Kalarical Janardhanan Sreeram
Kalarical Janardhanan Sreeram (K.J.Sreeram) (Malayalam: കളരികല്‍ ജനാര്‍ദ്ദനന്‍ ശ്രീരാം; Tamil: களரிகள் ஜனார்தனன் ஸ்ரீராம்; Hindi: कलारिकल जाणारधनन श्रीराम), is a scientist at the Central Leather Research Institute

He had his initial schooling at the Holy Family Convent and subsequently at the Government Model High School for Boys, Thrissur, Kerala. He obtained his Pre-degree from the University of Calicut through the St. Thomas College
St. Thomas College, Thrissur
St. Thomas College, Thrissur is located in Thrissur city, the cultural capital of Kerala State, India. Founded by Mar Adolph Medlycott in 1889, this college played a very important role in the development of Kerala. It gave birth to the thoughts of the communist leader and Kerala's first chief...

, Thrissur, Kerala. He went on to do his bachelors (1990–94), masters (94-96) and doctoral studies (96-2000) at the AC College of Technology, Chennai Anna University
Anna University
Anna University was a premier technical university in Tamil Nadu, India. Anna University was formed on September 4, 1978, as a unitary university that integrated four technical institutions in the city of Chennai , including the College of Engineering, Guindy, Alagappa College of Technology,...

. For his doctoral research he worked under the supervision of Thirumalachari Ramasami
Thirumalachari Ramasami
Thirumalachari Ramasami is currently the Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He graduated in Secondary School Leaving Certificate from G.S.Hindu High School, Srivilliputtur in 1963, Pre-University from St.Joseph's College, Trichy in 1964, Bachelor and Master of...

, then Director of Central Leather Research Institute
Central Leather Research Institute
Central Leather Research Institute or CLRI is the world's largest leather research institute. It is located near IIT-M in Adyar, Chennai ....

 and currently Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India
Government of India
The Government of India, officially known as the Union Government, and also known as the Central Government, was established by the Constitution of India, and is the governing authority of the union of 28 states and seven union territories, collectively called the Republic of India...

. A detailed biodata of Dr Sreeram can be found at the website of Central Leather Research Institute http://clri.nic.in/staff/sreeram.html, where he serves as a Scientist since 2002.

Research interests

Sreeram's areas of research interest are chromium management, rare earth pigments and nanotechnology. He has several papers and patents to his credit. One of the patents on a process for the preparation of synthetic tanning agent for improved leather characteristics has been well received by the industry. One of the works of Dr Sreeram relating to the development of a semi-continuous chromium recovery from industrial wastewaters was highlighted in "Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and Engineers as Selected by Trevor Laird and Stephen A. Hermitage" in the ACS publication Organic Process Research and Development. He has been instrumental in developing a green process for utilization of chromium bearing shavings from leather industry as well. He is credited with the development of a process for the complete recovery and utilization of chromium from chromite ore processing residues.

Sreeram currently works on the development of rare earth
Rare earth element
As defined by IUPAC, rare earth elements or rare earth metals are a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, specifically the fifteen lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium...

 based pigments and preparation of nanoparticle
In nanotechnology, a particle is defined as a small object that behaves as a whole unit in terms of its transport and properties. Particles are further classified according to size : in terms of diameter, coarse particles cover a range between 10,000 and 2,500 nanometers. Fine particles are sized...

s of iron oxide
Iron oxide
Iron oxides are chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen. All together, there are sixteen known iron oxides and oxyhydroxides.Iron oxides and oxide-hydroxides are widespread in nature, play an important role in many geological and biological processes, and are widely utilized by humans, e.g.,...

 in the presence of polysaccharide templates
Under the BOYSCAST fellowship of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Sreeram pursued advanced research in the area of bionanotechnology. He employed engineered bacteriophages to deliver liposomes carrying active principles to target cells.
This work was published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Sep 2010 issue as a cover story.


He is the first leather technologist to win the CSIR Young Scientist Award in 2004 for the contributions made towards developing innovative green chemistry
Green chemistry
Green chemistry, also called sustainable chemistry, is a philosophy of chemical research and engineering that encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances...

 suitable for controlling chromium levels in the effluents of mining, ore dressing and tanning industries.
He has also been selected by the British Council in India for Indo-UK networking of young scientists and the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India for the BOYSCAST fellowship. He recently chaired two sessions of the IULTCS Congress at China
Sreeram is the recipient of the CSIR EMPOWER project on stabilization of collagen using nanoparticles.

Invited Lectures

2009 - 2011

1. Green chemistry applications in Inorganic Chemistry: Lecture delivered at DST Sponsored SERC School on Green Chemistry-Applications, Research Activities and Recent Trends, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Dec. 14 - 27, 2009.

2. Metal ion based industries: Green chemistry challenges and opportunities: Lecture delivered at National Workshop on Green Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Mar. 17 - 18, 2010.

3. Green chemistry in chromium based industries, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada, Nov. 16, 2011
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