TIFR
Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences

Calender

January 25, 2017 at 11.00 a.m. in AG-80

Title :

Allostery in Chaperonins: How and Why?

Abstract :

Chaperonins are large protein assemblies that assist protein folding in an atp-dependent fashion. I will discuss their allosteric mechanisms and how they impact their folding function.

January 24, 2017 at 2.30 pm in AG-80

Title :

Carbonaceous- and Layered-material based Hybrids for Drug Delivery and Catalysis

Abstract :

In this presentation, I will talk about synthesis and characterization of various hybrid materials and their applications in drug delivery and catalysis. Carbonaceous nanospheres derived from glucose show preferential accumulation into the mice brain. We have modified the surface of these spheres with magnetic (Prussian blue and its analogues) nanoparticles and luminescent (lanthanide) probes to make brain theranostic agents. These multifunctional hybrid spheres showed enhanced magnetic and luminescent behaviour. They were biocompatible, entered brain, and showed no toxicity to the mice. The method of fabrication was versatile and could be used to create a number of theranostic systems for brain. Hybrid nanoparticles were synthesized from glucose derived carbon and iron oxide in the form of different morphology. Depending on their shape, these nanoparticles could compartmentalize inside the brain cells in the in vivo conditions. Biconcave shape of nanoparticles showed preferential nuclear entry, whereas nanotube morphology was restricted to the cytoplasm. Also, shape dependent compartmentalized delivery of an activator of an epigenetic enzyme was demonstrated. Smart hybrid nanospheres were prepared using layered clay and polyelectrolytes in a layer-by-layer fashion. These hybrid spheres showed reversible size change (about 60%) in response to pH, in the range of physiologically relevant pH values. Hybrids were also demonstrated for their pH dependent drug release ability. Catalytic behaviour of layered boron nitride and boron nitride supported metals towards oxidative dehydrogenation of propane was studied. Boron nitride (a generally accepted inert material) catalysed the propane oxidative dehydrogenation reaction. The catalytic activity was found to improve with increasing surface area of the catalyst. The catalytic activity was stable for nearly 5 hours and could be regenerated easily by heating in dilute ammonia. Oxidation of surface B-N bonds in oxygen leads to the diminishing catalytic activity, which on heating in ammonia reduced back to their native form regaining the indigenous catalytic activity. Remarkably, the high propene selectivity and yields obtained for these metal free catalysts were comparable to the reported catalysts and could be further increased by using higher surface area boron nitride samples.

References:

1. P Chaturbedy et. al. Journal of Nanobiotechnology (2012), 10, 35.

2. P Chaturbedy et. al. J. Mater. Chem. B (2013), 1, 939-945.

3. P Chaturbedy et. al. Journal of Controlled Release (2015), 217, 151-159.

4. P Chaturbedy et. al. ACS Nano (2010), 4, 5921-5929.

5. P Chaturbedy et. al. Manuscript under preparation (2017).

 

January 23, 2017 at 4.00 pm in AG-69

Title :

Encoding Formation Mechanism of KCC-1

January 20, 2017 at 2.30 pm in AG-69

Title :

Strategy to Tune Equilibrium Dopant Composition in Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Abstract :

Intentional incorporation of dopants into the semiconductor nanocrystals can dramatically alter the electronic, optical, magnetic, and electrical properties. Understanding the fundamental chemical boundaries of nanocrystal composition control for new and challenging dopant/host combinations could yield unprecedented doped semiconductor nanomaterials for applications from spectral conversion in lighting and luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs), to optical nano-thermometry, bioimaging, plasmonics, or spinbased electronic/photonic information processing. Enormous efforts and many attempts have been made to dope semiconductor nanocrystals with transition metal ions by means of colloidal chemical synthesis. Despite these efforts, successful dopant incorporation into host nanocrystals remains a long-standing challenge. The primary challenges are associated with unfavorable impurity/host competition kinetics during nanocrystal growth. To overcome these challenges, a qualitatively new method of nanocrystal diffusion doping under thermodynamic control has recently been developed where dopants are introduced into preformed nanocrystals via stoichiometric addition of cations and anions, followed by diffusion of these impurities into the nanocrystal's internal volume while maintaining the nanocrystal size, shape, and structural uniformity. This talk focuses on broadening the scope of this powerful chemistry, in conjunction with cation exchange chemistries, to allow dopants to be incorporated into the host nanocrystal lattice, thereby providing a general methodology for controlling dopant composition under thermodynamic equilibrium. In addition, mechanistic understanding of the dopant ion diffusion in these nanocrystals will be discussed, which contributes to our fundamental understanding of this rich area of nanoscience and improves our ability to tailor the compositions of nanostructures for future advanced technological applications.

