About Us

About Us

Advanced Functional Nanomaterials

Our approach mostly depends on creating porosity in functional organic and inorganic materials by soft and hard templating approaches and their extensive characterization. Especially we are interested in the synthesis of porous metal oxides and organic/ metal oxide nanocomposites to obtain several heterostructures. In addition building the organic porous network by reacting special tectonsthrough several C-C coupling reactions for eg.,Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) and Conjugated Micro-/Meso-porous Polymers(CMPs) or avoiding their packing in such a way that it opens up the porosity, for eg.,Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs)

Dr. Kamalakannan Kailasam

Education Background

♦  Ph.D. (2008): Department of Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany 
♦  M.Sc. (2002): Department of Chemistry, Bishop Heber College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Research Background

♦ Postdoctoral Research (under Prof. Dr. Arne Thomas): Functional Materials – Light2Hydrogen Project – Synthesis and characterization of porous polymeric carbon nitrides, Donor-Acceptor based carbon nitride polymers, covalent organic frameworks, mesoporous metal oxides and their application in catalysis especially as photocatalysts for water splitting, gas storage (CO2 & H2) and CO2 conversion. Development of prototype large scale hydrogen generation setup using mesoporous carbon nitrides in natural sunlight. Unifying Concept in Catalysis (UNICAT) – Porous ordered mixed metal oxide supports for Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM), a collaborative project of TU Berlin & BASF (BASCAT), and carbon nitride-graphene composites for Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR).

♦ Doctoral Research (under Late Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller): Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Silica and Metal Oxide Based Stationary Phase Materials. Development of new chromatographic column materials for the efficient separation of analytes compared to commercial columns.

Research Interest

Advanced Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications like water splitting, CO2 conversion, gas storage, fine chemicals production, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries. My approach mostly depends on creating porosity in functional organic and inorganic materials by soft and hard templating approaches and their extensive characterization. In addition building the organic porous network by reacting special tectons and avoiding their packing in such a way that it opens up the porosity, for eg., Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs). As the further step, to fulfil like every scientists dream, of extending the research results to develop technology by prototype devices and towards industrial applications: Advanced Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications Photocatalytic Water Splitting, Water purification and Photovoltaics – Porous heptazine & triazine based polymeric carbon nitride and mesoporous WO3 & BiVO4 semiconductors; D-A conjugated heptazine based polymers. CO2 conversion, H2 & CH4 gas storage, fine chemicals production – Covalent Organic Frameworks (CTFs, Covalent Triazine Frameworks), Mesoporous melamine resins and Polymeric carbon nitrides Fuel cells and batteries – Porous hetero atom doped carbons from renewables, graphene/CNT-carbon nitride composites and CTFs Conversion of biomass to porous carbons and value-added fuels, chromatographic – environmental screening of toxic chemicals and biotechnology applications – sensing and cancer therapeutics.

Award and Recognitions

♦ Associate Professor (Scientist-E); Institute of Nano Science & Technology, Mohali, India; April 2015 onwards
♦ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (February 2010 – April 2015)
♦ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam- Golm, Germany (February 2009 – January 2010)

Technology development/Initiation

(1) “Development of prototype large scale hydrogen generation setup using mesoporous carbon nitrides in natural sunlight”, TU Berlin, Germany. Energy Technology, 2015, 3, 1014.

(2) Active initiator in development of “Porous ordered mixed metal oxide supports for Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM)”, a collaborative project of TU Berlin & BASF (BASCAT), Germany. Ongoing project, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 14440 & Catalysis Today, 2014, 228, 5

(3) PI – “Functional Porous Materials for Hydrogen Storage“, Submitted to Indian Oil Corporation R & D, Faridabad Co-PI – “Method Development for Measurement of Thermal Properties (Thermal Conductivity) for Heat Transfer Fluids at High Temperature“, Approved by Indian Oil Corporation R & D, Faridabad.

Participation in Conferences

(1) Around 35 times, the research work was presented as Oral and Posters apart from project presentations in Germany, University of Stuttgart, University of Tübingen, Technical University of Berlin and Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock.

(2) 15 Oral presentations were delivered in international conferences/ meetings including invited talks.

(3) Chaired the session of “Porous Carbon Materials“ in “27. Deutsche Zeolith-Tagung – 27. German Zeolite Meeting“ held in Oldenburg on 25-27 February 2015, Germany.

Details of current/previous projects handled

S.No Title Role (PI/Co-PI) Agency Status
1. Photocatalytic-driven Hydrogen Generation and Cellulosic-Biomass Conversion using Mesoporous Carbon Nitrides PI DST-SERB-ECR Ongoing
2. Biomass Derived Nanostructured Cellulose Aerogel Materials for Thermal Insulation in Energy Efficient Smart Buildings PI DST-CERI Ongoing
3. Prototype Large-Scale Reactor for Simultaneous Production of H2 and Fine Chemicals under Natural Sunlight PI DST-Nanomission-NATAG Ongoing
4. Method development for measurement of thermal properties (especially thermal conductivity) for heat transfer materials at higher temperature Co-PI IOCL R&D Ongoing
5. Flexible Nanostructured Semiconducting Devices for Water Splitting and Solar Cells Co-PI AISRF-10, 2016 Defended
6. Functional Porous Materials for Hydrogen Storage PI IOCL R&D Under process