CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.R Aravindhan
Scientist
Academic Qualifications
    Ph.D., Leather Technology, Anna University (2009)
Contact Details
Dr.R Aravindhan
Scientist

Leather processing
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: aravindhan@clri.res.in, aravindhanr78@gmail.com,
Phone:+91 44 2443 7230


Qualification
 

Ph.D., Leather Technology, Anna University (2009)

Title of the Ph.D thesis
 

Studies on the Treatment of Tannery Wastewater Using Low Cost Naturally Available Materials

Area of Interest:
 

Leather Science and Technology; Environmental Chemistry; Environmentally Benign Leather Processing, Leather Chemicals

Industrial Experience

 

Junior Technician at M/s VENN-PON Tanners, Chromepet, Chennai.        
[Oct 1997 - Dec 1997]

Leather Expert/Consultant at M/s COLBA Tannery PLC, Modjo, Ethiopia under “Benchmarking (Technology Upgradation) programme for Ethiopian Tanning Industry
[May 2010 - October 2010]

Leather Expert/Consultant at seven different tanneries in Ethiopia under “Benchmarking (Technology Upgradation) programme for Ethiopian Tanning Industry
[February 2011 – September 2011]

Teaching Experience

 

Visiting Faculty at S.A. Polytechnic, Chennai. [Dec 1997 - Jun 1998]
Visiting Faculty at Sriram Polytechnic, Perumalpattu. [Jul 1998 - Dec 2001]
Teaching Assistant at Anna University, Chennai. [Oct 2001 - Dec 2002]
Visiting Faculty at Institute of Leather Technology, Taramani, Chennai. [Jan 2003 – June 2004]

Research Experience

 

Senior Research Fellow at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India.
Research topic: Studies on the removal of chromium, phenol and dye from tannery effluents using low cost naturally available materials [1st July 2004 –1st April 2008]

Research Associate at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India.
Research topic: Studies on the Application of Visible Light Assisted Heterogeneous Photo-Catalysis in Wastewater Treatment [2nd April 2008- 4th March 2009]

Endeavour Cheung Kong Research Fellow at University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Research topic: Application of low cost biosorbents for the removal of micropollutants from treated water [13th March 2009 to 11th September 2009]

Project Assistant (Level IV) at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India.
[1st January 2010 – 12th January 2011]

Scientist at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India.
[13th January 2011 – till date]

