  • Carbon nanotube-copper ferrite-catalyzed aqueous 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of in situ-generated organic azides with alkynes. P. Prakash, R. A. Kumar, F. Miserque, V. Geertsen, E. Gravel and E. Doris      Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 3644. [Impact Factor: 6.164; ISSN: 1364-548X (online); 1359-7345 (Print + online)].
  • Direct and Co-catalytic Oxidation of Hydroxylamines to Nitrones Promoted by Rhodium Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon Nanotubes. P. Prakash, E. Gravel, D-V. Nguyen, I. N. N. Namboothiri and E. Doris ChemCatChem, 2017, 9, 2091. [Impact Factor:  4.853; ISSN: 1867-3899 (online)].
  • Aqueous 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions promoted by copper nanoparticles in polydiacetylene micelles. D. Clarisse, P. Prakash, V. Geertsen, F. Miserque, E. Gravel and E. Doris Green Chem., 2017, 19, 3112. [Impact Factor: 9.480; ISSN: 1463-9270 (online), 1463-9262 (Print + online)].
  • Selective conversion of nitroarenes to N-aryl hydroxylamines catalyzed by carbon nanotube-supported nickel(II) hydroxide. P. Prakash, V. Geertsen, F. Miserque, E. Gravel and E. Doris ChemistrySelect, 2017, 2, 5891. [Impact Factor: 1.811; ISSN: 2365-6549 (online)].
  • CO2 Reduction to CO in Water: Carbon Nanotube–Gold Nanohybrid as a Selective and Efficient Electrocatalyst. T. N. Huan, P. Prakash, P. Simon, G. lle Rousse, X. Xu, V. Artero, E. Gravel, Eric Doris and M. Fontecave ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 2317. [Impact Factor:  7.962; ISSN: 1864-564X (online)].
  • Direct and Co-Catalytic Oxidative Aromatization of 1,4-Dihydropyridines and Related Substrates using Gold Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon Nanotubes. P. Prakash, E. Gravel, H. Li, F. Miserque, A. Habert, M- den Hertog, W. L. Ling, I. N. N. Namboothiri and E. Doris Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 6476. [Impact Factor:  5.726; ISSN: 2044-4761 (online)].
  • Supramolecular Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes: Application to the Catalytic Oxidation of Hydroxylamines. N. Shah, P. Basu, P. Prakash, S. Donck, E. Gravel, I. N. N. Namboothiri and E. Doris  Nanomaterials, 2016, 6, 37; doi:10.3390/nano6030037. [Impact Factor: 4.324; ISSN: 2079-4991 (online)].
  • Carbon Nanotube–Ruthenium Hybrids for the Partial Reduction of 2-Nitrochalcones: Easy Access to Quinoline N-Oxides. P. Basu, P. Prakash, E. Gravel, N. Shah, K. Bera, E. Doris and I. N. N. Namboothiri ChemCatChem, 2016, 8, 1298. [Impact Factor:  4.853; ISSN: 1867-3899 (online)].
  • Triphenylbismuth Carbonate-Mediated Oxidation of Hydroxylamines to Nitrones and in situ 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition. D-V. Nguyen, P. Prakash, E. Gravel and E. Doris RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 89238. [Impact Factor: 3.119; ISSN: 2046-2069 (online)].
