Dr. Vinuthaa Murthy

MRACI - CChem (previously known as Vinuthaa Ramakrishna)

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Research focus

Computational and analytical chemistry

Vinuthaa’s research focus is on applying Computational and Analytical Chemistry techniques to solve the structural properties of a range of Inorganic and Bio-inorganic molecules. She has applied molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry in combination with analytical techniques to gain atomic level understanding of the structures of metal carbides and Group 13 hydrides and interactions of Zeolites and Layered double hydroxides with various ionic solutions.  Her current research focuses on analysing the surface interactions of metal carbides and characterization of nanoparticles conjugated with plant extracts with medicinal properties.    

Current projects

  • Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Hard-facing Corrosion Resistant Metal carbides
  • Synthesis and characterization of Nanoparticles conjugated with Australian native plants as a multifunctional drug delivery system for cancer treatment
  • Molecular Modeling of ion-exchange reactions in Zeolitic material
  • Molecular Modeling and spectroscopic analysis of Hydrotalcite, layered double hydroxide structures and influence of transition metal oxide anions

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

Recent achievements and awards

  • 2015 First Year Success, Teaching and Learning Grant: Preparing for First year Chemistry (Dec 2014)

  • 2012 Vice-chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Individual category)

  • Winner “CDU, Lecturer of the Year” - UniJobs 2009 Lecturer of the Year competition.

Publications and Patents

  1. Green Synthesis of gold-conjugated Backhousia citriodora nanoparticles with anticancer activity. Patent- AU 2017901748, Inventors-Murthy, V ; Khandanlou,
  2. Mani, B.; Murthy, V.; Boland, M.; Yee, K., Analysis of constituents in different Fractions collected during distillation of Cardamom oil for flavour and fragrance applications. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 2017,7 (1), 177-183.
  3. V. Murthy, S.C. Smith and Z. Xu: (Book chapter), Chapter 10: Molecular Modeling of Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery in Computational Pharmaceutics - Application of Molecular Modeling in Drug Delivery, D. Ouyang and S.C. Smith, Editors. May 2015, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: United Kingdom. p. 197 – 214
  4. M. Vargas, K. Kannoorpatti, and V. MurthyStudies on the Corrosion Behaviour of Wear Resistant Hardfacing Alloys in Proceedings of Corrosion & Prevention 2014, Darwin,Australia.
  5. V. Murthy and G. Shaw, ‘A collaborative learning community approach to University chemistry teaching through Tutorial groups’. Submitted manuscript to Chemistry Education Research and Practice (in press, manuscript: ID RP-ART-10-2012-020147).
  6. L. Chi, V. Murthy and H. Smith: Long-term environmental stability of hydrotalcite precipitated in industrial systems – a molecular modeling approach, Proceedings of the 9th International Alumina Quality Workshop2012, Perth, Australia, p60 – 65
  7. H. Zhang, D. Ouyang , V. Murthy, Y. Wong, Z. Xu, & S. Smith, Hydrotalcite Intercalated siRNA: Computational Characterization of the Interlayer EnvironmentPharmaceutics. 2012; 4(2): 296-31
  8. 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.
  9. V. Ramakrishna (V. Murthy) and B.J. Duke, Structures of Alatetraborane(10) and Gallatetraalane(10) isomers. Molecular Physics, 2005, 103: p.1139 - 1149.
  10. V. Ramakrishna (V. Murthy) 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.

Competitive Research Grants obtained

  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: “Green synthesis and characterisation of Anti-Cancer drug carrier, Fe3O4-Ag core-shell magnetic nanoparticle: March 2016
  • Australian Research Council, LIEF2015 Grant (LE150100049): “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility for Northern Australia”, JCU and CDU. Total contribution from ARC $270000. February 2015
  • Charles Darwin University, 2015 First Year Success Teaching and Learning Grant: Preparing for First year Chemistry: To improve retention in First year chemistry units. December 2014
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Hard-facing Corrosion Resistant Metal carbides: September 2013
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: “Molecular modeling of the major scabies antigen Sar s 14”: August 2009
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: “Molecular Modeling of Hydrotalcite structures intercalated with transition metal oxide anions”: August 2008
  • Charles Darwin University, Internal Project Grant: “Structural characterization of membrane associated proteins of the Tomato big bud phytoplasma”:  June2005


  • 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, CChem)

Treasurer and Titration Competition Coordinator, NT Branch https://www.raci.org.au/branches/nt-branch

    • Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia (AMMA)


Dr. Vinuthaa Murthy


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

Location: Building Yellow 1, Level 1, Room 07, Casuarina Campus

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