Dr.Thomas MathewAssistant Professor & Head

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Education
  • M.Sc., Ph.D
Areas of Expertise
  • Nanoscience

  • Material Chemistry

  • Energy and Environmental

  • Physical Chemistry

Profile

Date of Joining: 10.07.2013

Phone Number: 9526439368

Email Id: thomasm74@gmail.com

Visiting Researcher

04/2008 – 03/2011 Toyota Central R&D Labs., INC., Japan.

  • Topic: Development of porous transition metal oxides and metal incorporated porous oxides for air purification applications: Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) removal and ground level ozone (Tropospheric O3) decomposition.

  • Special focus is for characterization techniques such as XPS, NEXAFS, XANES and EXAFS to study the surface and bulk electronic state of the material and the structure-activity relation.

  • Working experience in Synchrotron radiation for EXAFS and XANES studies at Spring 8, Toyota Beamline, Hyogo, Japan.

09/2006 – 03/2008, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Tatsuya Okubo, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

  • Topic: Development of hydrothermally stable microporous (zeolite) materials for Hydrocarbon (HC) trap to control emission from vehicles during the cold start.

  • Identified a thermally stable borosilicate for HC trap application.

  • Achieved special skill in synthesizing organic templates for zeolite synthesis.

09/2005 – 07/2006 Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Kuei-Hsien Chen, IAMS, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

  • Topic: H2 production from methanol by steam reforming for fuel cell applications.

  • Designed and established a full fledged laboratory for methanol steam reforming at IAMS and trained few graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

  • Working experience in synthesising C supported Pt-Ru nanocomposite materials for direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) applications.

07/2003 – 02/2005, Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Yusuke Yamada, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Osaka, Japan.

  • Topic: H2 production from Dimethyl Ether (DME) by steam reforming for fuel cell applications.

  • Experience in combinatorial catalysis.

  • Experience in handling X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique.

  • The steam reforming ability of Ga2O3 has been reported for the first time.

07/1998 – 06/2003, Doctoral Researcher with Dr. B. S. Rao (Guide) & Dr. C. S. Gopinath (Co-Guide), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India.

  • Topic: Synthesis and characterization of mixed oxides containing cobalt, copper and iron and study of their catalytic activity.

  • Achieved special skill in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) under the guidance of Dr. C. S. Gopinath.

  • Established an in situ FTIR facility for adsorption studies in Drift mode.

  • Working experience with Dr. R. Vetrivel in molecular modeling.

  • Associated with the Joint Collaboration project between NCL, India and General Electric (GE), USA to explore Co-Cu-Fe mixed oxides for 2,6-xylenol production.

  • Associated with several heterogeneous catalysis-based industrial projects for fine chemical synthesis and petrochemical process technology.

  • Experience in mentoring graduate and postgraduate visiting students for their dissertation work.

Technical Skills

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  • Synchrotron radiation : (1) Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS).

                                                         (2) X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES).

    • Molecular modeling: Diffusion, Docking & Monte Carlo simulation (Biosym’s Insight II).

    • Combinatorial Catalysis.

    • Diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy & in situ adsorption studies.

    • Temperature programmed reduction (TPR) & Temperature programmed desorption (TPD).

    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) & Transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

    • XRF, ICP-AES & Atomic-Absorption spectroscopy (AA).

    • Solid state MAS NMR.

    • Mössbauer spectroscopy.

    • XRD, UV-Visible and N2 adsorption.

    • Thermogravimetric-Mass spectrometric Analysis (TG-MS).

    • Gas chromatography (GC), GC-MS and GC-IR.

    • Gas phase and liquid phase reactions.

Research Project

  1. UGC Minor Research project (2339-MRP/15-16/KLKE021/UGC-SWRO) on “Synthesis of Porous Ferrihydrite-based Nanocomposite Materials of 2-Line Ferrihydrite phase with Tailored Pore Size as Heterogeneous Catalyst Material for Green Chemical Organic Transformation” (2016 – 2018).

Awards and Fellowships

    1. JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan.

    1. Postdoctoral Fellowship from National Science Council, Taiwan.

    1. AIST Postdoctoral fellowship, Japan.

1998-2003 Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India.

1997 Qualified CSIR JRF Fellowship and National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India.

1997 University First Rank in M. Sc. Inorganic Chemistry Specialization, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India.

Other Academic Experiences

  • Reviewer of several international journals.

  • Experience in training undergraduate students appearing for competitive entrance examinations of AIIMS, IIT and Kerala state Medical/Engineering at various private institutions.

