Dr. Chandrasekharam, Sr. Principal Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, and a Professor in the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Hyderabad has been working at IICT since 2002 and published over 100 articles in reputed high impact factor International journals and a peer invited reviewer for several International Journals. He was trained in Organic Chemistry and gained wide experience in the areas of Green Technologies, organometallics, total synthesis, pharmacologically important molecules and materials for energy applications. He published papers on C-H functionalizations for the construction of new C-C, C-O, and C-N bonds with environmentally benign, less expensive, non-toxic iron and copper catalysts and frequently in operationally simple, open flask conditions which do not require inert conditions. He also reported some of these reactions in the universal and green solvent, water. Further his research group immensely contributed to the synthesis and photovoltaic properties of several ruthenium and metal free organic sensitizers for applications in the solar energy conversion. He made significant research contributions in this area and achieved certified world record efficiency of 11.4% in DSSCs in the year 2012, employing the co adsorbent designed and developed at IICT.
He delivered lectures at various international conferences in India and abroad. He delivered a plenary lecture on PV Market Insights: India, at the International Green Energy Conference on 4th April 2018 at Daegu, South Korea. His lectures at other International conferences abroad include, Solar World Congress-2011, Germany, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) Japan, American Ceramic Society conference Clear water, Florida etc. He has been a leading researcher in all major projects on Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) funded by DST-UK, DST-EU and CSIR/MNRE (TAPSUN).
He is honored with a prestigious “Humboldt fellowship” (2003-2004), Germany, “Guest Researcher” (NIMS) Japan and “visiting Scientist” position at Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He is a Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (FAPAS), Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is also honored with the prestigious Bronze Medal by Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI). He served as Technical Advisory committee member during 2013-16, for solar energy centre, ARCI, Hyderabad. He visited US, Germany, Japan, Swiss, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, Korea and UK. Dr. Chandrasekharam is the President of the Indo-German Noch Kontakt Association (IGNA), an academic and cultural association for Germany Alumni in Hyderabad. He previously served for several years in the capacity of an executive member, Joint Secretary and Hon. Secretary of IGNA. He is also an active member and Hon. Secretary of the Hyderabad Chapter of the Alumni association “Banaras Hindu University old Students Association” (BHUOSA). He organized several International conferences and cultural events on behalf of these organizations.
Recently, at the behest of the Director of the Institute, Dr. Chandrasekharam shouldered additional administrative responsibilities as a Co-Chair, Department of Knowledge and Information Management (DKIM), Head, Platinum Jubilee Cell at CSIR-IICT and Chairman, common farewell committee. The responsibilities include the organization of all the events of the Institute ie., CSIR Foundation Day, IICT Foundation Day, Technology Day, National Science Day, World Environment Day, University, College and School Students visits. He is also actively involved in the Year-long Platinum Jubilee Celebrations that was recently inaugurated on 5th August 2018. He is also one of the team members to procure potentially biologically active compounds from various academic and research institutions, for National MolBank (NMB), a unique facility established at CSIR-IICT. NMB is a highly automated compound storage and retrieval system that can store upto 1.6 million samples both in solid and liquid state. The compounds are stored at -20° C in a stable and inert atmospheric conditions ensuring long term sample integrity which is critical for high quality and reproducibility in bioactivity screening.