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Dr. Kannan Srinivasan


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Dr. Kannan Srinivasan


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Journal Articles (select articles – for complete list consult ResearcherID link given above)

A consolidated road map for economically gainful efficient utilization of agro-wastes for eco-friendly products, Sampath Gajula, Churchil A Antonyraj, Annamma A. Odaneth and Kannan Srinivasan, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, (2019).
Chemo- and regioselective synthesis of arylated γ-valerolactones  from bio-based levulinic acid with aromatics using H-β zeolite catalyst, Sreedhar Gundekari, Kannan Srinivasan, ChemCatChem, 11 (2019) 1102-11.
Hydrous ruthenium oxide: A new generation remarkable catalyst precursor for energy efficient and sustainable production of γ-valerolactone from levulinic acid in aqueous medium, Sreedhar Gundekari, Kannan Srinivasan, Applied Catalysis A: General 569 (2019) 117–125.
Screening of solvents, hydrogen source, and investigation of reaction mechanism for the hydrocyclisation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone using Ni/SiO2-Al2O3 catalyst. Sreedhar Gundekari, Kannan Srinivasan, Catalysis Letters, 149 (2019) 215-227.
Novel biomolecule-assisted interlayer anioncontrolled layered double hydroxide as an efficient sorbent for arsenate removal, Paulmanickam Koilraj, Keiko Sasaki and Kannan Srinivasan, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 14783-14793.
In situ generated Ni(0)@boehmite from NiAl-LDH: An efficient catalyst for selective hydrogenation of biomass derived levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone, Sreedhar Gundekari, Kannan Srinivasan, Catalysis Communications 102 (2017) 40–43.
Solvent-free facile synthesis of di-octyl phthalate over heterogeneous sulfated zirconia acid catalyst, Ajay M Parmar, K Saravanan, Beena Tyagi and Kannan Srinivasan, Indian Journal of Chemistry Section A, 55A (2017) 747-755.
Strategic designing on selection of solvent systems for the conversion of biomass sugars to furan derivatives and their separation, Sampath Gajula, Kanagaraj Inthumathi, Sowthri R Arumugam, and Kannan Srinivasan, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5 (2017) 5373-5381.
Remarkable catalytic synergism of alumina, metal salt and solvent for conversion of biomass sugars to furan compounds, Gajula Sampath and Kannan Srinivasan, Applied Catalysis A: General 533 (2017) 75–80.
Preparation of functionalized castor oil derivatives with tunable physical properties using heterogeneous acid and base catalysts, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, and Kannan Srinivasan, RSC Advances, 5 (2015) 50289.
Double bond isomerization of ethyl linoleate and vegetable oils to conjugated derivatives over LDH supported ruthenium catalyst, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, Gobi Selvam and Kannan Srinivasan, RSC Advances 5 (2015) 36075.
CoCuAl layered double hydroxides – efficient solid catalysts for the preparation of industrially important fatty epoxides, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, Ankita Sharma and Kannan Srinivasan, Catalysis Science and Technology, 5 (2015) 1187.
Soft chemical synthesis of highly crystalline and thermally stable cobalt carbonate and Co3O4 layered micro-cubes with an unusual conductivity using LDH precursor, Churchil A. Antonyraj, Divesh N. Srivastava, Gurudas P. Mane, Ajayan Vinu, Kannan Srinivasan, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2 (2014) 6301.
Sonochemistry: A simple and efficient route for biodiesel production from neat and blended vegetable oils using LDH-derived base catalysts, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan and S. Kannan, International Journal of Advances in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, 5 (2013) 210.
Aqueous fluoride removal using ZnCr layered double hydroxides and their polymeric composites: Batch and column studies, P. Koilraj and S. Kannan, Chemical Engineering Journal, 234 (2013) 406.
Novel approach for selective phosphate removal using colloidal LDHs and use of residue as fertilizer, P. Koilraj, Churchil A. Antonyraj, Vishal Gupta, C.R.K. Reddy and S. Kannan, Applied Clay Science 86 (2013) 111.
