CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.M. Sivarajan
Senior Scientist
Academic Qualifications
    B.Tech, M.E(Chem.), MBA(HR), PGDISEM, PhD
Contact Details
Dr.M. Sivarajan
Senior Scientist
Honorary Faculty, Anna University
Chemical Engineering
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: msivarajan@clri.res.in,

Dr. M.Sivarajan is a Sr. Scientist at the Cell for Industrial Safety and Risk Analysis, a wing popularly known as CISRA of Chemical Engineering Department of CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute.  He has more than ten years of experience in Chemical Process Safety Management. As an active member of Cell for Industrial Safety & Risk Analysis (CISRA), he has developed expertise in the various qualitative and quantitative techniques of hazard identification viz. Hazard and Operability studies (HAZOP), Consequence Analysis and Risk Estimation, Reliability Analysis (FTA/ETA/FMECA),  Qualitative & Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA), Emergency Planning and Safety Audit for the Chemical Process Industries. The hazard identification techniques, application of different software for different release and accident scenarios, the threadbare analysis of the results, suggestion of applicable and viable safety systems with an eye on the economy have proved to be a success for the organization he has been working for.

Prior joining CSIR-CLRI, he was associated with PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore as a faculty member for 2 years.



University / Institute




Anna University, Chennai



Industrial Safety & Environmental Management

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE, Mumbai), A Centre for Excellence under MHRD – Top Ranked B-School



Chemical Engineering

Annamalai University, Annamalainagar



Chemical Engineering

Madras University, Chennai


He has also acquired MBA in HR Management from Alagappa University.

Skill Set

  • Versatile with Factories Act, 1948
  • Hands on experience in EIA 

Work Experience

The cell is mainly extending consultancy services to the industries in various parts of the country.  His major responsibilities include

  • Hazard Identification by a thorough scanning of the plant and project details, chemicals, storage levels etc.
  • Identification of plant sections which are prone to maximum hazard
  • Classification of process and general plant hazards, qualitative and quantitative assessment of the same through consequence Analysis. 
  • Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP), a technique which is employed by the expert group for the systematic study of the process conditions and deviations, causes, consequences and safe guards etc.
  • Risk assessment based on the various worst possible accident situations
  • Formulation of Disaster management plan for cluster of industries by identifying the most credible accident scenarios and their magnitude
  • Continuous interaction with the chemical industries, safety engineers and statutory authorities in maintaining the awareness of safety in the industries
  • Offer general and specific recommendations for the better and safer operation of the plant

Some of the important assignments in recent years:


  • Risk Analysis Study for the Propellant Manufacture Unit, Cordite Factory (Ministry of Defence), Aruvangadu, Nilgris
  • Fire Hazard Analysis for Zirconium Complex – A Division of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad (DAE)
  • MCACA study for the manufacture of Pyro Aluminium Powder, Aluminium Powder Company Ltd., Madurai
  • Off Site Emergency Plan for North Chennai Petroproduct Installations, Chennai
  • Comprehensive Risk Analysis for the entire Refinery Complex of CPCL (A Unit of IOCL), Manali, Chennai


 # Key member in generating External Cash Flow through CISRA Projects

# Supervised Project Thesis for Chemical Engineering undergraduate and graduate students

Selective list of publications

  • “Synergistic effect of spice extracts and modified atmospheric packaging towards non-thermal preservation of chicken meat under refrigerated storage”, Sivarajan M, Lalithapriya U, Mariajenita P, Vajiha BA, Harini K, Madhushalini D, Sukumar M, Poult Sci, (2017), doi: 10.3382/ps/pex057
  • “Effect of spice-incorporated starch edible film wrapping on shelf life of white shrimps stored at different temperatures”, Sivarajan Meenatchisundaram, Chandra Mohan Chandrasekar, Lalitha Priya Udayasoorian, Rakhavan Kavindapadi Rajasekaran, Radha krishnan Kesavan, Babuskin Srinivasan and Sukumar Muthusamy, J Sci Food Agric 96 (2016) pp 4268–4275DOI 10.1002/jsfa.7638
  • “Kinetic modeling of spice extraction from S. aromaticum and C. cassia”, K. Radha krishnan, M. Sivarajan, S. Babuskin, G. Archana, P. Azhagu Saravana Babu, M. Sukumar, Journal of Food Engineering, 117 (2013) pp 326–332. 
  • “An integrated approach for enhanced textile dye degradation by pre-treatment combined biodegradation”, Sivarajan Meenatchisundaram, Murugan Devaraj,Chockalingam Lajapathi Rai, Kathiravan Mathur Nadarajan, Clean Techn Environ Policy, 16(2014) pp 501-511.
  • “Chemical Changes during Vermicomposting of sago industry solid wastes”, Selvi Subramanian, Sivarajan.M, Saravanapriya.S, Journal of Hazardous materials, 179 (2010) pp 318-322 . 
  • “Treatment of Acid Blue 113 Dye solution Using Iron Electrocoagulation”, M Saravanan, N P Sambhamurthy, M SivarajanClean – Soil, Air, Water, 38(5-6) (2010) pp 565-571. 
  • “Biosorption Kinetics of Basic Dye (Bismark Brown) in aqueous solution by Chitosan”, S.Chella Babu, M.Sivarajan, G.Swaminathan, BV.Ramabrahmam, Pollution Research, 27(2) (2008), pp. 223-229. 
  • Corrosion of Copper and Brass in Acidified Chromate System Under Ultrasonication” M.Sivarajan, RM.  Meyyappan, PL.Sabarathinam, Trans SAEST, 39(2004), pp13-16.

Also presented and published in more than 10 international & national conference proceedings.

  • Obtained Distinctions consistently
  • College First in Chemical Engineering Department in  Third Semester at SVCE
  • State First in Computer Science in Higher Secondary Examination
  • State Third in Aggregate in Higher Secondary Examination
  • State First in French in Matriculation Examination
  • Availed Merit Scholarship from SVCE during UG Program
Team Members

Mr. V Sreenivas, Principal. Scientist

Dr. A Sivasamy, Sr. Principal. Scientist 

Dr. D Murugan, Scientist

Mr. K C Velappan, Sr. Principal. Scientist