Aravamudan (Amudhu) S. Gopalan

Aravamudan S. Gopalan

Professor  |  (575)-646-2589

  • B.S., M.S., Madras 1973, 1975
  • Ph.D., Ohio State 1980
  • Postdoctoral, Stanford 1980
  • Postdoctoral, Wisconsin 1982



Chelators for Environmental Applications

  • Remediation of transuranic waste (Plutonium processing)
  • Water soluble chelators for soil washing and decontamination
  • Selective extractants for actinides-Calixarenes
  • Polymeric chelators for radioactive waste stream remediation using ultrafiltration
  • Selective separation of cesium and strontium from spent nuclear fuel rods
  • Chelators for use in supercritical carbon dioxide (Argonne National Lab collaboration)


Chelators for Biomedical Applications

  • Develop chelators for in-vivo removal of excess Fe3+ for treatment of Cooley’s anemia (therapeutic applications)
  • Understand the mechanism for siderophore mediated transport of Fe3+ across the cell membrane in bacteria and other systems
  • Development of diagnostic agents such as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging


Ligand Development

  • Develop convenient methodology for the preparation of useful metal ion binding systems
  • Develop practical tethering technology for attachment of ligands to useful platforms
  • Develop new ligand systems for metal ion binding


Synthetic Methodology-Sulfones

  • Methods to prepare chiral amino and hydroxysulfones
  • Investigation of novel cyclization chemistry to prepare heterocycles • Applications to the synthesis of biologically interesting targets