ZnAl layered double hydroxides as potential molybdate sorbents and valorize the exchanged sorbent for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of phenol, Paulmanickam Koilraj and Kannan Srinivasan, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52 (2013) 7373.
Fructose dehydration to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural: Remarkable solvent influence on recyclability of Amberlyst-15 catalyst and regeneration studies, G. Sampath and S. Kannan, Catalysis Communications 37 (2013) 41.
Solid state structural transformation of tetraborate into monoborate in the interlayer galleries of reconstructed ZnAl layered double hydroxide, Paulmanickam Koilraj, Rajendra Singh Thakur, and Kannan Srinivasan, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117 (2013) 6578.
One-step hydroxylation of benzene to phenol over layered double hydroxides and their derived forms, Churchil A Antonyraj and Kannan Srinivasan, Catalysis Surveys from Asia, 17 (2013) 47.
Carbon dioxide – A potential raw material for the production of fuel, fuel additives and bio-derived chemicals, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan and Kannan Srinivasan, Indian Journal of Chemistry A, 51A (2012) 1252.
Operando DRIFT spectroscopic investigations on unprecedented influence of Cu2+ over NiAl LDHs during isomerization of eugenol, Jinesh Cherukattu Manayil, Andrea C. Badari, Ferenc Lónyi and Kannan Srinivasan, Catalysis Communications 28 (2012) 100.
Microwave assisted isomerization of alkenyl aromatics over solid base catalysts: An understanding through theoretical study, C.M. Jinesh, Anik Sen, Bishwajit Ganguly and S. Kannan, RSC Advances, 2 (2012) 6871.
Transesterification of edible, non-edible and cooked oils for biodiesel production using calcined layered double hydroxides as reusable base catalysts, S. Sivashunmugam, Churchil A. Antonyraj and S. Kannan, Bioresource Technology 109 (2012) 57.
CoAl-CrO4 layered double hydroxides as selective oxidation catalysts at room temperature, C.M. Jinesh, S. Sivashunmugam, Deep S. Bhadoria and S. Kannan, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50 (2011) 13380.
Benzene hydroxylation over Cu-containing LDHs: Influence of co-bivalent ions and solvent, Churchil A. Antonyraj, S. Kannan, Applied Clay Science, 53 (2011) 297.
High borate removal from aqueous solution using thermally treated ZnAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs), P. Koilraj and S. Kannan, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50 (2011) 6943.
Selective production of liquid fuels from renewable: One pot sequential multifunctional catalysis in water, Churchil A Antonyraj and S. Kannan, Proceedings of 20th National Symposium on Catalysis – Catalysis for Energy Conversion and Conservation of Environment, Catalysis Society of India, Chennai, December 19-22, 2010.
Polytype Transformation in the SO42- Containing Layered Double Hydroxides of Zn with Al and Cr: The Metal Hydroxide Layer as a Structural Synthon, S. Radha, J. C. A. Antonyraj, P. Vishnu Kamath  and S. Kannan, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 636 (2010) 2658.
Catalysis News Brief, S. Kannan, Bulletin of Catalysis Society of India, 9 (2010) 80.
Thermal decomposition of Co-Al layered double hydroxide: Identification of the precursor to the oxide with the spinel structure, P. Vishnu Kamath, A.V. Radha, Grace S. Thomas, J.C.A Antonyraj and S. Kannan, Bulletin of Materials Science, 33 (2010) 319.
Phenol hydroxylation over Cu-containing LDHs and their calcined forms: Profound co-bivalent metal influence, Churchil A. Antonyraj, Mohini Gandhi, S. Kannan, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 49 (2010) 6020.
Catalysis News Brief, S. Kannan, Bulletin of Catalysis Society of India, 9 (2010) 33.
Synthesis of delaminated LDH: A facile two step approach, Churchil A Antonyraj, P. Koilraj and S. Kannan, Chemical Communications, 46 (2010) 1902. 
Influence of copper on the isomerization of eugenol for as-synthesized NiCuAl ternary hydrotalcites: An understanding through physicochemical study, C.M. Jinesh, V.Rives, D. Carriazo, Churchil A Antonyraj and S. Kannan, Catalysis Letters, 134 (2010) 337.
Allylbenzene isomerisation over as-synthesized MgAl and NiAl containing LDHs: Basicity-activity relationships, C.M. Jinesh, Churchil A. Antonyraj and S. Kannan, Applied Clay Science, 48 (2010) 243.
Phosphate uptake behavior of ZnAlZr ternary layered double hydroxides through surface precipitation, P. Koilraj and S. Kannan, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 341 (2010) 289.


