M.Sc., Ph.D.

Research Interest:

  • Solar selective coatings
  • Fuel cell components
  • Conducting polymers
  • Zeolite based materials
  • Computational modelling of energy systems


  • Lecturer, Regional Engineering College (REC), Trichy, India.


  • Senior Lecturer, REC, Trichy, India.


  • Assistant Professor, REC (renamed as NIT in 2004), Trichy, India.


  • Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India.


  • Professor, NIT, Trichy, India. Jul.2009-Apr.2019
  • Professor (HAG), NIT, Trichy, India. Since April 2019

Ph.D. Programmes guided

Guided (9) students

Ongoing Ph.D. Programmes

Ongoing Ph.D. students (7)

M.Sc. Projects guided/co-guided

Guided(61), ongoing students (2)

M.Tech. Projects guided/co-guided


M.Phil. Projects guided


Recent 10 Publications:

  • R. Venkatesan, L. Cindrella, Semiconductive poly[N1,N4-bis(thiophen-2-ylmethylene)benzene-1,4- diamine]-nickel oxide nanocomposite based ethanol sensor J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 135, DOI: 10.1002/APP.45918, 2018.
  • Vinodha Ganesan, Cindrella Louis, Shima Porumpathparambil Damodaran, Novel Nanofluids Based on Magnetite Nanoclusters and Investigation on Their Cluster Size-Dependent Thermal Conductivity, J. Phys. Chem. C, 122, 6918−6929, 2018.
  • Aneesiya K Rajan, L.Cindrella,  Studies on new natural dye sensitizers from Indigofera tinctoria in dye-sensitized solar cells, Journal of Optical Materials, 88, 39-47, 2019.
  • S. Prabhu, L. Cindrella, Oh Joong Kwon and K. Mohanraju, Photoelectrochemical, photocatalytic and photochromic performance of rGO-TiO2-WO3 composites, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 224,  217-228, 2019.
  • Aneesiya K Rajan, L.Cindrella, Localized surface plasmon resonance of Cu-doped ZnO nanostructures and the material’s integration in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) enabling high open-circuit potentials, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 829, 154497, 2020.
  • Aneesiya K Rajan, L.Cindrella, w-ZnO nanostructures with distinct morphologies: Properties and integration into dye sensitized solar cells, Journal of Ceramics International, 46, 8174-8184, 2020.
  • A.I. Anu Karthi Swaghatha, L.Cindrella, Enhanced self-humidification and proton conductivity in magnetically aligned NiO-Co3O4/chitosan nanocomposite membranes for high-temperature PEMFCs, Polymer Journal, 53, 679–693, 2021.
  • G. Athanasaki, Q. Wang, X. Shi, N. Chauhan, V. Vimala, L. Cindrella, R. Ahmad, A.M. Kannan, Design and development of gas diffusion layers with pore forming agent for proton exchange membrane fuel cells at various relative humidity conditions, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46, 6835-6844, 2021.
  • A.I. Anu Karthi Swaghatha , L. Cindrella, Improved proton conductivity in MoS2–NiO–Co3O4 filled chitosan based proton exchange membranes for fuel cell applications, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 290, 126654, 2022.
  • V. Vimala, L. Cindrella, Binder-free polymer material embedded in chitosan matrix for electrochemical energy storage devices, Chemical Physics Letters, 809, 140172, 2022.

Projects undertaken:

  1. “Development of metallic solar selective coatings from low concentration electrolyte”, UGC Minor research project, 1999. (Completed)
  2. “Aluminium- air high energy fuel cell”, minor research project funded by Tamilnadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, 2000. (Completed)
  3. “Development of metallic solar selective coatings” (for applications in solar cooker), UGC Minor research project, 2001. (Completed)
  4. “Optical Nano fillers”, minor research project funded by Tamilnadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, 2005. (Completed)
  5.  “Preparation of free-standing films of conducting polyaniline, based on structure – property optimization, for use in photo electro chemical devices”, major research project funded by UGC, New Delhi, 2005 – 2007. (Completed)
  6. “Fuel Cell Components”, Inter-Institutional collaborative research under the scheme of Global Engagement, funded by Arizona State University, USA, 2008-2009.  (Completed)
  7. “Functionally impregnated Zeolite based potassium sensor”, DST, 2011-2012. (Completed)
  8. “Radiation capped, stagnation temperature improved, wide spectrum responsive solar selective coatings for solar thermal systems”, CSIR, 2014-2017 (Completed).
  9. "Development of Unitized MEAs and Fuel cell system integration (1 KW) for Stationary and Transportation Applications", SPARC Project (Ongoing).

Membership in professional societies:

  • Life member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).
  • Life member of Indian Society for Electro Analytical Chemistry (ISEAC).
  • Life Member of Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Sc. & Tech. (SAEST).
  • Life Member of the Chemical Research Society of India.

Professional Recognition, Awards, Fellowships received:

  • Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, USA, 2009, under Global Inter institutional collaboration scheme, ASU, USA.
  • Honorary appointment to the Research Board of Advisors, The American Biographical Institute, 2004.                                                                                                           
  • Technical Cooperation Training Fellowship (TCT) under the UK-INDIA RECs project and specialized on “Chemical Storage of Solar Energy”, at the University of Salford , England, during Jan.1997 - Jul.1997.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Qualified in UGC, NET examination in 1986 and was awarded UGC, JRF during 1.8.1987 - 31.7.1990 and UGC, SRF during 1.8.1990 - 31.7.1992.                                                                                                    
  • I rank holder and Gold Medalist in M.Sc., 1986.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • GRI Merit scholarship in the M.Sc. Course, during 1985 - 1986.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • I Rank holder in Certificate course in Computer Programming (1986).                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Prize for proficiency in Chemistry in B.Sc. (1984).                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • National Merit Scholarship at the Secondary stage for talented Children, during 1977- 1981.


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Professor HAG

Department of Chemistry

National Institute of Technology

Trichy-620 015



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