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Prof. Dr. Rajadurai Chandrasekar

PhD (Max-Planck), FNASc., FASc., FRSC

School of Chemistry

University of Hyderabad

(An Institution of Eminence)

Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Gachibowli
Hyderabad-500 046, INDIA

Tel.: +91-40-23134824 (Off)

Office: E 108; Lab: N 114.


  • Oct 2023: Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), Allahabad
  • April 2023: SERB - Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR), Govt of India.
  • Oct 2022/23: Top 2% Scientist in the world (Nanoscience & Technology) by Stanford University.
  • June 2022: Member, Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Applied Engineering Materials, USA.
  • 2022: Guest Editor, Special section on "Organic Photonic Integrated Circuits and Components" in Adv Optical Mater, Wiley-VCH.

  • Dec 2021: Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal.

  • Jan 2021: Elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), Bangalore.

  • Sep 2020-: Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Materials Advances, RSC, UK.

  • Jan 2020-: Member, Adv Optical Mater Hall of Fame.

  • Dec 2019-: Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Adv Optical Mater, Wiley-VCH.

  • Oct 2019-: Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Small, Wiley-VCH, Germany.

  • Aug 2017-: Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Materials Chemistry C, RSC, UK.

  • Oct 2018: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

  • Nov 2016: Fellow of the Optics Society of India (OSI).

  • June 2016: Eminent Supervisor Award - Dr. K.V. Rao Science Society.

  • Sep 2015: University Chancellor's Award  

  • Feb 2010-2015: Head of the Max-Planck Partner Group, Max-Planck Society, Germany.

  • August 2009: Invention Cash Prize (4D Imaging technologies) from Intellectual Ventures Ltd.

  • May 2001–May 2003: TU-Darmstadt Graduate College Fellowship.

  • 1998: Asst. Professorship / Lectureship (Organic Chemistry) NET awarded by the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

  • 1997: Institute Fellowship of IIT Delhi during MTech Studies.

  • 1997: Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE’ 97; AIR=174) in Chemistry.

  • 1997: Junior Research Fellowship awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.

  • 1991-1994: Merit scholarship during BSc programme (Rank holder).


H-index: 42 & i10-index: 91 (Google/Scopus)*            

*2003-2007: author name: Chandrasekar Rajadurai
Research Papers Published: 130+
International Patents: 4

Indian Patent: 1
Invited Talks: 100+
Post-Docs Supervised: 4
PhDs Supervised: 11

MSc Thesis Supervised: 34

Date and Place of Birth:  1973, MADURAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA



  • 2003 (2½ years) - Dr. Rer. Nat. (Natural Sciences), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

  • 1998 - M.Tech. Department of Materials Sci. & Engg., Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

  • 1997 - M.Sc. (Chemistry),  American College (Since 1881; Autonomous), Madurai, India


Teaching and Research Experience:

  • Oct. 2019-Feb 2021: Asst. Director (R &D), Institution of Eminence Directorate, University of Hyderabad.

  • Dec. 2015–present: Professor of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad.

  • Dec. 2012–Dec.2015: Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad

  • Jan. 2008–Dec. 2012: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad.

  • Dec. 2003–Dec. 2007: Research Fellow, Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

  • 2004–2007: Beam Line User, The European Synchrotron Radiation  Facility (X-Ray), Grenoble, France.

  • June 1999–April 2001: Lecturer in Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Sciences (Autonomous), Coimbatore.

  • Jan-March 1999: Research Fellow, Centre for Polymer Sci. and Engineering, IIT-Delhi. 

  • May 1998: Visiting Engineering Trainee, LT-Demag Plastics Machinery Private Limited, (Larsen and Toubro Injection Molding Machine Division), Chennai.


