S & H Research Facilities

List of Faculty Members with Ph.D

S.No Name Research Area
1 Dr. Neelakantan, M.A. , Professor & Head/S&H (Chemistry) Bio Inorganic Chemistry
2 Dr. S.S. Mariappan, Asso. Prof. (SG)/S&H (Chemistry) Bio Inorganic Chemistry
3 Dr. S. Thalamuthu, AP/S&H (Chemistry) Bio Inorganic Chemistry
4 Dr. E. Ramachandran, AP/S&H (Chemistry) Coordination Chemistry and
5 Bioinorganic Chemistry
6 Dr. B. Annaraj , AP/S&H (Chemistry) Bio Inorganic Chemistry
7 Dr .V. Murugan, AP/S&H (Physics) Biophysics
8 Dr.A. Nichelson, AP/S&H (Physics) Biophysics
9 Dr. A. Panimaya Valan Rakkini, AP/S&H (Physics) Thin Films
10 Dr. S. Rammurthy, Professor/S&H (Mathematics) Graph Theory

List of Faculty Members pursuing Ph.D

S.No Name University
1 Mr. S. Chithiraikumar, AP/S&H (Chemistry) Anna University
2 Mr.J. Thamba, AP/S&H (Chemistry) Anna University
3 Mrs. P. Gomathy, AP/S&H (Physics) M.S. University
4 Mrs. S. Bagavathi, AP/S&H (Physics) M.S. University
5 Ms. S. Monisha, AP/S&H (Physics) M.K University
6 Mrs. S. Geetha, AP(SG)/S&H (Mathematics) M.K. University
7 Mrs. V. Ramalakshmi, AP(SG)/S&H (Mathematics) M.S. University
8 Mrs.M.Annapoopathi, AP/S&H (Mathematics) M.S. University

Chemistry Research Centre

The Chemistry Research Centre of NEC came into being in the year 2007. Under the nonpareil guidance and leadership of Dr.M.A.Neelakandan, the Chemistry Research Centre is a hub of scientific activities and projects exploring the boundless territory of research. The Chemistry department is actively pursuing research embracing both basic and applied areas of chemistry like organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. The Chemistry discipline promotes innovative research activities and consultancy services. Our Chemistry Department is approved as Chemistry Research Centre by Anna University, Chennai. The sponsored projects undertaken by the department include the development of chemical compounds as bifunctional chelators, and inhibitors for insulin mimic activity and anticancer activity. We also concentrate our research work on the contaminations and occurrence of heavy metal ions in drinking and industrial water resources. Another prime area of our research is detecting the heavy metal ions by organic sensor and solar materials.

Research Facilities

  • Shimadzu HPLC LC 2010CHT
  • Shimadzu FT-IR Spectrophotometer 8400S
  • Jasco Spectrofluorometer FP 8300M
  • Shimadzu UV-Visible Spectrophotometer – 2450
  • LED Fluorimeter LF-2A
  • Spectrophotometer – Elico SL 177
  • Spectro Electrochemical Workstation (CV) – CH1620E
  • Potentiometer Titrator – HI902C1-02 with combination pH electrode
  • Guoy Balance with electromagnet 11K Gauss
  • Gel Electrophoresis Biotech 03-01 Mini model
  • UV Transilluminator
  • Lark Gel documentation system
  • Micro photo reactor
  • Fume Hood
  • Laminar Air Flow Inlab Horizontal model
  • Incubator
  • Rotary Vaccum Evaporator
  • Water Double Distillation Unit
  • Radiation Survey Meter
  • GPS Oregoan 650 – Garmin
  • Shimadzu ATX 224 Model electrical balance
  • Shimadzu Electronic Balance AUX 220
  • Digital Ultra sonic Cleaner
  • Microwave Oven
  • Water analysis kit
  • Micro Centrifuge Unit
  • BOD Incubator
  • water splitting cell

Workstation (Dell Server)

Intel Xenon E5-2620V3
Memory 2X16 GB DDR4


  • Gaussian 09W
  • Amsterdam Density Functional Software for Chemistry and Materials
  • Hyperquad and hypspec software

Ph.D Scholars

Supervisor : Dr. M.A. Neelakantan, Professor & Head/S&H (Chemistry)

