About The Director

Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, Director CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, and a distinguished synthetic organic chemist, has taken over additional charge as the Director of CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

Dr. Chandrasekar completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1982 and 1985, respectively and obtained Ph.D. in Chemistry from CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad in 1991 under the supervision of Dr. A. V. Rama Rao. He joined CSIR-IICT as Scientist in 1994 and grew up to the position of director in 2015.

Dr. Chandrasekar has made significant contributions in diverse areas of organic chemistry with a special emphasis on chiral chemistry, total synthesis of biologically active natural products and pharmaceutical products. He introduced polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a novel, environmentally benign solvent medium. He has developed technologies for the synthesis of latest anti-tuberculosis drug, bedaquiline; anti-tumor and abortive drug, misoprostol; anti-platelet molecule, beraprost; antidepressive compound, sertralin and drug for treatment of schizophrenia, asenapine.

Dr. Chandrasekar has published more than 285 research papers in international peer reviewed journals and has supervised 80 Ph.D. theses and 20 post doctoral associates have worked in his group. He also has 19 patents to his credit.

Dr. Chandrasekar has received several accolades including Eminent Scientist Award for contributions in the field of Chemistry from Telangana State Government in 2017, CNR Rao National Prize for Chemical Research 2012, CSIR Technology award 2014 and Infosys prize in Chemical sciences 2014 for his contributions in synthetic organic chemistry. He is a fellow of all the three Indian Science academies, i.e., National Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science academy. He is also an Alexander von Humboldt fellow.