Senthilkumar Muthaiah

Designation:    Assistant Professor
Department:    Chemistry
Qualification:    M.Sc., PhD from IIT Delhi

DB-47, NIT Campus, NIT Kurukshetra, Kurukshetra -136119, Haryana.

Phone No:    01744-233-314
Area of Interest:    

Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Main Group Chemistry and Chemical Hydrogen Storage Materials


One JRF position is available for a highly motivated candidate under SERB sponsored project (Feb 2023).

Experience : Fourteen Years


Patents Filed/Granted:-

Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Muthukumar Kannan and Anita Bhatia “A Catalyst System for Dehydrogenation of Amine” Indian Patent Filing Number 201811042490 dated 12/11/2018.
Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Muthukumar Kannan and Parul Barteja “A Catalyst System for Synthesizing Aryl Nitrile from Aryl Amine” Indian Patent Filing Number 201811027803 dated 24/07/2018.
Senthilkumar Muthaiah and Muthukumar Kannan “A Catalyst System for Synthesizing Acyclic and Cyclic Imine compounds from acyclic and cyclic secondary amines and a process for the same thereof” Indian Patent Filing Number 201811032909 dated 01/09/2018.
Hong, S. H.; Ghosh, S. C.; Zhang, Y.; Muthaiah, S.; Chen, C.; Xu, X. “Process of Forming an Amide” U.S. Patent WO 2011034506 A1, March 24, 2011 US 2012/0220768 A1, August 30, 2012.
Hong, S. H.; Zhang, J.; Muthaiah, S.; Ghosh, S. C. “Process of preparing of a Cyclic Imides from simple diols via Ru-catalyzed heterocylization” U.S. Patent WO 2012002913 A1, January 5, 2012.
Hong, Soon Hyeok; Ghosh, Subhash Chandra; Zhang, Yao; Muthaiah, Senthilkumar; Chen, Cheng; Xu, Xiangya “Preparation of ruthenium carbene complexes as catalysts for direct amide synthesis from alcohols and amines” U.S. Patent WO 2011034506 A1, March 24, 2011.

Sponsored R &D Projects :

  • SERB Sponsored Project under CRG Scheme titled “Ruthenium Catalysed Dehydrogenation Reaction as a Platform for Hydrogen Storage Materials” CRG-2022-006324
  • Completed SERB sponsored “Neutral and Cationic Ruthenium Complexes for Amidation and Related Reactions in Aqueous and Biphasic Medium” as Principal Investigator. Budget Rs.28,41,000/- . Registration No.: SB/FT/CS-092/2014.
  • Completed DST sponsored project under woman scientist Scheme entitled “Synthesis of water soluble Cobalt complexes and their catalytic activities in aqueous and biphasic medium”as Mentor. Budget Rs.23,20,000/-. Registration No.SR/WOS-A/C S-1 03 5/201 5 (G).

Book Chapter:

1. Stability of Metal Complexes, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Anita Bhatia, Muthukumar Kannan, Stability of Coordination Compounds, 2020, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.90894.

