Dr. Sr. Reena Ittyachan

Dr. Reena Ittyachan (Sr. Irene) was born on 29th Dec.1971 at Mekkad a small village in Nedumbassery Panchayat, Ernakulam District, Kerala. Her father Dr. K. C. Ittyachan Pattarumadom and mother Rosamma Ittyachan encouraged her in her studies. She did her schooling from Nirmala English Medium High School Aluva, Ernakulam District, Kerala and completed her Pre-Degree at Sacred Heart College, Chalakudy. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from M.G. University through Bharat Mata College, Kochi. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Physics from University of Madras, through Loyola College, Chennai. After undergoing the religious training, she became a member of Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), Alvernia Province, Irinjalakuda, Kerala in the year 1999. She took her M. Phil Degree (Master of Philosophy in Physics) from Loyola College, University of Madras in the year 2000. She was the Gold Medalist for the same. She obtained Ph. D from University of Madras through Loyola College in the year 2004. She carried out research in semiorganic nonlinear optical amino acid crystals, which have applications in laser technology, opto-electronics etc. She had 16 international publications with good impact factor and recently she published 2 papers in international journals. She presented papers in many National and International conferences. Recently she presented her paper in European Conference on Crystal Growth at Bologna, Italy. She was selected for the International Travel Grant for the same from University Grants Commission (UGC). She guided many students in many research activities. She started her career as Assistant Professor in Physics, Sacred Heart College, Chalakudy in the year 2007. She was the College Hostel Warden for past 3 years.

She is a Life Member of Academy of Physics Teachers, Kerala and Life Member of Indian Association of Crystal Growth. In 2016 she took charge as Principal of the college. In 2020 she is recognized as a Research Guide of the University of Calicut in Physics, through the Research centre at Department of Physics, Christ College, Irinjalakuda. She served as the NAAC peer team member in 2020 and in 2022. She has also served as the Regional President of the Xavier Board Kerala(North) Region.

Academic Profile

Education

  • 2004: Ph. D in Physics, University of Madras through Loyola College, Chennai
  • 2000: M Phil in Physics, University of Madras through Loyola College, Chennai
  • 1997: M Sc. in Physics, University of Madras, through Loyola College, Chennai
  • 1993: B Sc. in Physics, M.G. University through Bharat Mata College, Kochi

Research Interests

Sr. Irene’s research interests is in Material Science

Research Experiences

  • 2020- Recognized Research Guide of the University of Calicut in Physics, through the Research centre at Department of Physics, Christ College, Irinjalakuda
  • 2000- M. Phil, University of Madras through Loyola College. Dissertation:- Studies on the Growth and Characterization of Pure and Doped LAP Crystals
  • 2004- Ph.D in Physics, University of Madras through Loyola College. Thesis Title:- Studies on the Growth and Characterisation of Semiorganic Nonlinear Optical LHB, LHPC, LHDP and LADP Single Crystals
  • 2012-14- UGC Minor Project, “Synthesis, Growth And Characterization of Nonlinear Optical L-Arginine Dimaleate Single Crystal”
  • Guided more than 18 students for their UG and PG projects since 2011.

Publications

17. Density functional theoretical study, spectroscopic characterization and molecular docking of the diuretic drug, spironolactone, adsorbed on AuNPs surface and in-vitro studies based on anticancer activity studies against A549 lung cancer cell line, V Shynia D.R.Leenaraj, Reena IttyachanRejeena, V.Rajand, G.J.Shyju. Lynnette Joseph. D.Sajan, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2022.128255 (2022)

16. Spectroscopic studies, quantum chemical investigations, and in silico and in vitro scrutiny of the diuretic drug trichlormethiazide adsorbed on AuNPs, V. Shyni,D. R. Leenaraj,ReenaIttyachan,G. J. Shyju, Lynnette Joseph, D. Sajan, Journal of Molecular Recognition, https://doi.org/10.1002/jmr.2939 (2021)

15. Spectroscopic, density functional theoretical study, molecular docking, and in vitro studies based on anticancer activity studies against A549 lung cancer cell line of diphenylhydantoin adsorbed on AuNPs surface       Dr. Reena Ittyachan, V. Shyni, D. R. Leenaraj, Lynnette Joseph, D. Sajan, Physics Journal of Molecular Recognition, https://doi.org/10.1002/jmr.2916 (2021)

14. Anticancer activity of indapamide adsorbed on gold nanoparticles: DFT, in-silico, and in-vitro analysis    Dr. Reena Ittyachan, V. Shyni, D . R. Leenaraj, Lynnette Joseph, D. Sajan Physics Journal of Molecular Recognition,  https://doi.org/10.1002/jmr.2920 (2021)

13. Growth, Z-scan and density functional theoretical study for investigating the nonlinear optical properties of guanidinium l -glutamate for optical limiting applications, Dr. Reena Ittyachan, Rejeena V. Rajan, Merin Georgea, D. R. Leenaraj, D. Sajana G. Vinitha, Physics Journal of Molecular Structure 1222, 128937 (2020)

12. Experimental and theoretical studies on the bifurcated hydrogen bonded NLO active material of pure and crystal violet dye-doped L-argininium bis dihydrogen phosphateDr. Reena Ittyachan, Jesby George, Ligi Cherian, Lynnette Joseph, D. Sajan, G. Vinitha Physics Optical Materials, 92, 111-124 (2019)

