CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.Nitin Prakash Lobo
Academic Qualifications
Contact Details
Dr.Nitin Prakash Lobo

Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: nplobo@clri.res.in,
Phone:91 44 24437126


Ph.D Thesis: “NMR Methods for the Study of Partially Ordered Systems.”
Advisor: Prof. K.V. Ramanathan 
Department of Physics,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Master of Science in Physics     Mangalore University, Mangalore, India. (2004-06)
Bachelor of Science Sri Poornaprajna College, Udupi, India. (2001-04)

Research and Work Experience

Quick Hire Scientist at CSIR-CLRI, Chennai, India. (February 2013-February 2016)
  • Focus of research has been to obtain structure and dynamics of different class of materials ranging from molecular, macromolecular and supramolecular systems using NMR methodologies.
  • Novel liquid crystalline molecules endowed with interesting topologies have been characterized by variable temperature 13C 1D NMR and 2D-separated local field (2D-SLF) experiments to get the atomistic level information.
  • Molecular dynamics and the order parameters of liquid crystalline molecules have been estimated by using the heteronuclear dipolar couplings obtained from 2D-SLF experiment.
  • For collagen-small molecular (Gallic Acid) system preliminary NMR studies have been initiated in the solid state.
  • In charge for managing and maintaining Bruker Ascend 400 WB AV-III HD spectrometer.

Ph.D student at Dept. of Physics, IISc, Bangalore, India. (August 2006 – December 2012)

  • Development of pulse sequences for the study of dynamics and order in partially ordered systems and in the solid state.
  • Systematic study of cross-polarization (CP) dynamics in the context of 2D-SLF spectroscopy pulse schemes such as PISEMA (Polarization Inversion Spin Exchange at the Magic Angle) and PDLF (Proton Detected Local Field).
  • Sensitivity enhancement of 2D-SLF techniques by the incorporation of the ADRF and the ARRF schemes and obtained a gain by a factor of the order of 2 in signal to noise ratio both for solids and liquid crystals.
  • The 2D-SLF experiments have been carried out on a variety of liquid crystal systems having different structure and topology.
  • The 13C−1H dipolar couplings and 13C chemical shifts derived from these 2D-SLF experiments have been utilized for obtaining the order parameters of various segments of the molecule to get useful insight into the phase behaviour, dynamics and orientation of the molecules.
  • Determination of 13C chemical shift anisotropies (CSA) values in the solid state using some of the recent methods like SUPER, ROCSA and utilized the information for the study of the liquid crystalline systems.
NMR Experience
  • Experience in handling solid state NMR spectrometers like DSX 300, AV III 500, AV III HD 400 WB equipped with various probes including high temperature MAS and static probes, as well as liquid state spectrometer like DRX 500, AV III HD 400.
  • Performed and analysed experiments such as PISEMA, PDLF, SAMPI-4, HETCOR and recoupling experiments such as DARR, RFDR, SUPER, ROCSA, MAS based SLF.
  • Expertise in writing pulse programs for novel NMR experiments, theoretical interpretations and computer simulations using Matlab, Mathematica computational software.
  • Acquaintance with several NMR related software such as SIMPSON, WSOLIDS, DMFIT, matNMR, Bruker Solaguide for NMR spectral simulations.


