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Muniyappan Rajiv Gandhi
Muniyappan Rajiv Gandhi,
Venture Business Laboratory Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science
A passionate urge to learn and deep desire to be part of scientific research world and the prospect of being in the forefront of knowledge and contribute to it as prompted me to take up a career in research. One among my long-term desires is to excel as a good researcher and academician.
Capability in the field of ‘Biopolymers, Environmental Chemistry, Pollution Control, Supramolecular Chemistry & Polymer Chemistry' especially in the field of Chitin/Chitosan based materials, Thiacalixarene Chemistry for environmental applications.
Experience in modern synthetic protocols, including multi-step synthesis and structural characterization using spectroscopic techniques, viz. UV-visible, IR, NMR, Mass and also exposure in the area of X-ray crystallography.
Hands on experience in analytical instruments such as Bruker 600 MHz NMR, MALDI, TGA-DTA, SEM-EDAX, VA, AAS, CHN, BET, ICP-OES, XRF, IR and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. Also have considerable experience in carrying out adsorption/solvent extraction of heavy metals and rare metals experiments.
January - 2013 to till date - Postdoctoral Fellow - Research Center for Engineering Science and Venture Business Laboratory - Akita University, Akita, Japan.
April - 2011 to November - 2012 - Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Senior Research Fellow - Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, India.
November - 2008 to April - 2011 - Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Research Fellow - Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, India.
November- 2007 to November - 2008- Research Associate - (Research and Development) Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation Ltd. (SPIC) - Pharmaceutical Division at Chennai, India.
At present working on “Development and functional estimation of new thiacalix[n]arenes based extractants for base-metals/rare-metals recovery from automotive catalyst residues”
Developed novel synthetic routes for the synthesis of lower and upper rim substituted thiacalix[n]arenes via SNAr reactions/Mannich reaction and characterized them by the combined use of NMR and single crystal X-ray techniques.
Developed novel silica/chitosan composite, alumina/chitosan composite, nano- hydroxyapatite/chitosan composite via sol-gel reactions and characterized them by the use of BET, TEM and X-ray techniques.
In addition, prepared various modified multifunctional chitin/chitosan and synthetic polymeric resins for toxic ion removal.
Carried out various functional group inter conversions and prepared amino terminated hyper branched dendritic polyamidoamine chitosan beads (up to 3rd generation) were prepared by Michael addition of methyl acrylate to amino groups on the chitosan surface and amidation of terminal ester groups by ethylene diamine.
Experience in both column and batch adsorption studies, solving various sorption isotherms, thermodynamic parameters, sorption kinetics and arriving suitable mechanism.
Academic qualifications Post-doc. Fellow : Venture Business Laboratory (2016 - till date) Akita University, 1-1 Tegatagakuen-machi Akita 010-8502, Japan
Post-doc. Fellow : Research Center for Engineering Science (2013 - 2016) Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science Akita University, 1-1 Tegatagakuen-machi Akita 010-8502, Japan
Ph.D. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University (2008 - 2012) Gandhigram - 624 302, Dindigul, Tamilnadu, India
M.Phil. Chemistry : Vinayaka Missions University (2008 - 2009) Ariyanoor, Salem - 636 308 Tamilnadu, India
M.Sc. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural University (2005-2007) Gandhigram - 624 302, Dindigul, Tamilnadu, India
B.Sc. Chemistry : Department of Chemistry, Madras Christian College (2002-2005) (University of Madras) Chennai- 600 059, India
Post-doctoral study : Mentor: Prof. Atsushi Shibayama, Akita Universiy “Development and functional estimation of new thiacalix[n]arenes based extractants for base-metals/rare- metals recovery from automotive catalyst residues”
Ph.D. Thesis : Adviser: Dr. S. Meenakshi, Gandhigram Rural University “Preparation and characterization of polymeric materials for the removal of heavy metal ions from water”
M.Phil. Dissertation : Adviser: Dr.K.P.Elango, Gandhigram Rural University “Spectrophotometric studies on the charge transfer complexes of azacyclonol drug with 2,3-dichloro-1,4-napthaquinone”
M.Sc. Dissertation : Adviser: Dr. K.P.Elango, Gandhigram Rural University “Spectrokinetic studies on the interaction of ketoconazole with chloranilic acid”
Awards and Honors: 2015 - Best paper presentation award and cash prize from the Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan in 25th Annual Meeting of The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, 2015, Akita, Japan.
2014 - Best article award from the Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan in 24th Annual Meeting of The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, 2014, Akita, Japan
2014 - Young researcher award from The Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, for article entitled “A study of enrichment process of rare earth elements from Tamagawa hot spring water”, Int. J. Soc. Mater. Eng. Resour. Vol. 20, pp. 87-91 (2014).
2013 - Recipient of Merit Postdoctoral Fellowship from Centre for Geo- Environmental Science for foreign researchers by JST, Japan
2011 - Awarded CSIR-Senior Research Fellow by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.
2009 – Awarded Research Fellow by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi in a Major Research Project.
Most read article in Bioremediation Journal in 2012. “Preparation of modified chitin for the removal of chromium(VI)” Bioremediation Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 208-218 (2010).
Most read article in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules in 2011. “Removal of copper(II) using chitin/chitosan nanohydroxyapatite composite” Int. J. Biol. Macromol. Vol. 48, pp. 119-124 (2011).
Membership in accredited bodies:
Member, Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), Japan from 2013
ï Member, Indian Chitin and Chitosan Society, India from 2010.
ï Member, Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan, Akita from 2013.
ï Complete biography listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2014 (31st Edition) Marquis Who's Who, NJ 07922.
ï Editorial board member, American Journal of Chemical Engineering, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications, American Journal of Environmental Protection - Science Publishing Group, U.S.A.
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