CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute
(A premier R&D Institute in Electrochemistry)


PhD (Electroanalytical Chemistry) @ Department of Chemistry &  Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2006).

Thesis: Development, characterization and application of physically small carbon electrodes as biosensors (Advisors: Dr Danny K Y Wong and Dr Christopher McRae).


MSc (Chemistry) @ Department of Chemistry, Presidency College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (2001) [2nd Rank].       

Thesis: Electrolytic recovery of copper and removal of organic pollutants from copper phthalocyanine blue process stream (Advisors: Dr R. Shankaranarayanan).


BSc (Chemistry) @ Department of Chemistry, Alagappa Government Arts College (Affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University), Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India (1999) [Madurai Kamaraj University 4th Rank].


Present Position

Senior Scientist @ CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India (July 2014 - Till date).

Scientist (under Quick Hire Scheme) @ CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India (Feb 2013 - July 2014).

Professional Experience

Visiting Scientist @ CNR-Istituto Sullínquinamento Atmospherico (IIA), Rome, Italy (Nov 2016).

Research Associate @ College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL,USA (Jan 2011- Feb 2013).

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher @ Nanotechnology Research & Education Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL,USA (Nov 2009-Dec 2010).

Postdoctoral Research Associate @ Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA (Nov 2007-Oct 2009). 

Postdoctoral Research Associate @ Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA (Oct 2006-Oct 2007).

Selected Recent Publications From CSIR-CECRI (2015-2017)

(1) Preethi S, Vineesh TV, Sivamathini R, Li CZ, Alwarappan S*. Ionic liquid modified N-doped graphene as an electrochemical platform for the selective discrimination of DNA sequences, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 247, 556 (2017) (IMPF 4.8).

(2) Nair A, Vineesh TV, Kala M, Thomas S, Kalarikkal N, Sahajwalla V, Joshi RK, Alwarappan S*. Boron doped graphene wrapped silver nanowires as an efficient electrocatalyst for molecular oxygen reduction, Scientific Reports 6, 37731 (2016) (IMPF 5.6)[Appeared as a highlight in Nature ASIA].

(3) Vineesh TV, Suhail M, Hahm MG, Prabu V, Alwarappan S* and  Narayanan TN. Controllably Alloyed, Low Density, Free-standing Ni-Co and Ni-Graphene Sponges for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting, Scientific Reports 6, 31202 (2016) (IMPF 5.6). [Appeared as a highlight in Nature ASIA].
(4) Vineesh TV, Praveen M, Takahashi T, Kalita G, Deepak P, Alwarappan S*, Narayanan T N. Bi-functional electrocatalytic activity of  boron doped graphene dervived from boron carbide, Advanced Functional Materials 5(17), 1500658 (2015) (IMPF 16.1).