T. Maiyalagan  
 

 

 

 
Name : T. Maiyalagan  
   
Addresses :

Laboratory address:

National Centre for Catalysis Research,
Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai – 600 036.

   
E-Mail ID : maiyalagan@iitm.ac.in, maiyalagan@gmail.com
   
Educational details :

B.Sc., Chemistry Major 1996- 1999 , Loyola College , University of Madras , Madras , India

M.Sc., Chemistry 1999 -2001, Loyola College , University of Madras , Madras , India

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry Ongoing, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras) 2001- till.

   
Research interests :

Novel Electrochemical Energy Conversion and storage Devices

Electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices such as advanced batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells are playing an ever-increasing role in our society's future.  One can easily think of cell phones, portable computers, electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars to realize the role of such energy devices. Moreover, many biomedical applications, military functions as well as Homeland Security missions critically depend on such power sources as well. We are fabricating novel kinds of electrochemical energy devices using new materials developed in our laboratory. Such novel devices include supercapacitors and Fuel cells based on nanostructured electrodes. My  research interests include catalysis and electrode materials for fuel cell applications. My research interests concern the design and development of anode electrode materials for direct methanol fuel cells with a particular emphasis on Nitrogen containing carbon nanotubes as an electrode support. Our endeavors are highly interdisciplinary, as we embrace both the inorganic and organic worlds of materials.  We design and synthesize new types of nanostructured oxide support materials having desired electrochemical and/or catalytic properties. By taking an integrated approach, we strive to advance both our fundamental understanding of the materials, issues and mechanisms, and the state of the art of electrochemical energy device technologies.

   
Honors, Awards and Organizations :
  • Secured 97.32 percentile in the all India graduate aptitude test of engineering (GATE), 2001.
  • Received postgraduate merit scholarship award based on written competitive examination from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), 2001.
  • 2005 Travel Award from the Department of Science and Technology to attend the "FUEL CELL SEMINAR 2005 Conference” Palm Springs , California USA .
  • 2005 Travel Award from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to attend the "FUEL CELL SEMINAR 2005 Conference", Palm Springs , California USA .
  • 2006 Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles for the journal - Electrochemistry Communications.
  • 2006 Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles for the journal - Material Chemistry and Physics.
   
Laboratory Skills :
  • Template synthesis of nanomaterials
  • Electrochemical analysis of fuel cell materials and energy devices
  • Expertise in electron microscopy (SEM, TEM and AFM), X-Ray powder diffraction and plasma etching
  • Experience in sol-gel synthetic methods
  • Electrochemical techniques (chronoamperometric measurements, cyclic voltammetry and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Thermal analysis: DTA/TG/DSC
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Origin software packages
     
Projects handled/handling : Development of electrocatalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Applications, Columbian Chemicals Company, USA, 2002 – 2004.
   
Orientation Programmes Attended :
  1. Summer Training program on Advanced Physical Chemistry -Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Center - IIT Madras , June 26 - July 25, 2000.
  2. Refresher course on " Orientation Programme in Catalysis "- IIT Kharagpur, December 2002.
   
Publications :
  1. T. Maiyalagan and B. Viswanathan “Template Synthesis and Characterization of Nitrogen containing Carbon Nanotubes ”, Material Chemistry and Physics 93 (2005)291 . [Selected as top 2nd article among Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles in Material chemistry and Physics].
  2. T. Maiyalagan, B. Viswanathan and U. V. Varadaruju “ Nitrogen containing carbon nanotubes as supports for Pt – Alternate anodes for fuel cell applications” , Electrochemistry Communications7 (2005) 905 . [Selected as top 2nd article among Science Direct Top 25Hottest Articles in Electrochemistry communications].
  3. T. Maiyalagan and B. Viswanathan “Template Synthesis of Carbon nanotubes by carbonization of Polyparaphenylene”, Indian Journal of Chemistry. Sec (A) 45A ( 2006) 182 .
  4. T. Maiyalagan, B. Viswanathan and U. V. Varadaruju “Electro-oxidation of Methanol on Pt supported TiO 2 Nanotube”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ( 2006)(In press).
  5. T. Maiyalagan, B. Viswanathan, U. V. Varadaraju, B. K. Pradhan, B. Srinivas “Electro oxidation of methanol on TiO 2 nanotube electrodes” Proc. Fuel Cell Seminar, Palm springs, California , USA ( 2005)149.
  6. T. Maiyalagan, B. Viswanathan and U. V. Varadaruju “ Nitrogen Containing Carbon nanotubes as Supports for Pt – Alternate Anodes or Fuel Cell Applications- (Research Trends)”, Fuel cells Bulletin 2 (2006) 15.
  7. T. Maiyalagan, B. Viswanathan and U. V. Varadaraju “Fabrication and Characterization of uniform TiO2 nanotubes” Bull. Mater. Sci (2006) (In press).