Chemical Sciences & Technology

Supramolecular chemistry

Synthesis of supramolecular assemblies using the knowledge of intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonds is currently an area of frontier research, with a focus on developing catalysts with tailor-made properties and design of miniature circuits in the electronic industry. In this direction, NCL has developed cavity and channel structures by employing molecules with functional groups such as -COOH, -CONH2, -NO2 etc. that form robust hydrogen bonds. Studies conducted on the development of polymorphs and pseudopolymorphs through various crystallization procedures.

Supramolecular assemblies of benzenetetracarboxylic acid with aza donor molecules like phenanthrolines, phenazine and bipyridyls with and without water molecule are characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction methods. These assemblies occur in two classes - host-guest systems (with aza molecules being in the channels created by the acid molecules) and assemblies with infinite molecular tapes.

Structure of the supramolecular assembly, which appeared on the cover of Journal of Organic Chemistry

1 Million litres/day RO plant commissioned at CPCL, Chennai

CSMCRI has developed reverse osmosis (RO) membranes based on the state-of-the-art thin film composite (TFC) membrane technology for desalination of brackish water. The inherent advantages of the TFC membrane are its non-biodegradability, low compaction rate, and ability to work under a wide pH range, all of which have resulted in more robust and economical operation and longer membrane life. At present, CSMCRI membrane gives <95 per cent salt separation and 35-40 gallons per square foot per day permeation rate under standard conditions of testing, making it ideally suited for brackish water application.

CSMCRI has commissioned a one million litre per day desalination plant based on RO technique for treatment of tertiary treated sewage water at the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL), Chennai, in November 2003. Data on plant performance indicate that feed water is of salinity around 2000 ppm and 75% of the water is recovered in permeate. The unit was built at a cost of Rs. 6 million, which includes Rs. 400,000 for building renovation. The plant does not have a pre-treatment system, normally required for RO, since pre-treated water is available in the factory.

1 MLD Sewage Water Treatment Plant at CPCL, Chennai

Establishment of model cultivation for Jatropha curcus and production of bio-diesel of international specification from the oil

CSMCRI has successfully cultivated elite varieties of Jatropha curcus on marginal land to assess practically realizable seed yields. Scientists of CSMCRI have achieved a great feat in developing a simplified process for production of biodiesel from the oil complying with Euro 3 specifications for free fatty acid methyl ester. A third objective is to identify outlets for by-products to enhance the overall value of the seed and thereby make cultivation of the plant more remunerative.

While biodiesel complying with Euro 3 specification is produced in Europe from rapeseed oil, this is the first time that such biodiesel has been made from Jatropha oil. The biodiesel has been evaluated at DaimlerChrysler AG and found to be matching all specifications. The cetane number has been established to be 58.5. Larger lots of biodiesel are now being made for evaluation in India in a Mercedes Benz car. Orchards are simultaneously being raised in Orissa (Huma & Mohuda villages) and Gujarat (Chorvadla village) to make elite germplasm available in sufficient quantity so that cultivation can subsequently be taken up in larger (100-200 hectares) tracts of wasteland.

Elite Jatropha curcus

Synthesis of butyrolactone

(S)-3- hydroxy-ұ-butyrolactone (HGB) is an important synthetic intermediate for a variety of chiral compounds. NCL has synthesized HGB by using inexpensive and readily available carbohydrate materials such as maltose. A carbohydrate source is treated with cumene hydroperoxide in the presence of a base, which leads to the formation of (S)-3,4-dihydroxybutyric acid and glycolic acid. The subsequent acidification and removal of solvent affords the desired butyrolactone in about 50 per cent yield. The new process developed in NCL offers a practical and cost effective route and avoids use of expensive starting materials.

Recovery of Sulphate of Potash (SOP) fertilizer integrated with production of high purity magnesia from bittern sources in Greater Rann of Kutch

The entire requirement (2-3 M tons) of potash (K2O) in the country is met through imports. Sulphate of potash (SOP) is preferred to Muriate of Potash (MOP) as potassic fertilizer due to its double nutrient value and low salt index. CSMCRI has developed a process for production of SOP from pristine or debrominated bittern in Greater Rann of Kutch. Lime and bittern are the only raw materials required in the process. High purity MgO, which is in high demand for refractory applications, is also produced as co-product in the integrated process.

