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Sivaguru (Siva) Jayaraman is the James A. Meier Jr. Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. Siva joined the faculty at NDSU in 2006 as an assistant professor, was promoted as an associate professor in 2011 and as a full professor in 2014. He is a recipient of 2008 NSF CAREER award, 2010 Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society for outstanding independent research by a young faculty under the age of 40 in the fields of photochemistry or photophysics or molecular photobiology, 2011 Young-investigator award from the Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) and 2012-young investigator award from Sigma-Xi. At NDSU, Siva has been honored with the 2010 Excellence in Research award and 2011 Excellence in Teaching award both from the College of Science and Mathematics and 2012 Peltier Award for Innovation in Teaching. He was a 2011 Global Center for Excellence visiting young professor at Osaka University, Suita Campus, Osaka, Japan. In 2013, he was named the American editor for the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology – A: Chemistry, published by Elsevier. He was named as the James A. Meier Jr. Professor in 2014. His research interests span the areas of supramolecular photochemistry, asymmetric photochemistry, organo-photocatalysis, supramolecular photocatalysis and molecular recognition in chemical and biological systems. Siva's CV - PDF file | CV-html

Sivagroup - Summer 2015

The research in our group is focused on designing and synthesizing new nanoscopic environments and to carry out very specific reactions that can be controlled precisely with the help of external stimuli.  Our multidisciplinary nature of research will incorporate Synthetic strategy, Host-guest chemistry, Molecular (chiral / biomolecular) recognition, Supramolecular Photochemistry and Photophysics to probe novel architectures at the nanoscopic level.We use molecular tools and spectroscopic techniques to gain deeper understanding of molecular interactions in chemical and biological systems. The diversity and interdependence of research themes in our group enable many breakthroughs in areas such as Photoscience, nanotechnology, material science. These are important areas of basic research that enhance our ability to understand and appreciate molecular interactions that are not only crucial in nature but also vital to breakthroughs in modern technology.  Students and postdoctoral fellows in our group will have the opportunity to receive hands-on training in a broad range of scientific aspects that include synthesis, asymmetric molecular recognition; Design and development of nanoscopic reactors and organic materials, Optical techniques; Host-Guest systems; and developing photosystems for Bio-applications.

How To Join The Siva Group

Undergraduate Researchers: Send Prof. Siva an e-mail including a bit about yourself and the project area(s) in which you are interested, and we can set up an appointment. Undergraduates of all levels are welcome.

Graduate Researchers:
Send Prof. Siva an e-mail including your background, the project area in which you are interested, and a list of your goals for graduate school. Students interested in organic, organic materials, supramolecular chemistry, Photoscience, Nanoscience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral applicants: Send Prof. Siva the enquiry by e-mail, letter stating what you hope to accomplish, a summary of your research background, your career goals following your postdoctoral appointment and a complete CV with references. If a position is availalbe, Prof. Siva will get in touch with you.

Sivagroup Research Highlights


  • Elango and Ramya's Chem. Rev. article gets published. Congrats Elango and Ramya.
  • Groups work gets hightlighted in European photochemical society newsletter. Congrats Group!


  • Ramya, Saravana and Retheesh's work which is a collaborative work with Prof. Sibi's and Prof. Webster's groups appears in Angewandte Chemie. Congrats (Center for Sustaniable Materials) CSMS team!
  • Anthony, Anoklase and Elango's featue article review appears in Chem. Lett.. The manuscirpt was also selected as a cover art.
  • Akila's paper on Visible ilght mediated cross photocycloaddtion appears in J. Phys. Chem. Congrats Akila!
  • Elango and Ramya's paper on visible light initiated photoreactions involving atropisomeric maleimides appears in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congrats Elango and Ramya!
  • Nandini's paper on Enantioselective organophotocatalysis mediated by atropisomeric thioureas, which is a collaborative research effort with the Sibi group appears in Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Congrats Nandini!
  • Nandini's Supramolecular Photocatalysis review appears in Chem. Soc. Rev., Congrats Nandini!
  • Ankolase, Anthony and Elango's paper on Enantiospecific photocyclization mediated by heavy atom effect appears in Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. as part of Nick Turro memorial issue.
    Congrats Anoklase, Anthony and Elango!