S.No Name of the Scholar University Status Awarded on
1 C. Balakrishnan Anna University Awarded 2017
2 V. Latha Anna University Awarded 2016
3 L. Subha Anna University Awarded 2016
4 B. Annaraj Anna University Awarded 2015
5 P. JeslinKanagaInba M.S. University Awarded 2013
6 V. Selvarani M.S. University Awarded 2013
7 M. Esakkiammal Anna University Awarded 2013
8 S. Thalamuthu Anna University Awarded 2013
9 C. Puthiyasekar Annamalai University Awarded 2011
10 M. Sundaram M.S. University Awarded 2010

Research Publications

Paper published in National International Journals
Academic Year 2019

  • Neethu, K.S., Jayanthi, E., Theetharappan, M., Bhuvanesh Nattamai, S.P., Neelakantan, M.A., Kaveri, M. & Velusamy  (2019)  ” Organoruthenium (II) complexes featuring pyrazole‐linked Schiff base ligands: Crystal structure, DNA/BSA interactions, cytotoxicity and molecular docking”  Applied Organometallic Chemistry., e4751. doi:10.1002/aoc.4751

Academic Year 2018

  • Neelakantan, M.A., Balamurugan. M., Balakrishnan, C. & Mariappan, S.S. (2018) “Zinc(II)-N 2 O 2 ligation complex-based DNA/protein binder and cleaver having enhanced cytotoxic and phosphatase activity: Zinc(II)-N2O2 ligation complex and phosphatase activity” Applied Organometallic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.4400.
  • Neelakantan, M.A., Balakrishnan, C., Kowsalya, P. & Selvarani, V. (2018) “Experimental and theoretical studies on vanadium bromoperoxidase activity of alkyne arm dioxidovanadium(V) complex: Crystal structure, spectral studies, and DFT calculations” Polyhedron, 145, pp.191-199.
  • Kowsalya, P., Bhuvanesh, N.S.P. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2018) “Chemical Reactivity and Quantifying the Intra‐ and Intermolecular Interactions in Zwitterionic Compounds” ChemistrySelect, 3,pp. 2045-2052.
  • Balakrishnan, C. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2018) “Crystal structure and bio-catalytic potential of oxovanadium(IV) Schiff base complexes derived from 2-hydroxy-4-(prop-2-yn-1-yloxy)benzaldehyde and alicyclic/aromatic diamines” Inorganica Chimica Acta, 469, pp.503-514.

Academic Year 2017

  • Neelakantan, M.A., Balakrishnan, C., Selvarani, V. & Theetharappan, M. (2017) “DNA/BSA binding interactions and VHPO mimicking potential of vanadium(IV) complexes: Synthesis, structural characterization and DFT studies” Applied Organometallic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.4125
  • Neelakantan, M.A., Balamurugan, K., Balakrishnan, C. & Subha, L. (2017) “Interaction of Amino Acid Schiff Base Metal Complexes with DNA/BSA Protein and Antibacterial Activity: Spectral Studies, DFT Calculations and Molecular Docking Simulations” Applied Organometallic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.4259
  • Gandhimathi, S., Theetharappan, M., Bhuvanesh, N.S.P. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2017) “Crystal structure, theoretical and experimental electronic structure and DNA/BSA protein interactions of nickel(II) N2O2 tetradentate Schiff base complexes” Polyhedron, 138, pp.88-102.
  • Balakrishnan, C., Neelakantan, M.A. & Sharmila Banerje (2017) “A Zwitterionic pH Responsive ESIPT-Based Fluorescence “Turn-On” Al 3+ Ion Sensing Probe and its Bioimaging Applications” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 253, pp. 1012-1025 (IF: 5.401).
  • Chithiraikumar, S., Balakrishnan, C. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2017), “Tuning ligand vicinity towards development of ” turn-on” fluorescence for cadmium(II) ions under physiological pH and bio-imaging”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 249, pp. 235-245 (IF: 4.758).
  • Balakrishnan, C., Theetharappan, M., Kowsalya, P., Natarajan, S., Neelakantan, M.A. & Mariappan, S.S. (2017), “Biocatalysis, DNA–protein interactions, cytotoxicity and molecular docking of Cu(II), Ni(II), Zn(II) and V(IV) Schiff base complexes”, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.3776 (IF: 2.452).
  • Chithiraikumar, S., Gandhimathi, S. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2017), “Structural characterization, surface characteristics and non-covalent interactions of a heterocyclic Schiff base: Evaluation of antioxidant potential by UV–visible spectroscopy and DFT”, Journal of Molecular Structur, vol. 1137, pp. 569-580 (IF: 1.780).
  • Gandhimathi, S., Balakrishnan, C., Theetharappan, M., Neelakantan, M.A. & Venkataraman, R. (2017), “Noncovalent interactions from electron density topology and solvent effects on spectral properties of Schiff bases”, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, vol. 175, pp. 134-144 (IF: 2.653).

