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  • As Director of the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology since 2009, has contributed to making the institute one of the leading centers in India for basic and applied research in the country. During this period the Institute has also seen substantial improvement in its infrastructure. He has encouraged interdisciplinary across the various divisions of the institute and has significantly improved interaction of the institute with industries. As cluster director of the CSIR-Chemistry Cluster consisting of 9 CSIR Institutes, played a major role in formulation and finalization its 12’th Five Year Plan Projects of the Cluster.
  • Coordinator of the Indian consortium of Institutes (IISER-Tvm, IISc-Bangalore, JNCASR-Bangalore, Univ. of Madras and NIIST-Tvm) in the Indo-EU project under the competitive Seventh Framework Program (FP7) on “Organic and Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells: Optimization of Material Properties, Bulk Heterojunctions, Morphology and Device Efficiencies” funded by DST. The partners for this program funded by the EU include Univ. of Bayreuth, Germany, Technische Univ. Eindhoven, Netherlands, Technical University of Denmark, Mekoprint-Denmark and Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev,-Israel.
  • As Head Chemical Sciences and Technology Division, initiated and coordinated a successful CSIR-Network program on development of organic materials for photonic and electronic applications, with NIIST-Trivandrum as the nodal laboratory and NCL, Pune and CLRI, Chennai as participating laboratories.
  • As Head of the newly established Photochemistry Research Unit in 1989, at the Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum, was instrumental in setting up state of the art facilities for conducting advanced research in basic and applied aspects of photochemistry, and for leading the Unit (subsequently renamed as the Photosciences and Photonics Section), to its present reputed national and international status.
  • Conducted sponsored projects on development of photochromics for commercial applications, funded by Corning-SAS, France for the past three years. Project 1: Euros 49,000.00 (2006-2007); Project 2: Euros 68,000.00 (2007-2008); Project 3: Euros 68,000.00 (2008-2009); Project 4: Euros 80,000.00 (2009-2010).
  • Principal Investigator of several sponsored projects including a DST sponsored IRPHA project on development of organic materials for photonic applications.
  • Conducted various international collaborative projects including a Volkswagen funded program with the Max Planck Institute at Gottingen, Germany; DST-JSPS supported interactions with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Locally coordinated CSIR Task force programmes of NIIST-Trivandrum on organic light emitting materials and functional nanomaterials.
  • Convener of International Symposia on Photochemical Sciences held in 1998, 2001 and 2004 at Trivandrum.
  • Convener of DST-JSPS Indo-Japanese Joint seminar on Recent Trends in Molecular Materials research at Trivandrum in January 2008.
  • Guest Co-editor, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Vol. 25, No.6, Parts 1-4 (1999).
  • Guided research programs of 19 doctoral students and currently supervising Ph. D. research of 4 students.
  • Published over a hundred research articles in international journals/books.
  • Secured international and national patents on photoresponsive materials.
  • Delivered several invited lectures in National and International Symposia in India and abroad.

Highlights of Qualifications/Achievements