Prof. Vijayamohanan K. Pillai assumed charge as Director, CSIR-CECRI on April 24, 2012 and continued as Director, CSIR-CECRI till October 23, 2018. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Pillai's research work of more than 20 years is primarily focussed on batteries, fuel cells, bio-electrochemistry, electrochemical sensors, chemically modified electrodes, anodization, electro-deposition, electro-organic synthesis, etc. Dr. Pillai has more than 220 research papers and 20 patents to his credit. Under his guidance, 17 students have received Ph.D. degrees. He is a recipient of many presitigious awards including Medals of the MRSI and CRSI. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Affiliate Member of the IUPAC. He is also in the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.

As the helmsman at CSIR-CECRI, Dr. Pillai strives to make the institute an internationally renowned place for electrochemistry.

In addition to CSIR - CECRI, Prof. Vijayamohanan K Pillai held the additional charge as Director, CSIR-NCL from 01/06/2015 to 29/02/2016.

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