Dr. C. T Aravindakumar
                 Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
                 (Formerly with School of Chemical Sciences)
                 Mahatma Gandhi University
                  Kottayam 686560, Kerala, India
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Academic Background

  • Master of Science (M.Sc) (Chemistry) 1988 University of Pune
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), 1992 University of Pune
    (Under exchange program with the Max- Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Germany)

Post Doctoral Research

  •  Laboratory for Biochemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  •  Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany

Visiting Faculty/Scientist:

  • Biophysics Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Environmental Engineering Division, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Departmetn of Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Radiation Biology Division, GSF-National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany


  • Advanced Oxidation Processes for the degradation of Environmental Pollutants (Triazines, halobenzenes, toluenes etc)
  • Membrane Technology for water purification
  • Cloud mimic reactions on the degradation of air pollutants
  • Radiation and photo- induced modification of DNA and related compounds
  • Ultrafast charge transport in DNA
  • Nitric oxide-Protein interactions
  • Computer based theoretical Calculations for free radical reactions (DFT calculations)

Experimental tools:

  • Pulse radiolysis, Laser flash photolysis, Time-resolved spectroscopy, Steady state radiolysis and photolysis,
    HPLC and other chromatographic techniques, UV-VIS spectrometry, GC-MS, LC-MS, High computing systems etc.

Research Collaborations

  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay
  • Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi
  • Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala
  • National Centre for Ultrafast Process, Madras
  • National Centre for Free Radical Research Pune
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • GSF-National Research Centre for Envrionment & Health, Munich, Germany
  • Pohang university of Science & Technology, South Korea
  • University of Sherbrooke, Canada,
  • University of Paris (south), France

Selected Publications

1. U.K. Aravind, B. George, M.S. Baburaj, S. Thomas, A.P. Thomas, C.T. Aravindakumar Treatment of industrial effluents using
polyelectrolyte membranes, Desalination 2010, 252, 27–32

2. K. P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, G. Pramod, C. H. Suresh, and C. T. Aravindakumar, Anomalous reaction of oxide radical ion with
5-azacytosines: An experimental and theoretical study, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2009, 467, 381-386

3. P. Manoj, Chang-Ki Min, C.T. Aravindakumar, T. Joo, Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics in 2-aminopurine modified double helical
DNA, Chem. Phys. 2008, 352, 333-338

4. Jissy Mathew, C.T.Aravindakumar and Usha K Aravind, Effect of ionic strength and protein concentration on the transport of proteins
through chitosan/polystyrene sulfonate multilayer membrane, J. Membr. Sci. 2008, 325, 625-632

5. Rani Varghese, Usha K. Aravind and Charuvila T. Aravindakumar, Fenton-Enhanced g- Radiolysis of Cyanuric acid, J. Hazardous
Materials 2007, 142, 555-558

6. P. Manoj, V.M. Manoj, K.P. Prasanthkumar, T.K. Manoj, Usha K. Aravind and C.T. Aravindakumar, Reaction of Sulphate Radical
Anion (SO4 •−) With triazine derivatives: A laser flash photolysis study, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2007, 20, 122-129

7. G. Pramod, K.P. Prasanthkumar, Hari Mohan, V.M.Manoj, P.Manoj, C.H.Suresh, and C.T. Aravindakumar, Reaction of Hydroxyl
radicals with Azacytosines: A Pulse Radiolysis and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2006; 110, 11517 – 11526

8. V.M. Manoj, H. Mohan, U. K. Aravind1 and C.T.Aravindakumar, One-Electron Reduction of S-Nitrosothiols in Aqueous Medium,
Free Rad. Biol. Med. 2006, 41, 1240-1246

9. Rani Varghese, Hari Mohan, P. Manoj, V. M. Manoj, Usha K. Aravind, K. Vandana and C. T. Aravindakumar, On the Reactions of
Hydrated Electrons with Triazine Derivatives in Aqueous Medium, J. Agric. Food Chem. 2006; 54, 8171 – 8176

10. O. A. Larsen, I. H. M. van Stokkum, F. L. de Weerd, A. Mikas Vengris, C.T. Aravindakumar, R. van Grondelle, N. E. Geacintov and
H. van Amerongen Ultrafast transient-absorption and steady-state fuorescence measurements on 2-aminopurine substituted
dinucleotides and 2-aminopurine substituted DNA duplexes Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2004, 6, 154-160

11. V.M.Manoj and C.T.Aravindakumar, “Reactions of hydroxyl radicals with S nitrosothiols: Determination of rate constants” Org.
Biomol. Chem. 1, 2003 1171-1175

12. T.A.Jacob, H.Mohan, D.Hugo, T.L.Luke, V.M.Manoj, P.Manoj, J.P.Mittal, M.R.Hoffmann and C.T.Aravindakumar “Properties of
the OH-adducts of hydroxy, methyl, methoxy and amino substititued pyrimidines:Their transformation reactions and end product
analysis” J. Phys. Chem. A., 2002, 106, 2489-2496

13. J.A.Theruvathu, C.T.Aravindakumar, R.Flyunt and J.von Sonntag and C.von Sonntag, “Fenton chemistry of 1,3-dimethyl uracil” J.
Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 9007-9014

14. V.M.Manoj and C.T.Aravindakumar, “Hydroxyl radical induced decomposition of S-nitrosoglutathione” Chem. Commun. 2000,

15. C.T.Aravindakumar, J. Ceulemans and M. De Ley, “Nitric oxide induces Zn2+ rlease from metallothionein by destroying zinc-sulfur clusturs without concomitant formation of S-nitrosothiol”, Biochem. J. 1999, 344, 253-258