The technology involves the well-known route of recovery of mixed salt from bittern, followed by its conversion into schoenite and subsequent reaction with KCl to produce SOP. The novelty of the integrated process is that the KCl (MOP) required for this purpose is generated from the effluent of schoenite production. KCl is produced cost-effectively by integrating its production with recovery of magnesium hydroxide. An agreement has been signed with M/s Hindustan Lever Limited for transfer of technology for production of low sodium salt through a related process. Magnesia produced from the corresponding hydroxide has been characterized by CGCRI, Kolkata that confirms it to be of a high grade and very suitable for refractory applications.

View of bench scale unit for recovery of SOP and MgO from bittern at Experimental Salt Farm of CSMCRI

CSMCRI is providing technology support to M/s ABC& Sons, Mumbai for setting up of a semi-commercial (2500 tons) SOP plant integrated with production of refractory grade MgO.

The newly developed technology achieves several things at one go. There is an opportunity to make the country at least partially self sufficient in potash. It will also be able to improve soil quality by substituting MOP with SOP. Moreover, high quality refractory grade magnesia that is imported from overseas will also be produced in this process. Where debrominated bittern is used, the problem of effluent discharge will also be mitigated. Finally, opening up of a new industry will offer the scope for large-scale employment generation.

Saloni K- The Low Sodium Vegetable Salt

CSMCRI had developed Saloni vegetable salt in the year 2002 and the product has generated worldwide interest since it was first reported in the media in May 2003. CSMCRI has now developed Saloni K, a low sodium vegetable salt.

The market for low sodium salt is growing as it is considered a healthier salt. The Institute has already signed an agreement with M/s Hindustan Lever Limited for transfer of know how for manufacture of low sodium salt directly from bittern. The new product, Saloni K, has a special appeal because it is entirely of vegetable origin. It would be possible to produce the salt for Rs. 25-30/kg, which is an attractive price given that the salt will have a niche market and is entirely of vegetable origin.

Institute has received orders from Kyoei Trading Co., Japan for supply of 100 kg each of Saloni and Saloni K for test marketing in Japan and 100 kg each salt by Nisha Medical Stores, Bhavnagar.

The most important aspect of the salt is that it is produced from vegetable waste and greatly contributes to improving the viability of cultivation of weed on saline wasteland, which is an important societal objective.

Biorefining of Rice Bran Oil

IICT has developed and patented enzymatic degumming of rice bran oil. The technology ensures a residual phosphorus level of 0-5 ppm after bleaching and dewaxing which is the required level in national standards. This eco-friendly refining process yields quality rice bran oil particularly for direct human consumption. India has potential of 1.2 million tonnes of rice bran oil and present production levels 0.6 million tonnes. IICT has identified 4 firms and transferring the technology on 50 TPD scale to all the firms to modernise the existing rice bran oil refineries and adopt the new and innovative enzymatic degumming processes.

Nano Tubes

IICT has developed synthetic, peptide - based nanotubes that have a wide range of futuristic applications. This new class of compounds could be used for delivering DNA material for gene therapy and also making biochemical sensors. Nanotubes would help in developing a new generation of "molecular machines" and would benefit polymer, materials and electronics industries.

The IICT scientists have also demonstrated that the shape and size of the nanotubes developed by them could be altered to suit various applications. Natural proteins have the inherent problem of "enzymatic cleavage" - the process in which the enzymes break the protein structure. To overcome this problem, the IICT scientists, have developed synthetic peptides that produce helical structures similar to natural proteins that are resistant to "enzymatic cleavage".

Carbon microtubes developed using pyrolysis

CECRI has prepared 5 mm dia carbon microtubes by pyrolysis of a composite of inner fibre and an outer layer of polypyrolle. The tubes are characterised with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR) spectroscopy. These are applied for fluoride removal. Scientists of CECRI have used different precursor materials as inner fibre. Carbon micro tubes exhibit higher surface area than carbon materials and hence, these tubes find applications in pollution control, gas purification etc.