Research Publications –

Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Amines and Alcohols Using Simple Ruthenium Chloride, Muthukumar Kannan, Parul Barteja, Preeti Devi and Senthilkumar Muthaiah JCatal2020386, Accepted, Impact Factor: 7.8
“Ruthenium (II) Complex Catalysed Double Dehydrogenation of Primary Amines to Nitriles”, Muthukumar Kannan and Senthilkumar MuthaiahSynlett 2020, Accepted. Impact Factor: 2.4
“Extending the Chemistry of Hexamethylenetetramine in Ruthenium Catalyzed Amine Oxidation” Muthukumar Kannan and Senthilkumar MuthaiahOrganometallics2019, 38(19), 3560. Impact Factor: 3.9
“Ruthenium Promoted Acceptorless and Oxidant-Free Lactone Synthesis in Aqueous Medium” Anita Bhatia, Muthukumar Kannan and Senthilkumar MuthaiahSynlett 2019, 30(06), 721-725. Impact Factor: 2.4
“Synthesis of Water Soluble Ruthenium Complex and its Catalytic Activity for Acceptorless Alcohol Dehydrogenation in Aqueous Medium” Anita Bhatia and Senthilkumar MuthaiahSynlett 2018, 29, 1644-1648. Impact Factor: 2.4.
“Well-Defined Ruthenium Complex for Acceptorless Alcohol Dehydrogenation in Aqueous Medium” Anita Bhatia and Senthilkumar Muthaiah, ChemistrySelect 2018, 3, 3737-3741. Impact Factor: 1.8.
“Ligand- and Acid-Free Gold(I) Chloride catalyzed Hydration of Terminal Alkynes” Atanu Kumar Das, Sangseung Park,Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Soon Hyeok Hong. Synlett 2015, 26, 2517-2520.
“Extending the chemistry of carbones: P-N bond cleavage via an SN2-like mechanism” Dragoslav Vidovic, Chitra GurnaniNemanja Dordevic,  Senthilkumar Muthaiah,   Dušan Dimic,  Ganguly Rakesh and  Milena PetkovicChem. Commun2015, 51, 10762-10764. Impact Factor: 6.2
“C-F Bond Activation by Transient P(III) Based Dications” Nemanja Dordevic, Madelyn Qin Yi Tay, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Rakesh Ganguly, Dušan Dimic, Dragoslav Vidovic. Inorg. Chem2015, 54, 4180-4182. Impact Factor: 4.8
“Synthesis of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Stabilized Catecholatoborenium Cations by Ligand Substitution” Dinh Cao Huan Do, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Rakesh Ganguly, and Dragoslav Vidovic. Organometallics 2014, 33, 4165-4168. Impact Factor: 4.145.
“Tandem Synthesis of Amides and Secondary Amines from Esters with PrimaryAmines under Solvent-Free Conditions” Jeongbin Lee, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, and Soon Hyeok Hong. Adv. Synth. Catal2014, 356, 2653-2660. Impact Factor: 6.048.
“Counterion Dependence on the Synthetic Viability of NHC-Stabilized Dichloroborenium Cation” Muthaiah Senthilkumar, Dinh Cao Huan Do, Rakesh Ganguly, Dragoslav Vidovic. Organometallics 2013, 32, 6718-6724. (Invited article for a special issue on “Applications of Electrophilic Main Group Organometallic Molecules”). Impact Factor: 4.145.
“Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of amines and secondary alcohols using ruthenium-hydride complexes” Muthaiah Senthilkumar and Hong Soon Hyeok, Adv. Synth. Catal2012, 354, 3045 -3053. Impact Factor: 6.048.
“Atom Economical Synthesis of Cyclic Imides” Muthaiah Senthilkumar and Soon Hyeok Hong, Synlett  2011, 11, 1481 -1485, invited Synpacts Highlight Article. Impact Factor: 2.712. Citations: 3
“Synthesis and reactions of (β-phenylethynyl)-gem-diphenyltrifluorocyclotri phosphazene with RCpCoL2 complexes (L = PPh3, CO; L2=COD): A comparison with the reactivity of PhCCP3N3F5” Muthiah Senthil Kumar, Dheeraj Kumar, and Anil J. Elias, Inorg. Chim. Acta 2011372, 175-182. Impact Factor: 1.976.
“Synthesis of Cyclic Imides from Simple Diols” Jian Zhang, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Subhash Chandra Ghosh, and Soon Hyeok Hong, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 6391. Featured in SYNFACTS 2010, 11, 1128. Impact Factor: 13.455. Citations: 26.
“Direct amide synthesis from either alcohols or aldehydes with amines: activity of Ru(II) hydride and Ru(0) complexes” Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Subhash Chandra Ghosh, Joo-Eun Jee, Cheng Chen, Jian Zhang  and Soon Hyeok Hong,  J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 3002-3006. Impact Factor: 4.450. Citations: 43.
