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Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI)

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Chennai

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi


Tamil Nadu

Pin Code: 630 006

Telephone: +91-4565-227550 to 227559
Fax: +91-4565-227779 / 227713

Official Website: www.cecri.res.in

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) - Facilities available at the College

The faculty is drawn from well-qualified and experienced research staff in each specialized area of Electrochemistry.

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) - Courses 2006-2007

Apart from carrying out research in both the frontier areas of electrochemistry and problems of current relevance to Indian Industry, the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) has been playing a leading role in human resource development for the electrochemical and related industries.

CECRI offers a variety of courses to scientific and technical personnel employed in industries, Government and academic institutions. These moderately priced courses are designed to impart the necessary knowledge and 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.

So far the Institute has conducted about 740 courses and more than 6227 persons have been trained. The medium of instruction is English.

Areas of Research & Facilities Available

Areas of Research

Corrosion Science and Engineering

Corrosion control in concrete structures - Condition survey of existing structures - Corrosion monitoring of new structures - Assessment of residual life based on rate of corrosion - Evaluation of surface coatings for concrete and steel rebar - Cathodic protection of sub-structures - Repair and rehabilitation of corrosion - affected structures - Cathodic protection of buried and main structures - Development of various alloy anodes for sacrificial protection - Development of various types of inhibitors - Development of acid pickling inhibitor, inhibitors for cooling water system and oil wells - Vapour phase inhibitor for steel during storage - Suggestion of suitable water treatment procedure for industrial cooling water system - Development of protective organic coatings - Development of rust converting primer, rust converter, various other primers - Technologies of electrophoretic coatings, reflecting and road marking paints, sign boards, antifouling paints - Advice on suitable coating system for protection of industrial equipments and structures - Corrosion monitoring & failure analysis - Environmental corrosion - Field stations at Mandapam (Marine structure) and Tuticorin (Marine corrosion and fouling)

Batteries and Fuel Cells

Lead Acid Batteries of both vented and VRLAB, types - Alkaline systems like Nickel Metal-hydride, Nickel-cadmium batteries - Lithium Manganese dioxide primary battery and rechargeable lithium based battery systems with non-aqueous liquid electrolyte and solid polymer electrolyte - Molten carbonate Fuel Cells (MCFC) - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC).


Electrochemical chlorination technology - Anode methoxylation - Electrochemical regeneration of Ce3+ / Ce4+ and oxidation of naphthalene to naphthaquinone - Electrochemical carboxylation studies - Synthesis and characterization of Poly-o-aminophenol - Electrochemical Fluorination of organic compounds - Synthesis of perfluoro octanoic acid, perfluorotributyl amine, perfluoro tripropyl amine etc. - Synthesis of Electronic liquids - Electrodialysis studies - Recovery of acids and bases from salt solutions - Mediated synthesis of substituted bensaldehydes such as p-anisaldehyde, chloro benzaldehydes etc. from the respective toluenes using CeIII / CeIV system - Indirect electro synthesis of anthraquinones - Electrochemical reduction of oxalic acid to glyoxylic acid - Electroreduction of maleic acid to succinic acid - Electrochemical oxidation studies using Nickel Oxide electrode - Electro synthesis of metal gluconates - Design and development of General purpose Electrochemical reactors - Electrochemical defluoridation and deferration of drinking water - Electrolytic production of sodium hypochlorite - Electrochemical hypochlorite generator - Electrochemical oxidation of dinitrogen tetroxide in anhydrous nitric acid medium - Development of SPE Water electrolyser - Recovery of Chromium value from solid effluent of chromate plants - Electrolytic antimony Trioxide - Electrolytic production of chlorates, perchlorates, bromates and lodates.

Electrochemical Materials Science

Phosphors - Conducting polymers - Septum Cells - PbS infrared detector - Cd2SnO4 and Zn2SnO4 negative active electrodes - Development and studies of transparent oxide conductors - Sol - gel preparation - New materials - CdS Photoconductor - CdS : Cu:Cl powder useful for xerographic applications.

Electrodics and Electrocatalysis

Fundamental Aspects of Electrochemical processes, Thermodynamics, Transport phenomena in electrochemical systems. Modelling and simulation of Electrochemical processes, Electrochemical Sensors, Double Layer Capacitors Modified Electrodes for Electrochemical Devices.


Electrohydrometallurgy - Electrolytic - Gallium recovery by amalgamation - Electrowinning of nickel - Electrolytic manganese dioxide - Gallium recovery using ion exchange resin Recovery of Silver and recycling of photographic chemicals - Recovery of lead from spent lead acid batteries - Preparation of sulphur depolarized nickel - Recovery of tungsten values from scrap - Recovery of copper and regeneration of etchant of PCB Industries - Development of multipolar electrolytic cells for the production of magnesium - Low temperature aluminium electrolysis - Molybdenum plating on stainless steel - Sodium Tungsten bronze.

