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Dr. Zeena S. Pillai

Associate Professor

Dr. Zeena S. Pillai currently serves as Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri.

Qualification: MSc, Ph.D
zeenaspillai@am.amrita.edu
Research Interest: Nanomaterials, Photochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry

Bio

Dr. Zeena S. Pillai came to Amrita in 2009 with several years of teaching and international research experience.

She obtained her M. Sc. from Mahatma Gandhi University in 1996, then received her Ph. D. in Photochemistry at the Photonics and Photosciences division, NIIST, Thirivanathapuram (University of Kerala) in 2002.

In 2001, she was awarded a post-doctoral research scholarship from Radiation Lab at the University of Notre Dame, USA, where she worked until the end of 2003. She moved to Florida State University, USA as a post-doctoral Research Scientist until 2005. She returned to India as faculty in Chemistry in R. V. Engineering College, Bangalore in 2006.

She has been recognized for her research through numerous national fellowships, including a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Senior Research Fellowship from 1999 to 2001, a CSIR Junior Research Fellowship from 1997 to 1999 and a CSIR Research Fellowship through the CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) in 1997.

Dr. Zeena ’s areas of interests include syntheses and photophysical studies of conformationally switchable molecular systems, metal nanoparticles and quantum dots. She has 11 publications in international journals to her credit and has presented at several international conferences.

Publications

Book Chapter

Embelin: A Lead Molecule for the Future

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Beena Joy

Publisher : Bioactive Phytochemicals: Perspectives for Modern Medicine

Chemoprofiling and Antioxidant Activity Studies of Shilajit – A Herbal Composition

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Beena Joy

Publisher : Utilisation and management of Medicinal Plants

Conference Paper

Synthesis and Antibacterial Screening of Novel derivatives of Embelin

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Subramanian L, Leema M, Pradeep N S, Joy B

Publisher : CRSI National Symposiium

The VALUE @ Amrita Virtual Labs Project: Using Web Technology to Provide Virtual Laboratory Access to Students

Authors : Prof. Krishnashree Achuthan, Prof. Shyam Diwakar, Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Dr. Sreekala C. O., Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Dr. Saritha A. Pillai, Dr. Sreedha Sambhudevan, Prof. Raghu Raman, K.S. Sreelatha; S. Surendran; S. Humphreys; A. Deepthi; Rathish Gangadharan; Jyothi Ranganatha; Suma Mahesh

Publisher : Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2011 IEEE

Novel Photo Luminescent MOF Materials

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, R. P. Akshay, Vysakh K. K., and George T

Publisher : 5th National Conference on Advanced Functional Materials and Applications (NCAFMA-2017)

Role of functional ‘arms’ in the formation of fluorescent rare-earth based metal-organic framework gels (MOFGs),

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Vysakh K. K, J. D. Sudha

Publisher : National Conference on Materials Science and Technology

A Lanthanide based photoluminescent metal-organic coordination polymer gels

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Vysakh K. K, J. D. Sudha

Publisher : National Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Novel light-emitting and magnetically active ‘metallogels’ exhibiting unprecedented solvent encapsulation properties

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Vysakh K. K., Alex P. Andrews

Publisher : International Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Structurally diverse and magnetically active new crystalline metal organic framework (MOF) materials from ‘metallogels

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Divya Mohan R., Vysakh K. K., Alex P. Andrews

Publisher : International Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Conference Proceedings

Structurally diverse and magnetically active new crystalline metal organic framework (MOF) materials from ‘metallogels’

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Divya Mohan R., Vysakh K. K, Alex P. Andrews, Akhila K, U. Arjun, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, R. C. Nath

Publisher : The Second International Conference on Materials Science and Technology (ICMST2016)

Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Nanomaterials with Unique Functional Properties

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Vysakh K K, Akshay R P, Alex Andrews, Sudha J D

Publisher : International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (ICNM 2017)

Novel hetero-metal cluster MOFs through ‘metallogel’ route

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Divya Mohan R., Vysakh K. K, Alex Andrews

Publisher : National Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Synthesis, crystal structure, spectral and super-paramagnetic properties of a novel Gd(S=7/2) – Cu(S=1/2) MOF formed in situ by a facile ‘metallogel’ route

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Divya Mohan R., Akshay J. M. Nair, Vysakh K. K., Andrews P. Alex, U. Arjun, R. C. Nath

Publisher : National Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Visible and NIR light emitting novel Nd-pyranine coordination polymer- synthesis, crystal structure, packing features and fluorescence properties

Authors : Dr. M. Padmanabhan, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Hrishikesh D. V., Vysakh K K, Andrews P. Alex, George T. M, M. L. P Reddy

Publisher : National Conference on Materials Science and Technology

Journal Article

Synthesis of silver nanoparticles from a bioactive precursor

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Dr. Akhil Sivan, M. Leema; Gayathri Sreekumar;

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings, vol. 18, pp. 4724-4728, 2019.

Hemicyanines-potential heavy metal ion sensors

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, G S Gopika; M P Pranav Raj; Merin Eapen; P Rani; S Lekshmipriya; Anandu P Dev;

Publisher : IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 872, 2020.

