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1. Photos of Meeting with BASF and NCCR


7. The list of candidates selected for the orientation programme 2008. Total list of participants 1. Vacant 2 Vacant 3 Vacant 4 Vacant 5 Keshave Chand Soni Gwalior 6. Mr.Siddheshwar Kshirsagar UICT, Mumbai 7 Rajendra Prasad Bunkar Gwalior 8 Mrs.S.Devika Anna University 9 G.Deepa Anna university 10 Akshakumar Manharlal Mehta S V Inst, Surat 11 Mohan Raghuveer Shetty UICT, Mumbai 12 Bharmana Malvi NCL, Pune 13 Mr.Dinesh N Sawant UICT, Mumbai 14 Mr.Kushal Deepak Bhatte UICT, Mumbai 15 Sandeep S Kahandal UICT, Mumbai 16 Kalpesh D Parghi UICT, Mumbai 17 Mr.Agawane Sandeep Mahadeo S UICT, Mumbai 18 M.Gurulakshmi Anna Univ 19 Cimi M Daniel CUSAT, Kochi 20 R Jude Vimal Michael NCCR, IIT M 21 R.Arundhathi IICT, Hyderabad 22 Arlin Jose Amali IICT, Hyderabad 23 Yogesh N Indulkar Univ Pune 24 Mr Koil Raj CSMCRI, Bhavanagar 25 Reni George CUSAT, Kochi 26 Temna Mary Robert CUSAT, Kochi 27 Mr.Prabir Kumar Bera NEERI, Nagpur 28 Mr.Pawan J Tambade UICT, Mumbai 29 Mr.Yogesh P Patil UICT, Mumbai 30 Mr.Utkarsha U Indulkar UICT, Mumbai 31 Ms.Dolly Vallecha NEERI Nagpur 32 Ms.Pradnya Pillewan NEERI Nagpur 33 Mr.Suresh Kumar NEERI Nagpur 34 Mr.Priti Gosovi NEERI, Nagpur 35 Mr. Yogeshwar N Thakare IIT, Delhi 36 Mr.P.Elavaran IIT Delhi ( POSTED ON 30th August 2008)


8. British report refers to NCCR in fuel cell technology. National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCCR) (Chennai) This Centre is comparatively young, having been set up in 2006 with Department of Science & Technology funding. Although already quite active in catalysis research the main priority at this stage is to build and develop resources. The Centre offer a range of specific courses in catalysis, such as a three week intensive course covering all aspects (bio-, photo, electrocatalysis) for research scholars across India. The Centre has four primary research areas: New Materials; Energy Conversion (both of which have direct relevance to fuel cells); Green Chemistry; and Theoretical and Computational Catalysis. The feeling within the Centre is that DMFC is particularly relevant for India, due to the comparatively simpler fuel distribution infrastructure than hydrogen. However, it was felt that Indian researchers should focus on membrane and electrode research where they have some potential advantage, rather than necessarily looking at all aspects of systems. One idea mentioned was that of reducing crossover through an electrochemistry approach given that MeOH contains oxygen and therefore has polarity. Other practical considerations may influence future direction. For example, Indian industry may be less able at this stage to handle the toxicity and danger inherent in indigenous fluorocarbon manufacture than some overseas organisations, so alternative membrane materials should be a focus. Some materials have been developed that show an order of magnitude better permeability than nafion, though with lower conductivity, but still require further development. NCCR is also looking at new catalyst concepts that are electrochemically similar to platinum, in promoting both oxidation and reduction reactions; and also looking at platinum dispersion to understand if the catalyst support material can be changed from carbon in order to reduce or avoid corrosion. Apparently NCCR has achieved 0.3 mg Pt/cm2 for a DMFC with acceptable performance which has undergone single cell testing for one year. Further work includes the potential replacement of platinum at the cathode, where work on group 8 metals and some exotic components has apparently led to a material that is as active as platinum. National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCR) - has strong research capabilities in DMFC membranes and catalysis and, as noted above, is engaged with developing a nonfluorocarbon based membrane for manufacture in India. NCR is currently working with a range of other institutes in India and, although the Centre has collaborations with institutes in five other countries, there is currently no ongoing overseas collaboration on fuel cells. However, as a newly developed centre, the intention is to develop international links further.