Direct amide synthesis from alcohols and amines by phosphine-free ruthenium catalysts system” Subhash Chandra Ghosh, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Yao Zhang, Xiangya Xu and Soon Hyeok Hong, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2009, 351, 2643-2649. Impact Factor: 6.048. Citations: 63.
“Synthesis, reactivity and structural characterization of (η5-methylcyclopentadienyl)(η4-tetraphenylcyclobutadiene) cobalt and its derivatives” Rajkumar Jana, M. Senthil Kumar, Nem Singh and Anil J. Elias, J. Organomet. Chem.2008, 693, 3780 – 3786. Impact Factor: 2.085. Citations: 9.
“Synthesis and selectivity in formation of cyclophosphazene derived 1,3-cyclohexadienes from reactions of CpCo(COD) (R= MeOC(O)) with alkynes and alkenes” Muthiah Senthil Kumar, Ram Prakash Gupta and Anil J. Elias, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 3433-3441. Impact Factor: 4.601. Citations: 7.
“Chemistry of cyclodicarbaphosphatriazene: Synthesis and structural studies of pentaerythritoxy-bridged and lariat ether type spirocyclic derivatives” Nabakrushna Behera, M. Senthil Kumar and Anil J. Elias, Inorg. Chim. Acta2008, 361(7), 1929-1936. Impact Factor: 1.976. Citations: 2.
“Synthesis and characterization of novel pyrazole based ligands of   [η5-cyclopentadiene] [η4–tetraphenylcyclobutadiene] cobalt as scaffolds for the construction of multi-site coordination ligands” A. J. Elias, M. Senthil Kumar, R. P. Gupta and N. Behera, Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic, and Nano-Metal Chemistry2007, 37(9), 729-733. Impact Factor: 0.504. Citations: 3.
“Synthesis and characterization of novel fluorophosphazene derived cobaltacyclopentadienyl metallacycles” Muthiah Senthil Kumar, Shailesh Upreti and Anil J. Elias, Inorg. Chem., 2006, 45, 7835-7842. Impact Factor: 4.601. Citations: 13.
“Reactions of [η5-carboxycyclopentadiene][η4–tetraphenylcyclobutadiene] cobalt with alkyl and aryl tin oxides: Synthesis, structural studies  and electrochemistry of novel monomeric and dimeric [η5-carboxycyclopentadiene] [η4–tetraphenylcyclobutadiene] cobalt based stannoxanes” Muthiah Senthil Kumar, Shailesh Upreti, Hanuman P. Gupta and Anil J.  Elias, J. Organomet. Chem., 2006, 691, 4708 – 4716. Impact Factor: 2.085. Citations: 11.
“Synthesis of metallocene carboxylate esters [η4-Ph4-n(SiMe3)nC4] [η5-MeOC(O)C5H4]Co (n=1, 2) and their desilylation reactions: Structural studies and conversion to metallocene carboxylic acids and alcohols” Hanuman P. Gupta, M. Senthil Kumar, Shailesh Upreti, and Anil J. Elias, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2006, 5002 -5032. Impact Factor: 3.329. Citations: 4.
“Reactions of gem- diphenyltetrafluorophosphazene with lithiated diols: Synthesis and characterization of novel spiro, ansa, bridged and dangling diphenylfluorophosphazene compounds. A comparison to reactions of lithiated diols with hexafluorophosphazene”  Anil J. Elias, K. Muralidharan and M. Senthil KumarJ. Fluorine Chem.2006, 127, 1046 -1053. Impact Factor: 1.950. Citations: 4.
“Reactions of trialkylamines with the cyclocarbaphosphazene Cl2PN(ClCN)2: Selectivity in the cleavage of alkyl groups” Anil J. Elias, P. Mishra; M. Senthil Kumar; N. Behera; N. Reddy, Phosphorus, Sulfur Silicon Relat. Elem., 2005, 180(8), 1785-1794. Impact Factor: 0.716. Citations: 2.

Awards :

Recipient of “Best Faculty Award under IPR category” for the year 2022-23 given by NIT Kurukshetra.

Recipient of award of “Outstanding Research Scholar” for the year 2008 Given by Chemical Society, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi.
Recipient of award of “Student with High Impact for the year 2006- 2007” given by Chemical Society, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi.
Recipient of “Senior Research Fellowship” from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India (2007 – 2008)
Best poster award at “Recent Advances in Metal-Organic and Material Sciences 2007” held at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore during 5-7th June 2007
Recipient of “Junior Research Fellowship” from Department of Science and Technology, India (2003 – 2004)
Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE-2003)


Organized a National Conference on “Mastering in Molecules and Materials”during 16-17th Oct. 2014.

Research Collaborations :

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Other :

One JRF position is available for a highly motivated candidate under SERB sponsored project.