Oxidation of alkyl aromatics

IIP has carried out oxidation of p-Xylene by molecular oxygen in aqueous medium in view to develop Green Technology for converting p-xylene into p-toluic acid/tere-phthalic acid. More than 70% p-xylene got oxidized in aqueous medium to p­-toluic acid as major product when pressurized liquid phase system catalysed by cobalt based homogeneous catalyst are used.

Application of water as reaction medium in organic transformations of commercial importance is a significant observation for developing green technology

Development of an easy-to-prepare organic salt as low molecular mass organic gelator capable of selective gelation of oil from oil/water mixtures

Salts derived from 4-Chloro- and 3-Chloro cinnamic acid and dicyclohexyl amine are shown to gelate various polar and nonpolar organic solvents including various oils. 4-Chloro salt is also capable of selective gelation of oils from oil/water biphasic mixtures. The corresponding 2-Chloro salt is a nongelator.

CSMCRI has developed a low molecular weight gelator. This low molecular weight gelator is of interest in mopping up oil slicks. CSMCRI is already pursuing investigations of seaweed polysaccharide gels and clay-based gelling systems.

Selective gelation of petrol from petrol/water mixture and SEM image of gelator (Dicyclohexylammonium-4-chlorocinnamate salt) fibers

Methyltrioxorhenium Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation of Organonitrogen Compounds

For the first time lIP reports methyltrioxorhenium catalyzed oxidation of organonitrogen compounds with molecular oxygen as the sole oxidant where tertiary amines were oxidized to N-oxides, and secondary and primary amines to nitrones and as nitro compounds respectively. Molecular oxygen is an attractive oxidant both from environmental and economic viewpoints. Oxidation of organonitrogen compounds is important both from industrial and synthetic viewpoint. N-oxides obtained by oxidation of tertiary nitrogen compounds find wide applications as oxidants, and offer functional group manipulation and structural modification possibilities not accessible by other methods. Nitrones obtained by oxidation of secondary amines are versatile synthetic intermediates for the synthesis of heterocycles, natural products. Nitro, azo, and azoxy compounds obtained by oxidation of primary amines are important synthetic intermediates.

Magnetic properties of closed-shell-like molecules using coupled-cluster method

Coupled-cluster methods have emerged as state-of-the-art class of methods in the electronic structure, spectra and properties of closed-shell-like molecules. Novel extended coupled-cluster (ECC) method, based on double-similarity­ transformation, has been developed in NCL for the first time for magnetic properties, e.g. magnetic moment, dia-magnetic and para-magnetic contribution of susceptibility for closed shell molecules. ECC method has been successfully used earlier for non-linear electric properties due to the advantage of a stationary framework.

Demonstration of membrance electrode assembly and testing small fuel cells

CECRI has developed and patented a novel method to synthesize ultra pure carbon nano-particles for catalyst carrier. Membrane electrode assembly has been fabricated by depositing Pt catalysts prepared by a proprietary technique. Hot pressing of the catalyst layer onto the membrane is also done.

Five different compositions of partially substituted LaGaO3 perovskites with Sr in the La site and Mg in the Ga site are prepared by mixed oxide solid state and by glycine nitrate combustion and characterized for application as oxide ion conducting electrolytes in ITSOFC system. The identification profiles with temperature of annealing are obtained in air to realize very dense and thin layers.

H2 based Fuel cell produced by hydrocarbon reforming

The major components of the fuel cell power pack are: fuel processor, fuel cell stack, power conditioner and reformer.

