Jithin John Vaghese

Assistant Professor,Chemical Engineering

Phone: +91 44 22574182


2018 – present: Assistant Professor

Research Areas

  • Atomistic and computational modelling of catalytic reactions: catalytic conversion of light alkanes
  • Biomass derivatives and carbon dioxide to fuels and chemicals

Selected Journal Publications

  • Jayashree Ethiraj*, R. Ajin, R.K. Sankaranarayanan, Ranjith Sekar*, Dhinakaran Veeman, Moola Joghee Nanjan and Jithin J. Varghese*, Crystallographic and computational investigations of structural properties in phenyl and methoxy‑phenyl substituted 1,4 dihydropyridine derivatives, Journal of Molecular Structure, 1254, 132378, 2022. (link)
  • Jose, N A; Varghese, J J; Mushrif, S H; Zeng, H C; Lapkin, A A: Assembly of Two-Dimensional Metal Organic Framework Superstructures via Solvent-Mediated Oriented Attachment. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2021, ISSN: 19327447. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
  • Jose, N A; Varghese, J J; Mushrif, S H; Zeng, H C; Lapkin, A A: Scalable synthesis of two-dimensional metal organic frameworks and insights into solvent-guided oriented attachment. 2020-November , American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2020, ISBN: 9780816911141. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
  • Bose, R; Ethiraj, J; Sridhar, P; Varghese, J J; Kaisare, N S; Selvam, P: Adsorption of hydrogen and carbon dioxide in zeolitic imidazolate framework structure with SOD topology: experimental and modelling studies. Adsorption, 26 (7), pp. 1027-1038, 2020, ISSN: 09295607. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
  • Varghese, J J: Computational design of catalysts for bio-waste upgrading. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 26 , pp. 20-27, 2019, ISSN: 22113398. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
  • Varghese, J J; Mushrif, S H: Origins of complex solvent effects on chemical reactivity and computational tools to investigate them: A review. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, 4 (2), pp. 165-206, 2019, ISSN: 20589883. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
  • Varghese, J J; Cao, L; Robertson, C; Yang, Y; Gladden, L F; Lapkin, A A; Mushrif, S H: Synergistic Contribution of the Acidic Metal Oxide-Metal Couple and Solvent Environment in the Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study Using ReO x -Ir as the Catalyst. ACS Catalysis, 9 (1), pp. 485-503, 2019, ISSN: 21555435. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)

Research Projects

  • Methane partial oxidation to methanol
  • Alkane oxidative dehydrogenation to alkenes
  • CO2 hydrogenation to methanol and hydrocarbons
  • Hydrodeoxygenation of bio-derivatives to chemicals
  • Materials for CO2 separation from gases
  • NOx oxidation and selective catalytic reduction

Patent Details

Project Detail

●      Aqueous-phase Mild Oxidation of Methane to Methanol on Atomically Dispersed Catalysts: Mechanistic Insights and Solvent Effects from First Principles Funding Agency : Science and Engineering Research Board Principal Investigator 2019 – 2021

Awards & Recognitions

  • BEST PHD THESIS AWARD 2017 -Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Singapore Local Section

Membership In Professional Bodies

    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers-Member
    • American Chemical Society-Member