Dr.varuna Associate Professor


E.mail: varagunapandiyann@ssn.edu.in

Ph.D.  Chemical Engineering (2008 – 2015)

Department of Chemical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), New Delhi – 110016, India

M. Tech.  Chemical Engineering (2006 – 2008)

Department of Chemical Engineering

A. C. Tech Campus, Anna University, Chennai – 25, Tamil Nadu, India

B. Tech.  Chemical Engineering (2006 – 2008)

Department of Chemical Engineering

Pallavan College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai – 25, Tamil Nadu, India


Ph.D thesis is on Development of Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyser (PEMWE) for the Generation of Pure Hydrogen and Oxygen. He has experience in working with PEM fuel cells (H2-O2 Fuel Cell, Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell), Electrochemical reduction CO2 to higher hydrocarbons. He has strong background in physical as well as electrochemical characterization techniques to analysis the electrocatalyst for various reactions such as hydrogen oxidation reaction, oxygen evolution reaction and oxygen reduction reaction, methanol and ethanol oxidation. He has expertise in handling various characterization equipment and data analysis of the same. Electrochemical: Potentiostat/Galvanostat (Autolab, Bio-Logic and Versastat), Bipotentiostat, Photoelectrochemical work station, Scanning Electrochemical Microscope, Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Fuel cell test station (Arbin and Scribner), In-situ Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry and In-situ UV Spectrometry. Material Characterization: Thermogravimetry analysis, Chemisorption and TPD/TPR/TPO analysis, X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive X-Ray.  He has published 4 Research paper in Reputed Journals, 6 International conferences, 5 National conferences and 3 workshops. He worked with Prof. Keith Scott in Newcastle University, UK for 6 months during his PhD program.

Fellowships and Awards

¨   UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI-DST) fellowship

¨   Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) form Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India

¨   Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Thiruvanandhapuram, India

¨   Awarded 2nd prize in open house poster presentation at IIT Delhi

¨   Awarded best poster presentation in Research Scholars Day at IIT Delhi

Research Interest

¨      Nano-electro-catalyst synthesis

¨      Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology

¨      (Photo) Electrochemical Water Splitting

¨      Electrochemical Sensor

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