Leaders in the Field
V. Ramamurthy, Ph.D.
Senior Editor, Langmuir;Professor and Chair, Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Miami
Ramamurthy attended the Government Arts College, Kumbakonam from where he earned B. Sc degree in 1966. He obtained M. Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1968, following which he pursued his graduate education at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA and received Ph. D. degree in 1974. He received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Professors P. de Mayo (University of Western Ontario, 1974-75) and N. J. Turro (Columbia University, 1975-78). He returned to India to take up an Assistant Professor position at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he remained till 1987. At the Indian Institute of Science, he initiated a research program in organic photochemistry and worked on the photochemistry of thiocarbonyl compounds and initiated studies on supramolecular photochemistry.
In 1987, he joined the Central Research Division of the The DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE and remained till 1994. During this period he explored photochemical studies of organic molecules within zeolites, which led to several pioneering publications on the control of excited state behavior of molecules within the well-defined zeolite interiors. During this period he co-edited a two-volume Photochemistry-Special issue for Chemical Reviews, a compendium of a number of reviews from leaders in the field of photochemistry that provided a new thrust to photochemical research.
At Miami, he has pursued photochemical studies of organic molecules in waterIn this context he has used a number of well-defined water-soluble organic hosts as reaction media and has demonstrated the value of confined environments in controlling excited state behavior of organic
molecules. During his career Ramamurthy has sought after experts on related disciplines to pursue problems that are at the borderlines of photo-, solid state-, zeolite-, supramolecular- and spin chemistries. In addition to being a researcher and administrator (department chair since 2003), he also serves as a Senior Editor for the ACS journal Langmuir.