Central Electrochemical Research Institute

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The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), founded in 1948, has its roots in the patriotic fervor of Dr. R. M. Alagappa Chettiar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar.In living up to its raison d'etre, the institute works on a gamut of problems covering all facets of electrochemical science and technology: Corrosion Science and Engineering, Electrochemical Materials Science, Functional Materials and Nanoscale Electrochemistry, Electrochemical Power Sources, Electrochemical Pollution Control, Electrochemicals, Electrodics and Electrocatalysis, Electrometallurgy, Industrial Metal Finishing, and Computer Networking and Instrumentation.
The institute provides a single and unique canopy under which all aspects of electrochemistry and related areas are researched in their dimensions. CECRIs activities are directed towards development of new and improved products and processes as well as novel innovations in electrochemical science and technology. CECRI runs several projects in collaboration with laboratories from within and outside India
In the year 2004, CECRI was selected as one of the nodal laboratories for R&D on hydrogen-based fuel cells under the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative.  In a short span of two years, CECRI has developed and demonstrated self-sustainable polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks for portable power applications, clearly establishing its capability to fructify a concept into the product.
CECRI assists the Indian industry by conducting surveys and undertaking consultancy projects. The institute also conducts short-term refresher courses for the benefit of the industry and academia. As part of its human resource development programme, CECRI runs Anna Universitys B Tech and M Tech courses in Chemical & Electrochemical Engineering. Researchers from this part of the country make good use of the excellent library as well as the state-of-the-art analytical and characterization facilities at the institute. CECRI also organizes national and international conferences for dissemination of scientific knowledge. CECRI is alive to societal obligations and participates in such activities as entrepreneur development and CSIRs youth development programme.
The major areas of research and project investigation are:
  • Chlor Alkali
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Electrochemical Power sources
  • Electrochemical material sciences
  • Electrohydro Metallurgy
  • Electropyro Metallurgy
  • Instrumentation
  • Industrial material finishing
  • Electro organic chemistry
  • Electro inorganic chemistry
The following are the activities carried out in the department of researh over the past years.
  • Electrolytic chromium from chromic acid bath
  • Recovery of gallium by amalgamation technique
  • Electrorefining of lead
  • Electrolytic preparation of sulphur depolarized nickel
  • Eco-friendly aluminium electrolysis
  • Manufacture of primary aluminium by Hall-Heroult process, using consumable carbon as anode
  • Electrolyzer for Calcium metal
  • Preparation of Platinum Plating Electrolyte for Deposition of Platinum
  • Electro Deposition of Catalytic Electrodes for Electro Chemical Processes and other Applications
  • Electrolytic coloring of titanium
  • Modification of electro chemical interfaces
  • Modelling and stimulation of electrochemical systems
 The activities currently carried out with sponsorship are:
  • Electrolytic recovery of lead from spent lead acid batteries
  • Regeneration of ammoniacal as well as acidic spent etchants of PCB industries with simultaneous recovery of copper
  • Recovery of tungsten from tungsten scraps
  • Electrochemical Bonding of Aluminum With Stainless Steel
  • Development of alloy anodes for defluoridation of drinking water
  • Electrochemical perfluorination
  • Medicated Synthesis using Redox
  • Electrocarboxylation
  • Alcohol oxidation using nickel oxide electrode

CECRI offers a variety of courses to scientific and technical personnel employed in industries, Government and academic institutions. These courses are designed to impart the necessary knowledge & skills and are conducted by talented and highly competent scientists with the help of skilled auxiliary / technical staff. Participants will be given ample opportunities to have hands-on-experience.

The Institute has conducted about 779 courses on different areas of electrochemistry and more than 6562 persons from various industries, educational institutions and entrepreneurs have been trained. The medium of instruction is English.


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