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Department of Chemistry
     
Prabhakaran K.
Professor & Head
 
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Education
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry, Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram.)
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram)

Course Offered
  • Undergraduate: Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Materials Science (M.Tech)
  • Aerospace Materials (M.Tech)
  • Materials Processing and Design (M.Tech)

Experience
  • Professor IIST, Thiruvananthapuram (2019- Till date)
  • Associate Professor IIST, Thiruvananthapuram (2013-2019)
  • Assistant Professor IIST, Thiruvananthapuram (2009-2013)
  • Scientist, Naval Materials Research Laboratory, Ambernath, Thane (2001-2009)

Research Work / Area
  • Advanced ceramic powder processing.
  • Porous Ceramics and  Ceramic forms.
  • Processing of carbon form
  • Materials for environmental remediation.

Awards
  • K.R. Krishna Iyer memorial gold medal for the year 1993 for having securing highest percentage of marks for MSc Chemistry from University College,Thiruvananthapuram.
  • NET (JRF/LS) Qualified 1993.

Patents Filed

  1. K.G.K. Warrier, K. Prabhakaran, R. Ramesh Babu and S. Rajesh, A novel process for fabrication of porous tubular substrates for membrane, catalyst support and thermal diffusion applications, Indian Patent, Filed in June 2001.
  2. K. Prabhakran, N.M Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramji Lal, A process for manufacture of microporous alumina substrates with high porosity, Indian patent, file No. 2449/DEL/ 2004.
  3. K. Prabhakran, N.M Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramji Lal, Low density foam ceramic and process thereof, Indian patent, file No. 135/DEL/2005.
  4. K. Prabhakaran, N.M.Gokhale, and S.C. Sharma, Low density carbon foam and method of preparation Indian patent file No. 2207/DEL/2006.
  5. K. Prabhakaran, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, Process for producing near-net-shape ceramic components Indian Patent file No. 1312/DEL/2007.
  6. K. Prabhakaran, D. S. Patil, R. Dayal, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, Low temperature synthesis of nanocrystalline spinel powder Indian patent file No.368/DEL/2008.
  7. K. Prabhakaran, R. Narasimman, “Process for the preparation of high density carbon foams” Indian Patent File No. 6108/CHE/2013.
  8. K. Prabhakaran, Sujith Vijayan, “A method of preparation of macroporous ceramics with wide range of porosities” Indian Patent File No.1544/CHE/2014.    
  9. K. Prabhakaran, Praveen Wilson, Sujith Vijayan, “A process for the preparation of microcellular carbon foams”  Indian Patent File No. 201641010319
 

 

 

 

Selected Publications:
  1. R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of low density carbon foams by foaming molten sucrose using an aluminium nitrate blowing agent” Carbon 50 (2012) 1999-2009.
  2. S.Vijayan, R.Narasimman, C.Prudvi and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of alumina foams by the thermo-foaming of powder dispersions in molten sucrose” J.Eur. Ceram. Soc.34(2014) 425-433.
  3. Sujith Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Freeze gelcasting of hydrogenated vegetable oil-in-aqueous alumina slurry emulsions for the preparation of macroporous ceramics” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 34(2014)4347-4354.

  4.  Deepthi L. Sivadas, R. Narasimman,R. Rajeev, K. Prabhakaran and K. N. Ninan “Solvothermal synthesis of microporous superhydrophobic carbon with tunable morphology from natural cotton for carbon dioxide and organic solvent removal applications” J. Mater. Chem. A., 3(2015)16213-16221.

  5. D. L. Sivadas, Sujith Vijayan, R. Rajeev, K.N. Ninan, K. Prabhakaran, “Nitrogen-enriched microporous carbon derived from sucrose and urea with superior CO2 capture performance” Carbon 109 (2016)7-18.

  6. Praveen Wilson, Sujith Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Carbon foams with a triplex pore structure by compression molding of molten sucrose-NaCl powder pastes” Carbon 118(2017)545-555.

