Dr . Vijayamohanan Pillai
Acting Director – CECRI
Central Electrochemical Research Institute
Dr.Vijayamohanan K. Pillai received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore before joining the faculty of the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He has authored over 200 publications and 20 patents. His research interests include Materials Electrochemistry, functionalization of carbon nanotubes and hybrid materials for fuel cells, supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries. He has received several awards and fellowships like MRSI Medal, Materials Research Society of India, Bangalore, 1996, Chemical Research Society of India,(CRSI) Bronze Medal, in 2004, Member, Editorial board of Bulletin of Materials Science, 2005 onwards, and Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2008. He is currently working as the acting director of Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI).
The world is faced with a number of impending crises. The population is growing exponentially and sources of drinking water and available energy are reducing at a very high rate. Furthermore, the contamination of the surrounding environment creates a need for science to be taken away from the lab and into the field. However, the tools taken to the field must be designed to leave a minimal impact on the environment, innovative and be durable enough to survive harsh conditions.Graphene, Stannene and Silicene can be a potential solution to many of these problems..
The ultra-thin nature of these materials naturally lends itself to tasks like water filtration. The material’s properties have many game-changing implications for the consumer industry as well. The fact that graphene is both lightweight and flexible provides new avenues in terms of both power storage and circuitry for another generation.
Conventional batteries are utilized because there had been no prior alternative to compactly storing electric charge with a slow rate of discharge other than through the use of metals such as lithium. Since graphene technology is carbon-centric, the possibilities for metabolism of graphene products in nature are much more readily available.