Academic Year 2016

  • Theetharappan, M., Subha, L., Balakrishnan, C. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), “Binding interactions of mixed ligand copper(II) amino acid Schiff base complexes with biological targets: Spectroscopic evaluation and molecular docking”, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.3713 (IF: 2.452).
  • Balakrishnan, C. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), “Exploration of biological activities of alkyne arms containing Cu(II) and Ni(II) complexes: syntheses, crystal structures and DFT calculations”, RSC Advances, vol. 6, pp. 102482-102497 (IF: 3.289).
  • Annaraj, B. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), “Synthesis, structure information, DNA/BSA binding affinity and in vitro cytotoxic studies of mixed ligand copper(II) complexes containing a phenylalanine derivative and diimine co-ligands”, Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology, vol. 160, pp. 278-291 (IF: 3.035).
  • Gandhimathi, S. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), “Crystal structure, solvatochromism and estimation of ground and excited state dipole moments of an allyl arm containing Schiff base: Experimental and theoretical calculations”, Journal of Molecular liquids, vol. 219, pp. 239-250 (IF: 2.740).
  • Chithiraikumar, S. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), Experimental and theoretical investigation of a pyridine containing Schiff base: Hirshfeld analysis of crystal structure, interaction with biomolecules and cytotoxicity, Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 1108, pp. 654-666 (IF: 1.602).
  • Rosalin, S., Paulraj Joseph, J. (2016), “Induced Cycle Number of Derived Graphs” Discrete Mathematics Algorithms and Applications, vol. 8, pp. 15.
  • Kathiresan, K.M., Lenin, R. & Martin Baca, “The forcing strong metric dimension of a graph” Contributions to Discrete Mathematics – Accepted (IF: 0.09)
  • Kathiresan, K.M. & Lenin, R. (2016), “Some Results on adjacency dimension of a graph”, Journal of Graph Labeling, vol. 2, pp. 177-182.
  • Neelakantan, M.A., Annaraj, B. & Mitu, L.(2016), “Synthesis and crystal structure of imidazole containing amide as a turn on fluorescent probe for nickel ion in aqueous media. An experimental and theoretical investigation”, Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 1104, pp. 1-6 (IF: 1.602).
  • Subha, L., Balakrishnan, C., Natarajan, S., Theetharappan, M., Subramanian, B. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2016), “Water soluble and efficient amino acid Schiff base receptor for reversible fluorescence turn-on detection of Zn2+ ions: Quantum chemical calculations and detection of bacteria”, Spectrochimica Acta, Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, vol. 153, pp. 249-256 (IF: 2.098).

Academic Year 2015

  • Balakrishnan, C., Subha, L., Neelakantan, M.A. & Mariappan. S.S. (2015), “Synthesis, spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, DFT calculations, DNA binding and molecular docking of a propargyl arms containing Schiff base” Spectrochimica Acta, Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, vol. 150, pp. 161-171 (IF: 2.098).
  • Annaraj, B. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2015), “Synthesis, crystal structure and biological exploration of water soluble Cu(II) complexes of vitamin B6 derivative”, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, vol. 102, pp. 1-8 (IF: 3.902).
  • Latha, V., Balakrishnan, C. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2015), “Synthesis, crystal structure and DFT studies of a dual fluorescent ketamine: Structural changes in the ground and excited states”, Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 1092, pp. 63-71 (IF: 1.602).
  • Rosalin, S. & Paulraj Joseph, J.(2015), “Induced Cycle Number of Graphs”, Journal of Discrete Mathematical Sciences and Cryptography, vol .18, pp. 887-901.
  • Subha, L., Balakrishnan, C., Thalamuthu, S. & Neelakantan, M.A. (2015), “Mixed ligand Cu(II) complexes containing o-vanillin-L-tryptophan Schiff base and heterocyclic nitrogen bases: Synthesis, structural characterization and biological properties”, Journal of Coordination chemistry, vol. 68, pp. 1021-1039 (IF: 1.756).
  • Ashok Kumar, J., Perumal, S. & Murali, K.R. (2015), “Brush Electrodeposited AgGaSe thin films”, International Journal of applied Engineering. Research, vol. 10, pp. 1602-1605.
  • Ashok Kumar, J., Perumal, S. & Murali, K.R (2015), “Brush Electrodeposited AgGaSe2 Films and their Optical Characteristics”, Chinese Journal of Physics, vol. 53, pp. 2