  7.  L Vazhayal, P Wilson, K Prabhakaran, Waste to Wealth: Lightweight, Mechanically Strong and Conductive Carbon Aerogels from Waste Tissue Paper for Electromagnetic Shielding and CO2 Adsorption, Chem. Eng. J. 381(2020) 122628.

  8. Rakesh Krishnan PP, Sujith Vijayan, Praveen Wilson, P Arun Kumar, K Prabhakaran, Aqueous tape casting of alumina using natural rubber latex binder, Ceram. Int. 45(2019)18543-18550

  9.  A Chithra, P Wilson, S Vijayan, R Rajeev, K Prabhakaran, Robust thermally insulating carbon-gehlenite composite foams from newspaper waste and sucrose by filter-pressing, Materials & Design 160 (2018)   65-73

More Publications
  1. K. Prabhakaran, S. Ananthakumar and C. Pavithran, “Gelcasting of alumina using boehmite as a binder” J. Euro. Ceram.Soc. 19 (1999) 2875-2881.
  2. K. Prabhakaran and C. Pavithran “Gelcasting of alumina using urea-formaldehyde I. Preparation of concentrated aqueous slurries by particle treatment with hydrolysed aluminium” Ceram.Int. 26(2000)63-66.
  3. K. Prabhakaran and C. Pavithran “Gelcasting of alumina using urea-formaldehyde II. Gelation and ceramic forming” Ceram. Int. 26(2000) 67-71.
  4. K. Prabhakaran and C. Pavithran, “Gelcasting of alumina from acidic aqueous medium using acrylic acid” J. Euro.Ceram.Soc. 20(2000)1115-1119.
  5. K. Prabhakaran and C. Pavithran, “Cardanol: a new dispersant for alumina in toluene” J.Am.Ceram.Soc. 83 (2000)1533-1535.
  6. K. Prabhakaran, Asha Narayanan and C. Pavithran, “Cardanol as adispersant plasticizer for an alumina/toluene tape casting slip” J. Euro.Ceram.Soc. 21(2001)2873-2878.
  7. K. Prabhakaran, S. Ananthakumar and C. Pavithran, “Effect of hydrolysed aluminium treatment on rheological characteristics of a-alumina slurries” J.Mater.Sci. 36(2001)4827-4831.
  8. K. Prabhakaran, C. Pavithran, M. Brahmakumar and S. Ananthakumar, ” Gelcasting of alumina using urea-formaldehyde III. Machinable green bodies by co-polymerisation with acrylic acid” Ceram. Int. 27(2001)185-189.
  9. K. Prabhakaran, K.G.K. Warrier and P.K. Rohatgi, “Preparation of free flowing fly ash granules containing multifunctional molecules” Ceram.Int. 27(2001)749-754.
  10. S. Ananthakumar, A.R.R. Menon, K. Prabhakaran and K.G.K. Warrier, “Rheology and packing characteristics of alumina extrusion using boehmite gel as a binder” Ceram. Int. 27 (2001) 231-237.
  11. K.Prabhakaran, S.Ananthakumar and C. Pavithran, “Preparation of extrudable alumina paste by coagulation of electrosterically stabilized aqueous slurries” J. Euro. Ceram.Soc. 22(2002)153-158.
  12. K. Prabhakaran , N. Ramesh Babu, S. Rajesh Kumar and K.G.K.Warrier, “Freeform gelcasting of porous tubular alumina” J.Am.Ceram.Soc. 85(2002)3126-3128.
  13. K.Prabhakaran, J.James, and C. Pavithran, “Surface modification of SiC powders by hydrolysed aluminium coatings” J. Euro.Ceram.Soc. 23(2003)379-385.
  14. S. Ananthakumar, K. Prabhakaran, U.S. Hareesh, P. Manohar, K.G.K. Warrier, “Gelcasting process for Al2O3-SiC nanocomposites and its creep characteristics” Mater. Chem. & Phy. 85(2004)151-157.
  15. K. Prabhakaran, J. Joseph, N.M.Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramji Lal, “Sucrose combustion synthesis of La(1-x)SrxMnO3 (x <1) powders” Ceram. Int. 31 (2005) 327-331.
  16. K.Prabhakaran, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramji Lal, “A novel process for low density alumina foams” J.Am.Ceram.Soc.88 (2005) 2600-2603.
  17. K. Prabhakaran, J. Joseph, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramji Lal, “Synthesis of nanocrystalline lanthanum strontium manganite powder by urea-formaldehyde polymer gel combustion route” J. Am.Ceram.Soc. 89(2006) 2335-2337.
  18. K. Prabhakaran, J. Lakra, M.O. Beigh, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma and Ramjilal, “Sinterable La0.8Sr0.2CrO3 and La0.7Ca0.3CrO3 powders by sucrose combustion Synthesis” J. Mater.Sci. 41 (2006) 6300-6304.
