Dr. K. Sreekumar


Dept. of Applied Chemistry, 
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi – 682 022.Kerala.
Phone: +91 484 2862430 (office)
Fax:     +91 484 2575804
E-mail: ksk (at)
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Dr. Sreekumar received his Ph.D from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala in 1989 in the area of Polymer Chemistry. He had worked as  Lecturer and Reader in the Department of Chemistry, Kerala University from1989 to 1999. In 1999, he moved to Cochin University of Science and Technology to take up the assignment as Reader in Catalysis at the Department of Applied Chemistry, CUSAT. He has been a visiting scientist at the HEDM laboratory, NUS and EMRC, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was a member of the Senate and Academic Council of CUSAT and represents the Board of Studies of several Universities and Institutes. He is a member of the Society for Polymer Science, India and High Energy Materials Society of India..

His major fields of research include:
Polymer supported reagents and catalysts
Dendrimer based organocatalysts
Modified clay supported transition metal complexes as
        heterogeneous catalysts                   
Solid phase organic synthesis – peptide synthesis
Photochemistry and Photophysics of  synthetic polymers
Polymers for holographic applications - Data storage 
Polymers for optical lithography –Micro and Stereo lithography 
Polymers for optoelectronics and photonics – photovoltaic devices
Conjugated Functional polymers - Optical limiting studies
Chemosensors - Amplified quenching of fluorescence
Polymeric NLO materials- Computational studies.
Quantum Chemical calculations – DFT and Ab initio calculations.
High energy density materials –polyphosphazenes, polyoxetanes and         polyoxeranes as energetic binders


Teaching & Research

Twenty five years of teaching experience in Organic Chemistry/ Polymer
Chemistry/Theoretical Chemistry/ Catalysis at post-graduate level at University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (1989 - 1999), India and at Cochin University of Science and Technology (1999 onwards), India.
Served as Head, Department of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology [(2010-2013) (rotation)]
Served as Honorary Director, Inter University Center for Nanomaterials and Devices, Cochin University of Science and Technology (2009-2011)

Courses Taught

M. Sc. : CHE 2104 Spectroscopy and Group Theory (C)
     CHE 2107 Chemistry of Polymers (E)
     CHE 2207 Materials Chemistry (E)
     CHE 2310 Computational Chemistry (E)
M. Tech:CHE 3101 Chemistry of Surfaces and Catalysis (C)
     CHE 3102 Surface Characterization Techniques (C)
     CHE 3201 Physical Methods in Catalysis (C)
     CHE 3203 Industrial Catalytic Process (E)
M. Phil.: CHE 4102 Modern Methods in Chemistry Unit 7 Thermal Methods
             and Surface Characterization Methods (C)
     CHE 4104 F Polymers: Chemistry of Modern Materials (E)
Ph. D.:  CHE 5102 Spectroscopy and Instrumental Methods in Chemistry-
             Units 3,4 & 5 (Thermal Methods, Surface Characterization
             Methods, Computational Chemistry)


Twenty nine years of research experience in Organic Chemistry/ Polymer Chemistry.
Ph.D. thesis supervised        :   30
Ph. D thesis under progress        :   07
M. Phil Thesis                :   34  
Research Publications (National/International)     :   122 
Research Papers Presented in Conferences       :    110 
Articles on Political/ Social Topics        :    35 
Book Chapters                :    3
Served as Sub editor for Anthardhara (Malayalam monthly) [1990-1999]
Funding sources include: Research funding from a wide range of national and international agencies, Regional Development Agency funds, Governmental agencies including UGC, CSIR, DRDO, KSCSTE, DST etc.

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Major Research Projects Undertaken as PI


Title Funding Agency Period


1 Multifunctional Polymeric Materials for Optical Lithography ISRO 1998-1999 5.20 Developed polyesteramide based negative working photoresist
2 Development of Main Chain Chiral Polymers with Azomesogens for Photonic Applications DRDO 2001-2005 19.52 Developed theoretical methods for calculation of NLO properties of polymers. Synthesized polymers with NLO activity
3 Energetic Polymers for Binder Applications HEDM, NUS, Singapore 2004-2005 5.75

Synthesized polyBAMO,

polyNMMO, polyGLYN
4 Development of Green Thermoplastic Elastomeric Binders


2006-2008 5.45 Synthesized thermoplastic elastomeric binders
5 Heterogeneous Catalysts Based on Transition Metal Complexes of Polymer Supported Dendrimers DRDO 2006-2009 30.75 Performed catalytic reactions for five chemical synthesis; using metal complex and metal free polymer supported dendrimer
6 Nanostructured Polymeric Ink for Printable Chemosensors KSCSTE 2007-2010 7.87 Synthesized conjugated polymers as chemosensor for the detection of nitroaromatics
7 Theoretical Investigations on Low Band Gap Conjugated Polymers DST [HPCF at CMSD, UoH] 2008- Nil Computational study of conjugated polymers
8 Design and Synthesis of Low Band Gap Conjugated Polymers and the Fabrication of Inverted Polymer Solar Cells

Technology Systems Development

(TSD) Programme
2010-2014 70.5 Conjugated polymers for photovoltaic cells

Sponsored Research Projects completed as Co-investigator



Title Funding Agency Period



1 Development of photorefractive polymers for holographic applications. DST 2011-2014 38.48
2 Study on eosin dye sensitized polymers for holographic applications. KSCSTE 2007-2010 6.19
3 Development of highly efficient photopolymer films for holographic applications. IRDE-DRDO 2006-2009 40.12

Development of Photorefractive Polymers for Electro-optic Applications


DST 2005-2008 21.50
5 Development of photosensitized polymers for optical recording  DRDO 2003-2006 25.41

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Dept. of Applied Chemistry, 
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi – 682 022.Kerala.
Phone: +91 484 2862430 (office)
Fax:     +91 484 2575804
E-mail: ksk (at)
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