9. Another British report FUEL CELL TODAY INFORMING THE INDUSTRY IN THIS REPORT THE NCCR IS REFERERRED AS FOLLOWS: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) IIT Madras – National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCR) – NCR was established two years ago by the government as is funded by DST. The organisation is active on building capacity in new materials research and energy conversion devices. The leadership of NCR have a strong focus on DMFCs directed at India’s need for uninterruptable power in a range of stationary applications. NCR is also focused on developing a non-fluorocarbon based membrane for manufacture in India (cost and health/safety issues preclude manufacturing of fluorocarbon membranes in India). THE REPORT IS DATED NOVEMBER 2008. THE AUTHOR OF THIS REPORT IS Dr.Joanthan Butler.(posted on 13th December 2008)


(posted on 17th May 2009)


The National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCCR) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras is organizing annually an orientation programme in catalysis for the research scholars of this country. This year’s programme will be held during November – December 2009. The following are the details of the programme:
1.The course ( please read course and not seminar) is for 21 full days ( three weeks) without any break or weekly off. 2. Attendance for this course is compulsory and only those who can stand the strain need to apply. 3. This is a course and it will be a class room learning and none of the seminar like can be expected. 4. A syllabus will be strictly followed. The contents of the syllabus will be circulated to the selected participants and their input will also be considered. 5. The selected candidates will be prepared for the course through email and hence the selected participants have to respond to the emails. 6. All costs of stay , food and train travel ( no incidentals) will be borne from the DST grants to NCCR. 7. Applications must contain NAME, ADDRESS, EMAIL, GUIDE’S NAME, AREA OF RESEARCH AND A WRITE UP IN 750 WORDS ON WHY YOU WISH TO ATTEND THIS COURSE. The selection will be made on the basis of this write up. However your guide must necessarily nominate you and he should send a separate email to this effect and not in your email. 8. THE LAST DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JULY 31,2009. We will not entertain any late application under any circumstances. Please do not put us in any embrassment. You can contact us only through email at catalysisindia@yahoo.com only.
You can email us if you have any questions.


(posted on 17th May 2009)

certificate from NFCL

This is to certify that the training program on catalysis conducted during the month of september 2009 by NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CATALYSIS RESEARCH (NCCR), INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS (IITM) has been very useful in knowledge and skill set development of scientists of Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (NFCL). The theoretical and practical aspects of the training session are well received and truly appreciated by the NFCL scientists and managment. On behalf of NFCL I sincerely thank Prof B.Viswanath and NVVR team for the commendable work performed as part of the training program. I also thank IITM management for the cooperation, support and warm hospitality extended to my team mates duringthis program. We hope to continue this fruitful interaction with IITM and NCCR in future, as well sincerely R Swarup CIO and Head Nagarjuna Innovation center


(posted on 26th July 2011)

Comment of our catalysis data base

Dear Viswanathan, Honestly what you have is awesome. It is amazing to know you have such great data base where every article, presentations including PhD students' seminar power points are stored. Such database is uncommon and really I am impressed, sorry I was in a hury to have said little about it in my last mail. Thank you so much for your help. Kind Regards, Monday Okoronkwo, Monday Uchenna [m.u.okoronkwo@abdn.ac.uk]


(posted on 30th July 2011)