  19. K. Prabhakaran, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, ” Preparation of macroporous alumina ceramics using wheat particles as gelling and pore forming agent” Ceram. Int. 33 (2007)77-81.
  20. K. Prabhakaran, S. Priya, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, Ramji Lal, “Microporous alumina substrate with porosity >70% by gelcasting” Ceram. Int. 33 (2007) 515-520.
  21. M. Biswas, K. Prabhakaran, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, “Urea-formaldehyde polymer gel combustion synthesis of nanocrystalline yttria doped ceria powder” Mater. Res. Bull. 42 (2007) 609-617.
  22. K. Prabhakaran, A. Melkeri, M.O. Beigh, N. M. Gokhale and S. C. Sharma, “Preparation of a porous cermet SOFC substrate by gelcasting of NiO-YSZ powders” J. Am. Ceram. Soc.90 (2007)622-625.
  23. K. Prabhakaran, E.M. Jyasingh, R. Sooraj, C. Durga Prasad, S.C. Sharma, “A dip coating process for the preparation of PZT microtube” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 90 (2007) 983-985.
  24. K. Prabhakaran, P.K. Singh, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, “Processing of sucrose to low density carbon foams” J. Mater. Sci. 42 (2007) 3894-3900.
  25. K. Prabhakaran, M.O. Beigh, J. Lakra, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, “Characteristics of 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia powder prepared by spray drying process”, J. Mater. Proc. Tech. 189 (2007) 178-181.
  26. K. Prabhakaran, A. Melkeri, N.M.Gokhale and S.C.Sharma, “Synthesis of naocrystalline 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia powder from sucrose derived organic precursors” Ceram. Int. 33(2007) 1551-1555.
  27. K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, “Novel coagulation method for direct coagulation casting of aqueous alumina slurries prepared using poly(acrylate) dispersant” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 91(2008)615-619.
  28. D. S. Patil, K. Prabhakaran, Rajive Dayal, C. Durga Prasad, N.M. Gokhale, A.B. Samui, S. C. Sharam, “Eight mol percent yttria stabilized zirconia powders by organic precursor route” Ceram. Int. 34 (2008) 1195-1199.
  29. K. Prabhakaran, C. S. Kumbhar, R. Sooraj, N. M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, “Effect of concentration of ammonium poly(acrylate) dispersant and MgO on coagulation characteristics of aqueous alumina direct coagulation casting slurries”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 91(2008) 1933 -1938.
  30. K. Prabhakaran, S. P. Tambe, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, “Mechanical properties of wet-coagulated alumina D. S. Patil, K. Prabhakaran, C. Durgaprasad, N.M. Gokhale, A.B Samui and S.C. Sharma, ” Synthesis of nanocrystalline 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia by the oleate complex route”, Ceram. Int.35 (2009) 515-519.
  31. E. M. Jayasingh, K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, C. Durgaprasad, and S.C. Sharma, ” Synthesis of pyrochlore free PMN-PT powder by the partial oxalate process route”, Ceram. Int. 35(2009) 591-596.
  32. K. Prabhakaran, E.M. Jayasingh, S. Raghunath, C. Durgaprasad, S.C. Sharma, ” Effect of slurry loading and diameter of vermicelli on the thickness of PZT microtubes by dip-coating process” Adv. Appl. Ceram.108(2009) 189-193.
  33. K. Prabhakaran, E. M. Jayasingh, R. Sooraj, C. Durgaprasad and S.C. Sharma, “Aqueous dispersion characteristics of PMN-PT powder prepared by the partial oxalate method” Adv. Appl. Ceram.108 (2009) 145-148.
  34. K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, ” A new direct coagulation casting process for alumina slurries prepared using poly (acrylate) dispersant”, Ceram. Int. 35(2009) 979-985.
