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Dr. Parasuraman Selvam is currently Head, National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT-Madras, Chennai, and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IIT-Madras, Chennai; Visiting Professor, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.  Prior to this, Prof. Selvam was a Faculty in the Department of Chemistry, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
Prof. Selvam’s research work mainly involves on the development of novel synthetic procedures for the preparation of ordered nanoporous (zeolitic) materials including silicates, aluminosilicates, carbons and a variety of transition metal oxides as well as size- and shape-controlled nanomaterials.
Prof. Selvam’s research interests also include nanostructured materials, heterogeneous catalysis for green chemical routes, environmental remediation processes, and energy conversion (biomass, solar hydrogen) and storage (methanol fuel cell, lithium ion battery) methods.
Prof. Selvam’s major contribution also includes in the design and development of novel heterogeneous catalysts for a variety of industrially important organic transformations which have received overwhelming response both from industry and academia. Several industrial consultancy and sponsored projects that he has brought to the Institute has helped him to build a strong and vibrant catalysis research group at IIT-Madras. Prof. Selvam has published over 300 original research papers international peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and about 20 patents to his credit.
Prof. Selvam held several visiting/adjunct faculty positions in various Universities/Institutes both in India and Abroad. He has also been bestowed with several national and international awards and honors.

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Professional Experience

Currently

  • Present2006

    Professor

    Department of Chemistry, National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCCR): Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-Madras) CHENNAI

Formerly

  • 19971992

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay) MUMBAI

  • 20031997

    Associate Professor

    Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay) MUMBAI

  • 20062003

    Professor

    Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay) MUMBAI

  • end2003

    Associate Professor

    Department of Materials Chemistry, Tohoku University, SENDAI, Japan

  • 20061992

    Associate Faculty

    Energy Systems Engineering, IIT-Bombay, MUMBAI

Academic profile

  • M.Sc. 1982

    Master of Science

    University of Madras, CHENNAI

  • Ph.D. 1988

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, CHENNAI

Post -Doctoral Research Associate

  • XLC 1988-90

    Laboratory of X-ray Crystallography

    University of Geneva, GENEVA, Switzerland

  • CMPMS 1990-92

    Department of Condensed Matter Physics

    University of Geneva, GENEVA, Switzerland

Awards

  • 2010-2012
    Eminent Visitor (Research)
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    Eminent Visitor (Research), University of Western Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • 2012
    Professor S. Lakshminarasimhan First Endowment Lecture
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    Professor S. Lakshminarasimhan First Endowment Lecture, A.M. Jain College, Chennai
  • 2011
    Hindustan Platinum Best Poster
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    Hindustan Platinum Best Poster, 15th National Workshop on Catalysis, Chennai
  • 2010
    Professor N. Venkatasubramanian Endowment Lecture
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    Professor N. Venkatasubramanian Endowment Lecture, R.K.M. Vivekanada College, Chennai
  • 2002
    Sistla Kameswari Young Scientist Award (Catalysis)
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    Sistla Kameswari Young Scientist Award (Catalysis), The Catalysis Society of India
  • 2001
    Mayavati Memorial Young Scientist Award (Solid State Chemistry)
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    Mayavati Memorial Young Scientist Award (Solid State Chemistry), Indian Association for
    Solid State Chemists & Allied Scientists
  • 2000
    Hindustan Platinum Best Paper Award
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    Hindustan Platinum Best Paper Award, 2nd Indo-Pacific Conference on Catalysis, Pune
  • 1998
    Hindustan Platinum Best Paper Award
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    Hindustan Platinum Best Paper Award, 14th National Symposium on Catalysis, Chennai
  • 1990
    JCPDS Award
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    JCPDS Award, Int. Centre for Diffraction Data, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.) - Powder diffraction file:
    Set 40, No.1204-1206

Honor/Distinction

  • 2011
    Group Leader
    Group Leader, Indo-Russian Expert Meeting, Chennai, 2011
  • 2011
    Member
    Member, German Excellence Initiative, DFG (German Research Foundation), Bonn (GERMANY), 2011
  • 2011
    Member
    Member, Government of India Delegation (Catalysis) to Rostock (GERMANY), 2011
  • 2010
    Honorary Chairman & Treasurer
    Honorary Chairman & Treasurer, The Royal Society of India-South India, 2010 onwards
  • 2009
    Deputy Leader
    Deputy Leader, Government of India delegation (Catalysis) to Novosibrisk (RUSSIA), 2009
  • 2003-2005
    Treasurer
    Treasurer, Catalysis Society of India, 2003-2005
  • 2002-2004
    Secretary
    Secretary, Catalysis Society of India (MUMBAI CHAPTER), 2002-2004
  • 2002
    Elected Fellow
    Elected Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London (UNITED KINGDOM), 2002
  • 2001
    Elected Fellow
    Elected Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Pune, 2001

RECOGNITION

  • 2017
    Member
    Member, Higher Secondary Text Book (Chemistry) Writing Committee, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Chennai, 2017
  • 2016-2018
    Member
    Member, Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science (Chemical Sciences), DST, 2016-2018.
  • 2013 onwards
    Associate Editor
    Associate Editor, Advanced Porous Materials (American Scientific Publishers), 2013 onwards
  • 2012-2015
    Member
    Member, Programme Advisory Committee Member (Physical Chemistry), DST, 2012-2015
  • 2012
    Rev. Sr. Annamma Philip Endowment Lecture
    Rev. Sr. Annamma Philip Endowment Lecture, Stella Maris College, Chennai, 2012
  • 2012
    Professor S. Lakshminarasimhan Endowment Lecture
    Professor S. Lakshminarasimhan Endowment Lecture, A.M. Jain College, Chennai, 2012
  • 2011
    Member
    Member, German Excellence Initiative, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn
    (GERMANY), 2011
  • 2010
    Professor N. Venkatasubramanian Endowment Lecture
    Professor N. Venkatasubramanian Endowment Lecture, Vivekananda College, Chennai, 2010