• Sustained R& D efforts for over 2 decades on the development of environment friendly and more viable processes for the production of synthetic rutile, has resulted in transfer of a major technology under public private partnership mode. NIIST has transferred a technology for setting up of a commercial plant of 60000 TPA capacity synthetic rutile to M./s Cochin Minerals and Rutile Limited.
  • Another process based on plasma technology for the production of synthetic rutile, pig iron and high purity iron oxide from ilmenite has been successfully demonstrated at 30 kg/hr capacity continuous plasma reactor in collaboration with National Mineral Development Corporation, Hyderabad.

Recent Publications

  1. Scalable preparation of graphene from graphite ore via mechano-chemical ball milling, Aswathy S Nair, N. Vasumathi, Sreejakumari S. S and K. Jayasankar, Materials and Manufacturing Processes  DOI:. 10.1080/10426914. 2021.1945094 (2021)
  2. Dendrimer like Mesoporous Silica Nano container (DMSN) based Smart Self-Healing Coating for Corrosion Protection performance, Siva, S.S. Sreejakumari and S. Sathyanaryanan, Progress in Organic Coatings, 154, 106201 (2021)
  3. Biogenic Ag Nanoparticles from Neem Extract: Their Structural Evaluation and Antimicrobial Effects against Pseudomonas nitroreducens and Aspergillus unguis (NII 08123), SB Ulaeto, GM Mathew, JK Pancrecious, JB Nair, TPD Rajan, KK Maiti, and B.C. Pai, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 6 (1), 235-245 (2020)
  4. Ultra-bright emission from Sr doped TiO2 nanoparticles through r-GO conjugation, S. Mandal, N. Jain, M.K. Pandey, S.S Sreejakumari, P. Shukla, A. Chanda, S. Som, S. Das, J. Singh,. R. Soc. open sci. 6, 190100. (2019)
  5. Investigation on the corrosion behavior of lanthanum phosphate coatings on AZ31 Mg alloy obtained through chemical conversion technique, J Jayaraj, KR Rajesh, SA Raj, A Srinivasan, S Ananthakumar, Nanda Gopala Krishna Dhaipule, Sreeram K Kalpathy, UTS Pillai, U Kamachi Mudali, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 784, 1162-1174 (2019)
  6. Developments in smart anticorrosive coatings with multifunctional characteristics, SB Ulaeto, R Rajan, JK Pancrecious, TPD Rajan, BC Pai, Progress in Organic Coatings 111, 294-314 (2017)
  7. Synthesis of a super-hydrophobic Ni–ITO nanocomposite with pine-cone and spherical shaped micro-nanoarchitectures by pulse electrodeposition and its electrocatalytic application, P. Sivasakthi, G. N. K. Ramesh Bapu, Maruthai Chandrasekaran and S. S. Sreejakumari, RSC Advances 6, 44766–44773 (2016)
  8. Composite magnesium phosphate coatings for improved corrosion resistance of magnesium AZ31 alloy, Jithu Jayaraj, S. Amruth Raj, A. Srinivasan, S. Ananthakumar, Nanda Gopala Krishna Dhaipule, U. Kamachi  Mudali, Corrosion Science, 113 104-115 (2016)
  9. Investigations on microstructures, mechanical and corrosion properties of Mg–Gd–Zn alloys, A Srinivasan, Y Huang, CL Mendis, C Blawert, KU Kainer, N Hort, Materials Science and Engineering: A 595, 224-234 (2014)
  10. Above 170o water contact angle and oleophobicity of ?uorinated graphene oxide based transparent polymeric ?lms, T. Bharathidasan, Tharangattu N. Narayanan, S. Sathyanaryanan, S.S. Sreejakumari, CARBON 84, 207– 213 (2014)
  11. Hot tearing characteristics of binary Mg-Gd alloy castings, A Srinivasan, Z Wang, Y Huang, F Beckmann, KU Kainer, N Hort, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 44 (5), 2285-2298 (2013)
  12. Characterization of centrifugal cast functionally graded aluminum-silicon carbide metal matrix composites, TPD Rajan, RM Pillai, BC Pai, Materials characterization 61 (10), 923-928 (2010)
  13. Fabrication and characterisation of Al–7Si–0.35 Mg/fly ash metal matrix composites processed by different stir casting routes, TPD Rajan, RM Pillai, BC Pai, KG Satyanarayana, PK Rohatgi, Composites Science and Technology 67 (15-16), 3369-3377 (2007)
  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Si and Sb added AZ91 magnesium alloy,A Srinivasan, UTS Pillai, BC Pai, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 36 (8), 2235-2243 (2005)
  15. Reinforcement coatings and interfaces in aluminium metal matrix composites, TPD Rajan, RM Pillai, BC Pai, Journal of materials science 33 (14), 3491-3503 (1998)

Awards and Honours

  • Award for Excellence in Corrosion Science and Technology, NACE International
  • Editor, Transactions of IIM
  • Chandran Menon Memorial Award for Applied Research and Innovative Technology conferred by The Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF)
  • IIF Foundry Research Award at national level conferred by Indian Institute of Foundryman, Calcutta
  • IIM Best Metallography Awards
  • Best Paper Awards in various national and international conferences
  • DAAD fellowship and AvH Post doctoral fellowship
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