Controller of Examination (i/c)

NAME AND DESIGNATION                

DATE OF JOINING             21.12.2015

Tel       : 0413-2654204 (O)

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            K. Tharanikkarasu obtained his B.Sc. (1987) and M.Sc. (1989) from University of Madras. After passing joint CSIR-UGC entrance exam, he joined Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Adyar, Chennai to do his Ph.D. with the guidance of Dr. Ganga Radhakrishnan. In 1996, Tharanikkarasu obtained his Ph.D. in the field of INIFERTER-based controlled radical polymerization and continued his research for a short while in CLRI as CSIR funded research associate.

From 1996 to 1997 he did research on aqueous polyurethane dispersions in Pusan National University as a KRF funded post-doctoral fellow. At the end of his tenure, he returned to CLRI and joined as a quick-hired scientist (fellow). In 1998, he joined the research group of Prof. Yusuke Kawakami at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan and worked in the field of anionic polymerization for two years using JAIST and JSPS post-doctoral fellowships. After returning from Japan in 2000, he joined as a Project Officer in the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai and worked in the field of single-site catalysts for olefin polymerization in Prof. G. Sundararajan's Research Group.

In March 2003, Dr. Tharanikkarasu joined as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi and continued until August 2010 as different academic positions. From September 2010 onwards, he has been working at Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry University as a full Professor. From September 2015 onwards, he has been appointed as Head, Department of Chemistry.

Dr. K. Tharanikkarasu has guided 6 Ph.D. scholars and at present he is guiding 7 Ph.D. scholars. Areas of Specialization/Interest are Polymer/Organic Chemistry, Controlled Radical Polymerization, Iniferter and Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP), Anionic Polymerization, Fuel Cell Membranes, Nano Composites, Supramolecular Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Anti-TB and Anti-malarial Agents.

Dr. K. Tharanikkarasu has published around 50 research papers in well reputed international journals in the field of Polymer/Organic Chemistry. He has authored one book in the field of ATRP and he has written two book chapters. He has presented more than 50 research papers in national and international conferences/seminars. He has two CSIR patents to his credit.

He was named in "who is who in the world" in 2010. He has handled CSIR, UGC and DST sponsored projects in the field of Polymer Chemistry.

From December 2015 onwards, Dr. K. Tharanikkarasu is holding additional post of Controller of Examinations (i/c), Pondicherry University.