DR. CHANDRAKUMAR, N. (Retired), INSA -Senior Scientist


Dr. N. Chandrakumar has been with IIT Madras since Feb. 2001, joining as Professor. He has established the MRI-MRS Centre at IIT. He obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur (1979-‘80). Since July 2017, he is Professor Emeritus at IIT Madras. Formerly he is the Director-Grade-Scientist at CSIR-CLRI until Feb. 2001, where he founded Magnetic Resonance research, and multi-purpose NMR and EPR Labs from 1982 onwards. He has been DFG Visiting Professor at the Universität Ulm, Germany, Visiting Professor at the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Protein Research, Osaka, Japan.


  • 1979 - 1980, Ph. D (Chemistry) from IIT Kanpur
  • 1972 - M. Sc Chemistry from IIT Madras, Distinction
  • 1970 - B. Sc Chemistry (with Maths and Physics) from Loyola College, Univ. Madras, Special Distinction.

Research Interests

  • High Resolution NMR
  • NMR Imaging and Microimaging
  • Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization
  • Double Resonance
  • NQR
  • Spin Dynamics
  • Instrumentation – especially hardware and software development for MR.

Representative Publications

 Transferred Overhauser DNP: A Fast, Efficient Approach for Room Temperature 13C ODNP at Moderately Low Fields and Natural Abundance; A. Dey, A. Banerjee and N. Chandrakumar, J.Phys.Chem. B (2017) 121, 7156

 Slow Molecular Motions in Ionic Liquids Probed by Cross-Relaxation of Nuclear Spins during Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization; A. Banerjee, A. Dey and N. Chandrakumar, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2016) 55, 14756.

 Quantification in Hyperpolarized NMR; A. Dey and N. Chandrakumar, J.phys.Chem.Letters (2016) 7, 771.

 Triple quantum filtered spectroscopy of homonuclear three spin-1/2 systems employing isotropic mixing; A. Kirwai and N. Chandrakumar, J. Magn.Reson. (2016) 269.78.

   Two-Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Exploiting Spin Echoes to maximize Information Content by Suppression of Diagonal Peaks in Homonuclear Experiments; A. Banerjee and N. Chandrakumar, J.Phys.Chem. A (2015) 119, 482.


Professor (Retired)
  • +914422574920/+918939188543
  • MRI-MRS FF, Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Chennai - 600036

Honors and Rewards

  • CRSI Silver Medal 2008
  • J C Bose National Fellowship 2009 – presen
  • Name Lecture Awards of the Indian National Science Academy:Prof. K. Rangadhama Rao Lecture 2004
  • Name Lecture Awards of the Indian National Science Academy:Prof. R.K. Asundi Lecture 2002
  • Millennium Medal, Indian Science Congress 2000