Tarakeshwar Pilarisetty

Research Associate Professor
Tempe Campus


Tarakeshwar has 24 years of teaching and research experience in several areas of contemporary interest in computational chemistry, material design, drug discovery, nanotechnology, catalysis, and energy related research (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Y4ROcEMAAAAJ).

He is one of the pioneers in the detailed theoretical characterization of weak van der Waals interactions and their manifestations in nanomaterial design and spectroscopic characterization of large biomolecular complexes. In recent years, his research has focused on computational investigations of interfaces and their role in modulating charge-transfer in surface-enhanced Raman scattering, dye-sensitized solar cells, photocatalysis, and biophotovoltaics. Spurred by an experimental report on the synthesis of linear carbon chains, carbyne, he has recently started exploring the structures and properties of metal-stabilized carbon chains and in this process, has along with Professor Peter Buseck, come up with a novel explanation for the stability of the elusive carbon allotrope, carbyne.

In the pharma industry, his research was focused on developing novel therapeutic agents against the macrophage based infectious diseases, viz., tuberculosis, leprosy, and leishmaniasis.


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1994, Chemistry
M. Sc., University of Roorkee, Roorkee, India, 1988, Chemistry
B. Sc., Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India, 1986, Chemistry

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Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 433Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHM 531Advanced Organic Chemistry I

Industry Positions

Scientist - I (Drug Design), Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad, India