Gomathi Anandhanatarajan Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry

Prof. Gomathi Anandhanatarajan is an Assistant Professor at MEC’s School Of Natural Sciences. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and the study of surface chemistry of several of inorganic nanostructures. She has published several papers and posters and has also won an award for the Best poster at the Second JNC Research Conference on Chemistry of Materials 2006, Quilon, India.

  • Education

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

    October 2010 - September 2013

    Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Area of research: Synthesis of catalyst for oxidation of methane at low temperatures. Supervisors: Prof. Mark MacLachlan, Prof. Michael Wolf

    RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

    April 2010 - September 2010

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India. Supervisor: Prof. C. N. R. Rao

    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

    Thesis submitted on March 2010

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.

    Thesis Title: Contributions to the Chemistry of Metal Nitrides and Inorganic Nanomaterials.

    Research Advisor: Prof. C. N. R. Rao

    MASTER OF SCIENCE [ENGG.] MATERIALS SCIENCE

    Thesis submitted on December 2006.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.

    Thesis Title: Urea route to the synthesis of metal nitrides and to coat one-dimensional nanostructures by boron nitride.

    Research Advisor: Prof. C. N. R. Rao

    MASTER OF SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY

    April 2004

    The American College (Autonomous), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY (SPL), PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS (ANCILLARY)

    April 2002

    Lady Doak College (Autonomous), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Research

    My research interest is focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and the study of surface chemistry of several of inorganic nanostructures. Currently I am interested in studying synthesis and surface modification of nanostructures for catalysis of methane oxidation at low temperatures.

    RESEARCH EXPERTISE

    SYNTHESIS

    • Synthesis of nanostructures by wet chemical methods
    • Experience in the synthesis of nanowires by using tube furnaces and mass flow controllers
    • Proficient in the preparation of carbon nanotubes by arc-discharge and pyrolysis technique
    • Experience in the preparation of nitride nanomaterials by means of urea route

     

    CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES

    • I have experience in using various techniques for characterization of nanomaterials
    • Scanning electron microscopy and Energy dispersive X-ray analysis
    • Transmission electron microscopy and Selected area electron diffraction
    • X-ray diffraction
    • UV/visible
    • IR spectroscopy
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Awards

    1. Best poster award, Second JNC Research Conference on Chemistry of Materials 2006, Quilon, India (October 29-31, 2006).

    2. Best poster award, Molecules & Materials: New Directions (An International Conference) 2008, Bangalore, India (December 4-6, 2008).

  • Publications

    PATENTS

    US patent pending: “Methods for preparing metal / metal oxide materials from nanostructured substrates and uses thereof.” Filed February 26, 2014.

    UPCOMING PAPERS

    1. Nanostructured catalysts with outstanding catalytic performance in methane oxidation.

    A. Gomathi, Susan M. Vickers, R. Gholami, Renee W.Y. Man, Mark J. MacLachlan, Kevin J. Smith, and Michael O. Wolf. (Manuscript submitted).

    2. Stable Ce(OH)3 Nanorods for Surface Assisted Reduction (SAR) of Au3+: Surfactant-free Route to Au/CeO2 Nanostructures.