  35. K. Prabhakaran, D. S. Patil, R. Dayal, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharama, “Synthesis of nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel by the urea-formaldehyde polymer gel combustion route” Mater. Res. Bull. 44(2009) 613-618.
  36. K. Prabhakaran, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale, T. K. Chongdar, S.C. Sharma, “Direct coagulation casting of YSZ powder suspensions using MgO as coagulating agent” Ceram. Int. 35 (2009) 1487-1492.
  37. K. Prabhakaran, P.K. Ojha, M. Biswas, T.K. Chongdar, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, Sucrose combustion synthesis of nanocrystalline yttrium aluminium garnet (Y3Al5O12) powder” Adv. Appl. Ceram. 108(2009)217-221.
  38. K. Prabhakaran, P.K Ohja, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, “Effect of polymer concentration on porosity and pore size characteristics of alumina membrane substrate prepared by gelcasting”, Cream. Int. 35(2009)2083-2085.
  39. K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, A. Melkeri, M.E. Jayasingh, C. Durgaprasad, N.M. Gokhale, “Preparation of PZT microtubes by slip casting on vermicelli followed by in situ polymerization” Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tech. (Accepted).
  40. K. Prabhakaran, E.M. Jayasingh, R. Sooraj, C. Durgaprasad, and S.C. Sharma, “Aqueous tape casting of PMN-PT powders prepared by the partial oxalate route” J. Mater. Proc. Tech. 209(2009) 4217-4221.
  41. E.M. Jayasingh, R. Sooraj, K. Prabhakaran, C. Durgaprasad, S.C. Sharma, “Characteristics of PMN-PT powder prepared by partial oxalate process rK. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale and S.C. Sharma, “Novel coagulation method for direct coagulation casting of aqueous alumina slurries prepared using poly(acrylate) dispersant” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 91(2008)615-619. oute” Ferroelectric Lett. 36 (2009) 45-55.
  42. K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, C.S. Kumbhar, A. Melkeri, N.M. Gokhale, S.C. Sharma, “Heterocoagulation moulding of alumina powder suspensions prepared using citrate dispersant” Ceram. Int. (Accepted).
  43. D.S. Patil, K. Prabhakaran, C. Durgaprasad, A.B. Samui, N.M. Gokhale and S. C. Sharma, “Synthesis of monodisperse yttria doped ceria powder by the oleate complex route” Adv. Appl. Ceram. (Accepted).
  44. K. Prabhakaran, R. Sooraj, A. Melkeri, M.E. Jayasingh, C. Durgaprasad, N.M. Gokhale, “Preparation of PZT microtubes by slip casting on vermicelli followed by in situ polymerization” Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Tech. 7 (2010) 409-414.
  45. K. Prabhakaran, K. Joseph, R. Sooraj, and C. Durgaprasad, “Magnesia Induced Coagulation of PZT powder Suspensions for Direct Coagulation Casting” Ceram. Int. 36(2010)2095-2101.
  46. R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of low density carbon foams by foaming molten sucrose using an aluminium nitrate blowing agent” Carbon 50 (2012) 1999-2009.
  47. R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of carbon foams by thermo-foaming of activated carbon powder dispersions in an aqueous sucrose resin” Carbon 50 (2012) 5583-5593.
  48. R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of carbon foams with enhanced oxidation resistance by foaming molten sucrose using a boric acid blowing agent” Carbon 55(2013)305-3012.
  49. S. Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “A urea crystal templating method for the preparation of porous alumina ceramics with the aligned pores” J. Eur.Ceram.Soc., 33 (2013) 1929-1934. 
  50. R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Effect of Blowing agents on the oxidation resistance of carbon foams from molten sucrose”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1538 (2013) 48-51.
