Information at a Glance

CSIR-NCL at a Glance

  • Approximately 200 scientific staff with PhD.
  • Interdisciplinary research centre with interest in polymer science, organic chemistry, catalysis, physical and structural chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical sciences and process development.
  • Excellent infrastructure for measurement science and chemical information.
  • About 500 graduate students pursuing research towards doctoral degree; a strong and young talent pool which renews every few years.
  • About 250 Project Staff working on various projects
  • CSIR-NCL publishes the large number of papers in chemical sciences (~ 400), files the large number of patents, both in India and abroad and produces the largest number of PhDs in Chemical Sciences in India.

The Research Council provides the direction and vision and helps it to design a roadmap to achieve it.
The Management Council administers and manages the affairs and environs of the laboratory.
It has a successful record of research partnership with industry and many technologies transferred to industries are commercialised.

CSIR-NCL is participating in the activities of Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR, that has been established by an Act of Parliament as an ‘Institution of National Importance’ with a view to maximize the number of qualified researchers and professionals of impeccable quality in the domain of science & engineering; and to equip them with the skills to innovate and conduct seamless interdisciplinary research. It focuses on imparting instruction in such areas that are not routinely taught in regular academic universities in India. With Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) constituted, NCL students will get Ph D degree from AcSIR.


  • Catalysis
    • Heterogeneous catalysis
    • Organometallic chemistry
    • Surface science
  • Biochemical Sciences
    • Enzymology and microbiology
    • Plant molecular biology
    • Plant tissue culture
    • Proteomics and metabolomics
    • Structure biology
  • Organic Chemistry
    • Catalysis and new methods
    • Chemical biology
    • Industrial Organic chemistry
    • Natural product chemistry
    • Total synthesis
    • Medicinal chemistry
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
    • Polymer chemistry
    • Polymer physics
    • Polymer engineering
    • Advanced polymeric materials for energy, healthcare, water, security and strategic areas
    • Biomass chemistry and technology


  • Physical and Materials Chemistry
    • Biomimetic materials
    • Materials for optoelectronics, magnetic and gas storage
    • Quantum electronic and structure theory
    • Soft matter: Theory and simulation
    • Synthesis of materials including nanomaterials
  • Chemical Engineering Science
    • Bio-chemical & biological engineering
    • Energy & environmental engineering
    • Industrial catalysis and catalytic processes
    • Industrial flow processes
    • Mathematical & computational modeling
    • Process development and scale-up
    • Process intensification & engineering


Themes and Centres of Excellence
Research themes
R&D divisions of CSIR-NCL serve to various sectors such as

  • Solar Energy
  • Clean coal
  • Fuel cell
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Chemicals & Petrochemicals
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Sustainable environment

Centers of Excellence
During the last few years, CSIR-NCL has initiated five Centres of Excellence to encourage and carry out excellent research in specified areas by bringing in like-minded people from various divisions together through discussions and to train staff and students in doing quality research using the best infrastructure and facilities.

  • Micro reactor Engineering
  • Scientific Computing
  • Solar Energy
  • Surface Science
  • Sustainable Polymer Industry through Research Innovation & Training


Resource Centers

  • Catalyst Pilot Plant
  • Center for Materials Characterization
  • Central NMR Facility
  • National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms
  • National Repository of Molecules
  • NCL Innovations

Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles & Values


  • To be a globally recognized and respected R&D organization in the area of chemical sciences and engineering
  • To become an organization that will contribute significantly towards assisting the Indian chemical and related industries in  transforming themselves  into  globally competitive organizations 
  • To become an organization that will generate opportunities for wealth creation for the nation and, thereby, enhance the quality of life for its people 


  • To carry out R&D in chemical and related sciences with a view to eventually deliver a product, process, intellectual property, tacit knowledge or service that can create wealth and provide other benefits to CSIR-NCL’s stakeholders
  • To build and maintain a balance portfolio of scientific activities as well as R&D programs to enable CSIR-NCL to fulfill the demands of its stakeholders, present and future
  • To create and sustain specialized  Knowledge Competencies and Resource Centers within CSIR-NCL which can provide support to all stakeholders of CSIR-NCL
  • To contribute to the creation of high quality Ph.D. students with competencies in the area of chemical, material, biological and engineering sciences

Guiding Principles & Values

  • To be deeply committed to the success of our stakeholders
  • To create and sustain a self - driven and self - managed learning organization with a high degree of internal and external transparency
  • To encourage a culture of collective and principle-centred leadership
  • To value the dignity of the individual and deal with people with a sense of fairness and without bias, prejudice or favour
  • To nurture the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct

Research Output:






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PhD Awarded





No. of PhD thesis