Comment on NCCR on the fifth annual day

Israel 29th July, 2011. Most respected faculty members of the National Centre for Catalysis Research, honourable guests and my dearly beloved student friends, “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. Psalm 118:24 I am immensely pleased to take part with you in the joyous and proud occasion of the 5th Annual day of National Centre for Catalysis Research, NCCR. I desire to share with you my dear student friends, how the centre has been a unique place of learning and has been beneficial to me in pursuing world class research. My association with IIT is for the past 9 years. I am privileged to be at the centre from the very early days of its institution. The Professor M V C Sastry seminar hall in which you have gathered has been empty and void during the inception of NCCR. I was marveled to see the lecture hall being metamorphosed with all the necessary teaching aids in no time. The chairs and tables have been accumulated from some other department in IITM where they were lying unused and idle. They were polished and made usable. The black board and LCD projector were brought from our old seminar room which is currently housing the XPS machine in the ground floor of NCCR. This is to say that how the funds from the government have been used judiciously with meticulous care only on essentials but not on luxuries. The existing facilities have been used to the best. Every little bit of space available has been used with wisdom. This has helped the smooth running of the centre with out the immediate need for additional new infrastructure. I was introduced to frontier areas of research, like using lingo cellulosic materials for producing carbon materials, fuel cells, water purification, diesel desulphurization, hydrogen production from water splitting, hydrogen storage and more importantly to the virtue of working together with unity in a research group. The regular group meetings, seminars and discussions have paved the way for exchange of knowledge and opinion. Such endeavours have kept us active and alert to the scientific advancements world over and trained us in documenting research articles and patents. The opinion of students on various issues has been considered and regarded. At the centre, apart of my research, I was given several opportunities to train and motivate young students from IITM, several other universities, colleges and schools in carrying out their summer internships, preparing theses and aiding them in getting their graduate and post graduate degrees. Working with young students has been a unique gift and a special learning process to me during my doctoral studies at the centre. Such an expertise has been of immense benefit to me during my postdoctoral research at Bar Ilan university, Israel, where I could work with ease with two graduation students from MIT for their summer internship on cellulose transformation during the last two months. Human resource development, industrial collaboration, providing solutions to industrial problems, orientation course for researchers in catalysis, summer lectures for school going children, helping researchers by providing analytical facilities, the catalysis data base housing wealth of information have been the major successful endeavours of the centre. It is worth appreciation that with in a short span of 5 years the National Centre for Catalysis Research has made exemplary and stunning progress with steady and consistent growth in terms of generation of research fellowships for doctoral students, producing 16 doctoral theses, instituting M Tech course in Catalysis, generating financial grants from reputed industries like CPCL, IOCL, HPCL, TATA chemicals, SHELL, GM and NISSAN apart from DST, producing more than 200 publications, 14 text books, 10 patents and researching vigorously on vital areas like biomass conversion, CO2 reduction, hydrogen production and fuel cells. It is my earnest appeal to my beloved student friends to associate and involve yourselves with as many activities of the centre as possible apart from your own research and get richly benefited through continued learning and education. I pray and wish that the efficient team at the National Centre for Catalysis Research be a source of help, motivation, inspiration to many needful students like me in building their career in the years to come. I humbly express my indebtedness to all of you for giving me this precious opportunity. P. Indra Neel.


(posted on 8th July 2011)

Draft of the Minutes of the Management Advisory Committee Meeting of National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT, Madras held on July 21, 2011

