Functional Materials : Ananthakumar S » Personal


Dr.S.Ananthakumar joined in CSIR career as Scientist since April 1992 and has been associating with Materials and Minerals Division of NIIST. He has more than 15 years of service in CSIR and actively involved in ceramic materials and composites research. During the initial period of his career, he worked in the area of microwave processing ZnO varistors, evaluation of mechanical properties of sol gel derived alumina nano abrasives. Later he took Ph.d in composite fabrication through sol gel assisted ceramic extrusion. He has hands on experience in fabrication of fine grained alumina, mullite and aluminiumtitanate ceramic nano composites and evaluation of their mechanical properties. Presently he is a project leader for two projects (i) Development of high energy field varistors sponsored by a private industry and (ii) Rare earth oxide varistors sponsored by M/s IRE, Kollam.



Ph.D*              Faculty of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai (2004)

M.Tech            Ceramic Technology, Anna University, Chennai (1992)

B.Tech             Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai (1990)

*Ph.d work was done under DAAD fellowship in Materials Physics Laboratory, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Heubner.



Post doctoral work: Development of nanostructured Zn-Sb Intermetallic thermoelectric materials through wet chemical synthesis

Institut Charles Gerhardt , UMR 5253, Université Montpellier 2

Physicochimie des Matériaux Organisés Fonctionnels, CC 1700, Case courrier 15-03, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5-France.



2012-2018 (till date)            Senior Principal Scientist, Materials Division

2008 – 2012                           Principal Scientist, Functional Materials Section

2001  – 2008                          Scientist -EI, Nano-ceramic Division

1997 – 2001                           Scientist- C,  Structural Ceramics  Division

1992 – 1997                           Scientist -B,  Particulate Ceramics Division




1994  New York State Colege of Ceramics, Alfred University, USA under the Overseas scholarship scheme, Ministry of Human resource and Development, Government of India to work on carbon-carbon composites with Prof.Linda Jones

2001   Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany under CSIR-DAAD Fellowship to work on creep resistance of alumina matrix ceramic composites under Prof.Heubner, Materials Physics Laboratory, Harburg

2006   Special Invite to the company M/s Element Six Pvt ltd., Springs, South Africa for giving lecture on Alumina matrix ceramic nano composites and its creep properties

2007   University of Montpellier, France under CNRS fellowship to work on thermoelectric nanostructures with Dr. Prof. Florence

2008   University of Concepcion, Chile South America (Visiting Scientist) for taking series of lectures on advanced ceramics for MS students and collaborative research with Dr.R.V. Mangalaraja, Director, Energy Materials Lab

2010   University of Calabria, Italy under DST-CNR INDO-Italy Exchange  Program to work on all ceramic memberanes for Co2 sequestration and worked with Prof. Giuseppe Barbieri.

2014   Tokyo Institute of technology , Japan to attend TOKYO-TECH Seminar




Partnering in the Academic Internship Program with POLYTECH, University of Clermont-Ferrand, Paris for training French students from the university

International Reviewer, FONDYCT Research Projects, Govt of Chile, South America