January 19, 2017 at 2.30 pm in AG-69

Title :

Variation of the Cooperativity and the Role of Ligand-field States in Spincrossover Compounds

Abstract :

The spin-crossover process involves the rearrangement of electrons within metal dorbitals from the high-spin (HS) to the low-spin (LS) configuration corresponding to the distribution that yields maximum and minimum number of unpaired electrons respectively. The relative population of the spin states is a function of various external perturbations such as temperature, magnetic fields, external pressure, and light irradiation. Therefore, these materials are of current interest in chemistry and materials science not only because of their intrinsic fundamental properties but also because of their potential applications as functional materials for the construction of sensors, as well as memory and display devices. In the present talk, the thermal and photo-induced spin switching dynamics and the variation of the cooperative effects in the spin-crossover coordination networks will be discussed. The aim is to understand the physics of cooperative effects and establish the limits of cooperativity. In addition, the role of ligand-field states in the ultrafast photophysics of the prototypical spin-crossover compound will be discussed. The involvement of ligand-field states in transition-metal photophysics is nevertheless crucial, and that they are by no means innocent is borne out by the discovery of photo-induced processes in spin-crossover compounds, which has no low-energy Metal-to-Ligand-Charge-Transfer (MLCT) states.

January 16, 2017 at 4.00 pm in AG-69

Title :

RNA Editing by Adenosine Deaminases

Abstract :

ADARs (adenosine deaminases acting on RNA) are editing enzymes that convert adenosine (A) to inosine (I) in duplex RNA, a modification that has wide-ranging consequences on RNA function including altering miRNA recognition sites, redirecting RNA splicing and changing the meaning of specific codons in mRNA. Recent work has demonstrated a causal link between altered RNA editing and human disease. However, our understanding of the ADAR reaction mechanism, origin of editing site selectivity and the effect of disease-causing mutations was limited by the lack of high-resolution structural data for complexes of ADARs bound to RNA. This presentation will describe the combined chemical biology/structural biology approach used to solve this problem wherein we used RNA bearing a nucleoside analog to trap the reaction intermediate allowing for crystallization of the complexes. Solving the structures of the complexes uncovered ADARs’ use of a unique base-flipping mechanism well-suited for modifying duplex RNA, revealed an ADAR-specific RNA-binding loop near the enzyme active site and explained flanking sequence preferences. In addition, our results provide a structural framework for understanding the effects of ADAR mutations associated with human disease.

January 5, 2017 at 2.30 pm in AG-80

Title :

Design and Application of Sensors for Bioimaging

Abstract :

Over the last two decades, the development and applications of optical chemical sensors and bio-imaging agents have been pursued with great interest by many researchers. There is a tremendous potential for employing such methods in diverse areas, such as the determination of pollutants in the environment or that of bioactive small molecules in living systems. This talk attempts to address three key problems. Firstly, to detect the real time distribution of toxic heavy metals i.e. Hg2+; secondly, to design and synthesise carbon dot-based probes for toxic quinone derivatives; and finally to visualize and quantify monoamine neurotransmitter (MNT) like serotonin (5-HT) and dopamine (DA) in live cells and in living organisms  (e.g. zebrafish). I will talk about how tools of organic synthesis, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (in solution) and optical imaging methods help us tease out the critical roles of the respective analytes in these model systems. 

January 3, 2017 at 2.30 pm in AG-69

Title :

Electron Transport in Molecular Circuits

Abstract :

The idea of building electronic devices using single molecule as active component was first proposed by Aviram and Ratner in the early seventies. Indeed, molecules are of great interest for application in electronic devices because of their small size, their recognition properties, their ability of self-organization and their possibility of chemical modification and customisation. Thus, the ability to measure and control charge transport across metal/molecule/metal junction is of considerable fundamental interest and represents a key step towards the development of molecular electronic devices.

