Dr Ajayakumar G

Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Govt. College for Women
Thiruvananthapuram 695014

Email: ajayakumar@gcwtvm.ac.in, gajayakumar@gmail.com

Academic Summary

● Bachelor’s Degree  in Chemistry from Devaswom Board College, Sasthamcotta, affiliated to University of Kerala, India (1999)

● Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala, India (2001)

● Qualified the CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET & JRF) in December 2002

● Obtained Ph D in Chemistry from University of Kerala in August 2009. Thesis title: “PHOTOINDUCED ELECTRON TRANSFER AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN SOME Ru(bpy)3 2+ BASED DONOR-ACCEPTOR SYSTEMS” (Thesis Supervisor: Dr K R Gopidas, CST Division, NIIST(CSIR)-TVM)

● Completed post-doctoral research of fifteen months (2009-2010) with G-COE (Global Centre of excellence – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan) fellowship from Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

Teaching Experience

➢ Thirteen years of experience in teaching Chemistry in UG and PG levels. Areas of Specialization: Physical Chemistry (Molecular Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry, Instrumental methods in Chemistry etc.) and Inorganic Chemistry (Co-ordination and Organometallic Chemistry)

Research Publications

1. Structure Absorption Spectra Correlation in a Series of 2,6-Dimethyl4-arylpyrylium Salts. Manoj, N.; Ajayakumar, G.; Gopidas, K. R.; Suresh, C. H. J. Phys. Chem. A 2006, 110, 11338-11345.

2. Long-Lived Photoinduced Charge Separation in new Ru(bipyridine)3 2+ – Phenothiazine dyads. Ajayakumar, G.; Gopidas, K. R. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008, 7, 826-833.

3. Phenothiazine substituted Ru(bpy)3 2+ derivative as highly selective “turn-ON” luminescence chemodosimeter for Cu2+. Ajayakumar, G.; Sreenath, K.; Gopidas, K. R.
Dalton Trans., 2009, 1180-1186.

4. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Tris(2,2’-bipyridine)ruthenium(II)-Viologen Dyads with Peptide Backbones Leading to Long-Lived Charge Separation and Hydrogen Evolution. Makoto Ogawa, Bijitha Balan, Gopalakrishnan Ajayakumar, Shigeyuki Masaoka, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz, Yutaka Nagasawa, Hiroshi Miyasaka, and Ken Sakai*
Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 4421-4434.

5. Platinum(II)-Based Hydrogen-Evolving Catalysts Linked to Multipendant Viologen Acceptors: Experimental and DFT Indications for Bimolecular Pathways. Makoto Ogawa, Gopalakrishnan Ajayakumar, Shigeyuki Masaoka, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz and Ken Sakai* Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 24, 1148-1162.

6. Light-Induced Charge Separation and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution from Water using RuIIPtII-Based Molecular Devices: Effects of Introducing Additional Donor and/or Acceptor Sites. Gopalakrishnan Ajayakumar, Masayuki Kobayashi, Shigeyuki Masaoka and Ken Sakai* Dalton Trans., 2011, 40 (15), 3955 – 3966.

7. Artificial Photosynthesis enabling single-pigment-driven multielectron transferand storage. K Kitamoto, M Ogawa, G Ajayakumar, S Masaoka, HB Kraatz, K Sakai Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 2016 3 (5), 671-680

Conferences attended / Lectures delivered

➢ Attended six international seminars on Chemical/Photochemical sciences and presented posters in three of the programmes
➢ Attended more than twenty national seminars organized by various universities and colleges.
➢ Delivered invited talks in ten national seminars organized by various colleges in Kerala