Major projects Involved
  1. Technology upgradation (Benchmarking) program, for the Ethiopian Tanning Industries –Phase I
  2. Technology upgradation (Benchmarking) program, for the Ethiopian Tanning Industries –Phase II
  3. Consultancy project for providing technical expertise in development and evaluation of fatliquors for M/s Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
  4. Conducting Survey and Study of Jajmau, Kanpur Tanneries Situated on the bank of River Ganga for their Relocation
  5. Expert Intervention towards Capacity Building of Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) Ethiopia through a twinning program Phase I
  6. Expert Intervention towards Capacity Building of Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) Ethiopia through a twinning program Phase I
  7. Consultancy Service for Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management for Tannery and Chrome Chemical Sectors in West Bengal
  8. Green Technology for the Treatment of Tannery Wastewaters Co-investigator- CSIR External Research Grant Scheme (2012-2015)
  9. Research cooperation on wastewater treatment and application of cleaner leather manufacturing technologies Team Member - Indo-Vietnam Programme sponsored by DST, GoI
  10. Consultancy project for providing technical expertise in testing and evaluating Basic chromium Sulphate for M/s Rishab Intermediates Pvt. Ltd. Pudhucherry
  11. Consultancy Service on Preparation of Detailed Project Report for the construction of 50 MLD CETP for the tanneries in Jajmau, Kanpur under the
  12. Consultancy Service for “A Validation / Feasibility Study on the Bankability of a Leather Industry Park with Common Effluent Treatment Plant in Botswana”
Teaching Experience
Serving as a Teaching Faculty for the B.Tech, M.Tech Leather Technology Programme, Anna University in the subjects
  • Technology of Light Leather Manufacture
  • Theory and Practice of Post Tanning Processes
  • Tannery Practice – Light Leather Manufacture and Post tanning and finishing
  • Eco-benign Options for Leather Processing
  • Advanced Leather Process Technology
  • Serving as Research Supervisor for B Tech, MSc, M Tech, M.Phil students /
Visits Abroad
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme Phase 2 during 07-22 August, 2015.
  • Gebarone, Botswana for attending Steering Committee meeting in connection with the Project: “A Validation / Feasibility Study on the Bankability of a Leather Industry Park with Common Effluent Treatment Plant in Botswana” 09-15 March, 2015
  • Okayama, Japan to present a paper in the 10th Asian International conference on Leather Science and Technology during 23-26 November, 2014
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme during 07-27 September, 2014.
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme during 02 April-03 May, 2014.
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme during 05-28 January, 2014.
  • Istanbul, Turkey to present a paper in the IULTCS congress during 29-31 May 2013
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme during 28 August – 19 September, 2012
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Benchmarking program 2 during 06 June-03 September, 2011
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Benchmarking program 2 during 16 February -16 May, 2011
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Benchmarking program 1 during 27 May-09 October, 2010
  • University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia for Postdoctoral research under Endeavour research Fellowship during 13 March-18 September, 2009
  • Universiti sans Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, to present a paper in the ICENV- 2008 during 15-21 December, 2008
  • Washington DC, USA to present a paper in the IULTCS congress during 19-27 June 2007
  • Prospective Students
    I am a recognized supervisor in Anna University. Prospective students who wish to carry out their Masters’ project or Doctoral research in the area of Leather technology, Biotechnology and environmental studies are welcome to send their request to aravindhan@clri.res.in. Students with SRF/JRF/GATE/other qualifications are preferred for Doctoral research.
Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals
    2016
  1. Oxidation of 4‐chloro‐3‐methylphenol using zeolite Y‐encapsulated iron(III)‐, nickel(II)‐, and copper(II)‐N,N'‐disalicylidene‐1,2‐ phenylenediamine complexes L. Solomon, B.U. Nair, R.A. Mesfin, D. Isabel, R. Aravindhan, T. Merid Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 37, 135-145, 2016
  2. 2015
  3. Innovative material from paper and pulp industry for leather processing M.J.A. Zakir, P. Balasubramanian, R. Sathya, R. Aravindhan, K.J. Sreeram, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair Journal of Cleaner Production 104, 436-444, 2015
  4. Chrome-melamine syntan: A step towards developing fuller leather P. Balasubramanian, M.J.A. Zakir, R. Aravindhan, K.J. Sreeram, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association, 110, 332-337, 2015
