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Dr Kamalakannan Kailasam
Scientist E
Educational Qualification:

♦ Ph.D. (2008): Department of Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
♦ M.Sc. (2002): Department of Chemistry, Bishop Heber College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Research Career :

♦ Associate Professor (Scientist-E); Institute of Nano Science & Technology, Mohali, India; April 2015 onwards
♦ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (February 2010 – April 2015)
♦ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, Germany (February 2009 – January 2010)

Research interests :

Advanced Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications like water splitting, CO2 conversion, gas storage, fine chemicals production, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries. 
My approach mostly depends on creating porosity in functional organic and inorganic materials by soft and hard templating approaches and their extensive characterization. In addition building the organic porous network by reacting special tectons and avoiding their packing in such a way that it opens up the porosity, for eg., in Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs). As the further step, to fulfil like every scientists dream, of extending the research results to develop technology by prototype devices and towards industrial applications:
Conversion of water resources to fuels by solar energy: Porous heptazine and triazine based polymeric carbon nitride and mesoporous WO3 and BiVO4 semiconductors for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical visible light water splitting and organic conversions.
Storage of H2, CO2 and CH4; capturing and conversion of green house gases (GHGs) like CO2: Covalent Organic Frameworks (CTFs, Covalent Triazine Frameworks), Mesoporous melamine resins and Polymeric carbon nitrides
Conversion of Biomass and CH4 to value-added fuels: Porous mixed metal oxide and metal nanoparticle supported SBA-15, MCM-41 and mesoporous zeolites. Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC) of the biomass into functionalised carbon materials.
Electrochemical applications: Porous hetero atom doped carbons from renewables, graphene/CNT carbon nitride composites, CTFs, mesoporous metal oxides for Fuel cells, Batteries and Supercapacitors
Chromatographic applications: Various morphological forms, like M-MCM-41 (e.g., M = Ti) silica spheres grafted with functional chains for on-column catalysis and separation using HPLC/GC techniques
Environmental Remediation-water purification: Carbon nitride polymers – removal of toxic/heavy elements from polluted water, photocatalytic adsorption/degradation of dyes and other organic pollutants from industrial wastes

Biotechnology applications: Porous carbon nitrides as Fluorescence nanoprobe in biosensing and bioimaging applications. Multi-functionalized ordered porous spherical silicas as drug-delivery systems.

Awards & Recognitions:

♦ Max Planck Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces-Potsdam, Germany – 2009
♦ DFG (German Research Council) Doctoral Fellowship, University of Stuttgart, 2004
♦ IGCAR-DAE Junior Research Fellow (JRF), IGCAR-Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu - 2004
♦ Best Outgoing Post-Graduate Student in Chemistry, Bishop Heber College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu – 2002
♦ Reviewer for Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Elsevier journals



  • A Low Temperature, Highly Sensitive and Fast Response Toluene Gas Sensor Based on   In(III)-SnO2 Loaded Cubic Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Nitride“ R. Malik, V. K. Tomer*, V. Chaudhary, M. S. Dahiya, S. P. Nehra, S. Duhan and K. Kailasam*. Sens. Actuators B: Chem., 2017, doi: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.09.193. Impact factor: 5.4
  • Truxene based Porous, Crystalline Covalent Organic Frameworks and it’s Applications in Humidity SensingH. Singh, V. K. Tomer, N. Jena, I. Bala, N. Sharma, D. Nepak, A. De Sarkar,* K. Kailasam* and S. K. Pal*. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, doi: 10.1039/C7TA05043G. Impact factor: 8.9
  • “Heptazine: A new electron deficient fluorescent core for discotic liquid crystals” I. Bala, H. Singh, V. R. Battula, S. P. Gupta, J. De, S. Kumar, K. Kailasam* and S. K. Pal*. Chem. Eur. J., 2017, doi: 10.1002/chem.201703364. Impact factor: 5.3
  • “Traversing the History of Solid Catalysts for Heterogeneous Synthesis of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural from Carbohydrate Sugars: A Review” Bhumica Agarwalᶲ, K. Kailasamᶲ, R. S. Sangwan and S. Elumalai. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews,2017, Impact factor: 8.0
  • “Near Room Temperature Ethanol detection using Ag-loaded Mesoporous Carbon Nitrides” V. K. Tomer, R. Malik and K. Kailasam*. ACS Omega, 2017, 2 (7), 3658–3668. Impact factor: NA
  • Excellent Humidity Sensor based on In-SnO2 Loaded Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon NitrideR. Malik, V. K. Tomer*, V. Chaudhary, M. S. Dahiya, S. P. Nehra, S. Duhan and K. Kailasam*. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 14134-14143. Impact factor: 8.9