  • AISHE Nodal Officer, St. John’s College, Anchal (to update academic details of college to MHRD).

Research Interests

1. Energy related process technology: Petrochemical, Biodiesel, H2 production, and Fuel cell research.

2. Environmental related heterogeneous catalysis processes: Automobile applications, VOC removal, O3 decomposition.

3. Heterogeneous catalysis-based fine chemical synthesis.

4. Structure-Activity study for fundamental understanding of reaction mechanism.

5. Material chemistry: High surface area and thermally stable oxide materials, inter grown zeolites, nanoparticles, and mesoporous materials.

Publications

Research Articles

1. Modeling of Ionization Energy of Elements Using Hartree-Fock Method: An Introduction to Computational Quantum Chemistry for Undergraduate Students, Krishnamohan G P1, Thomas Mathew, Simi Saju, James T. Joseph, World Journal of Chemical Education, 5 (2017) 112119.

2. Mesoporousferrihydrite with incorporated manganese for rapid removal of organic contaminants in air. T. Mathew, K. Suzuki, Y. Ikuta, N. Takahashi, and H. Shinjo, ChemComm, 48 (2012) 10987-10989 (As one of the corresponding author). http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2012/cc/c2cc36120e ISSN: 1359-7345, Impact Factor: 6.619

3. -Al2-xMxO3y (M = Ti4+ through Ga3+): Potential pseudo-3D mesoporous materials with tunable acidity and electronic structure. T. Mathew, K. Sivaranjani, E. S. Gnanakumar, Y. Yamada, T. Kobayashi, and C. S. Gopinath, J. Mater. Chem,,221 (2012) 13484-13493.

This article has been selected for inside front cover picture.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2012/jm/c2jm31184d

ISSN: 0959-9428, Impact Factor: 5.97

4. Mesoporous Ferrihydrite-based Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Highly Promising Material for Ozone Removal. T. Mathew, K. Suzuki, Y. Ikuta, Y. Nagai, N. Takahashi, and H. Shinjo, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50 (2011) 7381-7384 (As one of the corresponding author).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201102007/abstract

ISSN: 1521-3773, Impact Factor: 13.455

This article has been selected for press release entitled “ozone catcher”

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1521-3773/homepage/press/201127press.html

5. Mesoporous 2-line ferrihydrite by a solution phase cooperative assembly process to use as an efficient material for the removal of organic contaminants in air. T. Mathew, K. Suzuki, Y. Nagai, T. Nonaka, Y. Ikuta, N. Takahashi, N. Suzuki, and H. Shinjo, Chemistry: A European Journal, 17 (2011) 1092-1095 (As corresponding author).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/chem.201002920/abstract

ISSN: 1521-3765, Impact Factor: 5.925

6. Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminium Containing CIT-1 and their Application toward Hydrocarbon Trap. T. Mathew, S. P. Elangoan, T. Yokoi, T. Tatsumi, M. Ogura, Y. Kubota, A. Shimojima, and T. Okubo, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 129 (2010) 126-135.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S138718110900417X

ISSN: 1387-1811, Impact Factor: 3.285

7. A novel DME steam reforming catalyst designed with fact database on-demand. Y. Yamada, T. Mathew, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Surf. Science,252 (2006) 2593-2597.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169433205011670

ISSN: 0169-4332, Impact Factor: 2.103

8. Steam reforming of Dimethyl Ether to hydrogen over supported Ga2O3 catalysts. T. Mathew, Y. Yamada, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama, T. Kobayashi and C.S. Gopinath, Appl. Catal, A: General, 300 (2006) 58-66.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X05008185

ISSN: 0926-860X, Impact Factor: 3.961

9. Metal oxide catalysts for DME steam reforming: Ga2O3 and Ga2O3-Al2O3 catalysts with and without copper. T. Mathew,Y. Yamada, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, Appl. Catal, A: General, 286 (2005) 11-22.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X05001419

ISSN: 0926-860X, Impact Factor: 3.961

10. Metal oxide catalysts for DME steam reforming: Ga2O3 and Ga2O3-Al2O3 catalysts. T. Mathew, Y. Yamada, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, Catal. Lett., 100 (2005) 247-253.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10562-004-3463-4?LI=true

ISSN: 1011-372X, Impact Factor: 2.242

11. Combinatorial catalysis survey concerning proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology – As a part of “Materiomics”.  Y. Yamada, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama, T. Mathew, T. Ioroi, K. Yasuda, T. Akita, S. Ichikawa, K. Tanaka, M. Kohyama and T. Kobayashi, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 804, JJ9.4 (2004) 205.

