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Research Interest

Research Interest

Research Interest

Current Research Focus:

1. Non-covalent interactions: Hydrogen bonding, halogen bonding etc. 
2. Atmospheric science and astrochemirty. 
3. Design and characterization of ionic receptor molecules.
4. Competition between charge transfer and proton transfer processes.

5. The structure and excited state dynamics of cold molecular ions and ion-molecule complexes. 
Experimental and theoretical methods:
1. Spectroscopy of cold molecules using Matrix Isolation:
In our lab we are applying Matrix Isolation Infrared Spectroscopy to study the nature of weak intermolecular    hydrogen bonding interactions.The facility consists of a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, a closed cycle 10K Cryostat.
The components are premixed in the mixing chamber and are then deposited on the spectroscopic window of the cold head of the cryostat where rapid cooling of the mixed gases takes place and forms the matrix. Infrared spectroscopy is performed on the deposited matrix to understand the nature of the interactions.
2. Simple organic syntheses - involving one or two steps.
3. Characterization using NMR, IR etc.
4. Spectroscopic investigations: UV-VIS, Steady state and time-resolved fluorescence.
5. Theoretical calculations: DFT, MP2, TD-DFT, CC2 etc. 

The technique of Matrix Isolation allows us to study reactive intermediates, radicals, strained rings, etc. by trapping and isolating the reactive molecules in a cavity surrounded by one or more layers of inert material (Ar, N­2 etc.) thereby inhibiting the diffusion of the substrate. Various spectroscopic techniques, such as, UV- VIS and  IR can be used to study the isolated materials.


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