Educational Qualifications

Bachelor of Science

University of Kerala, India
June 1992
Marks/Grade: 87%

Subjects taken:
      Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

Master of Science

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
July 1994
Marks/Grade: (83%) relative

Main courses taken
      Solid state chemistry
      Coordination chemistry
      Catalysis I & II
      Spectroscopic methods in chemistry

Project Topic
      "Synthesis of new vanadates, AMV2O8 and their proton exchange reactions"


Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
July 2000

Inorganic solid state  and materials chemistry

Main courses taken
      Advanced solid state chemistry 
      Materials synthesis and characterization
      X-ray crystallography
      Spectroscopic methods in inorganic chemistry

Thesis title
      "Syntheses and Characterization of New Vanadates and Phosphates in A/M/X/O systems
      (A =  alkali metal, Tl; M = Sb, Nb, Ta, Al, Ga; X = P, V)"

Postdoctoral fellow

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
Prof. J. A. Zubieta, Department of Chemistry

August 2000

Synthesis of hybrid organic inorganic materials, mainly molybdates, vanadates and vanadylphosphates and phosphonates with catalytic as well as magnetic properties.

Postdoctoral fellow

University of St. Andrews, UK
Dr. P. A. Wright, Department of Chemistry

September 2002

I. Synthesis of advanced mesoporous and zeolitic materials and development of new  catalysts and adsorbents.
II. Development of organic inorganic hybrid porous carboxylates as gas adsorbents.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Queen's University Belfast, UK
Prof. R. Burch, School of Chemistry

April 2004

Coordinator of Materials Synthesis group in the collaborative project "Controlled Access of Reactive Molecules to Active Centres".

Abstract of Research Experience

The prospect of designing and synthesizing new inorganic materials with applications has always intrigued me and could do a considerable amount of work in that direction from the Masters project in IIT Madras to the present postdoctoral work in St. Andrews University.

The aim of my doctoral work was to synthesize new phosphates and vanadates with potential applications in catalysis. Various advanced methods for synthesis like Chemical Vapour Deposition, Hydrothermal method etc. were used. I was successful in isolating a number of porous as well as compact phases in alumino/gallophosphates and antimony vanadates. Extensively used TGA, powder X-ray diffraction, single crystal X-ray diffraction, solid state NMR and IR.

My work in Syracuse University was part of a vast project for the synthesis of hybrid organic inorganic materials, mainly molybdates, vanadates and vanadylphosphates and phosphonates with catalytic as well as magnetic properties. Single crystal X-ray diffraction was used as the primary characterization technique with hands on experience with Bruker SMART Single Crystal X-ray Diffractomete.

In St. Andrews University I was involved in developing new zeolitic and mesoporous materials and their catalytic applications. This project aspired to provide improved materials for the separation and chromatography industry (extensive collaboration with Varian Chrompack). Variable temperature NMR and Pulse Field Gradient NMR were used to study the pore dynamics in these materials. Structural studies on the new materials synthesized are done extensively by single crystal XRD and powder XRD (Synchrotron facilities used occasionally). Difficulties in making single crystals in such materials have made Rietveld method of structural deduction from powder XRD a mainstay in this field. I played an important role in developing this method in St. Andrews into a more routine technique.

In Queen's University Belfast, my responsibility was to liaise with Johnson Matthey PLC, a pioneer in catalyst industry, in developing oxide and oxide supported metal catalysts for specific industrial processes and to transfer the technology to the pilot plants. One of the areas we were developing was the use of zeolite membranes in real industrial processes which we have successfully commercialized. Above the regular working of the project which includes designing, synthesizing, characterizing and testing the catalysts, I was constantly in touch with our collaborators in Johnson Matthey and visited JM Technology centre for training frequently.



Name Nandini Devi Radhamonyamma
Date of Birth 2nd August 1971
Marital Status Single
Sex Female

Current Address

Scientist, Catalysis Division 
National Chemical Laboratory
Pune, India. 411 008
Phone: +91 20 25902271

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Permanent Address

Chengamanadu, Kottarakkara
Kollam, Kerala.
India. 691 557
Phone: +91 474 2402283

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