  • Mild and Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Organic Substrates by a Carbon Nanotube-Rhodium Nanohybrid. S. Donck, E. Gravel, A. Li, P. Prakash, N. Shah, J. Leroy, H. Li, I. N. N. Namboothiri and E. Doris Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, 5, 4542. [Impact Factor:  5.726; ISSN: 2044-4761 (online)].
  • Polydiacetylene Nanotubes in Heterogeneous Catalysis: Application to the Gold-Mediated Oxidation of Silanes. E. Villemin, E. Gravel, D. V. Jawale, P. Prakash, I. N. N. Namboothiri and E. Doris Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2015, 216, 2398. [Impact Factor: 2.622; ISSN: 1521-3935 (online)].
  • Palladium Catalyzed Skeletal Rearrangement of Spirotricyclic Olefins: A facile One Pot Strategy for the Synthesis of a Novel Motif with Cyclopentene Fused to Benzofuran and Pyrazolidine. P. Prakash, E. Jijy, P. Preethalayam, P. M. Pihko, S.S. Chand and K. V. Radhakrishnan Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 10473. [Impact Factor: 5.16; ISSN: 1521-3765 (online)].
  • Rhodium Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Salicylaldehydes with Azabicyclic Olefins: A One Pot Strategy involving Aldehyde C-H Cleavage and p-Allyl Chemistry towards the Synthesis of Fused Ring Chromanones. E. Jijy, P. Prakash, M. Shimi, P. M. Pihko, N. Joseph and K. V. Radhakrishnan         Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 7349. [Impact Factor: 6.164; ISSN: 1364-548X (online); 1359-7345 (Print + online)].
  • Palladium/Lewis Acid Mediated Domino Reaction of Pentafulvene Derived Diazabicyclic Olefins: Efficient Access to Spiropentacyclic Motif with an Indoline and Pyrazolidine fused to Cyclopentene S. S. Chand, E. Jijy, P. Prakash, J. Szymoniak, P. Preethanuj, B. P. Dhanya and K.V. Radhakrishnan             Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 3338. [Impact Factor: 6.555; ISSN: 1523-7052 (online), 1523-7060 (Print)].
  • Mild Rhodium(I) Catalyzed Ring Opening of Cyclopropane Appended Spirotricyclic Olefins through C-H Activation of Arylboronic Acids. P. Prakash, E. Jijy, M. Shimi, P. S. Aparna, E. Suresh and K. V. Radhakrishnan RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 19933. [Impact Factor: 3.119; ISSN: 2046-2069 (online)].
  • Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed De-symmetrization of Strained Olefins through C-H Activation of O-Acetyl Ketoximes: An Efficient Synthesis of trans-Functionalized Cyclopentenes and Spiro[2.4] heptenes. E. Jijy, P. Prakash, M. Shimi, S. Saranya, P. Preethanuj, P. M. Pihko, Sunil Varughese and K. V. Radhakrishnan. Tetrahedron Lett., 2013, 54, 7127. [Impact Factor:  2.275; ISSN: 0040-4039].
  • Synthesis of Functionalized Indanes via Palladium Catalyzed Carboannulation of Diazabicyclic Olefins with o-Iodostyrenes. E. Jijy, P. Prakash, S. Saranya and K.V. Radhakrishnan, Synthesis, 2013, 45, 2583. [Impact Factor: 2.867; ISSN: 0039-7881].
  • Cycloaddition Profile of Pentafulvenes with 3-Oxidopyrylium Betaines: Effect of Solvent, Temperature and Base on Periselectivity J. M. Kuthanapillil, A. Nijamudheen, P. Prakash, E. Suresh, A. Datta, and K. V. Radhakrishnan Tetrahedron, 2013, 69, 9751. [Impact Factor: 2.379; ISSN: 0040-4020].