Chemistry of cyanine dyes-A review

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, G.S. Gopika; P.M. Hari Prasad; A.G. Lekshmi; S. Lekshmypriya; S. Sreesaila; C. Arunima; Malavika S. Kumar; Arathy Anil; Anjana Sreekumar;

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings, 2021.

SARS CoV-2: Progression and treatment protocols – An overview

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Hareesh Krishnan; M. Leema; G.S. Gopika; P.M. Hari Prasad; Abhilash Rajan; Arathy Anil; Anandhu P. Dev;

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings, 2021

A review on synthesis and various pharmacological aspects of Rhinacanthin-C with special emphasis on antidiabetic activity

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Akhil S. Kumar; M. Leema; S. SriDevi; S. Sreesaila; Lekshmy J. Anil; M. Mohit; Hareesh Krishnan

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings, 2021.

Dendrimers as Nd3+ ligands: Effect of generation on the efficiency of the sensitized lanthanide emission

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, P. Ceroni, M. Kubeil, J.-M. Heldt, H. Stephan, and G. Bergamini

Publisher : Chemistry - An Asian Journal

Lanthanide Terpyridine-Based Assemblies: Towards Dual Luminescent Probes

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Jennifer K. Molloy, Junji Sakamoto, Paola Ceroni, and Giacomo Bergamini

Publisher : Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry

Triplet and Ground State Potential Energy Surfaces of 1,4-Diphenyl-1,3-butadiene: Theory and Experiment

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, J. Saltiel, O. Dmitrenko, R. Klima, S. Wang, J. T. Wharton, Z.-N. Huang, van de Burgt, and J. Arranz

Publisher : Photochem. Photobiol. Sci.

Photoinduced Charge Transfer Between CdSe Nanocrystals and p-Phenylene diamine

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, S. N. Sharma, Prashant V. Kamat

Publisher : The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Effect of viscosity on the singlet-excited state dynamics of some hemicyanine dyes

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, P. K. Sudeep, and K. George Thomas

Publisher : Research on Chemical Intermediates

Conformational Switching and Exciton Interactions in Hemicyanine-Based Bichromophores

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, K. George Thomas

Publisher : Journal of the American Chemical Society

Novel Cerium(IV) ammonium nitrate induced dimerization of methoxystyrenes

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Vijay Nair, Jessy Mathew, Puthuparampil P. Kanakamma, Sreeletha B. Panicker, V. Sheeba, Guenter K. Eigendorf

Publisher : Tetrahedron Letters

Evidence for the Chemical Nature of Capping in CdSe Nanoparticles

Authors : Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, L. Debdutta, Shailesh N Sharma, Bruce A Bunker

Publisher : Journal of Surface Science and Technology

Ongoing Research
  •  Photo-physical and photo-chemical properties of Supramolecular systems- dendrimers, hostguest systems; Fluorescent Sensors; Nanomaterials, Bioactive natural products.
Invited Guests/Talks Delivered
  1. Dr. Zeena S. Pillai delivered a talk on Bioactive natural products at Tokyo Metropolitan University on August 22,2017
  2. .Dr. Zeena S. Pillai was invited as an external member for the the Ph.D. defense of Ms. Archana V. held at Tokyo Metropolitan University , Japan on August 21, 2017
  3. Resource person for Second National Seminar on Recent Advances in Photochemistry (NSPC 2015) from 3rd and 4th December 2015 organised by the Department of Chemistry, St. Michael’s College, Cherthala, in collaboration with Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Research Centre (NAMRC), C.M.S.College, Kottayam.  Title of the talk was “Chemistry of Dendrimers.”
  4. Delivered a talk on Nanochemistry on the auspices of the inauguration of Chemistry forum of the Department of Chemistry, St. Michaels college Cherthala on August 20, 2015
  5. Resource person for the Faculty Development Programme on “Nanotechnology Applications in Engineering” organised by Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering (08.07.2015 to 14.07.2015.)
  6. Resource person at International Workshop on Molecular Catalysis and Fine Chemicals 2015 and The Global Human Resource Program Bridging across Physics and Chemistry” held in Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan from 29th to 30th of January 2015.
  7. Talk on Dendrimer-As Ligands for lanthanides‘ delivered at National Conference CTRIC-2014 at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala on January 18, 2014.
  8. Talk on Novel Derivatives of 2, 5-dihydroxy-3- undecyl-1, 4-benzoquinone at National Conference sponsored by DST & BRNS at Kongu Engineering College, Erode from 20-21st July 2012.
  9. Delivered a talk on “Introduction to Virtual Labs” as part of National Weekly discussions through A-VIEW envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT mission on March 14, 2012.
  10. Resource person for  National Seminar on Recent Advances in Materials Science (RAMS-2011) at Don Bosco Institute of Technology on October 21-2011, Title of the talk was “Molecular Switches and Sensors”
Membership in Professional Bodies
  1. Member of Japanese Photochemistry Association
  2. Referee of International Journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer

 

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