Dr. J. Narasimha Moorthy

E-mail: moorthy@iitk.ac.in
Office: CL 204A Core Labs

Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208 016

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Ph.D (IISc, Bangalore), 1994
Year of Joining: 1998

Areas of Research:

  • Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry, Photochemistry in Organized Media, and Selectivity (Stereo and Regio) in Organic Photochemical Reactions
  • Solid-State Organic Photochemistry and Structure-Reactivity Correlations via X- Ray Crystal Structure Analysis
  • Supramolecular Chemistry - Application of the Concepts of Molecular Self- Assembly to the Development of Microporous Functional Organic Materials
  • Organic Transformations with Mechanistic Importance


  • Oxidations with IBX: Benzyl Halides to Carbonyl Compounds, and the One-Pot Conversion of Olefins to 1,2-Diketones
    Moorthy, J. N.; Singhal, N.; Senapati, K.
    Tetrahedron Letts., 2006, 47 , 0000.
  • Diastereomer-Differentiating Photochemistry of b -Arylbutyrophenones: Yang Cyclization versus Type II Elimination
    Singhal,N.; Koner, A. L.; Mal, P.; Venugopalan, P.; Nau, W. M.; Moorthy, J. N.
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005,127 , 14375.
  • Corundum, Diamond, and PtS Metal–Organic Frameworks with a Difference: Self-Assembly of a Unique Pair of 3-Connecting D 2 d -Symmetric 3,3 ' ,5,5 ' -Tetrakis(4-pyridyl)bimesityl
    Natarajan, R; Savitha, G; Dominiak, P; Wozniak, K; Moorthy, J N
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44 , 2415.
  • Facile and Highly Selective Conversion of Nitriles to Amides via Indirect Acid-Catalyzed Hydration Using TFA or AcOH - H 2 SO 4
    Moorthy, J. N. ; Singhal, N.
    J. Org. Chem.2005, 70, 1926.
  • Highly Diastereoselective Tandem Photoenolization - Hetero-Diels - Alder Cycloaddition Reactions of o -Tolualdehydes in the Solid State
    Moorthy, J. N. ; Mal, P.; Singhal, N.; Venkatakrishnan, P.; Malik, R.; Venugopalan, P.
    J. Org. Chem. 2004, 45, 309.