  • Palladium Catalyzed Reaction of ortho Functionalized Aryl Iodides with Bicyclic Hydrazines:  Facile Route towards Heteroannulated Cyclopentenes and Azabicycles. J. John, R. Rajan, S. S. Chand, P. Prakash, N. Joseph, E. Suresh and K. V. Radhakrishnan Tetrahedron, 2013, 69, 152. [Impact Factor: 2.379; ISSN: 0040-4020].
  • Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C-H Activation of Phenylazoles toward  C-N Bond Cleavage of Diazabicyclic Olefins: A Facile Access to mono– and bis– Cyclopentenyl Functionalized Aza-heteroaromatics. P. Prakash, P. S. Aparna, E. Jijy, P. V. Santhini, S. Varughese and K. V. Radhakrishnan. Synlett, 2014, 25, 275. [Impact Factor: 2.369; ISSN: 1437-2096 (online), 0936-5214 (Print)].
  • Rhodium(III) Catalyzed Synthesis of Isoquinolone Fused Azabicycles through C-H Activation of N-Pivaloyloxybenzamides. P. Prakash, E. Jijy, P. S. Aparna, S. Viji and K. V. Radhakrishnan Tetrahedron Lett., 2014, 55, 916. [Impact Factor:  2.275; ISSN: 0040-4039].
  • Trapping the Lewis Acid Generated Transient Species from Pentafulvene Derived Diazanorbornenes with ortho-Functionalized Aryl Iodides and Aliphatic Alcohols. S. S. Chand, S. Saranya, P. Preethanuj, B. P. Dhanya, E. Jijy, P. Prakash, J. Szymoniak, P. V. Santhini and K. V. Radhakrishnan Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 3045. [Impact Factor: 3.490; ISSN: 1477-0539 (online), 1477-0520 (Print + online)].
  • Ruthenium Catalyzed Desymmetrization of Diazabicyclic Olefins to Access Heteroaryl Substituted Cyclopentenes through C-H Activation of Phenylazoles. P. S. Aparna, B. Prabha, P. Prakash, E. Jijy, R. L. Varma  and K. V. Radhakrishnan Tetrahedron  Lett., 2014, 55, 865. [Impact Factor:  2.275; ISSN: 0040-4039].
  • Palladium Catalyzed Decarboxylative1,2-addition of Allyl Carbonates  to Carbonyl group of Squarates and Isatins. T. V. Baiju, N. Joseph, J. Ajit, P. Prakash, K. V. Radhakrishnan. and Y. Yamamoto Synlett, 2014, 25, 1246. [Impact Factor: 2.369; ISSN: 1437-2096 (online), 0936-5214 (Print)].
  • Palladium-Catalyzed Ring Opening of Cyclopropane-Appended Spirotricyclic Olefins with Soft Nucleophiles and Organoboronic Acids: Facile Synthesis of Functionalized Spiro[2.4]heptenes. E. Jijy, P. Prakash, T. V. Baiju, M. Shimi, E. Suresh and K. V. Radhakrishnan Synthesis, 2014, 46, 2629. [Impact Factor: 2.867; ISSN: 0039-7881].
  • Lewis Acid Catalyzed C-3 Alkylidenecyclopenten-ylation of Indoles: An Easy Access to Functionalized Indoles and Bisindoles. S. S. Chand, B. S. Sasidhar, P. Prakash, P. Sasikumar, P. Preethanuj, F. Jaroschik, D. Harakat, J-L. Vasse and K. V. Radhakrishnan RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 38075. [Impact Factor: 3.119; ISSN: 2046-2069 (online)].
  • An easy access to fused chromanones via rhodium catalyzed oxidative coupling of salicylaldehydes with heterobicyclic olefins. A. Vijayan, T.V. Baiju, E. Jijy, P. Prakash, M. Shimi, N. Joseph, P. M. Pihko, S. Varughese and K.V. Radhakrishnan Tetrahedron, 2016, 72, 4007. [Impact Factor: 2.379; ISSN: 0040-4020].

