The progress of mankind is due exclusively to the progress of natural sciences, not to morals, religion or philosophy.

Justus von Liebig, 1866



OCS-2009    |    GEOHET-2011


Prof.Irishi N. N. Namboothiri

Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai 400 076, INDIA
Ph: +91-22-2576-7196 (O), 2576-4162 (L); Fax: +91-22-2576-7152


MSc: Mangalore Univ, 1988

PhD: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1994, with Prof. S. N. Balasubrahmanyam


  • Bar-Ilan Univ, Israel, 1995-96, with Prof. A. Hassner
  • Univ of North Texas, 1997-98, with Prof. A. P. Marchand
  • Columbia Univ, New York, 1999, with Prof. R. Breslow


  • Senior Research Scientist, Sabinsa Corporation, New Jersey, 2000
  • Assistant Professor: IIT Bombay, 2001-2005
  • Associate Professor: IIT Bombay, 2005-2009
  • Professor: IIT Bombay, 2009-Present

Research Interests, Areas of Specialization

  • Organic Synthesis, Physical Organic Chemistry, Reaction Mechanisms

Current Areas of Research

  • Development of New Synthetic Methods Including Asymmetric Catalysis
  • Synthesis of Unnatural Products and Novel Materials with Interesting Properties
  • Study of Various Reaction Pathways

Research Group

  • PhD Students: 10, MSc/Int PhD Students: 3, Postdoctoral Fellows: 2, Others: 2
  • PhDs produced: 12; MSc projects supervised: 23 (including 6 external)

Teaching Experience: 12 years at UG, MSc and PhD levels

Awards and Recognition

  • Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Bronze Medal (2014)
  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (2013-)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Sciences (2012-)
  • Honorary Faculty, Institute for Intensive Research in Basic Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala (2010-)
  • Robert Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-98)
  • Karnataka Students Welfare Association Scholarship for outstanding performance in MSc (1988)


81 (>1,000 citations, h index 18): 75 (journals) + 2 (chapters) + 3 (conference proceedings) + 1 (book); patents: 3


  • 20+ Lectures in international conferences (including 1 plenary lecture at Southern Highlands Conference in Australia + 1 invited and 7 contributed lectures in ACS meetings)
  • 15+ invited lectures in national meetings; 50+ other invited lectures
  • 10+ lectures at local symposia/workshops/continuing education programmes
  • 55+ presentations (lectures and posters) by co-workers

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Annual Member (1997-)
  • Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI), Life Member
  • Indian Chemical Society (ICS), Life Member
  • High Energy Materials Society of India (HEMSI), Life Member
  • Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers (IACT), Life Member