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 (United Kingdom), and Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford (United Kingdom).

Earlier, Prof. Selvam was a Faculty at IIT – Bombay, Mumbai and Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan).  He was also a Visiting Associate Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia), and an Eminent International Visitor, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Penrith (Australia).

Prior to these, Prof. Selvam was a Research Associate in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, and Laboratory of X-ray Crystallography, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland).


  • 1990 - 1992, PDF Department of Condensed Matter Physics from University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1987 - 1990, PDF Laboratory of Crystallography from University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1982 - 1987, Ph. D from Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, Chennai, India
  • 1980 - 1982, M. Sc from University of Madras, Chennai, India

Research Interests

  • Nanoporous Materials including Framework Structures of Silicates, Phosphates, Aluminates, Titanates, Carbons, Binary and Ternary Metal Oxides
  • Morphologically (Size and Shape) Controlled Mono - and Bi - metallic nanomaterials.
  • Microporous, Mesoporous and Hierarchical Zeolites, Organic - Inorganic Hybrids, Metal - Organic Frameworks.
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis: Eco-friendly Nanostructured Catalysts Design for Organic Transformations (Petrochemicals, Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceutical intermediates).

Representative Publications

  Scientific Reports, 8 (2018) ARTN-16291. Rational design, synthesis, characterization and catalytic properties of high-quality low-silica hierarchical FAU- and LTA-type zeolites. R.K. Parsapur and P. Selvam

  J. Chem. Eng. Data, 68 (2018) 4543-4551. Hydrogen Sorption Characteristics of Ordered Mesoporous Carbons: Experimental and Modeling View Point. T.V.R. Mohan, S. Palla, B. Kuppan, N. Kaisare, P. Selvam 

  ChemCatChem, 10 (2018) 5610-5618. Sulfonic acid functionalized ordered mesoporous silica and their application as highly efficient and selective heterogeneous catalysts in the formation of 1,2-monoacetone-D-glucose. N.V. Krishna, S. Anuradha, R. Ganesh, V.V. Kumar, P. Selvam

  Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 275 (2019) 172-179.  Novel Ionic liquid-templated ordered mesoporous aluminosilicates: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic properties. M.A. Kumar, N.V. Krishna and P. Selvam

    ChemCatChem, 10 (2018) 3978-3984. 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


Professor and Head NCCR
  • KCL 108, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

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

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