Dr. Rajesh Kunjanpillai completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at St. Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram, in 2001. He obtained a B. Ed. Degree in Physical Science from M. G. U. C. T. E, Pathanamthitta in 2003 after which he did his post-graduation in Chemical Sciences from the Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry Central University in 2005. He also cleared UGC CSIR (JRF-NET) and GATE. After his M. Sc., he joined as a Research Associate in Shasun Research Centre, a Public Ltd pharmaceutical company in Chennai where he was actively engaged in drugs research, under the guidance of Dr. K. K. Balasubramanian, former Professor of IIT Madras. In 2006, he was promoted to Research & Development Officer at Shasun and garnered experience in pharma pilot plants. After more than 3 years of industrial experience, he joined as a Senior Research Fellow under Prof. Irishi N. N. Namboothiri, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay. In 2009, with a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, he moved to the University of Zürich, Switzerland, where he was awarded his Doctoral Degree in 2013, under the supervision of Prof. Heinz Berke. The title of his doctoral thesis was “Homogeneous Hydrogenations and Related Reductive Reactions Catalyzed by Rhenium Complexes.” In 2014, he joined as an Adjunct Facuty in IIRBS, M. G. University Kottayam, but later that year moved to IIT Bombay as an Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Kunjanpillai was awarded the DST-SERB Young Scientist Fellowship and in July 2015, he joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam. He has been serving as a visiting faculty, IIRBS, M. G. University since 2016. Dr. Kunjanpillai successfully completed the 3 year SERB research project and supervised a project assistant during that time. With the support from SERB and the Management of St. Albert’s College, Dr. Kunjanpillai set up a research laboratory with provisions for doing air and moisture sensitive reactions to a certain extent. He was recognized as a research guide by M. G. University, Kottayam in 2019. Dr. Kunjanpillai has more than 14 years of research experience and has published many research articles in reputed international journals. Notable works in his research include the nuclear bromination of deactivated aromatics using NBS which got almost 100 citations from reputed international journals. He has also developed a versatile strategy for the Claisen- Tishchenko reaction. Both the reactions are part of the UG and PG Chemistry Syllabus of universities/institutes all over the world. His research interest includes organic synthesis, organometallics and homogeneous catalysis, activation of small molecules, developing atom economic and greener strategies for chemical synthesis etc. During 2016-20, he had been serving as Secretary, Office of the Dean, Research and was the in-charge of the DST-FIST Facility of the College. He is the secretary, Board of Studies in Chemistry from 2018. Since 2020, he has been serving as the Dean, Research, of the college.

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