Papers Presented

  • Journées de Chimie Organique (JCO 2016), held at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, September, 2016.
  • Transcending Frontiers in Organic Chemistry (TFOC 2014), held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, October, 2014.
  • IX J-NOST Conference for Research Scholars, held at IISER, Bhopal, December, 2013.
  • International Conference on Drug Development for Orphan/Neglected Diseases (CTDDR-2013), held at CDRI, Lucknow, February, 2013.
  • National Conference on Recent Trends in Organic Synthesis (RTOS 2011), held at Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, February, 2011.
  • National Conference on Recent Trends in Chemical Sciences: Frontiers and Challenges (RTCSFC 2011), held at University of Kerala, Kariavattom, August, 2011 (PP 12, Second Best Paper Award).
  • International Conference on Heterocyclic Chemistry (ICHC-2011), held at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, December, 2011.

Orientation Courses Attended

  • Four week Induction/Orientation Programme for “Faculty in Universities/Colleges/Institutes of Higher Education” (04.06.2020 to 01.07.2020); Organized by Teaching Learning Centre, Ramanujan College, University of Delhi & Sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Pandit Madan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching

Refresher Courses Attended

  • Two weeks MOOC Course on “Online Learning and Content Development” (18.04.2020 to 02.05.2020);  Organized by FLAIR Kerala, Directorate of College Education, Government of Kerala
  • Five Days Online National Level Faculty Development Programme on “Moodle- Learning Management System” (19.05.2020 to 23.05.2020), Organized by the Department of Computer Applications, MES College Marampally, in association with Spoken Tutorial, IIT Bombay
  • Six Days Short Term Faculty Development Programme (23.05.2020 to 28.05.2020);  Organized by PG Department of Chemistry, IQAC and Chemistry Alumni Association, Payyanur College, in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council
  • Five Days  Faculty Development Programme on “Pedagological Approaches and Digital Tools for Effective Teaching-Learning” (03.09.2020 to 07.09.2020), Organized by IQAC, MES Keveeyam College, Valanchery under the UGC Paramarsh Scheme in association with The Kerala State Higher Education Council
  • One Week online Short term Faculty Development Programme (Interdisciplinary) on “Towards a Digital Era of Teaching and Learning” (12.09.2020 to 18.09.2020) organised by UGC-HRDC, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram in collaboration with KSMDB College, Sasthamcotta
  • One Week online Short term Faculty Development Programme on “ICT Tools for Teaching Learning Process- Post Pandemic Educational Strategies”, (17.09.2020 to 23.09.2020) organised by Department of Physics and IQAC Sree Narayana College Kollam in collaboration with The Kerala State Higher Education Council from August 17-23 , 2020.

Seminars/Workshops/Trainings Organised

  • International Webinar on Recent Advances in Chemical Science (Co-ordinator); 28.05.2020 to 31.05.2020 (Organized by PG & Research Department of Chemistry in association with IQAC, Sree Narayana College, Kollam)
  • Online Test Series: Training for CSIR-UGC JRF/NET & GATE Examinations (Co-ordinator) from 17.05.2020 (Conducted by Department of Chemistry and IQAC, Sree Narayana College, Kollam)
  • One Day Orientation Programme for First Year PG and UG Chemistry Students (Co-ordinator); 08.08.2019 (Organized by Department of Chemistry, Sree Narayana College, Kollam)
  • One Day Workshop on PG Chemistry Syllabus Revision – June 29, 2019 (Co-ordinator) (Jointly Organized by Academy of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) & Department of Chemistry, Sree Narayana College, Kollam)

Seminars/Conferences Attended

  • 14th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry (NSC-14), held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, February, 2012.
  • 5th Mid-Year CRSI Symposium in Chemistry, held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, July, 2010.
  • International Seminar on Computational Drug Discovery in Pharma R & D, held at IIITM-K, Technopark, Trivandrum, July, 2007.

Workshops/Trainings/Short term courses/Professional Development Courses Attended

  • Postdoc: How to Manage a Career, Evaluation, Project, Action, held at CEA-Saclay, France, April, 2015.
  • Strategies for Linking R & D Efforts in the Laboratory to Technology and Business Development, held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, March, 2013.
  • ACS on Campus, held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, November, 2013.
  • CSIR NIIST – ACT National Workshop on Frontiers in Organic Synthesis and Drug Discovery, held at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, March, 2012.

Academic Responsibilities Undertaken

  • Member: RUSA (Monitoring Committee)
  • Verifying Officer: Scholarship Cell
  • Mentor: For NPTEL Courses
  • Department level Coordinator: IQAC
  • Member: Career Guidance and Placement Cell (2019-20)
  • Member: Hand book Revision Committee (2019-20)
  • Member: Vision 2030 (2018-19)

Duties Performed at College

  • Tutorship-MSc. Chemistry
  • Member: Admission Committee (2019-20)


  • Best paper prize (2nd) at ‘National Conference on Recent Trends in Chemical Sciences: Frontiers and Challenges’, held at University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India (2011).
  • Certificate of Reviewing from Materials Today: Proceedings; ISSN: 2214-7853


  • Dr. K. V. Radhakrishnan, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum
  • Dr. Eric Doris,  Research Director/CEA Senior Expert, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Saclay, France

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