  • Ramya, Elango and Akila's paper on enantiospecific Paterno-Buchi reaction appears in Chem. Commun.
    Congrats Ramya, Elango and Akila!
  • Anoklase and Elango's paper on pressure effect on non-biaryl atropisomers and their photochemical reactivity, done in collaboration with Prof. Yoshihisa Inoue's group at Osaka University, appears in Chem. Eur. J.
    Congrats Anoklase and Elango!
  • Barry's paper of Cucurbit[8]uril mediated photoreaction upon mechanical grinding appreas in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry. Congrats Barry!


  • Elango's paper on enantiospecific [2+2]-photocycloaddition appears as part of Young investigator speical issue in Chem. Commun.
    Congrats Elango!
  • Barry's Concept article with frontispiece cover on supramolecular catalysis mediated by cucurbiturils appear in Chem. Eur. J.
    Congrats Barry!

Complete publication list.....

News From The Siva Group

  • Inforum, the Fargo-Moorhead news paper highlights the PICNICS progarm
    ( PDF).
  • Congrats Ramya for receiving the NDSU Graduate School Fellowship.
  • Graduate student Akila Iyer was selected to attend 19th Annual ACS-Green Chemistry and Engineering conference, N Bethesda, MD. July 2015.
  • Graduate students Ramya Raghunathan and Akila Iyer were selected to attend 2015 Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference, Stone hill college, Easton. July 2015
  • Graduate student Ramya Raghunathan got selected to give oral presentation at 2015 Gordon Research Seminar, Stonehill College, Easton, MA.
  • Graduate student Ramya Raghunathan was selected to attend Graduate Research Symposium. This was sponsored by Division of Organic Chemistry. She will be presenting her work at the conference at St. Edward University, Austin. July 2015.
  • Graduate students Ramya Raghunathan and Akila  Iyer received the 2015 Robert MaryAnn Tucker Research award from department of chemistry and biochemistry, NDSU.
  • Graduate students Ramya Raghunathan and Akila  Iyer received Dean travel award from NDSU College of science and Mathematics to attend the GRC meeting in photochemistry.
  • Group receives NSF funding. Thank you NSF for your continued support of our research program.
  • Graduate student Anthony Clay secured 2nd place in a poster presentation at graduate student association 2015-research and arts forum held at NDSU.
  • Graduate student Nandini received the best poser presentation award (1st place) at the poster 2015 IAPS conference in Fl.
  • Graduate student Nandini received 2015 I-APS travel grant.
  • Graduate student Elango received the 2014 I-APS- Gerhard Closs student award and presented his research work in 24th Winter I-APS conference 2015.
  • Graduate students Nandini Vallavoju, Akila Iyer and Ramya Raghunathan received Dean travel award from NDSU College of science and Mathematics to attend 24th Winter I-APS conference.
  • Congrats Ramya, Saravana and Retheesh for the Angewandte Chemie paper being selected across different media outlet . The research is a collaborative effort between the groups of Siva, Sibi and Webster as part of the sustaniable materails program. (Science magazine science Shot- Link |PDF; Newswise highlight - Link | PDF; Science Daily highlight - Link | PDF; IFL science highlight - Link | PDF; NDSU press release - PDF).
  • Congrats Anthony for being named the recipient of Milde scholarship.
  • Congrats Ramya for receiving the Chemistry graduate Student Scholarship.
  • Congrats Ramya for receiving three awards at the American Society for Photobiology conference held at San Diego, CA. - The Urbach Travel award, Poster of Merit Award and Best poster a

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