Position Open

Prof. C.N.R. Rao
DSc (Mysore), PhD (Purdue) DSc (hc), ScD (hc), LLD(hc),
DLitt (hc), FRS, FNA, FASc, Hon FRSC
Founder and Professor for life

Tel: +91 (0)80 22082761


Solid State and Materials Chemistry

This group has been interested in various facets of Solid State and Materials Chemistry. At present, research is being pursued in the following areas:  Nanomaterials, multiferroics, electronic phase separation in oxides open framework and hybrid materials. The work on nanomaterials includes the chemical synthesis and various properties and phenomena of graphene as well as carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanotubes, nanowires and nanocrystals.  An ambitious program on open framework and hybrid materials is in full swing. New multiferroic materials and synthesis and characterization of various inorganic nanomaterials at the organic-aqueous interface are other areas of interest.

Representative Publications:

  • “There’s room in the middle”, A. K. Cheetham; C. N. R. Rao, Science (2007) 318, 58
  • “Metal complexes of organophosphate esters and open-framework metal phosphates: Synthesis,   structure, transformations and applications”, R. Murugavel; A. Choudhury; M. G. Walawalkar;
    R. Pothiraja; C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Rev. (2008) 108, 3549
  • “Kagome network compounds and their novel magnetic properties”, S. K. Pati; C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Commun. (Feature article) (2008) 4683
  • “Synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials”, C. N. R. Rao; S. R. C. Vivekchand; K. Biswas;
    A. Govindaraj, Dalton Trans. (Perspective) (2007) 3728
  • “Characterization of nanomaterials by physical methods”, C. N. R. Rao; K. Biswas, Ann. Rev. Anal. Chem., (in press)
  • “The liquid-liquid interface as a medium to generate nanocrystalline films of inorganic materials”, C. N. R. Rao; K. P. Kalyanikutty, Acc. Chem. Res. (2008) 41, 489
  • “Ferromagnetism as a universal feature of inorganic nanoparticles”, A. Sundaresan; C. N. R. Rao, Nanotoday (Feature article) (in press)
  • “Graphene, the new nanocarbon”, C. N. R. Rao; K. Biswas; K. S. Subrahmanyam; A. Govindaraj, J. Mater. Chem. (Highlight) (in press)
  • “A comparative study of graphenes prepared by different methods: characterization, properties and solubulization”, K. S. Subramanyam; S. R. C. Vivekchand; A. Govindaraj; C. N. R. Rao,
    J. Mater. Chem. (2008) 18, 1517
  • “Changes in the electronic structure and properties of graphene induced by molecular
    charge-transfer”, B. Das; R. Voggu; C. S. Rout; C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Comm. (2008) 5155
  • “Semiconductor to metal transition in SWNTs caused by interaction with gold and platinum nanoparticles”, R. Voggu; S. Paul; S. K. Pati; C. N. R. Rao, J. Phys. Condens. Matter. (2008) 20215212
  • “Growth kinetics of gold nanocrystals: A combined small angle x-ray scattering and calorimetric study”, K. Biswas; N. Varghese; C. N. R. Rao, Small (2008) 4, 649
  • “New routes to multiferroics”, C. N. R. Rao; C. R. Serrao, J. Mater. Chem. (High light) (2007) 17, 4931
  • “Electronic phase separation and other novel phenomenon and properties exhibited by
    mixed-valent rare earth manganites and related materials”, V. B. Shenoy; C. N. R. Rao, Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. (London) A (2008) 366, 63

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