•Ph.D. Chemistry, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (2002)
•M.Phil. Chemistry, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (1997)
•M.Sc. Chemistry, St. Joseph's College, Trichy (1996)

Membership in Professional bodies

• Chemical Research Society of India
• Indian Chemical Society
• Catalysis Society of India
• Indian Science Congress
• Indian Council of Chemists


• Japanese Patent (2016 - 064398)
• Qualified CSIR-NET
• Best Student Award, St. Joseph's College, Trichy
• Young Scientist Fast Track Project from DST
• UK-India Staff Exchange Fellowship (UKIERI)
• Top cited author for 2012-2013, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Elsevier
• Top cited papers for 2011 and 2012, Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier
• Editorial Board Member in Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2019-till date
• Editorial Board Member in Current Organocatalysis, 2015-till date
• Editorial Board Member in Journal of Catalyst & Catalysis, 2013-till date
• Sophia Lecturing-Research Grant

Other Important Assignments

• Visiting Professor, Sophia University, Japan, May 2013 - August 2013 (STEC Fellowship)
• Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, UK, May 2012 - June 2012 (UKIERI Indo-UK Staff Exchange Fellowship)
• Visiting professor, Sophia University, Japan, May 2009 - August 2009 (STEC Fellowship)
• Visiting Researcher, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, June 2007 - July 2007 (TEQIP Fellowship)
• Post-Doctoral Scientist, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, Nov 2002 - Nov 2003
• Visited University of Rennes, France and University of Glasgow, UK for presenting papers in International conferences in July 2008 and August 2011 respectively

Topic of Research

• Coordination Chemistry
• Organometallic Chemistry
• Catalysis
• Bioinorganic Chemistry

Recent 5 Publications:

  1. Impact of aliphatic acyl and aromatic thioamide substituents on the anticancer activity of Ru(II)-p-cymene complexes with acylthiourea ligands - In vitro and in vivo studies
    S. Swaminathan, J. Haribabu, M. K. M. Subarkhan, D. Gayathri, N. Balakrishnan, N. Bhuvanesh, C. Echeverria and R. Karvembu
    Dalton Trans. 50, 16311-16325 (2021)

  2. Tunable anticancer activity of furoylthiourea-based Ru(II)–arene complexes and their mechanism of action
    S. Swaminathan, J. Haribabu, N. K. Kalagatur, M. Nikhil, N. Balakrishnan, N. S. P. Bhuvanesh, K. Kadirvelu, P. Kolandaivel and R. Karvembu
    Chem. Eur. J. 27, 7418-7433 (2021)

  3. Recent advances in cobalt-catalyzed, directing-group-assisted C−H bond amidation reactions
    S. Sunny and R. Karvembu
    Adv. Synth. Catal. 363, 4309-4331 (2021)

  4. Synthesis of palladium(II) complexes via Michael addition: Antiproliferative effects through ROS-mediated mitochondrial apoptosis and docking with SARS-CoV-2
    J. Haribabu, S. Srividya, D. Mahendiran, D. Gayathri, V. Venkatramu, N. Bhuvanesh and R. Karvembu
    Inorg. Chem. 59, 17109-17122 (2020)

  5. Unmodified maghemite from river sand as a selective catalyst for base-free transfer hydrogenation of furfural, levulinic acid and o-vanillin: A pathway for sustainable biomass conversions
    P. Vasanthakumar and R. Karvembu
    ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 8, 17069-17078 (2020)


Contact Address: 

Dr. R. Karvembu
Department of Chemistry
National Institute of Technology
Trichy-620 015



  • E-mail:
  • kar [at] nitt.edu
  • karvembu [at] rediffmail.com


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