  51.   S. Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Dispersion and setting of powder suspensions in concentrated aqueous urea solutions for the preparation of porous alumina ceramics with aligned pores” J. Am. Ceram. Soc.,96 (2013)2779-2784.
  52. Deepthi L. Sivadas, R.Rajeev K.P. Vijayalekshmi, K. Prabhakaran, and K.N. Ninan,  “Supramolecular b- cyclodextrin – aniline system: a new class of amine on solid support for carbon dioxide capture with high amine efficiency” RCS Adv. 3(2013)24041-24045.
  53. S.Vijayan, R.Narasimman, C.Prudvi and K. Prabhakaran, “Preparation of alumina foams by the thermo-foaming of powder dispersions in molten sucrose” J.Eur. Ceram. Soc.34(2014) 425-433.
  54. S.Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Gelcasting of alumina using the hexamethylenediamine–paraformaldehyde monomer system”, Ceram. Int. 40(2014) 3185-3191.
  55. R. Narasimman, S. Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Carbon foam with microporous cell wall and strut for CO2 capture” RSC Adv. 4(2014) 578-582.
  56. R. Narasimman, S. Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Activated carbon particle induced foaming of molten sucrose for the preparation of carbon foams” Mater. Sci. Eng. B 189 (2014) 82–89
  57. S. K. Pradhan, R. Narasimman, Sujith Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran,  “Phenol-formaldehyde coating to improve the debris formation resistance of carbon foam” Materials Letters 136 (2014) 99-102.
  58. Sujith Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Freeze gelcasting of hydrogenated vegetable oil-in-aqueous alumina slurry emulsions for the preparation of macroporous ceramics” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 34(2014)4347-4354.
  59. Sujith Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Freeze gelcasting of naphthalene-in-aqueous alumina slurry emulsions for the preparation of macroporous alumina ceramics” Ceram .Int. 41(2014)1487-1494. 
  60. R. Narasimman, S. Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Effect of activated carbon particle size on the thermo-foaming  of aqueous sucrose resin and properties of the carbon foams” J. Mater. Res. 30 (2015) 46-54.
  61. R. Narasimman, S. Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Carbon-carbon composite foams with high specific strength from sucrose and milled carbon fiber” Materials Letters 144(2015)46-49.
  62. Deepthi L. Sivadas,R. Narasimman,R. Rajeev, K. Prabhakaran and K. N. Ninan, “Effect of catalyst concentration and high temperature activation on the CO2 adsorption of carbon nanospheres prepared by solvothermal carbonization of β-cyclodextrin” J. Mater. Res. 30(2015)1761-1771.
  63. Sujith Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Effect of emulsion composition on gel strength and porosity in the preparation of macroporous alumina ceramics by freeze gelcasting” J. Asian Ceram. Soc., 3(2015)279-286.
  64. Deepthi L. Sivadas, R. Narasimman,R. Rajeev, K. Prabhakaran and K. N. Ninan “Solvothermal synthesis of microporous superhydrophobic carbon with tunable morphology from natural cotton for carbon dioxide and organic solvent removal applications” J. Mater. Chem. A., 3(2015)16213-16221.
  65. R. Narasimman, Sujith Vijayan and K. Prabhakaran, “Graphene reinforced carbon composite foams with improved strength and EMI shielding from sucrose and graphene oxide carbon” J. Mater. Sci. 50 (2015)8018-8028.
  66. Sujith Vijayan, R. Narasimman and K. Prabhakaran, “Effect of emulsion composition on the porosity characteristics of macroporous ceramics prepared by freeze gelcasting of naphthalene-in-aqueous alumina slurry emulsions” J. Ceram. Proc. Res.16 (2015) 712-721.
  67. Sujith Vijayan  and R. Narasimman, and K. Prabhakaran, “Fabrication of large alumina foam bodies by pyrolysis of precursor foams obtained by thermo-foaming of powder dispersions in molten sucrose” J. Mater. Res. 31(2016)302-309.