K. V. Radhakrishnan received his early education (B.Sc and M.Sc.degrees) from Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India (University of Calicut) and also had Master’s in Human Resource Management (MHRM) from University of Kerala with First rank for the year 2014-16 .He completed his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Kerala in 1998 under the supervision of Dr. Vijay Nair at NIIST (CSIR), Trivandrum. Subsequently he held postdoctoral positions at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan with Professor Yoshinori Yamamoto, Molecumetics Institute, Bellevue, WA, USA with Professor Michael Kahn and NPG Research Institute, Raleigh, NC with Professor Bert Fraser-Reid. He joined National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR- NIIST), Trivandrum as Scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Technology Division in May 2002.
His research interests include the development of novel synthetic methodologies utilizing pentafulvenes as synthons, synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, and palladium catalyzed organic transformations towards pharmaceutically important molecules and tapping the potential of bioactive molecules from plants of Western Ghats. In addition to the above, he is an active member in a number of collaborative projects on the development of functional organic materials, dyes and photochromic systems which can be used for a variety of photonic and electronic applications such as photovoltaic devices, LED and optical switches.