Foundation stone laid: 1948
Physical Reality : 1953
Campus spread around 300 acres and 65,000 m2 of Lab
Electrochemical Power Sources
Corrosion Science & Engineering
Electrochemical Materials Science
Electrodics & Electrocatalysis
Electrochemicals (Organic & Inorganic)
Functional Materials
Metal Finishing
Electrometallurgy (Hydro & Pyro)
Electrochemical Pollution Control
Lead Acid System
Nickel-metal Hydride and other Nickel
Lithium Batteries
Batteries for Special Applications
Fuel Cells
Super capacitors
Corrosion in Concrete Structures
Inhibitors & Bio–fouling
Protective Coatings
Cathodic & Anodic Protection
Failure Analysis
Specialty Chemicals
Electrochemical Per fluorination
Chromium Recovery
Water Electrolysis & Hydrogen Production
Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Titanium Substrate Insoluble Anode (TSIA)
Coating/Recoating of Anodes and Cathodes of
Chlor – Alkali Membrane Cells
Recovery of Metals from Secondary Sources
Gallium and Chromium
Manganese Dioxide
Electroforming (Shaping)
Electroless Plating
Pulse Plating
Plating of Alloys & Composites
Precious Metal Plating
Sensors & Modified Electrodes
Biosensors & Bioelectrochemistry
Nanoscale electrocatalysis
Theoretical Electrochemistry
Bimetallic Electrocatalysts
Conducting Polymers and Nanomaterials
Septum Cells
Photovoltaic Cells
Magnetic Materials
Electronic Ceramics
Molecularly Designed Polymers
Nanomaterials for Power Sources
Electrochemical Treatment of Industrial
Pollution Control in Electroplating Industries
Scanning Tunneling & Atomic Force Microscope
Scanning Electron Microscope
Transmission Electron Microscope
Metallurgical Microscope
FT-IR & Microscope
Laser Raman Microscope
Electron Spin Resonance
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer
X-ray Fluorescence
X-ray Photoelectron/Auger Electron
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
FT-IR Spectrometer
Laser Raman Spectrometer
Battery Cycle Testing Unit
BET Surface Area Analyzer
CHN Analyzer
Cluster Computing Facility
CNC Milling Machine
Corrosion Fatigue Testing Unit
DC Magnetron Sputtering Unit
Differential Scanning Calorimeter
Electron Beam Evaporation Unit
Gel Permeation Liquid Chromatograph
High Performance Liquid Chromatograph
Inductively-coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer
Ion Chromatograph
Metallurgical Microscope & Micro-hardness Tester
Particle Size Analyzer
Powder X-ray Diffractometer
Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET)
Slow Strain Rate Stress Corrosion Testing Machine
Tensile Testing Machine
Thermal Analysis System (TG and DTA)
Transmission Electron Microscope
Universal Tensile Testing Machine
X-ray Fluorescence Thickness Gauge
Research Ambience
As part of its human resource
development programme, CECRI's Center
for Education runs Anna University's
B. Tech. course in Chemical & Electro
chemical Engineering.
The eight-semester B. Tech. course is
unique, it is the world‘s first technology
electrochemical engineering. This course
is recognized by the All India Council for
Technical Education and the Indian
Institute of Chemical Engineering.
Japan Science & Technology Agency, Japan
Columbian Chemicals Company, USA
Yonsei University, South Korea
General Motors Technical Center, USA
International Partnership for Hydrogen
Economy (European)
Applied Materials Inc., USA
Titanium Equipment & Anode Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp.
Madras Rubber Factory
Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd.
Nicholas-Piramal Healthcare
Aditya Birla Industries
Amara Raja Batteries Ltd.
Asian Paints
Berger Paints
Devcon Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
Exide Industries Ltd.
Godrej & Boyce
High Energy Batteries (India) Ltd.
Hindustan Lever Ltd.
Krishna Conchem Products Pvt. Ltd.
NED Energy Ltd.
Nerolac Paints
Protektol Anticorrosives
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Ministry of Information Technology
Indian Space Research Organization
Department of Science & Technology
Department of Ocean Development
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Atomic Energy
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
Defence Research & Development
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory
Naval Dockyard
Naval Science & Technological Laboratory
National Highways Authority of India
Indian Railways
Oil & Natural Gas Commission
Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.
Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
Development of lithium-ion batteries for
multifarious applications
CSIR Battery performance evaluation center
Energy for cleaner and greener environment
Development of specialty inorganic materials for
diverse applications
Conducting polymer paints & coatings for
corrosion protection of metallic & concrete
structures and shielding of concrete structures in
strategic areas
Development of PEM-based Hydrogen production
technology for fuel cell application
 Intelligent Coating
 Zero Emission Research Initiative for Solid Wastes
 Multifunctional electrodes and electrolytes for future
Potassic (K) Fertiliser Technology to Empower the Nation
Development of Sustainable Waste Management
Technologies for Chemical and Allied Industries
Advanced Carbon Materials
Hydrogen energy overcoming materials challenges
in PEMFC towards generation, separation, storage
and conversion of hydrogen
 A Multi-Scale Simulation and Modeling Approach to
Designing Smart Functional materials for use in
Energy, Electrochemistry and Bio-mimetics
 Sustainable techlologies for the Utilization of Rare
 Molecules to Materials to Devices
Innovative Technologies for Health Assessment and
Damage Mitigation of Structures
Development of Advanced Materials for Next
Generation Energy – Efficient devices
Fabrication of LED devices and systems for
solid state lighting applications
Nanomaterials and nanodevices for applications
in health and disease
Development of electrochemical technologies
for drinking water upgradation in North-Eastern
Centre for excellence for computational
chemistry: An Integrated tool for multi-scale
simulation to design materials, processes and
simulation of molecular recognition process in
Contract Research: Business driven R&D objectives with clearly
defined outputs.
Results in a product, process, tacit knowledge and
Intellectual property generation.
Consultancy: Professional advice rendered to clients based on
the knowledge-base available.
Technical Service: Testing & analyzing using specialized facilities
Knowledge alliance between CECRI and Industries
Provides high quality infrastructure to entrepreneurs by offering CECRI’s novel products,
technologies, know-how and other patentable knowledge into marketable goods.
Incubation Centre
Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs)
Autonomous Functional Units
Autonomous Business Units
NMITLI Innovation Centres
Unencumbered Patents
Know how / Knowledgebase
Industry oriented refresher courses
Customized/Tailor-made training programmes in
the areas of electrochemical science & technology
Papers published
: 5645
Patents filed
: 755
Know-how / Technologies
: 253
Sponsored projects
: 460
Consultancy projects
: 220
No. of licenses
: 525
To achieve excellence in all aspects of electrochemistry and
related fields for the development of globally competitive and
eco-friendly technologies for industrial growth, energy and
material conservation.
Some of the Know-how transferred
Direct borohydride fuel cell system
PEM electrolyser for hydrogen production
Process for production of Tetra-ethyl, -butyl and propyl ammonium hydroxides
Cement polymer composite coating
Electrochemical defluoridation of drinking water
Recent International Patents
High capacity kish graphitic lithium insertion anode materials
and negative electrodes for Lithium ion batteries
New high voltage nano-composite cathode for lithium ion
Non-enzymatic electrochemical monitor for HbA1c level in
diabetes management
Recent Publications in high-impact journals
Aqueous CTAB-Assisted Electrodeposition of Gold Atomic Clusters and Their
Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalytic Activity in Acid Solutions (Angew. Chem.
Int., 2010)
Sodium-alginate-based proton-exchange membranes as electrolytes for
DMFCs (Energy Environ. Sci., 2010)
A new mixed-matrix membrane for DMFCs (Energy Environ. Sci., 2010)
Solution-Combustion Synthesized Nanocrystalline Li4Ti5O12 As High-Rate
Performance Li-Ion Battery Anode (Chem. Mater.,2010)
Hydrogel-polymer electrolytes for electrochemical capacitors: an overview
(Energy Environ. Sci., 2009)
Electrochemical assay of the nitrate and nitrite reductase activities of
Rhizobium japonicum (Biosens. Bioelectron., 2009)
Nanocatalyst-U-reagent on a polymer film: A new polymer-supported
system for (electro-)catalytic applications (Chemical Communications, 2011)
Publications in high-impact journals - Contd.
Direct electron transfer with yeast cells and construction of a mediatorless
microbial fuel cell (Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2007)
Novel method for deposition of gold-prussian blue nanocomposite films
induced by electrochemically formed gold nanoparticles: Characterization
and application to electrocatalysis (Chemistry of Materials, 2007)
Preparation of catalytic films of platinum on Au substrates modified by selfassembled PAMAM dendrimer monolayers (Appl. Catal. B., 2009)
Bioelectrocatalysis of Acetobacter aceti and Gluconobacter roseus for
Current Generation (Environ. Sci & Tech., 2009)
Publications in high-impact journals - Contd.