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8006433

ISSN: 0272-9172

12. A mechanistic approach to phenol methylation on Cu1-xCoxFe2O4: FT-IR Study. T. Mathew, M. Vijayaraj, S. Pai, B.B. Tope, S.G. Hegde, B.S. Rao and C.S.Gopinath, J. catal., 227 (2004) 175-185.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021951704003379

ISSN: 0021-9517, Impact Factor: 6.002

13. Selective Production of Orthoalkylphenols on Cu0.50Co0.50Fe2O4: a study of catalysis and characterization. T. Mathew, S. Shylesh, B. M. Devassy, C.V.V.Satyanarayana, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, Appl. Catal, A:General, 273 (2004) 35-45.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X04005691

ISSN: 0926-860X, Impact Factor: 3.961

14. Selective Catalytic Synthesis of 2-Ethyl Phenol over Cu1-xCoxFe2O4 – Catalysis and XPS aspects. T.Mathew, N. R. Shiju, V.V. Bokade, B.S. Rao and C.S. Gopinath, Catal. Lett.,94 (2004) 223-236.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FB%3ACATL.0000020577.34669.4c?LI=true

ISSN: 1011-372X, Impact Factor: 2.242

15. Redistribution of cations amongst different lattice sites in Cu1-xCoxFe2O4ferrospinels during alkylation: Magnetic study. T. Mathew, S. Shylesh, C.P.Sebastian, S. N. Reddy, S. K. Date, B. S. Rao and S. D. Kulkarni, Catal. Lett.,93 (2004) 155-163.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FB%3ACATL.0000017070.12868.6f?LI=true

ISSN: 1011-372X, Impact Factor: 2.242

16. Tertiary Butylation of Phenol on Cu1-xCoxFe2O4: Catalysis and Structure-Activity Correlation. T. Mathew, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, J. Catal., 222 (2004) 107-116.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021951703004561

ISSN: 0021-9517, Impact Factor: 6.002

17. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene over Cu1-xCoxFe2O4catalyst system: Influence of acid-base property. T. Mathew, S. Malwadkar, S. Pai, N. Sharanappa, C.P. Sebastian, V.V. bokade and C.V.V. Satyanarayana, Catal. Lett.,91 (2003) 217-224.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/B%3ACATL.0000007158.88722.5e

ISSN: 1011-372X, Impact Factor: 2.242

18. Thermodynamic study of reaction of phenol with methanol over Cu1-xCoxFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 & 1) spinel system. T. Mathew, N.R. Shiju, R.Y. Nimje, P.M. Adkine, B.S. Rao and V.V. Bokade, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 81, Part A (2003) 265-270.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263876203723065

ISSN: 0263-8762, Impact Factor: 1.968

19. Acid-base properties of Cu1-xCoxFe2O4ferrospinels: FT-IR investigations. T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju, B. B. Tope, S. G. Hegde, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 4 (2002) 4260-4267.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2002/cp/b204226f

ISSN: 1463-9076, Impact Factor: 3.57

20. Cu1-xCoxFe2O4 ferrospinels in alkylation: structural changes upon reaction K. Lázár, T. Mathew, Z. Koppány, J. Megyeri, V. Samuel, S. P. Mirajkar, B. S. Rao and L. Guczi, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2002) 3530-3536.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2002/cp/b201299e

ISSN: 1463-9076, Impact Factor: 3.57

21. Cu-Co Synergism in Cu1-xCoxFe2O4 – Catalysis and XPS Aspects. T. Mathew,N. R. Shiju, K. Sreekumar, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, J. Catal., 210 (2002) 405-417.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021951702937127

ISSN: 0021-9517, Impact Factor: 6.002

22. Vapor-phase methylation of pyridine with methanol to 3-picoline over Zn1- xCoxFe2O4 (x=0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.0)- type ternary spinels prepared via a low temperature method. K. Sreekumar, T. Mathew, B. M. Devassy, R. Rajgopal, R. Vetrivel and B. S. Rao, Appl. Catal, A:General, 205 (2001) 11-18.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X00005421

ISSN: 0926-860X, Impact Factor: 3.961

23. Selective N-methylation of aniline with dimethyl carbonate over Zn1-xCoxFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.0) type systems. K. Sreekumar, T.M. Jyothi, T. Mathew, M. B. Talwar, S. Sugunan and B. S. Rao, J. Mol. Catal. A, 159 (2000) 327-334.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1381116900001874

