The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), founded in 1948, has its roots in the patriotic fervor of Dr. R. M. Alagappa Chettiar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar. On January 14, 1953 CECRI became a physical reality when Dr. S. Radhakrishnan dedicated CECRI, the twelfth national laboratory under the CSIR, to the nation. CECRI today is a proud family of 427 employees, 137 of whom are scientists. It represents the largest research establishment for electrochemistry in South Asia, Headquartered at Karaikudi, CECRI has extension centers in Chennai, Mandapam and Tuticorin. Located at latitude of 10.06O and longitude of 78.8O, CECRI, Karaikudi is about 85 km away both from Trichi and Madurai. The ambience at CECRI is quite apt for R&D work. CECRI campus has unique bird life and is amply green and serene. in his address on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the institute, Pandit Nehru said, “ … I believe that by such undertakings and by yoking science to public good we can advance the lot of the people of India enormously.” In translating those words into action, CECRI has blossomed into a launching pad for a multitude of technologies for the Indian electrochemical industry. Naturally, reflecting on the fact that the inimitable Dr. Alagappa Chettiar donated 300 acres of land and Rs. 15 lakh in cash in 1948 to establish a national laboratory devoted solely to Electrochemistry at a time when Electrochemistry was relegated to the flip-side of Physical Chemistry syllabi in universities, one cannot miss the rare philanthropy and foresightedness of this great visionary.
Central Electrochemical Research Institute(CECRI) is one of the chain of forty national laboratories under the aegies of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. founded on 25th July 1948 at Karaikudi in Tamilnadu, it came into existence on 14th January 1953. During the last fortyone years, CECRI has been recognized as the premier institution for R&D in the field of Electrochemical Science and Technology not only in India but also in South East Asia,with a total strength of over 700 personnel comprising scientists (200), engineers, technologists and skilled workers (350) and administrative and other staff (150), with a combined laboratory space 4,00,000 sq.ft. in a campus of 300 acres. There are four Extension Centers of Cecri located at Madras, Cochin, Mandapam and Tuticorin.
Major R&D programs at CECRI are in Corrosion Scie. and Engg., Industrial Metal Finishing, Batteries (primary and secondary), Electrohydrometallurgy, Electropyrometallurgy, Electrochemicals(Organic and Inorganic), Electrodics and Electrobiology, Electrochemical Material Science and Electrochemical Instrumentation. The programs are directed towards devlopments of new processes or products or novel use of electrochemical techniques and upgradition of the already devloped technology. Basic research is also been carried out. An excellant library, computer centre, workshop and centralized characterization and measurement labarotory lend active support. Over the years 540 patents have been filed, 160 processes have been devloped and 70 sponsored projects, 45 grant-in-aid projects and 200 consultancies have been undertaken. More than 100 processes have been released to 325 licensees for commercial exploitation. The institute and staff have published 3150 research papers including several review articles in both national and international journals of repute, edited several books and conference proceedings and maintain intimate contacts wiht the acadamic institutions within and outside the country. Recognision of the contributions made by CECRI to Indian industry has come in the form of 38 major and minor awards. Directs earnings in the form of lump sum premia and recurring royalties and indirect earnings by way of foreign exchange savings and efficient electrochemical technologies including corrosion prevention amounts to more than Rs.300 crores.
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