Nanocatalyst ∪ reagent-on-a-polymer film: a new polymer-supported
system for (electro-) catalytic reactions (Chemical Communications-2011)
Synthesis, Structure, and Electrochemical Properties of the Layered
Sodium Insertion Cathode Material: NaNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2(Chemistry
of Materials – 2012)
Giant magnetoresistance in electrodeposited films (Materials Sciences 2012)
Strategic sector
Preservation of Agni Missile
Dissemination of information
Organising International/National Conferences
Participation in Technologies Fair
Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and
Technology (SAEST)
National Corrosion Council of India (NCCI)
CECRI’s Record in fundamental electrochemistry
Faradaic Rectification, leading to the development of
AC Polarography & Electrochemical Impedance
Spectroscopy (KSG Doss)
Exponential Relaxation Techniques for studying
kinetics in the linear and Tafel regions (SK Rangarajan)
Harmonic analysis of corrosion systems (KSR, Rao &
Experimental set-up for Hydrogen embrittlement
studies [Devanathan & Stachurski]
Pioneering studies on small organics oxidation –
context of fuel cell development (VK Venkatesan)
Redox-catalysis of organic processes (HVK Udupa)
 Corrosion Resistant Coatings
 Cement-Polymer Composite Coatings
 Anodization Technology
 Several Electroplating related
 Titanium Substrate Insoluble Anodes in
Chlor-Alkali Processes
Magnesium Metal Extraction for
Defence Applications
Technologies for Sensors & Ion-Selective
Science 9 February 2007, Vol. 315 no. 5813 pp.
796-798; MTM Koper, Faraday Discussions, 2008, 140, 11
These are indeed exciting times to be an electrochemist. Not only is the unprecedented
power of modern experimental and computational tools an excellent enabler
for innovative fundamental research work, with the ever louder cry for alternative
and more sustainable energy sources and devices, electrochemistry has every reason
to put itself at the center of attention. Even prominent non-electrochemists admit
that our future energy technology will have electrochemistry as one of its cornerstones.
In a 2007 Science paper, Whitesides and Crabtree have identified long-term research
areas that should not be forgotten, and many of them are of a partial or even complete
electrochemical nature.
The oxygen electrode (both oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution)
(Electro-)catalysis by design
Various aspects of photoelectrocatalysis
(Electro-)chemistry of carbon dioxide
(Electro-)chemistry of complex systems (‘‘emergent behavior’’, nonlinearity,
innovative (electro-)chemical engineering)
Efficiency of energy use
(Electro-)chemistry of small molecules (H2O, CO, small inorganic nitrogen
New ideas
Towards Fourth Generation Electrochemistry, David E. Williams,
Faraday Discuss., 2002, 121, 463-465
We are now sufficiently “powered” to
Perform experiments at atomic level with
Couple spectroscopy / microscopy to monitor
electrochemical reactions in real-time
Observe Molecular electronic events in
Single-molecule electrochemistry/
Glimpses and Events
July 25, 1948 : The historic day spelt the beginning of an intensive
activity to transform the place into one of the higher learning in
quest of new technologies to put Karaikudi in the scientific map
of the world,
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of CECRI.
January 14, 1953 : Inauguration of CECRI, witnessed the presence
of Dr Alagappa Chettiar, Dr SS Bhatnagar, Nobel Laureate Dr C V
Raman and other eminent personalities. Dr. S Radhakrishnan
inaugurated and dedicated to the nation.
Glimpses and Events – contd.
October 9th, 1955
: Dr M Visvesvaraya visited CECRI and said “ I do hope
that in this scientific work, the money and energy spent will be comparable
with the results achieved with those in America, England, Australia, etc.”
January 22nd, 1966
: Dr Zahir Hussain visited and said that the significant
work this institute is doing is symbolic of the great change that is coming
over our country.
: Titanium substrate insoluble anode (TSIA) and graphite
substrate lead oxide anode (GSLD) were developed.
Rohini Rocket launched with CECRI made Ammoonium
perchlorate at Thumba.
1978 : CECRI celebrated its 25th year
: NRDC announced Republic day award for CECRI’s invention
“Radiation resistant coatings for nuclear power stations”
Glimpses and Events – contd.
1988: CECRI celebrated its 40th Year on 25th July 1988
1997: One tonne cryogenic engine thrust chamber was developed
using electroforming at CECRI for Vikram Sarabhai Space
Golden Jubilee year of CECRI begins on 25th July 1997.
Sd–10–240 Electrodynamic
Programmable Environmental
Life Cycle Tester( variable
High Performance Hybrid Electric
Vehicle Battery Tester
Environmental Chamber
Batteries Under Life Cycle Test in a
Water Bath
Gas Collection
Flame Tester
Oxygen Indexer
Leak Test
Reliability Test