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Dr. Kalaivanan Nagarajan

Academic Details

From 2022: Reader

                      Department of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai


2017-2022: Post-doctoral Fellow

                     Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, University of Strasbourg, France.

                      Supervisor: Prof. Thomas W. Ebbesen (Kavli Laureate 2014)


2011-2017: Ph.D. in Chemistry

                      IISER-TVM, Kerala, India.

                      Supervisor: Prof. Mahesh Hariharan

                      Title: Strategies to Access Triplet Excited State in Core-Twisted Perylenediimides


2009-2011: Research Executive, at Hindustan Unilever Research Centre,  Bangalore, India.

2007-2009: M. Sc. in Applied Chemistry

                      Anna University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

2003-2006: B. Sc. in Chemistry

                      Gobi Arts and Science College, Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India, 

Research Interest

  • Light-matter strong coupling.

  • Surface plasmon.

  • Polaritonic chemistry.

  • Vibrational strong coupling for chemical reactions and material science.

  • Synthesis and photo-physical properties of organic chromophores.

  • Molecular and transient spectroscopy.


  • Best Poster Presentation AwardGordon Research Conference on “Electronic Processes in Organic Materials” Lucca (Barga), Italy, 2016.

  • International Travel GrantDepartment of Science and Technology, India, 2016.

  • Innovative Research Award: DAE-BRNS conference on "Organic Device: A Future Ahead (ODeFA-2014)" BARC, Mumbai, India, 2014.

  • Best Poster Paper AwardIUMRS-ICA 2013, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2013.

  • Senior Research FellowshipUniversity Grant Commission, India, 2013.

  • Inspire FellowshipDepartment of Science and Technology, India, 2011.

  • Junior Research FellowshipUniversity Grant Commission, India, 2011.

  • University Gold Medal: 30th Annual Convocation, Anna University, Chennai, 2010.

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Project and Post-doctoral positions are available in our lab

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