  • Method for decomposing N2O Utilizing Catalysts Comprising Calcined Anionic Clay Minerals. S. Kannan, C.S. Swamy, Y. Li, J.N. Armor and T.A. Braymer, U.S. Patent, 5,407,652 (1995-04-18). European Patent, EP0640379  A1 - 1995-03-01, Brazil Patent, BR9403333  A  - 1995-06-20,             Deutsch Patent, DE69409450T  T2 - 1998-08-27, Canadian Patent, CA2130589  A1 - 1995-02-28, Japanese Patent, JP2637049B2  B2 - 1997-08-06, Korean Patent: KR142375  B1, 1998-06-01, Singapore Patent: SG48048  A1, 1998-04-17
  • Improved process for the preparation of fatty acid methyl esters (Biodiesel) from triglyceride oils using eco-friendly solid base catalysts. Srinivasan, Kannan, Sankaranarayanan, Sivashanmugam and Antonyraj, Churchil Angel. CSIR Ref. No.: 0175NF2010 dated 30-Nov-2010, Provisional Patent filed at Indian Patent Office - 0371/DEL/2011 dated 14th Feb. 2011, International application number: PCT/IN2012/000092 dated 10th Feb., 2012, International Publication Number WO 2012/111023 A1, 23rd August 2012, European Patent Application Filed – Application No: 12710563.3 – 1357 dated 18th Sep. 2013, US Patent Application No: 2013/0331587 A1dated 12th Dec. 2013, Chinese Patent, CN103370405A dated 23rd Oct. 2013, European Patent, EP2675879A1 dated 21st Dec. 2013, Korean Patent, KR2014006030A dated 15th Jan. 2014, Japanese Patent, JP2014510164A dated 24th April 2014, Process for the preparation of fatty acid alkyl esters (Biodiesel) from triglyceride oils using eco-friendly solid base catalysts, US Patent, 9029583 B2 dated 12th May 2015


  • A process for the preparation of fatty cyclic carbonates by oxidative carboxylation, Kannan Srinivasan, Sayed Hasan Razi Abdi, Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan and Saravanan Subramanian, - CSIR Ref. No: 0158NF2014 Provisional Patent filed at Indian Patent Office - 1941DEL2014 dated 11.07.2014; complete specification filed dated 8th July 2015, PCT/IN2015/050064 dated 10th July 2015, WO2016/006003 dated 14-01-2016.


  • Preparation of functionalized castor oil derivatives using solid acid and base catalysts, Kannan Srinivasan and Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, CSIR Ref. No: 0171NF2014, Indian Patent Office Application Number - 2225DEL2014 (Provisional date 06.08.2014) and PCT/IN2015/050084 dated 6th August 2015, WO2016/020941 dated 11-02-2016; US Patent 2017/0211015 dated 27th July, 2017; US Patent 10260023 B2, dated 16th April 2019.


  • An improved fast and selective process for the preparation of g-valerolactone by catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid using Ru-based catalysts, Kannan Srinivasan, Sreedhar Gundekari, CSIR Ref. No: 0191NF2014, Provisional Patent filed at Indian Patent Office - 2866DEL2014 (Prov. Date: 08/10/2014); Complete Specification filed on 6th October 2015 and PCT/IN2015/050130 dated 8th October 2015; WO 2016/056030 dated 14th April 2016; US Patent 2017/0298038 dated Oct. 19, 2017; EP3204366A1 dated 20th August 2018; US10221149B2, 3rd March 2019.  