Fuel processor is an integrated unit used for the conversion of LPG to a fuel gas reformate suitable for the fuel cell anode reaction. Fuel processing encompasses: (i) raw cleaning - removal of sulphur, halides and ammonia, (ii) raw fuel conversion- converting a hydrocarbon fuel to a hydrogen rich gas reformate, (iii) reformate gas alteration converting carbon monoxide and water in the fuel gas reformate to hydrogen and carbon dioxide via the water gas shift reaction; selective oxidation to reduce CO to a few ppm. The hydrogen rich product and oxygen (air) are fed to fuel cell stack to generate electricity. NCL has developed the steam reformer (SR) and preferential oxidation (PROX) catalysts. The know-how for scale-up (kg size) of SR catalysts has been transferred to the industrial collaborator. The catalyst is giving an excellent performance in terms of conversion as well as hydrogen yield. Preparation of platinum based PROX catalyst is scaled up to 500 g size at catalyst pilot plant of NCL. The processor, NCL has designed, is compact, light weight and can be adopted for different fuels.

NCL has also designed two reformers with an individual capacity to produce 1000 LPH of hydrogen. Fuel processor with both the reformers is operated for hundred hours with same operating conditions. The high temperature shift (HTS), low temperature shift (LTS) and PROX reactors are identical in both cases.

The CO concentration after PROX is reduced to 20-25 ppm range. In the fuel processor, 97% conversion of LPG obtained.

A novel bio-physico technology for treatment of industrial effluents by specific microbial packages and innovative flotation techniques

The existing technologies for the treatment of tannery effluents are inadequate to address the issues such as TDS, low density colloidal suspended solids, colour and pathogenic bacteria. As the nature of suspended solids differ widely it is necessary to employ different types of coagulants / flocculants to remove the entire spectrum of suspended solids. Under such circumstances, the cost of chemicals and in turn the overall economic viability is affected. Conventional coagulation is extremely slow and it takes several days. Depending on the quality of the waste water, the retention period varies from 2-24 days. Consequently, large treatment ponds are essential which in turn require large space. The drying of separated sludge takes a minimum of 12 days. The technology of Electro-coagulation and floatation developed by NML is very effective for separation of suspended solids, sulfides, sulfates, colour and pathogenic bacteria. Above all, the technology is simple and environmental friendly. The advantages of electroflotation technology are Technology is simple and effective, quality and quantity of effluent have minimum impact on the process of flotation compared to conventional treatment, flotation cells occupy less space and can be easily implemented within the plant premises of individual tannery, separation of suspended solids is faster [retention time less than 30 minutes], no need to add coagulants / flocculants.

This increases the organic load and solids separated by flotation technique contain minimum water and thus requires less drying time. Hydrogen is also generated, which can be used as a fuel. The atomic oxygen and hydrogen generated from respective electrodes and oxidizing / reducing agents formed as secondary reaction products are so active that the complex organic and inorganic compounds could be instantaneously oxidized or reduced, effluents subjected to electro flotation become rich in oxygen content that is congenial for bacterial growth and chlorine liberated during electrolysis acts as a disinfectant. Effluent is free from pathogenic bacteria.

Electrodes for desalination of brackish water

CECRI has developed an electrode suitable for desalination of brackish water by electrodialysis with periodic current reversal. The electrode withstands periodic current reversal - half of the time, it has to function as anode and rest of the time it has to act as cathode. Very few electrodes are capable of performing this dual role. These electrodes have a valve metal substrate activated by a noble metal based coating. Accelerated life testing in an artificial desalination set up predicts over 10,000 current reversals without any potential escalation. The main user for this electrode is Defence Laboratory (under Defence Research & Development Organization), Jodhpur.


CECRI has evolved a new preparative approach to configure a supercapacitor electrode by interfacial polymerization leading to carbon-polyaniline nanofibre matrix. This method utilizes the template free generation of polyaniline nanostructures with small diameter (sub 100 nm), which can easily be incorporated into porous carbon matrix of uniform size and also in bulk quantities. The electrodes of this composite matrix displays faster rate of doping-dedoping compared with conventional polyaniline and thus hold a promise as an efficient supercapacitor electrode. Screening of this electrode for capacitive charging-discharging indicates higher order of specific capacitance (over 150 F/g) in comparison to conventional polyaniline electrode. The importance of incorporating polyaniline nanostructures into porous carbon matrix has enabled to realize faster charging-discharging time required for pulse charge storage application. This input has been found to be crucial for supercapacitor cell fabrication and thus provide new understanding in the design of speciality supercapacitor electrodes.