ISSN: 1381-1169, Impact Factor: 2.947

24. A comparative study on aniline alkylation activity using methanol and dimethyl carbonate as the alkylating agents over Zn-Co-Feternary spinel systems. K. Sreekumar, T. Mathew, S. P. Mirajkar, S. Sugunan and B. S. Rao, Appl. Catal, A:General, 201 (2000) L1-L8.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X0000418X

ISSN: 0926-860X, Impact Factor: 3.961

25. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene over Zn1-xNixFe2O4 (x=0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.0) typesystems: Effect of composition on surface properties and catalytic activities. K.Sreekumar, T. Mathew, T.M. Jyothi, B. M. Devassy, S. Sugunan and B.S. Rao, Polish Journal of Chemistry, 74 (2000) 509.

http://ichf.edu.pl/pjch/pj-2000/pj042000.htm

ISSN: 0137-5083,  Impact Factor: 0.441

26. Selective synthesis of 3-picoline via the vapor-phase methylation of pyridine with methanol over Ni1-xCoxFe2O4 (x=0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.0) type ferrites. K. Sreekumar, T. Mathew, R. Rajagopal, R. Vetrivel and B.S. Rao, Catal. Lett., 65 (2000) 99-105.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1019081608421?LI=true

ISSN: 1011-372X, Impact Factor: 2.242

Books / Manuals / Monographs

1. Selective Alkylation of Organic Substrates on Spinels, M. Vijayaraj, T. Mathew, and C. S. Gopinath, Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Progress,Ed. Mathias B. Gunther, pp. 145-191 (2008), Nova Science, New York.

Invited Talk

Thomas Mathew. H2 production from methanol by steam reforming reaction, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences (IAMS), Academia Sinica, Taiwan (October 14, 2005)

Conference presentations

1. Vapor-phase methylation of pyridine using methanol over Zn-Co-Fe ternary spinel systems. K. Sreekumar, T. Mathew, R. Vetrivel and B.S. Rao, National Workshop on Catalysis: Forays into Non-Traditional Areas (Catworkshop-2000), IICT, Hyderabad, 7-8 January, 2000.

2. Alkylation of phenol with ethanol over Zn1-xCoxFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.6, 0.8 and 1) ferrospinels. R. Anand, T. Mathew, P.S. Mukund, S.P. Mirajkar and B.S. Rao, Fifteenth Indian National Symposium on Catalysis and Second Conference of the Indo-Pacific Catalysis Association CATSYMP-15 & IPCAT-2, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, 23-25 January, 2001.

3. Combinatorial catalysis on hydrogen production or purification. Y. Yamada, T. Mathew, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, 93rd annual meeting of catalysis society of Japan, Osaka, 31 March, 2004.

4. High throughput catalysis evaluation by gas sensor system. Y. Yamada, T. Mathew, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, 94th annual meeting of Catalysis Society of Japan, Sendai, 29 September, 2004.

5. Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminium Containing CIT-1 and their Application toward Hydrocarbon Trap, T. Mathew, S. P. Elangoan, T. Yokoi, T. Tatsumi, M. Ogura, Y. Kubota, A. Shimojima, and T. Okubo, International Symposium on Zeolites and Microporous Crystals (ZMPC 2009), 3-7 August, 2009, Waseda, University, Tokyo, Japan.

Patents

1. An improved process for the preparation of 2,6-xylenol from phenol. B. S. Rao, T. Mathew, R. Vetrivel and N. R. Shiju, Indian patent (Patent Application No: NF 287/99).

2. Dimethyl Ether (DME) steam reforming catalysts and hydrogen production with them. Y. Yamada, T. Mathew, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, Japanese Patent (Patent Application No: 2004-55728).

3. Dimethyl Ether (DME) steam reforming catalysts and hydrogen production with them. Y. Yamada, T. Mathew, A. Ueda, H. Shioyama and T. Kobayashi, Japanese Patent 4264514 (3rd March, 2004)

4. Nanoparticle aggregated mesoporous 2-line ferrihydrite and ferrihydrite containing crystalline iron oxides: Synthesis and their application to air purification processes, K. Suzuki, T. Mathew, Fukumoto and Itoh, Japanese Patent 5704502 (6th March, 2015)

Technical Research Reports

A total of 20 confidential technical research reports have been accepted in Toyota Central R & D’s database: The topics of these research reports include synthesis and characterization of advanced functional materials such as microporous, mesoporous and nanoparticle assembled porous transition metal oxides and their catalytic performance towards environmental related applications – ozone decomposition and volatile organic compound removal.

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