Supramolecular gels

Gels are ubiquitous solid-like materials found in everyday applications such as contact lenses, lithium grease, jelly and hair gels. We are interested in developing bis-urea compounds having complementary functional groups target molecules. Read More


Bio-inorganic Chemistry:   Anti-cancer agents and Anion recognition

We have been synthesizing complexes based on various ligands (amino acid) and rhodium(II)/tin(IV) compounds as anticancer agents. Our aim is to develop novel chemical receptors for the efficient recognition of phosphorylated molecules of biological interest. Anions are ubiquitous in biological systems that play significant roles in the wide areas of biology, pharmacy, and environmental science. The design of receptor systems for anion recognition has therefore developed into a key area of supramolecular chemistry, have received considerable attention due to their analytical applications. Read More


Functional properties of coordination polymers/MOFs

Infinite metal–organic coordination networks have emerged as a prolific sub– discipline in supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering due to their potential applications in molecular adsorption and separation, ion exchange, magnetism, optoelectronics, sensor technology and catalysis. We are interested in structural diversities due to ligand conformations and hydrogen bonding backbone in coordination polymers and study their material properties such as gas adsorption, anion recognition etc. Read More

Crystal engineering

Out of many approaches to gain control over the arrangement of molecules in space, incorporation of a small number of functional groups that can interact intermolecularly through non–covalent interactions (supramolecular synthon1) and therefore, limiting the possible arrangement of the molecules in the solid state with respect to one another, has been considered one of the most rational approaches. Much of the efforts towards this goal have been concentrated on organic crystal engineering and soon it has been recognized that hydrogen–bonding interactions, being reasonably strong and highly directional, can be used as structure directing tools in generating many molecular solids with novel properties. Read more



We are interested in developing better and more developing efficient synthetic methods for catalytic materials for CO2 conversion. Read More