11. Bulk crystals of L-Histidiniumdihydrogenphosphateorthophosphoric acid grown by Sankaranarayanan–Ramasamy method, Dr. Reena Ittyachan, A. Arunkumar, Journal of Crystal Growth, 457, 104-106 (2017)

10. Bulk crystal of L- Histidiniumdihydrogenphosphateorthophosphoric acid grown by SR method, J. Crystal growth (2016), DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2016.08.010

9. Crystal structure of bis(2-aminoanilinium) hydrogenphosphate, ReenaIttyachan, Melesuparambil Sundaram Ahigna and Rajamony Jagan, Acta Cryst. E72, 530–533(2016)

8. Crystalline perfection and optical studies of L-Histidiniumdihydrogen phosphate orthophosphoric acid (LHDP) single crystals, R Ittyachan, A Arunkumar, G Bhagavannarayana, Optical Materials 48, 156-159(2015)

7. l-Argininiumbis (dihydrogen phosphate), R Ittyachan, P Sagayaraj, B Kothandapani, Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online 59 (6), 0886-0888(2003) citation-5

6. Growth and thermal studies of non-linear optical L-argininium diiodate L-argininiumdinitrate and L-argininium hydrochloride bromide single crystals, PC Thomas, S Aruna, J Madhavan, R Ittyachan, JA Pragasam, Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics 45 (7), 591-595 (2007) citation-5

5. Growth and characterization of semiorganic non-linear optical LHB single crystal R Ittyachan, PC Thomas, DP Anand, M Palanichamy, P Sagayaraj, Materials chemistry and physics 93 (2), 272-276 (2005) citation-15

4. Crystallization and characterization of l-histidinium perchlorate single crystal, R Ittyachan, SXJ Raja, SA Rajasekar, P Sagayaraj, Materials chemistry and physics 90 (1), 10-15(2005) citation-20

3. Growth and characterization of a new nonlinear optical L-histidine diphosphate single crystal, R Ittyachan, P Sagayaraj, Journal of Crystal Growth 249 (3), 553-556 (2003)citation-25

2. Growth and characterisation of L-arginine diphosphate crystal, R Ittyachan, P Sagayaraj, Journal of crystal growth 243 (2), 356-360(2002) citation-45

1. Growth and characterization of a new promising NLO L-histidine bromide crystal, R Ittyachan, P Sagayaraj, Journal of Crystal Growth 249 (3), 557-560 (2003) citation-65

Awards and Honours

  • Received the Rotary Vocational Excellence Recognition Award 2016-17 by Rotary Club on 26th March, 2017
  • Honoured with Educational Excellence Award 2017 by the Diocese of Irinjalakuda in May, 2017.
  • Dignified with Academic Eminence Award on 16th June 2017 by Dr. K T Jaleel, Hon. Minister of Local Administration, Govt. of Kerala.
  • Received Consumer Protection Award for educational excellence on February, 2017.
  • Honoured by Associates of Carmel, Chalakudy on 17 th May 2017, for leading the college to crown A+ grade.

Paper Presentations

5. Presented a paper in the 26th Annual Meeting of German Crystallographic Society(DGK) at Essen, Germany on 5-8 March 2018

4. BULK CRYSTALS OF L-HISTIDINIUM DIHYDROGEN PHOSPHATE ORTHOPHOSPHORIC ACID GROWN BY SANKARANARAYANAN – RAMASAMY METHOD, Fifth European Conference on Crystal Growth(ECCG5) on 9-11 September 2015, at Bologna, Italy

3. GROWTH AND CHARACTERIZATION OF L-HISTIDINE DIPHOSPHATE SINGLE CRYSTAL UGC Sponsored National Seminar, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur (17-18 October 2014)

2. GROWTH AND CHARACTERIZATION OF L-ARGININE DIPHOSPHATE SINGLE CRYSTAL UGC Sponsored National Seminar, St. Joseph College For Women, Alapuzha (4-5 December 2014)

1. GROWTH AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NONLINEAR OPTICAL L-HISTIDINE TRIFLUOROACETATE SINGLE CRYSTAL UGC Sponsored National Seminar, CMS College, Kottayam (15- 16 January 2015)

Conferences

  • International Conference on Electronics, Optoelectronic Materials and Nanotechnology (ICEOMN 2019) at Singapore during 21-23 June 2019
  • 26th Annual Meeting of German Crystallographic Society(DGK) at Essen, Germany on 5-8 March 2018
  • Fifth European Conference on Crystal Growth(ECCG5) during 9-11 September 2015, at Bologna, Italy
  • UGC Sponsored National Seminar, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur (17-18 October 2014)
  • UGC Sponsored National Seminar, St. Joseph College For Women, Alapuzha (4-5 December 2014)
  • UGC Sponsored National Seminar, CMS College, Kottayam (15- 16 January 2015)

Invited Lectures

Inauguration of Science Exhibition of the Carmel Academy, ICSE School, Chalakudy on 31st October, 2014.

Positions Held in the College

  • Principal, Sacred Sacred Heart College (2016 to present)
  • Hostel Warden, UG Hostel, Sacred Heart College (2013-2016)
  • Mentor, Walk With Scholar Program (2015-2016)
  • Co-ordinator of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Recent trends in Non linear Optical Materials and Characterization” (10th & 11th march, 2011)
  • Co-ordinator of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Growth and Characterization of Single Crystals and Nano Materials” (11th And 12th March 2013)
  • Co-ordinator of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Growth and Characterisation of Nonlinear Optical Crystals and Nanomaterials” (6th and 7th October 2015)3.
  • Question paper setter for various autonomous colleges.
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