  • Cubic mesoporous Ag@CN: A high performance humidity sensor” V. K. Tomer, S.T. Nishanthi, S. Gahlot and K. Kailasam*. Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 19794-19803. Impact factor: 7.4
  • “Silica material variation for MnxOy-Na2WO4/SiO2” M. Yildiz, Y. Aksu, U. Simon, T. Otremba, K. Kailasam, C. Göbel, F. Girgsdies, O. Görke, F. Rosowski, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker and S. Arndt. Appl. Catal. A, 2016, 525, 168-179. Impact factor: 4.0
  • Donor-Acceptor Type Heptazine-Based Polymer Networks for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution” K. Kailasam*, M. B. Mesch, L. Möhlmann, M. Baar, S. Blechert, M. Schwarze, M. Schröder, R. Schomäcker, J. Senker and A. Thomas*. Energy Technology, 2016, 4, 744-750. Impact factor: 2.5
  • “Merging Atom Disperse Silver and Carbon Nitride to a Joint Electronic System via Co-Polymerization with Silver Tricyanomethanide” Z. Chen, S. Pronkin, T. Fellinger, K. Kailasam, G. Vilé, D. Albani, J. Pérez-Ramírez, M. Antonietti and D. Dontsova. ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 3166–3175. Impact factor: 13.3
  • Nickel as a co-catalyst for the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution on graphitic-carbon nitride (sg-CN): what is the nature of the active species? A. Indra, P. W. Menezes, K. Kailasam, D. Hollmann, M. Schröder, A. Thomas, A. Brückner and M. Driess. Chemical Communications, 2016,52, 104-107. Impact factor: 6.6