The list of the participants is given in the Annexure. Prof. M.M. Sharma, Chairman welcomed the participants and remarked that the Centre has completed 5 years of existence and expressed happiness with the overall accomplishment of the Centre, especially in manpower development and research activities. He also mentioned that some of the promises made earlier such as recruitment of faculty and providing separate building for the Centre could not be fulfilled. He remarked that catalysis is still an important area and cited the launch of three new journals including ACS Catalysis. 2. Dr. Brakaspathy read out the conditions on which the support was provided five years ago and wanted the investigators to enunciate as to what extent those conditions are fulfilled, if not, the constraints may also be mentioned. This was important for assessing the performance of the Centre and in deciding further support, he added. 3.. Dr. R.P. Verma in his remarks mentioned that the Centre has done well, especially in training, and remarked that more needs to be done relating to industrial collaboration. He also suggested the Centre be modeled on the DBT-ICT Centre at ICT, Mumbai and special programmes of industrial relevance be launched. 4. After the remarks, Prof. B. Viswanathan, Head, NCCR made a presentation. The presentation consisted of two parts (i) the work done during the last five years and (ii) the proposed plan for the next five years. It is noticed from the presentation that M. Tech course on “Catalysis Technology” has been launched in the year 2009 and the first batch of students are passing out this year. 16 PhDs have been produced and 16 others are undergoing doctoral programmes at the Centre. Around 200 students have benefited through the “Orientation Programme” organized by the Centre and about 30 Post-Doctoral Fellows/Project Assistants have been trained. It is also noticed that “capsule programmes” for industry and special programmes for school children were also organized. 5. On research front, the Centre has undertaken research on various aspects of catalysis, especially on “ Catalysis for energy Conversion Process, Nanomaterials and Nano-porous Materials. The Centre was also a part of NMITLI programme of CSIR. Several International Collaborations with many countries have also been materialized during the period. The Committee suggested that the international collaboration activities of the Centre should be appropriately linked with the international programmes of DST. 130 research publications have come out from the Centre so far. The Centre has also been functioning as a nodal point for information related to catalysis. It has 1750 documents in the area of catalysis and is also functioning as headquarter for Catalysis Society of India. Prof. Viswanathan projected a budget of Rs. 23.60 crore for the next phase of five years to sustain and strengthen the activities of the Centre. 6. After the presentation was over, the members discussed about the desirability of extending support for the next five years. Dr. Lakshmi Kantam and Prof. V. Murugesan supported extension of support for the next five years. The written communication from Dr. Paul Ratnasami, Dr. J.S. Yadav and the views of Dr. T. Ramasami were also available to the Committee. The failure in recruitment of faculty was brought to the notice again and the Director, IIT, Madras promised that he would take necessary steps at the earliest to recruit adequate faculty members at the Centre. It was suggested that the Centre should have at least 6 fulltime faculty members. The Director also agreed to give more space for the Centre. On this occasion, it was brought to the notice that the Centre could not purchase TEM equipment during the last five years due to various problems and the Committee advised to purchase it at the earliest. 7. After detailed deliberations and taking into account the opinion of the members, the Committee recommended extension of Centre for another five years with the recurring budget proposed by the PI and equipment budged of Rs. 5 crore. The Committee also recommended that the salary for Prof. B. Viswanathan be paid from the Centre. 8. Prof. Ananth informed the Committee about the completion of tenure of Prof. B. Viswanathan. In view of Prof. B. Viswanathan’s relinquishment, the Committee recommended that the senior-most faculty member at the Centre be appointed as interim Head, NCCR till the opinion of the committee members are obtained and a new Head is appointed in consultation with IIT, Madras. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair. ***** ANNEXURE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS 1. Prof. M.M. Sharma - Chairman 2. Prof. M.S. Ananth, Director, IIT, Madras 3. Dr. R.P. Verma, Ex. IOC R&D, Faridabad 4. Dr. Lakshmi Kantam, IICT, Hyderabad 5. Prof. V. Murugesan, Anna University, Chennai 6. Prof. S. Sankararaman, Head, D/O Chemistry, IIT, Madras 7. Dr. Dr. R. Brakaspathy, DST, New Delhi From NCCR 1. Prof. B. Viswanathan, Head 2. Prof. P. Selvam 3. Dr. S. Sivasankar 4. Prof. K.R. Krishnamurty 5. Prof G.Ranga Rao 6. Prof. R. Ramanarayanan 7. Dr. R. Kothanandaraman


(posted on 16th August 2011)

Test analysis done for Defence

Dear Professor, Thank you very much for such a quick analysis of the samples sent to you. We are happy with the results. It fills an important gap in our investigation. I would like to place on record that we had approached many prestigious Labs/Institutions in India to get these experiments done. They had expressed their inability to do so, stating that it was outside their expertise. You had kindly agreed to do it and it was done in a very short time. We are indebted to you for this. We wish your Institute continued growth. With warm regards Rajkumar (PP Rajkumar) Air Marshal (Retd) Chairman, Committee of Inquiry PHHL Mi 172 Accident At Tawang



Doc.18 (Posted on 14th January 2012) announceonline.pdf> ( On line lectures from NCCR for educational and research institutes) .