  1. M. G. Reddy, Nitin P. Lobo and T. Narasimhaswamy, Structural Assignment and Molecular Order of Three-ring Mesogen by 13C NMR spectroscopy in Mesophase. Liq. Cryst., (2016), 43, 896–909.
  2. M. G. Reddy, Nitin P. Lobo, E. Varathan, S Easwaramoorthi and T. Narasimhaswamy, Intramolecular Charge Transfer Interactions and Molecular Order of Rod like Mesogens. RSC Adv., (2015), 5, 105066–105078.
  3. B. Veeraprakash, Nitin P. Lobo and T. Narasimhaswamy, 13C NMR studies, Molecular Order and Mesophase Properties of Thiophene Mesogens. J. Phys. Chem. B, (2015), 119, 15063-15074.
  4. M. Kesava Reddy, E. Varathan, Nitin P. Lobo, A. Roy, T. Narasimhaswamy and K. V. Ramanathan, Monolayer to Interdigitated Partial Bilayer Smectic C Transition in Thiophene-Based Spacer Mesogens: X-ray Diffraction and 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies, Langmuir, (2015), 31, 10831-10842.
  5. B. Veeraprakash, Nitin P. Lobo, T. Narasimhaswamy and A. B. Mandal, 2-Octyl Thiophene Based Three Ring Mesogens: Solid State 13C NMR and XRD Investigations. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2015), 17, 19936-19947.
  6. M. G. Reddy, E. Varathan, Nitin P. Lobo, S Easwaramoorthi, T. Narasimhaswamy, A. B. Mandal, Three-Ring-Based Thermotropic Mesogens with a Dimethylamino Group: Structural Characterization, Photophysical Properties, and Molecular Order. J. Phys. Chem. C, (2015), 119, 9477-9487.
  7. M. Kesava Reddy, E. Varathan, B. Jacintha, Nitin P. Lobo, A. Roy, T. Narasimhaswamy and K. V. Ramanathan, Structural Investigation of Resorcinol based Symmetrical Banana Mesogens by XRD, NMR and Polarization Measurements. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2015), 17, 5236-5247.
  8. Nitin P. Lobo, Bibhuti B. Das, T. Narasimhaswamy and K. V. Ramanathan, Molecular Topology of Three Ring Nematogens from 13C–1H Dipolar Couplings. RSC Adv., (2014), 4, 33383-33390.
  9. Nitin P. Lobo, B. V. N. Phani Kumar, T. Narasimhaswamy and A. B. Mandal, 13C NMR Investigations and the Molecular Order of 4-(trans-4'-hexylcyclohexyl)-isothiocyanato-benzene (6CHBT). Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2014), 16, 14713-14721.
  10. M. Kesava Reddy, E. Varathan, Nitin P. Lobo, Bibhuti B. Das, T. Narasimhaswamy and K. V. Ramanathan, High Resolution Solid State 13C NMR Studies of Bent-Core Mesogens of Benzene and Thiophene. J. Phys. Chem. C, (2014), 118, 15044-15053.
  11. M. Kesava Reddy, K. Subramanyam Reddy, T. Narasimhaswamy, Bibhuti B. Das, Nitin P. Lobo and K. V. Ramanathan, 13C–1H Dipolar Couplings for Probing Rod-like Hydrogen Bonded Mesogens. New J. Chem., (2013), 37, 3195-3206.
  12. M. Kesava Reddy, K. Subramanyam Reddy, K. Yoga, M. Prakash, T. Narasimhaswamy, A. B. Mandal, Nitin P. Lobo, K. V. Ramanathan, D. S. Shankar Rao and S. Krishna Prasad, Structural Characterization and Molecular Order of rodlike Mesogens with Three- and Four-Ring Core by XRD and 13C NMR Spectroscopy NMR and XRD investigations of three ring mesogens with terminal cyano group. J. Phys. Chem. B, (2013), 117, 5718-5729.
  13. Nitin P. Lobo and K. V. Ramanathan, Combining adiabatic and Hartmann-Hahn cross-polarization for sensitivity enhancement in solid state separated local field 2DNMR experiments of partially ordered systems. Chem. Phys. Lett., (2012), 536, 155-161.
  14. Nitin P. Lobo, M. Prakash, T. Narasimhaswamy and K. V. Ramanathan, Determination of 13C Chemical Shift Anisotropy Tensors and Molecular Order of 4-hexyloxybenzoic acid. J. Phys. Chem. A, (2012), 116, 7508-7515.
  15. G. Jaipuria, Nitin P. Lobo, D. Shet and H. S. Atreya, High Resolution Methyl Selective 13C-NMR of Proteins in Solution and Solid State. J. Biomol. NMR, (2012), 54, 33-42.
  16. Nitin P. Lobo and K. V. Ramanathan, Sensitivity Enhancement in Solid-State Separated Local Field NMR Experiments by the Use of Adiabatic Cross-Polarization. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., (2011), 2, 1183-1188.
  17. S. Kalaivani, T.Narasimhaswamy, Bibhuti B. Das, Nitin P. Lobo and K. V. Ramanathan,  Phase Characterization and Molecular Order of a Three Ring Mesogen by 13C NMR in Smectic C and Nematic phase.  J. Phys. Chem. B, (2011), 115, 11554-11565.
  18. Nitin P. Lobo and K. V. Ramanathan, Cross-Polarization Optimized for Reducing Zero-Frequency Peaks in SLF Experiments. Chapter in the book Future Directions of Magnetic Resonance, Springer-Verlag (2011).
  19. K. V. Ramanathan, Nitin P. Lobo and C. L. Khetrapal, Oriented Molecules (Specialist Periodical Reports). Chapter in the book Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, RSC Publishing, (2010) 39, 456-491.

Details of Professional Recognitions, Awards and Fellowships

  • Life memeber of National Magnetic Resonance Society (NMRS), India.
  • Secured First Rank in M. Sc (Physics) at Dept. of Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalore, India, 2006.
  • Receieved Prof. M. I. Savadatti gold medal in M. Sc. Physics at the annual convocation of the Mangalore University.
  • Receieved Sir C. V. Raman cash prize, Dr. S. N. Bose Prize and Dr. Homi Bhabha prize for securing first place in M. Sc. Physics Condensed Matter Specialization at the annual convocation of the Mangalore University.
  • During my M.Sc receieved fellowship from Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India under the “Summer Fellowship Program” May-July:2005. Worked on a project titled “Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films” under the supervision of Dr. P. S. Anil Kumar, Dept. of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • Secured Eigth Rank in B.Sc. at Sri Poornaprajna College, Udupi (affiliated to Mangalore University), 2004.