Dr. Mahipal Reddy Benjaram

Chief Scientist and Head, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Division; Professor, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad

Areas of Interest:

Materials Chemistry and Engineering; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology; Chemical Process Design and Development; Clean and Green Processes; Nanotechnology Commercialization; Solar Thermochemical Production of Fuels; Utilization of Greenhouse Gases .


Catalyst design and development for auto exhaust purification, fine and specialty chemicals synthesis, mercury and NOx pollution abatement, and utilization of greenhouse gases; Materials synthesis and characterization by state-of-the-art techniques

Consultancy Areas:

Educational/Academic Institutions; R&D Organizations; Industry (Government and Private); Consultancy Firms.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Consultancy Firms, Individuals

Major Professional Contributions:

• Dr. Reddy has contributed significantly to both basic and applied science knowledge related to materials science, heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, and process technology.
• Design and development of a novel preparation methodology to make nano-sized metals and metal oxides for different applications.
• Development of energy efficient and eco-friendly nano-sized solid super-acids for organic syntheses and transformation reactions of pharmaceutical significance.
• Design and development of novel catalysts and process technology for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene utilizing carbon dioxide as a soft oxidant.
• Commercialization of novel catalysts for ammoxidation of 2-methylpyrazine to 2-cyanopyraize (anti-TB drug intermediate), hydrogenolysis of bioglycerol to value-added products, and vapour phase conversion of phenol and methanol to anisole.
• Dr. Reddy is the author of over 270 publications in high-impact international journals and inventor of 8 national/international patents, guided 30 PhD degrees, supervised 45 M Tech/M Sc/B Tech dissertations, and delivered over 40 invited lectures. He has over 7000 citations with 42 h-index, which reflects the significance of his work.


Professional Experience:

  • Chief Scientist & Head, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, CSIR-IICT (Since November, 2009)
  • Senior Principal Scientist, Principal Scientist and Senior Scientist, CSIR-IICT (1984-2009)
  • Council Member, International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS): 2008 –
  • Honorary Treasurer, the Telangana State Academy of Sciences: 2015 – 2017
  • Honorary Secretary, Catalysis Society of India (CSI): 2013 – 2015
  • Honorary Treasurer, Catalysis Society of India (CSI): 2010 – 2012
  • Honorary Secretary, Catalysis Society of India (CSI): 2006 – 2010


Catalysis; Chemical Engineering; Green Processes; Nanomaterials; Nanotechnology; Fine Chemicals; Materials Characterization.

Contact Information


CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
Uppal Road, Hyderabad - 500 007, Telangana State, India
Tel (O): 040-27193510; Tel (R): 040-27175406
Mobile: 9866004262

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  • Bachelor of Science (B Sc), Osmania University, Hyderabad (1979)
  • Master of Science (M Sc), Kakatiya University, Warangal (1981)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D), CSIR-IICT/Osmania University, Hyderabad (1986)
  • Research Associate, SUNY Buffalo, New York (1993/94), and Texas A&M University, College Station, USA (1994/95)
  • Visiting Scientist/Fellow, Russia (1986), Germany (1988 and 1998), Japan (2001) France (2001 and 2003), South Korea (2007/08), Switzerland (2012 and 2014), and Australia (2013)


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • CSIR Young Scientist Award in Chemical Sciences, CSIR, New Delhi, 1990
  • CSI Young Scientist Award, Catalysis Society of India (CSI), IIT-Madras, 1993
  • Associate Visiting Fellowship, Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy, 1998
  • Senior DAAD Fellowship, Institute of Physical Chemistry, LMU-Munich, Germany, 1998
  • Sir C V Raman Research Fellowship, CSIR, New Delhi, 2001
  • JSPS Visiting Scientist, AIST, Osaka, Japan, 2001
  • CNRS Visiting Scientist, Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse (IRC), Lyon, France, 2001
  • DAAD Visiting Scientist, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, 2012.
  • SER Visiting Scientist, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland, 2013
  • RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, December 1-7, 2013
  • Best Scientist Award - 2013, Sci-Tech Foundation, December 27, 2013
  • Bronze Medal, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI), August 2015
  • Elected Fellow, the National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc)
  • Elected Fellow, the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE)
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry London (FRSC)
  • Elected Fellow, the Telangana State Academy of Sciences (FTAS)
  • Founder Fellow, the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, (FAPAS)
  • Elected Associate Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, 1992
  • Guest Editor, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (ACS)
  • Guest Editor, Catalysis Today (Elsevier)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of CO2 Utilization (Elsevier)
  • Editorial Board Member, Applied Petrochemical Research (Springer)
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Regional Editor, Current Catalysis (Bentham Science)
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Nanomaterials (Bentham Science)
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Physical Chemistry (Bentham Science)
  • Editorial Board Member, Advances in Physical Chemistry (Hindawi Publishing Corporation)
  • Editorial Board Member, Recent Patents on Materials Science (Bentham Science)
  • Regional Editor, Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences (AENSI Publisher)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nanotechnology (Hindawi Publishing Corporation)
  • Editorial Board Member, Indian Journal of Science and Technology
  • Editorial Board member, Bulletin of the Catalysis Society of India

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2012

Year of Birth: 1957