Doc.19 HRTEM Tender documents HRTEM Tender documents.pdf> (Posted on 7th February 2012) .



Doc.20 Specifications for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope Specifications for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope.pdf> (Posted on 7th February 2012) .



Doc.26. (NEW ANNOUNCEMENT) Orientation program in catalysis 2012 (November 26 to December 13) the list of selected candidates are: 1. Mr Anil Gawade 2. Ms Saranya 3. Mr Theophil Gregory 4.Me Debajyothi Bhattacharjee 5. Mr Raghupathy 6. Ms Dipshikha Bharali 7.Mr.Shivaji Bhanawase 8.Gunjan Deshmukh 9.Mr.Jayaram Molleti 10. Abhilash Sukhadeve 11.Kalidas Rasal 12.Fr Suresh 13.Sr Sherly 14.Mr.Janardhan 15.Sandip T Gadge 16. Sachin Sarode 17. Kamlesh Tayade 18.Nilesh Patil 19.Sanmay Varma 20. Soumya Gopi 21.Ms.Selvi 22.Mr.Rupsh singh 23.Mr. Vilas V Patil 24.Ms.Nithya Arjunan 25.Mr Chandra Mohan 26.Mr. Pitchai Muthu 27. MrHitash Pawar 28. Mr Deepak Nale 29.Mr.Kishor Wage 30.Mr. Manohar Bhosale 31.Mr.Pramod Patil 32 Mr Hanmant Gurav 33.Mr Atul S Nagpure 34.Ms Shilpi 35.Mr.Jeevan M. Bhojane 36.Priti Shrivastava Any other name left out please email us immediately (Posted on 25th September at 9 40 am 2012) .



Doc.27 Hydrogen storage article of Dr Himakumar himakumar storage.pdf> (Posted on 25th September 2012) .



Doc.28 Special course on PEC and Photocatalysis (December 15 to December 19, 2012) (Posted on 25th September 2012) .

the list of selected candidates 1. Fr Sursh 2. Sr. Sherly 3.Mr Clament 4.Dr John Kennedy 5.Kavery .E 6.Manikandan 7.Vijay 8.Narayanan 9.vichu 10. Usha DOYA 11.SOUMYAYASHREE PANY 12.SANTOSH KUMAR 13. Daya Mani 14. Ns. GOPA MISHRA 15. LAGNAMAYEEE MOHAPATRA 16.MS UDYA ARUL DOSS 17. C.RAGHUPATHY 18.S.PRABHU 19. AJAY KUMAR (IITM)20. ADI NAVEEN 21.T.Viswanathan PMC TECH 22.Mr. Vijayakumar.23. S. Marakatti 24. Rokesh K THE LIST IS NOT COMPLETE THOSE NAMES LEFT OUT PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL WE SHALL ADD The details of the coverage are as follows: 1. General principles of photo electrochemical cells and solar cells 2.Electrode/electrolyte interface 3. Semiconductor/electrolyte interface - concepts and consequences of band bending 4. charge transfer at the interface 5. Strategies for design of semiconductor/liquid junctions for energy conversion 6. Advancs in this field including photo-degradation of waste water 7. New synthetic organic reactions 8. Photosynthesis and lessons to be learnt for PEC 9. CO2 and photo catalysis for its conversion to chemicals and fuels 10. DSSC and its current status