Dr  Rajkumar  Sundaram



Raj graduated from St. Joseph's college, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India with a first class MSc degree in 2006. He worked as a Research Officer in Sanmar Speciality Chemicals Research Centre, Chennai for six months and then moved to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India and worked as a Junior Research Fellow under the guidance of Prof. I. N. N. Namboothiri. His projects focused on the synthesis of polycarbocyclic caged hydrocarbons which were used as advanced fuels and propellents and also worked towards the application of Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts. He moved to University of Reading to undertake his PhD in Dr. Andre Cobb's group in 2009, working in asymmetric methodology towards the sysnthesis of nitrocycloalkanes with multiple stereocentres.  

Raj was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Adam Nelson and Prof. Steve Marsden from June 2013 to April 2015. He was developing new routes to innovative libraries as part of the EU's €196M IMI project, the European Lead Factory. 

Research areas

Diversity-oriented synthesis

Stereochemically diverse libraries