  • An eco-friendly process for hydrogenation of organic molecules using hydrous ruthenium oxide catalyst, Kannan Srinivasan, Sreedhar Gundekari, Patent Filed, CSIR NF No. 192NF2015 (July 2015); 3219DEL2015 (Prov. Date: 07/10/2015); Complete specification filed on 7th October 2016; WO 2017/060922 A1 dated 13th April 2017; US Patent Publication No US 2019 / 0084918 A1dated Mar . 21, 2019


  • Preparation of value added products by catalytic organic transformations of biomass derived levulinic acid with aromatics, Kannan Srinivasan, Sreedhar Gundekari, Patent Filed, CSIR NF No. 170NF2015 (Application No. 201611023585, Date of filing: 11.07.2016; Full Specification Filed on  7-7-2017).


  • UV shielding bio-derived furanic polymers, Kannan Srinivasan, Rajathsing Kalusulingam, Gajula Sampath, Koilraj Paulmanickam and Duraikkannu Shanthana Lakshmi, CSIR Ref No. 280NF2016, Indian Patent Filing No. 201811003807 dated 1st Feb. 2018; PCT/IN2019/050069 dated 30th January 2019; WO2019150386A1 dated 8th August 2019.

Books/Chapters in Books


  1. Catalysts and Surfaces: Characterization Techniques, B. Viswanathan, S. Kannan and R.C. Deka, Narosa Publishing House, India, ISBN 978-81-7319-735-2, 2010.




A book chapter titled “Heterogeneous Catalysis for Perfumery Chemicals” by Kannan Srinivasan, C.M. Jinesh and Churchil A Antonyraj, in “Industrial Catalytic Processes for Fine and Specialty Chemicals”, Elsevier, The Netherlands, 2016, p-463-508.


“Delamination of layered double hydroxides: Methodologies, characterization and applications” by Churchil A. Antonyraj, Paulmanickam Koilraj and Kannan Srinivasan in ‘‘Hydroxides: Synthesis, Types and Applications'', Ed. By: Abejundio Calixto Carillo and Delia Analiz Griego, Nova Science Publishers Inc., USA (2012), ISBN: 978-1-62081-021-7, pp. 105-139.


“Layered double hydroxides as potential adsorbents for water remediation” by P. Koilraj, C. M. Jinesh and S. Kannan in a E-book entitled “Application of Adsorbents for Water Pollution Control”, Bentham Science Publishers,  Ed.: Amit Bhatnagar, ISBN No: 978-1-60805-269-1 (2012), pp. 153-237.


 “Hydrotalcites as Potential Catalysts for Hydroxylation of Phenol” S. Kannan, in “Trends in Catalysis Research”, Editors: Lawrence P. Bevy, Nova Science Publishers Inc., USA, ISBN No: 1594546592 (2006), pp. 51-101.


Powder X-ray Diffraction – Basics, Techniques and Applications – S.Kannan, in “Refresher Course in Experimental Physics” Indian Academy of Sciences, Department of Physics, Bhavnagar University (2004), pp. 1-28.


Hydrotalcite-like Materials: Their Possible Role in the Environmental Control

C.S. Swamy, S. Kannan and S. Velu, in 2nd ANAIC International Conference on Material Science and Environmental Chemistry of Main Group Elements, Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 8-11, in “Main Group Elements and Their Compounds” Ed. by V.G.Kumar Das, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, India (1996) pp.112-132.


Catalytic Decomposition of Nitrous oxide on New materials, S.Kannan, in “Selected Studies in Heterogeneous Catalysis’ Ed. by B.Viswanathan, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (May 1996), pp. 62-85.




Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs) or Hydrotalcite-like compounds; Biomass to chemicals and fuels; Solid base catalysis; Catalysis for perfumery chemicals; C-C bond formation using solid base catalysis; CO2 utilization; Alkylation using solid acids and bases; Benzene to phenol conversion; Hydroxylation of phenol to dihydroxybenzenes; LDHs for waste water remediation; Solid state transformation of LDHs to oxides and carbonates; Polytypism in LDHs;

Heterogeneous catalysis;Environmental chemistry;Material science;Solid state chemistry