Proton Conducting Polymer Backfill (PCPB)

CECRI has developed Proton Conducting Polymer Backfill (PCPB)- a new product- customized for use, as corrosion control belt along with a sacrificial anode on concrete structures creating required electrochemical interface. It distributes the current efficiently to the embedded steel reinforcement and thus enables to adequately shift the rebar potential in the cathodic direction and also maintain the requisite cathodic protection criterion as per international standard.

The uniqueness of this PCPB lies in the use of strip type of sacrificial anode arrangement, which can be strapped on to the concrete surface at the designed space intervals. This new type arrangement enables lesser use of sacrificial metal anode and does not need any special equipment/design skill. The maintenance cost is almost insignificant during the design life of anode. It is this aspect, which has made this method of cathodic protection practice for concrete structure different and cost effective from the presently practiced impressed current method of corrosion protection.

A totally new method of practice in the cathodic protection of concrete structures is being introduced into the global market and expected to simplify the corrosion control measures required for both existing and upcoming systems. Added to this, the utility of sacrificial metal has been reduced in this process thereby saving the precious resource.

A novel process developed for preparation of a steroid Testosterone, male sex hormone

Testosterone is an androgenic hormone primarily responsible for normal growth and development of male sex and reproductive organs. Declining testosterone level play a major role in a broad range of age-associated symptoms including declining sexuality, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and prostate hypertrophy. Hormone replacement therapy with testosterone has been rapidly becoming a standard of anti-aging medicine. RRL-Jorhat has developed a process for the production of Testosterone from 4-androst-3, 17-dione at the laboratory scale.

The literature reports for the preparation of Testosterone mostly involved the oxidation of androsten-3, 17-diol requiring two-step synthesis. However, the process developed by RRL-Jorhat is a single-step, stereoselctive and cost-effective.

Development of amino-acids racemate resolution membrane

RRL-Jorhat has made significant experimental and theoretical contributions towards understanding the effect of molecular structure on enantio-selective permeation of amino acids in membranes from condensation products of L/D amino-acids with glutaraldehyde embedded in polysulfone matrix.

Aiming at the development of amino-acids racemate resolution membrane, the study made so far reveals that a unique combination of single amino-acid isomer self-association and diffusion across the membrane can be exploited to achieve the desired resolution. The permeation behaviour expressed in terms of diffusion and partition co-efficient of amino-acids exhibited excellent correlation with their hydrophobicity parameters. The correlations so obtained are qualitatively identical but quantitatively different from the two isomers which indicate enantio-selective permeation and leading to a scientific/technological knowledge-base on development of enantio-selective membrane for amino-acids.

For racemic resolution of other therapeutically important compounds i.e., propanolol, the principle of reactive extraction with a chiral selector namely cholesterol-L-glutamate has been exploited using a hollow fiber membrane device. Appreciable enantioselectivity for D-propanolol in a single step has been obtained.

This development has opened up avenues for new and efficient technology development particularly in the field of separation and purification technology that can be applied in various fields such as drugs and pharmaceuticals, wastewater treatment, refining of vegetable oils, etc. The study also led to generation of technological knowledgebase for membrane-based process for recemic resolution of therapeutically important drugs/drug intermediates.

Development of Speciality polymer for use in Petroleum Products

RRL-Jorhat has prepared & characterized the copolymers poly (acrylamide-co-Na acrylate) [AM-NaAA], poly (acrylamide-co-Na 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulphonte)[AM-NaAMPS], poly (N,N-dimethyl- acrylamid-co-Na acrylate) [NNDAM-NaAA], poly (N,N-dimethylacrylamide-co-Na 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulphonate) [NNDAM-NaAMPS], poly (acrylamide-co-N-vinylpyrollidone) [AM-NVP] and poly(acrylamide-co-Na-vinylsulphonate) [AM-VSASS]. The cross-linking behaviour of all the samples are studied by varying the polymer and cross-linker concentration, solution pH, temperature and salinity. Cr(III)-acetate is used as the cross-linker. Effect of monomer ratio in the copolymer on cross-linking was also studied for NNDAM-NaAMPS. Solution pH was observed to be the main criteria for controlling the cross-linking behaviour of the copolymers. Presence of high concentration of brine can slow down the gelation process. The cross-linked polymer is observed to be thermally stable at 120°C at least for a period of two months.

