Dr.Ajith R Mallia

Assistant Professor
Full Name:
Ajith R Mallia
Assistant Professor
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Educational Qualifications:
Awards and Achievements:
  1. H2020-MSCA-IF Marie-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF-EF-ST)-2017.
  2. First Runner-up during MSCA2019 Award Competition.
  3. Member of Telescience Scholar Programe (An academic initiative by Education Department, Govt of Kerala).
  4. Malhotra Weikfield Foundation Nanoscience Award, from Malhotra Weikfield Foundation for Advanced Studies in NanoScience Technology for the Academic Year 2016-2017.
  5. Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, Chemical Science best Poster Prize, during “Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry, ISACS-18”, November-2015.
  6. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and National Eligibility Test (NET) from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India, December-2010.
  7. First Rank holder BSc in Chemistry, MG University, Kottayam.
Area of Specialization:
Organic Photochemistry, Photonic crystals, Sustainable solar light harvesting.
Papers Published:
  1. Mario Samperi, Bilel Bdiri, Charlotte D. Sleet, Robert Markus, Ajith R. Mallia, Lluisa Perez Garcia and David B. Amabilino. Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1200-1206. “Light Controlled Micronscale Molecular Motion”.
  2. Mariano Macchione, Maria Tsemperouli, Antoine Goujon, Ajith R. Mallia, Naomi Sakai, Kaori Sugihara and Stefan Matile. Helv. Chim. Acta 2018, 101, e1800014. “Mechanosensitive Oligodithienothiophenes: Transmembrane Anion Transport Along Chalcogen-Bonding Cascades”.
  3. Shinaj K. Rajagopal, Ajith R. Mallia and Mahesh Hariharan. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 28225-28231. “Enhanced Intersystem Crossing in Carbonylpyrenes”.
  4. Ajith R. Mallia and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121, 4778-4788. “SelfAssembled Donor-Acceptor Trefoils: Long-Lived Charge Separated State Through Aggregation.”
  5. Ajith R. Mallia, Abbey M. Philip, Vinayak Bhat and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121, 4765-4777. “Persistent Charge Separated States in Self-Assembled Twisted NonSymmetric Donor Acceptor Triads.” (Featured as front cover page).
  6. Kalaivanan Nagarajan, Ajith R. Mallia, Keerthi Muraleedharan and Mahesh Hariharan. Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1776-1782. “Enhanced Intersystem Crossing in Core-Twisted Aromatics.” (Featured as back cover page).
  7. Abbey M. Philip, Ajith R. Mallia, and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7, 4751– 4756. “Prolonged Charge Separated States in Twisted Stacks of All-Carbon Donor and Acceptor Chromophores.”
  8. Ajith R. Mallia,# Remya Ramakrishnan,# M. A. Niyas and Mahesh Hariharan. Cryst. Eng. Comm, 2017, 19, 817-825. “Crystalline Triphenylamine Substituted Arenes: Solid State Packing and Luminescence Properties.”
  9. Remya Ramakrishnan,# Ajith R. Mallia,# M. A. Niyas and Mahesh Hariharan. Cryst. Growth. Des., 2016, 16, 6327-6336. “Columnar/Lamellar Packing in Cocrystals of Arylbipyridines with Diiodoperfluorobenzene.”
  10. Kalaivanan Nagarajan, Ajith R. Mallia, V. Sivaranjana Reddy and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 8443−8450. “Access to Triplet Excited State in Core-Twisted Perylenediimide.”
  11. Ajith R. Mallia, P. S. Salini and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 15604– 15607. “Nonparallel Stacks of Donor and Acceptor Chromophores Evade Geminate Charge Recombination”. (Featured as front cover page).
  12. Ajith R. Mallia, Ramarani Sethy, Vinayak Bhat and Mahesh Hariharan. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 2931-2935. “Crystallization Induced Enhanced Emission in Conformational Polymorphs of a Rotationally Flexible Molecule”. (Themed issue on Shape responsive fluorphores).
  13. Rijo. T. Cheriya, Ajith R. Mallia and Mahesh Hariharan. Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 1661-1669. “Light Harvesting Vesicular Donor-Acceptor Scaffold Limits the Rate of Charge Recombination in the Presence of an Electron Donor.” (Featured as hot article and Front Cover).
  14. Hitesh Khandelwal, Ajith R. Mallia, Rijo T. Cheriya and Mahesh Hariharan. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 15282-15285. “Effect of Temperature on Symmetry Breaking Excited State Charge Separation: Restoration of Symmetry at Elevated Temperature”.
Book/ Book Chapters Published:
Book Chapter:
  1. David B. Amabilino, Glenieliz C. Dizon, C. Elizabeth Killalea and Ajith R. Mallia. Hierarchies in the Transfer of Molecular to Supramolecular Chirality, 2021, 1-58, Imperial College Press, London, UK.
  • DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship 2021-2026 (DST/INSPIRE/04/2020/000832) for the proposal entitled “Supramolecular Donor-Acceptor Architectures for Small Molecule Non-Fullerene OSCs” (ongoing).
  • Cambridge Royce facilities grant EP/P024947/1 and Sir Henry Royce Institute recurrent grant EP/R00661X/1, to access the Ambient Processing Cluster Tool (Henry Royce Institute facilities) at the University of Cambridge (2020, completed).
  • The proposal “imaging chiral domains in photovoltaic devices (IMACPV)” funded by Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0DE, UK to access B23: Circular Dichroism synchrotron beamline (completed).
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (TRIBOSC-793424, H2020-MSCA-IF-2017, MSCA-IF-EF-ST) from European Commission for “Towards Radically Innovative Materials for Better and Sustainable Organic Solar Cells”, School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, UK (Completed).
Research Experience:
  • 12/2018 - 12/2020: Marie-Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, UK under the guidance of Prof. David B. Amabilino, on “Towards Radically Innovative Materials for Better and Sustainable Organic Solar Cells (TRIBOSC-793424)”.
  • 12/2017 - 12/2018: Ad-Hoc Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Calicut, NIT-Calicut, Kerala-India.
  • 11/ 2016 – 11/2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Matile, on the “Design and Synthesis of novel mechanoensitive fluorescent flippers”.
  • 02/2011 – 09/2016: Ph. D. in Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM), Kerala, India under the guidance of Dr. Mahesh Hariharan. Physical Organic Chemistry/Organic Photochemistry, “Strategies to Reduce Rate of Charge Recombination: Long-lived Charge Separated States Through Self-assembly”.