Balaraman Ekambaram

Balaraman Ekambaram

Catalysis Division

About Me

Dr. Ekambaram Balaraman received his B.Sc and M.Sc (Rank holder) in Chemistry from University of Madras, India. He was awarded a Ph.D in Chemistry for his research works at Central 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. After having four years of postdoctoral research experiences he moved to academics as a Research Assistant Professor at SRM Research Institute, Chennai. In July-2013, he joined as a Senior Scientist at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Catalysis Division. His research interests are focused on the design and catalytic application of novel complexes, sustainable homogeneous catalysis and smart systems for energy storage.


Current Area of Research

* Catalytic Design for Sustainable Catalysis

* Organic & Organometallic Chemistry

* Mechanistic Investigations

* Green Catalysis by Heterogeneous Catalysts

*Photoredox catalysis

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

  • Ekambaram Balaraman, Eugene Khaskin, Gregory Leitus And David Milstein*, Catalytic Transformation of Alcohols to Carboxylic Acid Salts and H2 Using Water as the Oxygen Atom Source, Nature. Chem., 5, 122 - 125 (2013).
    Highlights: • RSC Chemistryworld • CORANTE - In the Pipeline • The Chemistry Cascade
  • Dipankar Srimani, Ekambaram Balaraman, Peng Hu, Yehoshoa Ben-David And David Milstein*, Formation of Tertiary Amides and H2 by Dehydrogenative Coupling of Primary Alcohols with Secondary Amines Catalyzed by Ruthenium Bipyridine-Based Pincer Complexes, Adv. Syn. Catal., DOI:10.1002/adsc.201300620, (2013).
  • Ekambaram Balaraman, Eran Fogler And David Milstein*, Efficient Hydrogenation of biomass derived cyclic di-esters to 1,2-diols, Chem. Commun., 48, 1111 - 1113 (2012).
    • Selected as HOT article by Chem. Commun.
  • David Milstein*, Ekambaram Balaraman, Boopathy Gnanaprakasam, Chidambaram Gunanathan And Jing Zhang, Novel ruthenium complexes and their uses in processes for formation and/or hydrogenation of esters, amides and derivatives thereof, PCT Int. Appl., WO2012/052996, (2012).
  • Ekambaram Balaraman, Chidambaram Gunanathan, Jing Zhang, Linda J. W. Shimon And David 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).
    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
  • Ekambaram Balaraman, Yehoshoa Ben-David And David Milstein*, Unprecedented catalytic hydrogenation of urea derivatives to amines and methanol, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., 50, 11702 - 11705 (2011).
    Highlights: • Selected as VIP article by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. • ChemCatChem. 2012, 5, 609-611. • ChemistryViews Magazine
  • Ekambaram Balaraman, Boopathy Gnanaprakasam, Linda J. W. Shimon And David Milstein*, Direct hydrogenation of amides to alcohols and amines under mild conditions, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 16756 - 16758 (2010).
    Highlight: • ChemistryViews Magazine
  • K. C. Kumara Swamy*, N. N. Bhuvan Kumar, E. Balaraman And K. V. P. Pavan Kumar, Mitsunobu and Related Reactions: Advances and Applications, Chem. Rev., 109, 2551 - 2651 (2009).
    Highlights: • Most read article in 2009 • Cited in Wikipedia
  • E. Balaraman And K. C. Kumara Swamy*, A convenient chromatography-free access to enantio-pure 6,6’-di-tert-butyl-1,1’- binaphthalene-2,2’-diol- its 3,3’-dibromo, di-tert-butyl and phosphorus derivatives: Utility in asymmetric synthesis, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry., , 2037 - 2048 (2007).

Research Interest

  • Green & Sustainable Chemistry
  • Inert bond Activation
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Catalysis & New Methods
  • Organic Chemistry

Contact Details


Senior Scientist

Catalysis Division

Room 135 C, Ground Floor, Main Building

CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory

Dr. Homi Bhabha Road

Pune – 411 008, INDIA


Phone (O): 020-2590-2144

Mobile: +91-7756831487