  • “Complementing graphenes: One-dimensional interplanar charge transport in polymeric graphitic carbon nitrides” C. Merschjann, S. Tschierlei, T. Tyborski, K. Kailasam, S. Orthmann, D. Hollmann, T. Schedel-Niedrig, A. Thomas and S. Lochbrunner. Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 7993-7999. Impact factor: 18.9
  • “Synthesis of efficient photocatalysts for water oxidation and dye degradation reactions using CoCl2 eutectics” C. Fettkenhauer, X. Wang, K. Kailasam, M. Antonietti and D. Dontsova. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 21227-21232. Impact factor: 8.3
  • Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in a Large-Scale Reactor using a Carbon Nitride Photocatalyst under Natural Sunlight Irradiation” M. Schröder, K. Kailasam, J. Borgmeyer, M. Neumann, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker and M. Schwarze. Energy Technology, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/ente.201500142. Impact factor: 2.8
  • Facile Synthesis of New, Highly Efficient SnO2/Carbon Nitride Composite Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction” C. Fettkenhauer, G. Clavel, K. Kailasam, M. Antonietti and D. Dontsova. Green Chemistry, 2015, 17, 3350-3361. Impact factor: 8.0
  • “Controlling Hydrogenation Selectivity with Pd Catalysts on Carbon Nitrides Functionalized Silica” T. Yuan, H. Gong, K. Kailasam, Y. Zhao, A. Thomas and J. Zhu. Journal of Catalysis, 2015, 326, 38-42. Impact factor: 6.9
  • “Mesoporous Polymeric Carbon Nitride-Tungsten Oxide Composites for Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution” K. Kailasam*, A. Fischer*, G. Zhang, J. Zhang, M. Schwarze, M. Schröder, X. Wang, R. Schomäcker and A. Thomas. ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 1404-1410. Impact factor: 7.7
  • “Using Nickel Manganese Oxide Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation” P. W. Menezes, A. Indra, O. Levy, K. Kailasam, V. Gutkin, J. Pfrommer and M. Driess. Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 5005-5008. Impact factor: 6.8
  • “Enhanced catalytic performance of MnxOy-Na2WO4/SiO2 for the oxidative coupling of methane using an ordered mesoporous silica support material” M. Yildiz, Y. Aksu, U. Simon, K. Kailasam, O. Goerke, F. Rosowski, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas and S. Arndt. Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 14440-14442. Impact factor: 6.8
  • "Applying thermo-destabilization of microemulsions as a new method for co-catalyst loading on mesoporous polymeric carbon nitride – towards large scale applications” M. Schröder, K. Kailasam, S. Rudi, K. Fündling, J. Riess, M. Lublow, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker and M. Schwarze. RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 50017-50026. Impact factor: 3.8
  • “Impact of the reaction conditions on the photocatalytic reduction of water on mesoporous polymeric carbon nitride under sunlight irradiation” M. Schröder, K. Kailasam, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker and M. Schwarze. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,2014, 39, 10108-10120. Impact factor: 3.3
  • “Structure Activity Relationships in Graphitic and Sol-Gel-Derived Carbon Nitrides during Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production” D. Hollmann, M. Karnahl, S. Tschierlei, K. Kailasam, M. Schneider, J. Radnik, K. Grabow, U. Bentrup, H. Junge, M. Beller, S. Lochbrunner, A. Thomas and A. Brückner. Chemistry of Materials, 2014,26, 1727-1733. Impact factor: 8.4
  • “Support Material Variation for the MnxOy-Na2WO4/SiO2 Catalyst” M. Yildiz, U. Simon, T. Otremba, Y. Aksu, K. Kailasam, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker and S. Arndt. Catalysis Today, 2014,228, 5-14. Impact factor: 3.9
  • “Adsorption removal of organic dyes on covalent triazine framework (CTF)” T. Wang, K. Kailasam, P. Xiao, G. Chen, L. Chen, L. Wang, J. Li and J. Zhu. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2014, 187, 63-70. Impact factor: 3.5
  • “Room Temperature Synthesis of Heptazine-Based Microporous Polymer Networks as Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution” K. Kailasam*, J. Schmidt, H. Bildirir, G. Zhang, S. Blechert, X. Wang and A. Thomas*. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2013, 34, 1008-1013. Impact factor: 4.6
  • “Development of a Reactor for Standardized Quantification of the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production” M. Schwarze, M. Schröder, D. Stellmach, K. Kailasam, A. Thomas and R. Schomäcker. Chemie Ingeniuer Technik, 2013, 85, 500-507. Impact factor: 0.7
  • “Quantification of Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution” M. Schwarze, D. Stellmach, M. Schröder, K. Kailasam, R. Reske, A. Thomas and R. Schomäcker. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013, 15, 3466-3472. Impact factor: 4.5
  • “Covalent triazine frameworks as heterogeneous catalyst for the synthesis of cyclic and linear carbonates from CO2 and epoxides” J. Roeser, K. Kailasam and A. Thomas. ChemSusChem, 2012, 5, 1793-1799. Impact factor: 7.7
  • “Influence of periodic nitrogen functionality on the selective oxidation of alcohols” C. E. Chan-Thaw, A. Villa, G. M. Veith, K. Kailasam, L. A. Adamczyk, R. R. Unocic, L. Prati and A. Thomas. Chemistry – An Asian Journal, 2012, 7, 387–393. Impact factor: 4.6
  • “Mesoporous carbon nitride–silica composites by a combined sol–gel/thermal condensation approach and their application as photocatalysts” K. Kailasam, J. D. Epping, A. Thomas, S. Losse and H. Junge. Energy & Environmental Science, 2011, 4, 4668–4674. Impact factor: 20.5
  • “High-Surface-Area SBA-15 with Enhanced Mesopore Connectivity by the Addition of Poly(vinyl alcohol)” J. Zhu, K. Kailasam, X. Xie, R. Schomaecker and A. Thomas. Chemistry of Materials, 2011, 23, 2062–2067. Impact factor: 8.4
  • “Supported Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles As Catalyst for Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols in Liquid Phase” J. Zhu, K. Kailasam, A. Fischer and A. Thomas. ACS Catalysis, 2011, 1, 342–347. Impact factor: 9.3
  • “Mesoporous Melamine Resins by Soft Templating of Block-co-Polymer Mesophases” K. Kailasam, Y. –S. Jun, P. Katekomol, J. D. Epping, W. H. Hong and A. Thomas. Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22, 428–434. Impact factor: 8.4
  • “Alkyl chain grafting on Silica-Zirconia Mixed Oxides: Preparation and characterization” K. Kailasam, S. Mascotto, S. Gross, C. Maccatto and K. Müller. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20, 2345–2355. Impact factor: 7.4
  • “Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance studies of octadecyl modified metal oxides obtained from different silane precursors” K. Kailasam, M. M. Natile, A. Glisenti and K. Müller. Journal of Chromatography A, 2009, 1216, 2345-2354. Impact factor: 4.2
  • “Octadecyl grafted MCM-41 silica spheres using trifunctionalsilane precursors – preparation and characterization” K. Kailasam, A. Fels and K. Müller. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2009, 117, 136-147. Impact factor: 3.5
  • “Physico-chemical characterization of MCM-41 silica spheres made by the pseudomorphic route and grafted with octadecyl chains” K. Kailasam and K. Müller. Journal of Chromatography A, 2008, 1191, 125-135 (Invited article for special edition on Column Packings 2007). Impact factor: 4.2
  • “Solvent effects on the conformational order of triacontyl modified silica gels as evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy” K. Kailasam, G. Srinivasan and K. Müller. Journal of Chromatography A, 2006, 1134, 81-87. Impact factor: 4.2

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