Ekambaram Balaraman

Ekambaram Balaraman

Catalysis Division

About Me

Dr. Ekambaram Balaraman received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemistry from R. K. M. Vivekananda College (University of Madras), India. He was awarded a Ph.D in Chemistry for his research works at University of Hyderabad, India with Prof. K. C. Kumara Swamy. In 2008, he joined the groups of Prof. David Milstein and Prof. Ronny Neumann at Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel as a FGS post-doctoral fellow. In July-2013, he joined as a Senior Scientist at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) in Catalysis Division. His research interests are focused on the design and development of new catalytic system (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) for sustainable catalysis (Dehydrogenation and Hydrogen autotransfer reactions), and energy storage applications.

Current Area of Research

Organometallic Chemistry

Catalytic Design for Dehydrogenation and Hydrogen auto-transfer Reactions 

* Green Catalysis by Heterogeneous Catalysts

Professional Experience

* From July 2013 --- Senior Scientist, CSIR National Chemical Laboratory, Pune


* January 2012 - July 2013 - Research Assistant Professor, SRM Research Institute, Chennai


* February 2010 - January 2012 - FGS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

(Mentor: Prof. David Milstein)


* May 2008 - February 2010 - FGS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

(Mentor: Prof. Ronny Neumann & Prof. David Milstein)

Selected Publications

  • G. Jaiswal, V. Landge, D. Jagadeesan* And E. Balaraman*, Iron-based nanocatalyst for the acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions, Nature Commun., 8, 2147 - 2160 (2017), DOI:10.1038/s41467-017-01603-3.
  • S. P. Midya, M. K. Sahoo, V. G. Landge, P. R. Rajamohanan And E. Balaraman*, Reversed reactivity of anilines with alkynes in the rhodium-catalysed C–H activation/carbonylation tandem, Nature Commun., 6, 8591 - 8601 (2015), DOI:10.1038/ncomms9591.
  • E. Balaraman, E. Khaskin, G. Leitus And D. Milstein*, Catalytic transformation of alcohols to carboxylic acid salts and H2 using water as the oxygen atom source, Nature. Chem., 5, 122 - 125 (2013), DOI:10.1038/nchem.1536.
    Highlights: • RSC Chemistryworld • CORANTE - In the Pipeline • The Chemistry Cascade
  • E. Balaraman, C. Gunanathan, J. Zhang, L. J. W. Shimon And D. Milstein*, Efficient hydrogenation of organic carbonates, carbamates, and formates indicates alternative routes to methanol based on CO2 and CO, Nature. Chem., 3, 609 - 614 (2011), DOI:10.1038/NCHEM.1089.
    Highlights: • Science & Technology, News of the Week: Chemical & Engineering News, 89 (31), August 01, 2011. • Nature. Chem. 2011, 3, 578-579. • ChemCatChem. 2012, 5, 609-611. • ACS News and Latest News: Chemical & Engineering News, August 17, 2011. • Green Car Congress • Fisker Karma News

Research Interest

  • Catalysis & New Methods

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