Kathiravan Murugesan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

A remote selective functionalization of inert C(sp3)-H bonds.

Selected Publications

  • MOF-derived cobalt nanoparticles catalyze a general synthesis of amines. Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh, Kathiravan Murugesan, Ahmad S. Alshammari, Helfried Neumann, Marga-Martina Pohl, Jörg Radnik and Matthias Beller, Science, (2017).
  • Cobalt-Nanoparticles Catalyzed Efficient and Selective Hydrogenation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Kathiravan Murugesan, Thirusangumurugan Senthamarai, Ahmad S Alshammari, Rashid M Altamimi, Carsten Kreyenschulte, Marga-Martina Pohl, Henrik Lund, Rajenahally V Jagadeesh*, Matthias Beller* ACS Catal. (2019).
  • Nickel-catalyzed stereodivergent synthesis of E- and Z-alkenes by hydrogenation of alkynes Kathiravan Murugesan, Charles Beromeo Bheeter, Pim R. Linnebank, Anke Spannenberg , Joost N. H. Reek, Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh, and Matthias Beller, ChemSusChem, (2019). 
  • Homogeneous cobalt-catalyzed reductive amination for synthesis of functionalized primary amines Kathiravan Murugesan, Zhihong Wei, Vishwas G Chandrashekhar, Helfried Neumann, Anke Spannenberg, Haijun Jiao, Matthias Beller and Rajenahally V Jagadeesh, Nat commun. (2019).
  • Visible‐Light‐Promoted Metal‐Free Synthesis of (Hetero)aromatic Nitriles from C(sp3)‐H bonds Kathiravan Murugesan, Karsten Donabauer, and Burkhard König Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2021).
  • Photoredox Catalyzed Site-Selective Generation of Carbanions from C (sp3)-H bonds in Amines Kathiravan Murugesan, Karsten Donabauer, Armin Bauer, Volker Derdau, and Burkhard Koenig. ChemRxiv (2021).

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Libeniz-institute for catalysis, University of Rostock (2016-2019).
  • M. Sc., Chemistry, St Joseph College, Trichy, India (2007-2009).
  • B. Sc., Chemistry, St Joseph College, Trichy, India (2004-2007). 

Professional Profile

  • Oct. 2021 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Sep.
  • 2019 - Sep. 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Regensburg, Germany.
  • Feb. 2010 - June 2016: Associate Scientist, Syngene (A Biocon company), Bangalore, India. 

Awards

  • Recipient of Leibniz Doctoral Fellowship by the Leibniz Society, Germany (Aug. 2016- Aug. 2019).
  • Best performer of the group for continuously 3 years (2011-2013) at Syngene International Ltd., India. 

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Photochemistry C-H Activation Heterogeneous and homogenous catalysts synthetic methodology