Ph.D, MSc

Dr. Akhil Sivan currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri. He completed his Master's degree in Advanced Organic Chemistry from S. D. College, Alappuzha (University of Kerala) in 2008. He joined Amrita in 2009 as a Junior Project Fellow in the Department of Chemistry in a research project sponsored by DST, New Delhi. He also worked there as a Teaching Assistant. He worked as a Research Assistant at VALUE Virtual Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (for one year). He worked as Assistant Professor (on Contract) at St. Michael’s College, Cherthala (for one year) and also at T. K. M. M. College, Nangiarkulangara (for 2 years).

Dr. Akhil completed his Ph. D. from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2018 in the broad subject area of “Synthetic Organic Chemistry”, where special emphasis has been given for the synthesis of heterocycles and spirocycles and for the construction of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds using Cerium(IV) Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) as a single electron transfer oxidant.

He has two international research publications and several international and national conference publications to his credit. He also co-guided 4 M. Phil. students and 8 M. Sc. students towards the successful completion of their projects.

He has secured 3rd rank in the university examination conducted by University of Kerala for undergraduate courses. He was the recipient of Certificate of Appreciation from Amrita in the years 2012 and 2014 for getting international research publication.

His research interests include synthetic organic chemistry, solid supported organic synthesis, natural product isolation, characterization and its synthesis, heterogeneous catalyst mediated organic synthesis etc.


Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

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Akhil Sivan and A. Deepthi, “A Direct Synthesis of Vicinal Triketones from β-Diketones: 1,3 to 1,2,3”, 16th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry. IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, 2014.


R. Anchu, Akhil Sivan, and A. Deepthi, “1,3-Diones to 1,2,3-Triones and 1,3,5-Triones to 1,2,3,4,5-Pentones”, National Symposium on Transcending Frontiers in Organic Chemistry. NIIST, Trivandrum, Kerala, 2014.


Akhil Sivan, A. Deepthi, and K. S. Nair, “An Efficient Synthesis of Spiro Dihydrofuran Fluorenes Using CAN Supported on Silica”, National Seminar on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials. Dept. of Chemistry, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, 2014.


Akhil Sivan and A. Deepthi, “Reactivity of Ethyl-2,3-butadienoate in Cerium (IV) ammonium nitrate (CAN) mediated intermolecular C-C bond formation”, 14th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry. NIIST, Trivandrum, Kerala, 2012.


Akhil Sivan and A. Deepthi, “Synthesis of tetrasubstituted furans by oxidative addition”, Recent Trends in Organic Synthesis. School of Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, 2011.


Akhil Sivan, A. Deepthi, and Vidya, N., “Synthesis of Fused Furans by Oxidative Addition”, National Seminar on Current Trends in Chemistry, Dept. of Applied Chemistry. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, 2011.

Publication Type: Journal Article

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Akhil Sivan and A. Deepthi, “Facile synthesis of 1,2,3-tricarbonyls from 1,3-dicarbonyls mediated by cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate”, Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 55, pp. 1890-1893, 2014.[Abstract]

A mild and efficient protocol for the synthesis of vicinal tricarbonyl compounds from β-dicarbonyls in a single step using cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate as a catalytic oxidant is described. Ease of execution, wide substrate scope and the suitability for the synthesis of commercially important compounds like ninhydrin, alloxan and oxoline make this reaction particularly noteworthy. More »»


Akhil Sivan, A. Deepthi, and V. Nandialath, “Oxidative addition of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to terminal acetylenes mediated by cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate”, Synthesis, vol. 15, pp. 2466-2470, 2011.[Abstract]

Cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate mediated oxidative addition of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to terminal acetylenes to yield multisubstituted furan derivatives is reported here. The simplicity of the reaction and the ease of execution are particularly noteworthy.

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