International Academic Visits:

  • June 2019: Visiting Professor, Dept of Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow

  • June 2017: Visiting Professor, Dept of Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow

  • June 2014: Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

  • June 2012: Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany


Professional/Administrative Activities:

  • Member, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), 2023 -

  • Member, Departmental Promotion Committee, 2023/2024 -

  • Member, Departmental Academic Integrity Panel, Nov 24th 2022 -

  • Member of Board of Studies, Centre for Electronics Science and Technology, School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, July 2022-

  • Chairman, PMRF Internal Expert Committee, University of Hyderabad, Mar 2022-Mar 2024

  • Member, UoH-Committee for IoE Chair Professors / IoE International Fellows / IoE PDF​​, April 2022-

  • Member, UoH-Committee for Revenue generation and PPP committee, April 2022-

  • Member, Selection Committee, Indian Science Academies SRFP and FAST-SP.

  • Advisory Board Member: Centre for Nanotechnology, UoH (2020-2023)

  • Member, Faculty Selection Committee, IITs.

  • Member, Faculty Selection/Promotion Committee, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar.

  • Chairman: Int.MSc Entrance Examination Committee, UoH

  • Chairman: MSc (Chemistry) Entrance Examination Committee, UoH

  • Chairman: PhD (Chemistry) Entrance Examination Committee, UoH (2021-22)

  • Asst. Director (R &D), Institution of Eminence Directorate, University of Hyderabad (Oct. 2019-Feb 2021)

  • Member: Cryogenic Facility Management Empowered Committee, University of Hyderabad (2011-2021)

  • Member: Housing Allotment Committee, University of Hyderabad (2014-2017)

  • Member: MoU Committee, University of Hyderabad (2016-2018)

  • Member: Patent Cell, University of Hyderabad (2014-2020)

  • Advisory Member: e-Learning Committee, University of Hyderabad (2017-2019)

  • Member: NIRF Ranking Committee- University of Hyderabad (2017-2020)

  • Member: Academic Council Sub-Committee- University of Hyderabad (2018-19)

  • Member: University with Excellence Proposal Committee (2017-2019)

  • Member: UOH-International Policy Making Committee (2018-19)

  • Coordinator: ChemFest-2020, SoC, UoH; 27-28 Feb 2020.

  • Coordinator: Refresher Course in Materials Chemistry, UOH; Sep, 5-25th 2018.

  • Co-convener: International Collaborative and Cooperative Symposium-8, UoH; Dec 2017

  • Convener: Indo-Taiwan Symposium on Recent Trends in Chemical Sciences, UoH; Nov. 18-19, 2014.

  • Co-Treasurer: Modern Trends in Inorganic Chemistry (MTIC-XIV), UoH;  Dec. 10-13, 2011.


Reviewer for Journals: 

  • Nature

  • Nature Chemistry

  • Nature Communication

  • Advanced Materials

  • Nano Letter

  • Angewandte Chemie

  • Journal of the American Chemical Society    

  • Small     

  • Science Bulletin                                                                          

  • Advanced Functional Materials   

  • Advanced Electronic Materials

  • Advanced Optical Materials

  • Advanced Photonic Research                                                                                                    

  • ACS Appl. Mater & Interfaces

  • ACS Appl. Nano Materials

  • ACS Photonics  

  • ACS Nano

  • Aggregate

  • Laser & Photonics Reviews

  • Applied Physics Reviews

  • Journal of Physical Chemistry

  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

  • Journal of Materials Chemistry C

  • ChemNanoMat

  • Chirality

  • Chemical Science

  • Chemical Communication                                                                                      

  • Inorganic Chemistry                                                                                                                 

  • Crystal Engg. Communication

  • Crystal Growth & Design   

  • Dyes and Pigments

  • Nanoscale

  • Soft matter

  • Materials Chemistry Frontiers                                                                                              

  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics                                                                                          

  • Macromolecule Rapid Communication

  • Macromolecular Chem and Phys

  • Materials & Design

  • Materials Horizons

  • Opto-electronic Advances

  • ACS Molecular Pharmaceutics  

  • Acta Cryst B

  • RSC Advances                                                                                       

  • New J Chemistry

  • Applied Physics A

  • IUCrJ

  • Bulletin of Material Science

  • J. Inorg. & Organometallic Polymers and Materials                                                                        

  • Indian Journal of Chemistry,

  • Journal of Chemical Sciences, etc.,


Reviewer for Books: Black Swan publishers, Wiley, etc.


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