Industrial Metal Finishing

Electroplating of common metals such as copper, nickel, chromium, cadmium, zinc and tin - Electrodeposition of Alloys - Electrocomposites by Electroplating and Electroless plating - Plating of precious metals - Electroforming of moulds, die and intricate objects - continuous plating on wires - Coatings for difficult to plate metals - Electropolishing and etching - Colouring of metals - Stripping of plated metals and recovery of plated gold - Anodizing - Autocatalytic Deposition - Electropolishing of steels - Brush plating of common metals - Pulse plating an continuous strip plating.

Electrochemical Electronics, Instrumentation and Engineering

Development of custom built instruments, development of softwares, maintenance and servicing of sophisticated instruments.

Facilities Available

Facilities available are: Scanning Electron Microscope for surface analysis of materials, EPMA, Computer controlled x-ray powder diffractometer, Perkin Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrometer with built in microprocessor, IR spectrometer, Double beam UV-VIS-NIR spectro-photometer. HPLC, Gel permeation chromatography for analysis of polymer composites, molecular weight distribution and stereo chemistry of polymers.

Elemental analyzer for the determination of C, H & N both solids and liquids, Betatron Gamma radiography.

Computer controlled DTA,. TGA, DSC equipment for study of Solid State Reactions, Equipment for chemical vapour deposition. Modern workshop for fabrication works.

Besides, essential advanced electrochemical / electroanalytical equipments are available to carry out Pulse Polarography, Pulse Voltammetry, Cyclic Voltammetry. Chrono techniques, Impedance measurements, Photo Electrochemical measurements, among others.

CECRI Library has a rich collection of books, periodicals, patents, translation and other documents. Currently the library receives about 150 periodicals and has nearly 47296 volumes of books and back volumes 7662 patents, 2994 standards, 2240 translations and 2673 reports. The library also operates a fee based information service to industries. It is having facilities like E-mail, Internet browsing/literature search from CD-ROM databases and photocopying. It is also publishing an International Journal namely "Bulletin of Electrochemistry".


Practicals and demonstrations
Group discussion with scientists

Who Will Benefit

R & D Personnel

Information to Participants

How to Apply

The duration and other information about the courses are generally announced during each year well in advance in some established newspapers in the country. Information may also be obtained from the Institute by writing to the Director. Application for admission should be made only in the prescribed application form. A separate application form should be used for each module for which photocopies of the application form may be used. Completed application forms should normally reach 20 days before the commencement of the course.


Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Metallurgy or Engineering (or) Polytechnic Diploma, preferably with industrial experience.

Relaxable in special cases, e.g., candidates who are otherwise suitable as entrepreneurs and candidates sponsored by industries.

Course Fees

The course fees are indicated in each module. The course fees should be remitted as Demand Draft drawn from any one of the Nationalised Banks in favour of Director, CECRI, Karaikudi - 630 006 payable at Karaikudi, immediately after receipt of intimation of selection from this Institute. The course fees are not refundable.

Course fee for overseas Participants

For overseas participants, the course fee would be US$ 600 per participant for each module. Foreign currency will not be accepted towards course fee.

Venue and Location

All the courses will be held at the premises of the Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi. Karaikudi is well connected by both road and rail. It is 500 km south of Chennai in the Chennai - Rameswaram Railway Line. The nearest airports are Tiruchirappalli and Madurai.

The Road / Rail journey from Chennai to Karaikudi takes about 10 - 12 Hrs.

Course Timings

Usually, each course begins on a Monday (inauguration at 10.00 hrs). The session commences at 09.30 hrs on subsequent days. There will be a one-hour lunch break between 13.00 and 14.00 hrs. The session will close at 17.00 hrs each day.


Karaikudi has moderate hot climate throughout the year. The minimum and maximum temperatures are in the range 25oC - 32oC in winter.


Taxis and Auto Rickshaws are available at Karaikudi Railway Station and Bus-Stand. CECRI guest-house is about 3 km from the Railway Station and 3 km from the New Bus Stand. State Express Transport Corporation Buses, will however, stop at the old bus stand which is about 6 km from CECRI. Regular city buses ply from the Karaikudi bus stand to various nearby towns and villages via CECRI Campus.

Boarding and Lodging

The Institute can provide boarding and lodging for the course participants in the Institute guesthouse on payment of nominal charges (approximately) Rs.150/- per day.

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