National Chemical Laboratory
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Field of research
|Location||Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Council of Scientific and Industrial Research|
Popularly known as NCL, a constituent member of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, it was established in 1950. There are approximately 200 scientific staff working here. The interdisciplinary research center has a wide research scope and specializes in polymer science, organic chemistry, catalysis, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical sciences and process development. It houses good infrastructure for measurement science and chemical information.
National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (NCIM) is located here and is a microbial culture repository maintaining a variety of industrially important microbial culture stock.
There are about 400 graduate students pursuing research towards doctoral degree; about 50 students are awarded Ph.D. degree every year; and the young talent pool adds in every few years.
NCL publishes over 400 research papers annually in the field of chemical sciences and over 60 patents worldwide. It is a unique source of research education producing the largest number of PhDs in chemical sciences within India.
Research Groups in NCL
- Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Chemical biology & Biometic Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering Science
- Complex Fluidics & Polymer Engineering
- Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysis
- Industrial Flow Modelling
- Materials Chemistry
- Nanomaterials Science & Technology
- Organic Chemistry
- Plant Tissue Culture
- Polymer Chemistry & Materials
- Process Design & Development
- Theory & Computational Sciences
- Enzymology and Microbiology
- Catalytic Reactors and Separation
PES Modern English School
NCL has a primary and secondary school within its premises. Established in 1985 as the NCL School, it has since been renamed the 'Progressive Education Society's Modern English School'. Since 2006 it has been extended to include a junior college.
NCL also has a Dispensary inside its premises which provides free of charge medical assistance to NCL employees and dependants.
The organization was headed by many notable scientists since inception.
- James William McBain (1950-1952)
- G. I. Finch (1952-1957)
- K. Venkataraman (1957-1966)
- B. D. Tilak (1966-1978)
- L. K. Doraiswamy (1978-1989)
- Raghunath Anant Mashelkar (1989-1995)
- Paul Ratnasamy (1995-2002)
- Swaminathan Sivaram (2002-2010)
- Sourav Pal (2010-2015)
- K. Vijayamohanan Pillai (2015-2016)
- "NCL Previous Directors". National Chemical Laboratory. 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
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