Water soluble polymers, especially partially hydrolysed polyacrylamide (PHPA) and polysaccarides like xanthan are commonly used in a number of oil fields for conformance control, sweep efficiency improvement and water as well as gas shut-off treatments. The polymer is injected with the cross-linking agent to the reservoir in the form of aqueous solution to attain the maximum possible uniform distribution throughout the reservoir pores before the formation of gel. Anionic cross-linked polymers of acrylamide are frequently used as water shut off agent in the oil recovery processes. But this polymer degrades at high temperature in presence of multivalent brine. It is observed that cross-linked polymer of N,N-dimethyl acrylamide-sodium salt of acrylamido methyl propane sulphonate is a thermally stable brine compatible. The novelty of the gel polymer is that the copolymer before gelation is also thermally stable and brine compatible. Work is continued to replace inorganic cross linker by environmentally acceptable organic cross linker.



Industry oriented Technology Courses

  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Waste Water Treatment Technology
  • Recovery of Silver from Photographic waste
  • Lead Acid Battery Technology (2 Module)
  • Valve Regulated (MF) Lead Acid Battery
  • Corrosion Science & Engineering (6 Modules)
  • Industrial Metal Finishing (12 Modules)

The courses are structured as modules each lasting 5-6 days.186 participants attended the different courses during 2003-2004 Rs. 7,21,500/- has been collected as the course fees.

  • Training Programme on “Corrosion Control in Petroleum Refineries “ for Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, New Delhi at CECRI, Karaikudi.
  • Special Training Programme on “Plating and Processing “ to Naval Aircraft Yard at Kochi”.
  • In-house Training Programme on “Industrial Metal Finishing ,Paint Coatings and Corrosion Control “ for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore at CECRI, Karaikudi.


  • Three training programs (both in-house and field) on salt production were organized at Little Rann of Kutch and two at Malia near Morbi.
  • An extensive training program related to salt was arranged for the technical staff of M/S IPCL from December 3-5, 2003.


  • IICT in collaboration with C-DAC and JNTU conducted an advanced course in bioinformatics for four months from 25th June 2003 onwards.
  • A training programme on Skill upgradation in financial management systems for finance & accounts personnel of CSIR labs was conducted from 7-11th July 2003 at IICT by HRDC, CSIR, Ghaziabad.
  • A training programme for Group-III staff of CSIR labs was conducted from 29th September 2003 to 1st October, 2003at IICT by HRDC, CSIR, Ghaziabad.
  • IICT organised UNESCO regional training workshop on environmental chemistry for 18 teachers from SAARC countries from 10-15th November 2003 at IICT.
  • Six day national workshop on Industrial applications of chemo informatics and computer aided drug design held at IICT from 12-17th January, 2004.
  • A practical training to IICT staff in safe handling of chlorine cylinders and rescue has been given by officials of M/s Rayalaseema Alkalies and Allied Chemicals, Kurnool, A.P. on 20th February, 2004.


  • Workshop cum Training programme on Vehicular Pollution was organized during 19-23 January, 2004. 22 officers of transport department of various states namely Assam, Chattisgarh, Goa, Maharastra, Pondichery and Uttaranchal attended the workshop.
  • Workshop organized for automotive industry 'Rating of Gear, Bearing and Oil Seal Distresses' on March 6-7, 2003. Delegates from industry such as Telco, Lubrizol India, Eicher Motors, Birla Yamaha, and Yamaha motors attended the seminar and received hand­on training on rating of gears, bearing and oil seal etc.
  • Workshop on 'Solvent Extraction Technologies in Refineries' jointly organized by lIP and ElL, New Delhi. October 29-31,2003, participated by Organisation like BPCL, HPCL, CPCL, IOCL and ONGC.
  • "Patent awareness programme" was conducted by Delhi Patent Office and NRDC on August 14, 2003 to create Patent awareness amongst Scientists and Engineers.


