About Professor Selvam
Dr. Parasuraman Selvam is currently Head, National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT-Madras, Chennai, and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IIT-Madras, Chennai; Adjunct Faculty, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester (U.K.), and Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford (U.K.)
Earlier, Prof. Selvam was a Faculty at IIT-Bombay, Mumbai (India) and Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). He was also a Visiting Scholar, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia); Eminent International Visitor, School of Science and Health,Western Sydney University, Penrith (Australia). Prior to these, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, and Laboratory of X-ray Crystallography, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland).
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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1. Novel Ionic liquid-templated ordered mesoporous aluminosilicates: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic properties – M.A. Kumar, N.V. Krishna and P. Selvam
Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 275 (2019) 172-179
2. A remarkable catalytic activity of hierarchical zeolite (ZH-5) for tertiary butylation of phenol with enhanced 2,4-di-t-butylphenol selectivity – R.K. Parsapur and P. Selvam
ChemCatChem, 10 (2018) 3978-3984.
3. Hydrogenolysis of glycerol over silica-supported copper-nanocatalyst: Effect of precipitating-agent and copper metal-loading. K. Suthagar, K. Shanthi and P. Selvam
Mol. Catal., 458 (2018) 307-316.