Dr. Vinuthaa Murthy

MRACI - CChem (previously known as Vinuthaa Ramakrishna)

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Research focus

Computational and analytical chemistry

  • Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Hard-facing Corrosion Resistant Metal carbides
  • Molecular Modeling and spectroscopic analysis of Hydrotalcite, layered double hydroxide structures and influence of transition metal oxide anions
  • Molecular Modeling of Hydrotalcite, layered double hydroxide for nanoparticle drug delivery
  • Structural characterization of phytoplasmic and membrane associated proteins
  • Molecular modeling of the major scabies antigen Sar s 14

Pedagogical strategy

  • Developing Cooperative and Peer Assisted Learning through tutorial groups

Teaching areas

  • SCH101 (Chemical Concepts) - Unit Coordinator/Lecturer
  • SCH102 (Organic and Inorganic Chemistry) - Unit Coordinator/Lecturer
  • SCH104 (Introductory Chemistry) - Unit Coordinator/Lecturer
  • ENV203 (Environmental Survey and Monitoring Skills) - Unit Coordinator/Lecturer
  • PHA214  (Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacogenetics) - Lecturer

Administrative duties

  • Chair of the Research and Research Training Working Group (SPACS)
  • Member of School Committee (SPACS)
  • Course Coordinator:
    • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning/Bachelor of Applied Science (BTLBAS)
    • Bachelor of Applied Science/Bachelor of Arts (BASBA)
    • Bachelor of Science (BSCI) - Nutrition specialisation

Recent achievements and awards

  • 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Individual category)
  • Winner of the Unijobs Lecturer of the Year 2009 from CDU

Publications

V. Murthy and G. Shaw, 'A collaborative learning community approach to University chemistry teaching through Tutorial groups'. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, in press.

H. Zhang, D. Ouyang , V. Murthy, Y. Wong, Z. Xu, & S. Smith, Hydrotalcite Intercalated siRNA: Computational Characterization of the Interlayer Environment. Pharmaceutics. 2012; 4(2): 296-31

V. Murthy, H. Smith, H. Zhang & S. Smith, Molecular modeling of hydrotalcite structure intercalated with transition metal oxide anions: CrO42- and VO43-. The Journal of Physical Chemistry(A), 2011, 115(46): 13673-13683.

V. Murthy, R. Jayaraj & D. Holt, Molecular modelling of a major scabies antigen Sar s 14, Journal of Molecular Modeling in preparation.

V. Ramakrishna and B.J. Duke, Structures of Alatetraborane(10) and Gallatetraalane(10) isomers. Molecular Physics, 2005, 103: p.1139 - 1149.

V. Ramakrishna and B.J. Duke, Can the bis(diboranyl) structure of B 4H 10 be observed? : The story continues. Inorganic Chemistry, 2004, 43 (25): p. 8176 -8184.

V. Ramakrishna and B.J. Duke, Extension of complete basis set model chemistries to molecules containing third row atoms Ga-Kr. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2002. 118(14): p. 6137- 6143.

V. Ramakrishna, B.J. Duke, and M.L. McKee, Gallium derivatives of tetraborane(10): can bis(digallanyl) isomers exist? Molecular Physics, 2000. 98(11): p. 745-750.

Funded Projects

  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Hard-facing Corrosion Resistant Metal carbides. $12,500, September 2013
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: "Molecular modeling of the major scabies antigen Sar s 14". $9980, August 2009
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: "Molecular Modeling of Hydrotalcite structures intercalated with transition metal oxide anions". $8164, September 2008
  • Structural characterisation of membrane associated proteins of the Tomato big bud phytoplasma: Internal project grant, Charles Darwin University. $7300, July 2003 - June 2004

Qualification

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Charles Darwin University, Australia , 2012

2004 Doctor of Philosophy -Computational Quantum Chemistry (Theoretical Predictions of Group 13 Hydride)
Charles Darwin University, Australia, 2004

Master of Science Physical Chemistry
Bangalore University, India, 1988

Bachelor of Science,
Bangalore University, India, 1986

Professional Affiliation

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI)
  • Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia (AMMA)
Dr. Vinuthaa Murthy

Contacts

T: +61 8 8946 6794
F: +61 8 8946 6847
E: vinuthaa.murthy@cdu.edu.au

Location: Building Yellow 2, Level 2, Room 57, Casuarina Campus

Postal Address:
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909
Australia