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Dr. Suresh Raju

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Research interests

  • Organic and organometallic synthesis
  • Sustainable synthesis of polymer building blocks from renewables
  • Homogeneous catalysis and reaction kinetics
  • Biomass conversion and small molecules activation
  • Techniques: NMR, FTIR, UV-Vis, GC, GC-MS, CV, XRD, GPC.

Curriculum vitae and education

Feb 2018 – present
Postdoctoral Fellow in the CAT Catalytic Center at ITMC, RWTH-Aachen, Germany

Feb 2016- Oct 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Goettingen, Germany Area: PNP pincer cobalt hydride based hydrogenation catalysis and nanoparticle characterization

April 2015 – Oct 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University (Arkema), Netherlands Area: Bio-based building blocks through catalytic Aldol condensations

Oct 2010- Mar 2015
Ph. D. (Teaching Assistant) at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Area: Cyclopentadienyl-based trioxo-rhenium complexes for the catalytic deoxydehydration of diols and bio-based polyols to olefins

Sep 2009- June 2010
Master studies at University of Rennes 1, France. Area: Ruthenium-catalyzed synthesis of functionalized dienes from propargylic carbonates

June 2005- Aug 2009
BSc & MSc (1st year) General Chemistry at St. Joseph’s College, Bharadidasan University, India.

Selected publications

01) Synthesis of Cyclopentadienyl-Based Tricarbonyl Rhenium Complexes and Some Unusual Reactivities of Cyclopentadienyl Substituents
Raju S, van Slagmaat CAMR, Lutz M, Kleijn H, Jastrzebski JTBH, Moret M-E, Klein Gebbink RJM, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 741-751.

02) Synthesis of Cyclopentadienyl-Based Trioxo-rhenium Complexes and Their Use as Deoxydehydration Catalysts
Raju S, van Slagmaat CAMR, Li J, Lutz M, Jastrzebski JTBH, Moret M-E, Klein Gebbink RJM, Organometallics 2016, 35, 2178-2187.

03) Spectroscopic Characterization of a Monomeric, Cyclopentadienyl-based Re(V)dioxo complex
Raju S, Jastrzebski JTBH, Lutz M, Witteman L, Dethlefsen JR, Fristrup P, Moret M-E, Klein Gebbink RJM, Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 11031-11036. ‘

04) Rhenium-Catalyzed Dehydration and Deoxydehydration of Alcohols and Polyols: Opportunities for the formation of Olefins from Biomass
Raju S, Moret M-E, Klein Gebbink RJM, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 281-300. ‘ 

05) Catalytic Deoxydehydration of Diols to Olefins by using a Bulky Cyclopentadiene-based Trioxorhenium Catalyst
Raju S, Jastrzebski JTBH, Lutz M, Klein Gebbink RJM, ChemSusChem 2013, 6, 1673-1680.

06) Ruthenium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Functional Conjugated Dienes from Propargylic Carbonates and Silyl Diazo Compounds
Moulin S, Zhang H, Raju S, Bruneau C, Dérien S, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 3292-3296.

Awards & Scholarships

Feb 2016
Goettingen (Germany) international fellowship

May 2014

COST-STSM short stay research grant

July 2014

KNCV (Netherlands) travel grant to GRC 2014

Sep 2009
EGIDE (France) international master fellowship

May 2008
JNCASR (India) summer research fellowship