Dr Harikrishna Erothu

Harikrishna Erothu

Marie-Curie Research Fellow

Phone number:
+44 (0) 121 204 3932

Fax number: +44 (0) 121 204 3679

Email: h.erothu@aston.ac.uk

Room number
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry CE210


Dr Harikrishna Erothu joined the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) subject group at Aston Univeristy in September 2011 as a Marie-Curie Research Fellow. He completed his PhD from LCPO, University of Bordeaux 1 in Feb 2011 under the supervision of Professor Henri Cramail, Director of LCPO and Dr. Eric Cloutet.

Qualifications & Education

  • PhD in Polymer Chemistry (summa cum laude, 25th February 2011), LCPO, University of Bordeaux 1, France. Thesis title: “Synthesis and photovoltaic applications of block copolymers based on poly (3-hexylthiophene)”.

  • Research Fellow (Senior & Junior, 2003-2007), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

  • M.Sc. Chemistry (First rank, 2001-2003), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.

  • B.Sc. Chemistry (First rank, 1997-2000), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.

Professional Experience

  • September 2011 – date: Marie-Curie Intra European Research Fellow, CEAC, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • November 2007 – August 2011: Doctoral Research Fellow, LCPO, University of Bordeaux 1, France.

  • August 2003 – July 2007: Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Research interests

Synthesis and application of novel polymers for Organic solar cells, Microphase separation, Block copolymer synthesis for drug-delivery, Click chemistry and Controlled polymerisation techniques ATRP, RAFT.

Honors and Awards

  • Marie-Curie Intra European Fellowship Award 2010.

  • Doctorate Scholarship from LCPO, France, 2007-2011.

  • Research Fellowship (2003-2007) from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India.

  • Qualified in National level test, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by Indian Institute of Technologies, India (2003).

  • Award for the first ranked student in both M.Sc. Chemistry (2003) and B.Sc. Chemistry (2000) in Andhra University, India.


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of Recent Appointees in Polymer Science (RAPS)
  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC)

Selected publications

  • Urien, M.; Erothu Harikrishna; Cloutet, E.; Hiorns, R. C.; Vignau, L.; Cramail, H. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Based Block Copolymers Prepared by “Click” Chemistry.Macromolecules 2008, 41, 7033-7040.

  • P. Bhyrappa, V. Velkannan, K. Karunanithi, B. Varghese and   Harikrishna Erothu. Regioselective Synthesis of Antipodal β-Tetrabrominated meso- Tetraarylporphyrin.Bulletin Chemical Society of Japan 2008, 81, 995–1001.

  • Anitha C. Kumar, Harikrishna Erothu, Ashok K. Mishra and Himadri B. Bohidar. Bile Salt induced aggregation of Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Nanoparticles in Aqueous solution. Journal of Physical Chemistry B: 2011,115, 433–439.

  • Y.A.S.J.Prasanna Kumari, K.M.M.S Prakash, Erothu HariKrishna, B. Sreenivasa Rao and Y. Sunandamma*. Synthesis And Characterization of Ru(III)-Benzil Thiosemicarbazones as Potential Anti-Cancer Drugs.International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology June-2011, Vol. 3, Issue No.2, 2880-2885.

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