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Department of Chemistry
Sunanda Sukumar
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry,
School of Natural Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1990.
M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Delhi, 1980.
B.Sc. (Hons.), Hindu College, Delhi, 1978.
Professional Experience:
Instructor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, (2005-2011).
Supervisor, Molecular Analysis, Taconic Biotechnologies, (2004-2005).
Research Assistant, Wadsworth Center, Department of Health, (2002-2004).
Max-Planck Institute fur Strrahlenchemie, Mulheim-an-der-Ruhr, (1993).
IIT-Chennai (1991-1993), Orient-Longmans, 1990.
Research Interests:
In our lab we look at green methods of synthesis of some specific compounds. In one project we have looked at ways to synthesize silver nanoparticles(AgNP) from green sources without recourse to any inorganic, strong reducing agents. In addition we have kept the mode of synthesis moderate, no high temperatures, high pressures, chemical shocks so as to prevent any build up of Ag+.

Further characterization and ligandizing with carbonate, folate and linoleate and its effects are being studied. Graphene oxide is used to further enhance the properties of the AgNPs. These NPs are then used in microbial assays to see study the mechanism of cell wall invagination to recognize the behavior of AgNPs and their efficacy in medicine.

Another project is the green synthesis of salen ligands with transition metal (TM) complexes. These compounds are useful in that they provide multiple features for binding, covalent as well as coordinate and these can be exploited to make rings of various sizes and interesting geometries. TM salen compounds have been found useful in many biological assays and these too lend themselves to helping unravel the mysteries of specific apoptotic behavior.
Select Publications:
"The Electron Density", N. Sukumar & Sunanda Sukumar, in N. Sukumar, Ed. "A matter of density: Exploring the Electron Density Concept in the Chemical, Biological, and Materials Sciences" Chapter 3 (Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, in press 2012).

"Docking of Dipeptides to Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors", Sunanda Sukumar, Benjamin Woo and N. Sukumar, Poster presented at the NERM meeting, June 2008

"Synthesis and Structural Characterization of an Unsymmetrical (m-oxo)-di-(mu-acetato) Manganese(III,III) Complex ([Mn2O(OAc)2(H2O)(NO3)(bpy)2](ClO4).CH3COOH)" K. Rajender Reddy, M. V. Rajasekharan and Sunanda Sukumar, Polyhedron, 23, 4161 (1996)

"The N2F+ Cation, Containing the Shortest Presently Known Nitrogen-Fluorine Bond" Karl O. Christie, Richard D. Wilson, William W. Wilson, Robert Bau, Sunanda Sukumar and David A. Dixong, J.Amer.Chem. Soc. 113, 3795 (1991)

"Interaction of Zn++, Cd++ and Hg++ with 2-(a-hydroxy benzyl) thiamine and 2-(a-hydroxy-cyclohexylmethyl) thiamine. Crystal structure of the complex Hg[2-(a-hydroxy benzyl) thiamine," Robert Bau, Sunanda Sukumar, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 112, 7233 (1990)
Teaching (courses taught):
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Computer Instruction
National & International Recognition:
First Prize - FICCI Higher Education Summit - Delhi 2013
President - Eastern New York section-American Chemical Society - 2010
President Elect - Eastern New York section-American Chemical Society - 2009
President - Iota Sigma Pi - National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry - 2008
Vice-President - Iota Sigma Pi - National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry - 2007
Prof. R. P. Mitra Gold medal, Valedictorian, Delhi University (1980).
Best Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1986).
Best Tutor for high school student, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1986).
President, ISP, Women Chemists Committee, Greater Capital Region, Albany, (2008-2009).
Chair, American Chemical Society, Eastern New York Region, Albany Chapter, (2010-2011).
Executive Summary:
Sunanda has a wide range of interests and has learnt and performed Western Classical Music for over 15 years. She is a versatile thespian who has trained at the New York State Theatre Institute and has performed many diverse roles to packed houses. Additionally, she has used the experience to direct one-act plays.
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