Dr Chandrashekhar Vasant Rode

Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering and Process Development, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Areas of Interest:

Catalyst and process Development, Catalytic valorization of biomass, liquid phase hydrogenation, oxidations, solid acid catalysts, reaction engineering, kinetics .


Catalysis by unsupported/supported; metal oxides, nanomaterials, Reaction Engineering and Process Development, biomass transformation

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Major Professional Contributions:


Dr. Rode significantly contributed towards catalyst design and development of bech/pilot scale processes for fine/ commodity chemicals, such as Cu based catalyst with TOS of >500 h was developed for making THF, GVL and 1,4 –butanediol from maleic anhydride. This was scaled up-to pilot plant of 1.5 kg catalyst capacity. He made breakthrough in identification and removal of colour impurity (ppm level) in terephthalic acid process of DuPont, which he achieved through knowledge and meticuluous study of particle growth. His excellence is evident from his several papers in journals like Chem. ENG. Sci., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. Org.Process Res. Dev. .

Professional Experience:

      Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering and Process Development, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

  • Sc 'C' - NCL Pune - 1990-1995
  • Sc 'E-I' - NCL Pune - 1995-2000
  • Sc 'E-II' - NCL Pune - 2000-2007
  • Sc 'F'- NCL Pune - 2007-2012
  • Sc 'G' - (Chief Scientist) - NCL Pune-2012-To date.


Applied heterogeneous catalysis, hydrogenation, oxidation, process development, kinetic modeling, biomass utilization, green chemistry, sustainable processes for fine chemicals.


Contact Information


Chemical Engineering and Process Development,
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory,
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune-411 008
Phone: 020-25902349
Mobile: 09423531022
Fax: 020-25902621

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  • B.Sc, 1977, Pune University
  • M.Sc, 1979, Pune University
  • Ph.D, 1993, Pune (NCL)


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow of National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences
  • Visiting Professor, University of Virgili I Rovira, Tarragona, Spain
  • Visiting scientist under JSPS Invitation programme awarded during February-November 2002, to visit National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Sendai Japan.
  • Awarded JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) post-doctoral fellowship under which I visited Institute for Chemical Reaction Science, Tohoku University, at Sendai, Japan from March 95 to March 96.

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2015

Year of Birth: 1958