  • Training programme on materials management to upgrade technical and non­technical skills of the employees and expose them to up-to-date modern trends in their respective fields. This programme in two batches was conducted by NITIE, Mumbai.
  • A two-day training programme on "Patents & Regulatory Issues in Pharmaceutical Industry" was conducted by National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad.
  • Training programme was conducted for Canteen and Guesthouse personnel by The Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Pune.
  • NCL conducted a three-day training course on "Rheology of Polymeric and Complex Fluids" for the employees of GE-WTC, Bangalore.
  • DST-SERC school on "Modeling and Optimization for Performance Enhancement in Process Engineering".


Life Time Achievement Award (2004) by Indian Science Congress Association;
Life Time Achievement Award (2003) by Indian Chemical Society for contributions in advancement for chemical sciences;
World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) Medal of Engineering Excellence (2003) by WEFO, Paris
Qimpro Award for Quality Evangelist (2003) by Qimpro Foundation, Mumbai
Lakshmipat Singhania - IIML National Leadership Award (2004) by Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
Devi Ahilya National Award (2003) by Shri Ahilyotsava Samiti, Indore for contribution towards development in the scientific and industrial fields;
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award (2002) by Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management for Excellence in Public Administration and Management Sciences.

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, FRS, DG-CSIR
N. M. Sampath Award 2003 Dr. K.N. Srinivasan, CECRI
Vigyan Ratna Samman for 2002-03 for excellent contributions in S&T from Govt.of Uttar Pradesh, India Dr.J.S.Yadav, IICT
Chandra Kanta Dandiya National Award for the year 2003 in Pharmacology Dr.P.V.Diwan, IICT
Dr.S.Hussain Zaheer Award of OTAI for 2002 for outstanding contributions in Lipid chemistry and technology Dr.R.B.N.Prasad, IICT
Chemical Research Society of India, Bronze Medal. Dr.V.Jayathirtha Rao, IICT
Amar Dye-chem award for excellence in R&D in membrane technologies Dr.S.Sridhar, IICT
Technocrat of the Year Award-2003 Shri Sudhir Singhal, lIP
CSIR Technology Award for Chemical Technology for developing a process for manufacture of 1,1',1"-Tris(4'- hydroxyphenyl) ethane (THPE) Drs. S. Sivaram, C.V. Avadhani, S, Chakrapani, P.P. Wadgaonkar, S. Devotta, V.R. Ranade, G.R Venkitakrishnan, S/Shri S. Gopichand, H.G. Jogelkar, A.R. Joshi, R.S. Karnik, V.G. Kulkarni, Nandkishore, A V. Palghadmal, Drs. M.G. Parande, M.S. Qureshi, Shri M.B. Unde, Dr. J.G. Wadkar, NCL
Vishwakarma Medal (INSA)
Vice-President of the Indian National Science Academy
Chemcon Distinguished Speaker

Asian Paints - Dr. R.A Mashelkar Medal and Distinguished Speakership Award for Innovators and Science Leaders, IIChE
Dr. S. Sivaram, NCL
Srinivasa Ramanujan Research Professorship by the Indian National Science Academy Dr. Paul Ratnasamy, NCL
CSIR Bronze Medal Dr. K. Vijayamohanan, NCL
Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) Scientist Award Dr. S.P. Chavan, NCL
Plastic Udyog Ratna Award Dr. R. P. Singh, NCL
INSA Medal for Prof. T.R. Seshadri 70th Birth Anniversary Commemoration Medal Dr. Ganesh Pandey, NCL
Vasantrao Naik Social Forestry Award Dr. (Mrs) Rajani Nadgauda, NCL
Associate Member of IUPAC Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Dr. K.N. Ganesh, NCL
IUPAC National Committee Dr. Murali Sastry, NCL
CSIR Young Scientist Award in Engineering Sciences Dr. Upendra Natrajan
CSIR Young Scientist Award in Chemical Sciences Dr. C.V. Ramana