    A. Gomathi, Renee W. Y. Man, Stanley Delun Shi, Mark J. MacLachlan, Michael O. Wolf (Manuscript under preparation).

    PUBLISHED PAPERS

    1. Interaction of Inorganic Nanoparticles with Graphene. Das, B. Choudhury, A. Gomathi, A. K. Manna, S. K. Pati, C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Phys. Chem. 12 (2011) 937.
    2. Covalent functionalization of metal oxide and carbon nanostructures with polyoctasilasesquioxane (POSS) and their incorporation in polymer composites. Gomathi, K. Gopalakrishnan, C. N. R. Rao, Mater. Res. Bull. 45 (2010) 1894.
    3. Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanopans and graphene-like structure of BN. Raidongia, A. Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, Israel J. Chem. (Special Nano Number) 50 (2010) 399-404.
    4. Novel Nanocomposites Made of Boron Nitride Nanotubes and a Physical Gel. K. Samanta, A. Gomathi, S. Bhattacharya, C. N. R. Rao, Langmuir 26 (2010) 12230-12236.
    5. MoS2 and WS2 analogues of graphene. S. S. R. Matte, A. Gomathi, A. K. Manna, D. J. Late, R. Datta, S. K. Pati, C. N. R. Rao, Angew. Chem. 49 (2010) 4059-4062. Published in research highlights of Nature Chemistry, doi:10.1038/nchem.691.
    6. Covalent and non-covalent functionalization and solubilization of graphene. S. Subrahmanyam, A. Ghosh, A. Gomathi, A. Govindaraj, C. N. R. Rao, Nanosci. Nanotech. Lett. 1 (2009) 28-31.
    7. Functionalization and solubilization of inorganic nanostructures and carbon nanotubes by employing organosilicon and oraganotin reagents. Gomathi, S. J. Hoseini and C. N. R. Rao, J. Mater. Chem., 19 (2009) 988-995.
    8. A simple urea-based route to ternary metal oxynitride nanoparticles. Gomathi, S. Reshma, C. N. R. Rao, J. Solid State Chem. 182 (2009) 72-76.
    9. Stable dispersions of metal oxide nanowires and nanoparticles in water, dimethylformamide and toluene. Ghosh, A. Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, J. Nanosci. Nanotech. 9 (2009) 5214-5222.
    10. Covalent and non-covalent functionalization and solubilization of nanodiamond. Maitra, A. Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, J. Experimental Nanosci. 3 (2008) 271-278.
    11. White-light sources based on composites of GaN nanocrystals with conducting polymers and nanophosphors. Chitara, S. V. Bhat, S. R. C. Vivekchand, A. Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, Solid State Commun. 147 (2008) 409-413. 
    12. Hexadecyltrimethoxysilane-induced Dispersions of metal oxide nanoparticles in non-polar solvents.Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, J. Clust. Sci., 19 (2008) 247-257.
    13. Urea route to coat inorganic nanowires, carbon fibers and nanotubes by boron nitride.Gomathi, M. R. Harika and C. N. R. Rao. Mat. Sci. Eng. A, 476 (2008) 29-33.
    14. Room temperature ferromagnetism in nanoparticles of superconducting materials. Shipra, A. Gomathi, A. Sundaresan, C. N. R. Rao, Solid State Commun. 142 (2007) 685-688.
    15. Nanoparticles of superconducting γ-Mo2N and δ-MoN. Gomathi, A. Sundaresan, C. N. R. Rao, J. Solid State Chem. 180 (2007) 291-295.
    16. Ternary metal nitrides by the urea route. Gomathi, Mater. Res. Bull. 42 (2007) 870-874.
    17. Nanostructures of the binary nitrides, BN, TiN and NbN, prepared by the urea route. Gomathi, C. N. R. Rao, Mater. Res. Bull. 41 (2006) 941-947.
    18. Chemically bonded ceramic oxide coatings on carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanowires. Gomathi, S. R. C. Vivekchand, A. Govindaraj, C. N. R. Rao, Adv. Mater. 17 (2005) 2757.

    BOOK CHAPTER

    1. Functionalization and Solubilization of Carbon and Inorganic Nanostructures. C. N. R. Rao, A. Ghosh, A. Gomathi, Comprehensive Nanosci. & Tech. 3 (2011) 445.

    POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS

    1. [Poster] "Ternary Metal Nitrides by the Urea Route", Second JNC Research Conference on Chemistry of Materials 2006, Quilon, India (October 29-31, 2006).
    2. [Oral] "BN coating on Carbon Nanotubes and Inorganic Nanowires by means of the Urea Route", National Review and Coordination Meeting on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2007, Hyderabad, India (February 21-23, 2007).
    3. [Poster] "Urea route to coat inorganic nanowires, carbon fibers and nanotubes by boron nitride", ICYS-ICMR Summer School on Nanomaterials 2007, Tsukuba, Japan (July 23-28, 2007).
    4. [Poster] "Hexydecyltrimethoxy-induced Dispersions of Metal Oxide Nanostructures in non-polar solvents", The First INDO-US Advanced Studies Institute on Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Chennai, India (January 9-18, 2008)
    5. [Poster] "Stable Dispersions of Metal Oxide Nanostructures", International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology 2008, Chennai, India (February 27-29, 2008).
    6. [Poster] "Functionalization and Solubilization of Inorganic Nanostructures", Molecules & Materials: New Directions (An International Conference) 2008, Bangalore, India (December 4-6, 2008).
    7. [Poster] "Organosilane and Organotin induced Dispersions of Nanostructures", ICMS-ICMR Winter School on New Carbon Materials and Functional Oxides 2008, Bangalore, India (December 8-13, 2008).
    8. [Oral] "Graphene Analogues of MoS2 and WS2", Transition Metal Chalcogenide and Halide Nanostructures 2010, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (April 25-27, 2010).
    9. [Poster] “Template-free Synthesis of Ceria Nanostructures for Methane Oxidation”, Canadian Chemistry conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (May 26-30, 2012).
  • Experience

    Lab instructor for visiting UG students at JNCASR, Bangalore as part of the "Project-Oriented Chemical Education" (POCE) program - For four summers from 2007-2010.

  • Others

    Supervision

    1. I have partially supervised the research of the following students at UBC, Vancouver 
    a. Renee Mann (PhD candidate) 
    b. Susan Vickers (PhD candidate) 
    c. Stanley Delan Shi (MS candidate from NUS, Singapore) 

    2. I have supervised a number of summer interns at JNCASR, Bangalore & UBC, Vancouver. 

    a. M. R. Harika 
    b. S. Reshma 
    c. Loryn Arnett