Dr. Jithin John Varghese

Dr. Jithin John Varghese


Assistant Professor

NAC 448



Research Homepage

Research Areas

Atomistic and computational modelling of catalytic reactions: catalytic conversion of light alkanes, biomass derivatives and carbon dioxide to fuels and chemicals

PRO Attainments

2012-2016–Doctor of Philosophy
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

2004-2008–Bachelor of Technology
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India


Career History

2018 – Current
Assistant Professor
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

2017- 2018
Post-doctoral research fellow
Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES)
Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise, Singapore

Senior Production Engineer /Production Engineer
Panipat Naphtha Cracker, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Panipat, Haryana.

Recent Publications


Synergistic Contribution of the Acidic Metal Oxide-Metal Couple and Solvent Environment in the Selective Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study Using ReOx -Ir as the Catalyst Varghese, J.J., Cao, L., Robertson, C., (…), Lapkin, A.A., Mushrif, S.H. 2019 ACS Catalysis 9(1), pp. 485-503


Jithin J. Varghese*, Samir H. Mushrif, “Origins of Complex Solvent Effects on Chemical Reactivity and Computational Tools to Investigate Them: A Review”, Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, DOI:10.1039/C8RE00226F


Jithin J. Varghese, Bharathi Saravanan, Holger Vach, Gilles H. Peslherbe, Samir H. Mushrif, “First-principles investigation of the coupling-induced dissociation of methane and its transformation to ethane and ethylene, Chemical Physics Letters, 708, 21-27.


Prince N. Amaniampong, Quang Thang Trinh, Jithin J. Varghese, Ronan Behling, Sabine Valange, Samir H. Mushrif and Francois Jerome, “Unraveling the mechanism of the oxidation of glycerol to dicarboxylic acids over a sonochemically synthesized copper oxide catalyst”, Green Chemistry,20, 2730-2741,


Jithin J. Varghese and Samir H. Mushrif, “Insights into the C-H Bond Activation on NiO surfaces: The Role of Nickel and Oxygen Vacancies and of Low Valent Dopants on the Reactivity and Energetics”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 17969-17981,

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