Arumugam Thangavel

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Associate Professor of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry
Office: SCI 323
Phone: 310-243-3778
Fax: 310-243-2593

Ph.D. Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO
M.Sc. Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India
B.Sc. Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India

Postdoctoral Research:
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

Research Interests:
Dr. Thangavel's research interests are in supramolecular chemistry, aerobic oxidation and molecular switches. Specifically, his interests focus on enantiodiscrimination by supramolecular interactions, higher Fullerenes extraction by using host-guest chemistry, and stimuli responsive supramolecular systems.  



                CHE 316 Survey of Organic Chemistry
                CHE 317 Survey of Organic Chemistry lab

                CHE 310 Organic Chemistry-I
                CHE 311 Organic Chemistry –I Lab


Thangavel, Arumugam; Wieliczko, Marika; Scarborough, Christopher; Dittrich, Birger and Bacsa, John. “An investigation of the electron density of a Jahn–Teller-distorted CrII cation: the crystal structure and charge density of hexa-kis-(aceto-nitrile-κN)chromium(II) bis­(tetra­phenyl­borate) aceto­nitrile disolvate” Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry2015, 71, 936-943

Thangavel, Arumugam; Wieliczko, Marika; Bacsa, John and Scarborough, Christopher. “1,4,7- Triazacyclononane Ligands Bearing Tertiary Alkyl Nitrogen Substituents.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 13282–13287

Thangavel, Arumugam, Elder, Ian; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Dawes, Richard; Leventis, Nicholas. “Breaking Aggregation and Driving the Keto-to-gem-Diol Equilibrium of the N,N′-Dimethyl-2,6-diaza-9,10 anthraquinonediium Dication to the Keto Form by Intercalation in Cucurbit[7]uril.” The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2013, 78, 8297–8304 

Thangavel, Arumugam; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Dawes, Richard; Leventis, Nicholas. “Orientation of Pyrylium Guests in Cucurbituril Hosts.” The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2012, 77, 2263 - 2271.

Thangavel, Arumugam; Rawashdeh, Abdel Monem M.; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Leventis, Nicholas. “Simultaneous Electron Transfer from Free and Intercalated 4-Benzoylpyridinium Cations in Cucurbit[7]uril.” Organic Letters 2009, 11, 1595-1598.

Rawashdeh, Abdel Monem M.; Thangavel, Arumugam; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Leventis, Nicholas. “Control of the Ketone to gem-Diol Equilibrium by Host-Guest Interactions.” Organic Letters 2008, 10, 1131- 1134.

Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Wang, Xiaojiang; Mulik, Sudhir; Thangavel, Arumugam; Leventis, Nicholas. “Immobilization of Pd Catalysts on Mesoporous Silica for Amine- and Copper-Free Sonogashira Coupling Reactions.” Synthetic Communications 2008, 38, 2285-2298.