Dr. Narayana Das Janadhanan Pillai

Dr Raja Ramanna DRDO Distinguished Fellow, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Areas of Interest:

Air Independent Propulsion for Submarines, Fuel Cell Technology, Deep sea Surveillance, SONAR systems, Naval Materials, MEMS, Rubber & Polymer technology, Underwater Acoustic Stealth Technology.


Chemical Engineering, Polymer science, Rubber Technology, Composites, Naval Materials

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Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

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

Major Professional Contributions:

Dr. Das has made significant contributions in development of liquid rocket propulsion test facilities. He has played lead role in conceptualizing and configuring fuel cell based Air Independent Propulsion System for Indian Navy submarines. He has steered a comprehensive development programme on Fuel Cell technology, that has resulted in indigenous industry level capabilities for catalysts, Bipolar plates , Porous carbon paper electrode, stack assembly and power electronics for PAFC. Dr Das has made several innovative contributions to passive acoustic materials technology and SONAR transducer engineering. .

Professional Experience:

  • "Dr Raja Ramanna" DRDO Distinguished Fellow
  • Outstanding Scientist & Chief Controller R&D (Naval System & Materials), DRDO, New Delhi
  • Chairman, Board of Governors SVNIT, Surat.
  • Director, Naval Materials Research Laboratory, Ambernath, 421 506


AIP systems, Fuel Cells, Underwater Stealth, Naval Materials.


Contact Information


DRDO Distinguished Fellow
Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory,
Cochin-682 021(Kerala)
Phone: 0484-2424492
Mobile: 9560444630
Fax: 0484-2424858

Sarovar, D4 FACT Nagar,
PIN 682 301
Phone: 0484-2778475

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  • B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, 1971, IIT Madras
  • M.S, Chemical Engineering, 1987, IIT Madras
  • Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, 1992, IIT Madras


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • DRDO "Scientist of the year"- 1998 received from Hon'ble Prime Minister, for Naval Technologies.
  • VASVIK Award for Material Science & Engineering-2004
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
  • DRDO Technology Leadership Award-2009 received from Hon'ble Prime Minister for Fuel Cell Technologies.
  • Eminent Chemical Engineer Award- Conferred by the Institution of Engineers - 2010

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated IX: Energy Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2014

Year of Birth: 1949