 

In the first part of my presentation, I will introduce working principle our measurement techniques (i.e STM break junctions (STM-BJ), mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ) and Conducting probe AFM (CP-AFM) technique).1,2 Using the results from several case studies, I will try to demonstrate a frame work for building a molecular circuit theory based on metal/molecule/metal junctions at single molecular level.2,3,4,5 In the later part of my presentation, I will discuss the results mainly focusing on bottom up fabrication of smart surfaces and exploiting the functionality of these smart surfaces for different applications ranging from molecular electronics to catalysis and energy storage/conversion.5,6 

 

References: 

1. Hong, W.J et al., Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2011. 2, 699-713. 

2. Kaliginedi et al., Journal of American chemical society. 2012, 134 (11), 5262–5275. 

3. Seth, C., Kaliginedi et al., Chemical Science. 2016, Accepted (DOI: 10.1039/C6SC03204D). 

4. Moreno-Garcia et al., Journal of American chemical society. 2013, 135(33), 12228−12240. 

5. Kaliginedi et al., Nanoscale. 2015, 7 (42), 17685-17692. 

6. Kaliginedi et al., Science Advances. 2016, under revision.

 

December 13, 2016 at 2.30 pm in AG-69

Title :

Mononuclear copper(II) complexes with the residues in the metal ion binding peptide loop of the CuA center of cytochrome oxidase

 

December 5, 2016 at 4.00 pm in AG-69

Title :

What XAFS can answer for nano-structure? 

Abstract :

X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) is unique local structural tool - particularly useful for disordered systems where long-range-order is absent and diffraction/ HRTEM fail to extract details beyond a certain limit. The talk will present characterization and quantification of structural configurations/ defects / oxidation states for wide-ranged nano-systems (bimetallic and semiconductor-metal composite catalysts, semiconductor biosensors, drugs, spintronics, multiferroics, molecular magnetic switches, metallic glass) and their correlation with respective properties of scientific interest. Technical, analytical and sample considerations for the suitability of XAFS for a certain scientific problem and the scope of XAFS at INDUS-2 synchrotron facility (RRCAT) will be addressed. 

November 28, 2016 at 2.30 pm in B-333 (DBS Seminar R00m)

Title :

Probing the Fate of Excitons in Organic Semiconductors

November 21, 2016 at 4.00 pm in AG-69

Title :

Probing Photoinduced Charge Generation in Organic-inorganic Hybrid Perovskites Using Ultrafast Spectroscopy

November 16, 2016 at 2.30 pm in B-333 (DBS Seminar R00m)

Title :

Supramolecular Chemistry: A Tale of a Container  Novel Proposed Materials for Biomedical and Material Applications

Abstract :

Supramolecular chemistry has evolved from the molecular chemistry over the years as the science of “chemistry beyond the molecule”. Molecules are held-together by intermolecular non-covalent interactions in a supramolecular assembly. In this seminar, I will talk about a new water-soluble synthetic supramolecular host named as "octa acid" (OA) as a reaction cavity for manipulating photochemical and photophysical properties of organic molecules. Most of the guest molecules are enclosed within a capsule made of two OA molecules. The interior of OA capsule is benzene-like nonpolar despite the complex being present in water. Additionally, the confined guests are not isolated but can communicate with molecules present in solution. This part will be discussed with photoinduced electron transfer from the donor incarcerated within OA-capsule to the acceptor free in solution as well as to TiO2 semiconductor. 

In the second part, I will propose a novel “support-free iterative” strategy to build a new class of functionally-controlled architecturally diverse macromolecules. With this strategy, I will discuss how we, as chemists, can create functional materials in a rapid, scalable and economic way for diverse biomedical and material applications. In addition, design of a unique supramolecule-based functional devise will be proposed for advanced applications.  

 

November 15, 2016 at 2.30 pm in B-333 (DBS Seminar Room)

Title :

A Novel Class of Sequence-Defined Polymers: Design, Synthesis and Applications

Abstract :

Sequence control is a crucial parameter for tuning the structure, property, and function of synthetic macromolecules. However, achieving precise control of monomer sequence with fast reaction kinetics has been the key hurdle. Herein, I will demonstrate an effort to circumvent this difficulty via a de novo approach for the synthesis of a novel class of sequence-defined polymers, named as oligothioetheramides (oligoTEAs). The oligoTEAs look like the biopolymers in our body, but are instead created with synthetic molecules designed in the lab. This unique approach is based on the strategic design of ‘allyl acrylamide monomer’ with orthogonal reactive sites and a liquid-phase fluorous support. Key strengths of our approach include fast solution kinetics, step-wise characterization via common spectroscopic techniques, and a large structural diversity due to the ease of monomer synthesis. 

By creating these synthetic polymers from the bottom up in an iterative and controlled manner, we can precisely tune their size, composition and properties. We further advanced our synthetic strategy by designing monomers that can afford oligoTEA macrocycles via a one-pot acid catalyzed cascade reaction. With an eye towards biological applications, various bioactive side chains were introduced into the primary sequence. The effects of these side chain and backbone groups on the chemical properties and biological function will be discussed. 

 

November 7, 2016 at 4.00 pm in AG-69

Title :

Form, Function, and Phase Behavior of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins