Dr. Swaminathan Sivaram

Former Director, CSIR-NCL, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Areas of Interest:

Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Material Science and Engineering, Chemical Technology, Management of innovation and R&D


Organic Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering

Consultancy Areas:

Fine Chemical Processes; Polymer Structure Property Relationships; Organic Chemical Technology; Polyolefin Catalysis and Products, Organization of R&D

Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

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

Major Professional Contributions:

Dr. Sivaram was one of the architects of the first major industrial R&D Centre established in India in 1974 by Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited, Vadodara. Later at NCL, Pune Dr. Sivaram established a very strong and sustained program of research in polymer science in collaboration with industry, both domestic and global. He was the founder project Director of IISER Pune (2006). He established the fist technology business incubator and accelerator at NCL in 2005 ( Venture Centre) and the first Indian Company, CSIR -Tech Private Limited, to assist in commercialization of public funded R&D (2012). He has to his credit over 220 peer reviewed scientific publications and over hundred patents, of which 50 of them have been granted in the US and Europe.

Professional Experience:

  • Research Associate, Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA, 1971-73.
  • Research Center, Indian petrochemicals Corporation Limited, Vadodara, 1973-88.
  • Head, Polymer Chemistry Division, National Chemical laboratory, Pune, 1988-2002.
  • Director, National Chemical laboratory, Pune , 2002-2010.
  • CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, 2010-15.


Polymers; Fine Chemicals; Product Development; Process Development; R&D management


Contact Information


A-201, Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory, National Chemical Laboratory, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune - 411008

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  • B. Sc., Madras University, Chemistry, 1965.
  • M. Sc., IIT, Kanpur, 1967, Chemistry.
  • PhD, Purdue University, Indiana, USA, Chemistry, 1972.
  • D. Sc. (h.c), Purdue University, Indiana , USA, 2010.


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Padma Shri, 2006.
  • CRSI Silver Medal, 2002.
  • Vishwakarma Medal of INSA, 2003.
  • Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Chemical Society, 2015.
  • Distinguished Material Scientist of the Year Award, Materials Research Society of India, 2011.

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2002

Year of Birth: 1946