Dr. BEENA MATHEW, M.Sc., Ph.D. (M. G. University, Kottayam)
Associate Professor (Physical Chemistry)
School of Chemical Sciences
Mahatma Gandhi University
Priyadarsini Hills P. O
Tel/Fax: +91- 481 – 2731036
Short-term Post-doctoral Fellow, IISc., Bangalore
Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute, Biomedical Technology Wing, Thiruvananthapuram
Kyushu University, Japan (JSPS Fellow)
H-index : 11
Publications : 81
Conference Presentations : 123
Ph.D Guided : 23
Ph.D Ongoing : 9
M.Phil Guided : 21
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnoloy, Thiruvananthapuram
Kyushu University, Japan
Research Publications (selected)
Areas of Research
| 1. Self-assembled supramolecular materials: Supramolecular self assembled materials is an interdisciplinary area of research involving the application of chemistry to the design, synthesis, characterization, understanding and utilization of materials with potentially useful physico-chemical properties. Tailoring of materials with designed properties serving specified application needs and cater to diverse applications in enantioseparation, molecular recognition, environment, catalysis and molecular photoswitches.
2. Green chemistry: Green synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles based on polymers and phytochemicals, and application as antimicrobial agents and catalysts. Green approach for the degradation of dyes in water using these nanoparticles.
3. Molecular sensors: A molecular sensor interacts with an analyte to produce a detectable change. Molecular sensors combine molecular recognition with some form of reporter so the presence of the guest can be observed. Development of artificial receptors capable of binding ions as well as neutral molecules of biological and environmental significance, which can effectively be used for optical/electrochemical sensing and extraction of toxicants from water bodies, vegetables and fruits.
4. Targeted drug delivery: Design of stimuli responsive biodegradable polymersomes as nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery. This requires the use of biocompatible materials that are susceptible to a specific physical incitement or that, in response to a specific stimulus, undergo a protonation, a hydrolytic cleavage or a supramolecular conformational change. These materials are able to control drug biodistribution in response to specific stimuli, either exogenous such as variations in temperature, magnetic field, ultrasound intensity, light or electric pulses or endogenous like changes in pH, enzyme concentration or redox gradients.
5. Solid-phase peptide synthesis: Synthesis of mimetic peptides for various applications such as peptide based sensor and biomarker for examining normal/pathogenic processes, or pharmacologicresponses to a therapeutic intervention.