  5. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic application of zeolite based heterogeneous catalyst of iron(III), nickel(II) and copper(II) salen complexes L. Solomon, R. Aravindhan, B.U. Nair, R.A. Mesfin, D. Isabel, T. Merid Journal of Porous Materials, 22,1363–1373, 2015
  6. Studies on tara-phosphonium combination tannage: approach towards a metal free eco-benign tanning system R. Aravindhan, B. Madhan, J.R. Rao Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 110, 80-87, 2015
  7. Biomass of Termitomyces clypeatus for Chromium(III) removal from chrome tanning wastewater A. Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J. R. Rao and B. U. Nair Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 17, 541-547, 2015
  8. Delimiting water in the chromium-induced stabilization of collagen S. Silambarasan, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, P. Thanikaivelan Journal of Cleaner Production 87, 567-572, 2015
  9. Experimental and Computational Studies on Synthesis of Zeolite-Y Encapsulated Iron(III) and Nickel(II) Complexes Containing Mixed-ligand of 2,2'-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline L. Solomon, B.U. Nair, R.A. Mesfin, R. Aravindhan, D. Isabel, T. Merid RSC Advances, 5, 88636-88645, 2015
  10. Waterless tanning: Chrome tanning in ethanol and its derivatives S. Silambarasan, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, P. Thanikaivelan RSC Advances , 5, 66815-66823, 2015
  11. Visible light Photocatalytic Degradation of Wattle extract: Effect of mixing CdWO4 over Semiconductive ZnO Photocatalyst E. T. Deva Kumar, K. Thirumalai, R. Aravindhan, M. Swaminathan, J. Raghava Rao RSC Advances 5, 60926-60937, 2015
  12. 2014
  13. Biosorption of trivalent chromium from waste water: An approach towards green chemistry J. Kanagaraj, T. Senthilvelan, R.C. Panda, R. Aravindhan, A. B. Mandal Chemical Engineering & Technology 37, 1741-1750, 2014
  14. Green Synthesis of Monodispersed Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Leather Finishing M. Nidhin, R. Aravindhan, K.J. Sreeram, Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 109, 184-188, 2014
  15. Studies of Ethiopian Sheepskins as an Opportunity For Value Addition Part II - Optimization and Characterization of Wanke Upper and Garment Leathers H. Mohammed, G. Aysanew, R. Aravindhan, J. R. Rao, N.K. Chandra Babu Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 109, 161-169, 2014
  16. Development of Alginate-Chitosan based Biopolymers for Leather Retanning R. Aravindhan, K.J. Sreeram, J. R. Rao Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 109, 99-109, 2014
  17. Studies on Ethiopian Sheep Skins as an Opportunity for Value Addition Part I: Histological, Microscopic and Chemical Characterization of Abyssinian and Wanke Sheep Skins H. Mohammed, G. Aysanew, R. Aravindhan, A Gnanamani, J. R. Rao, N.K. Chandra
  18. 2011
  19. Studies on the henna-glutaraldehyde combination tanning system AE Musa, B Madhan, R Aravindhan, SV Kanth, and JR Rao, B Chandrasekaran and GA Gamselseed. Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 106, 92-101, 2011
  20. Green chemistry approach in leather processing: A case of chrome tanning MP Kumar, R Aravindhan, KJ Sreeram, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 106, 113-120, 2011
  21. Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of Lawsonia inermis (henna) against microbial strains isolated from goat skin/leather AE Musa, A Tamil Selvi, R Aravindhan, B Madhan, A Fathima, JR Rao, B Chandrasekaran Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 106, 170-175, 2011
  22. Stabilized protein waste as a source for removal of color from wastewaters NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of Applied Polymer Science 120, 1397-1402, 2011
  23. Henna-aluminum combination tannage: a greener alternative tanning system AE Musa, R Aravindhan, B Madhan, JR Rao, B Chandrasekaran Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 106, 190-199, 2011
  24. 2010
  25. Biosorption of cadmium metal ion from simulated wastewaters using Hypnea valentiae biomass: A kinetic and thermodynamic study R Aravindhan, B. Maharshi, KJ Sreeram, JR Rao and BU Nair Bioresource Technology 101, 1466-1470, 2010
  26. Development of natural garment leathers: A metal-free approach KJ Sreeram, R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 105, 401-409, 2010
  27. Biosorption of bovine serum albumin by Ulva lactuca biomass from industrial wastewater: Equilibrium, kinetic and thermodynamic study R Aravindhan and L Zou. Journal of Hazardous Materials 184, 597-602, 2010
  28. 2009
  29. Kinetics and equilibrium studies on the biosorption of hexavalent chromium from aqueous solutions using Bacillus subtilis biomass A Sivaprakash, R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 7, 45-57, 2009
  30. Application of rare earth salts for permanent stabilization of skin K Dhayalan, R Aravindhan, KJ Sreeram and JR Rao Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research 68, 135-139, 2009
  31. An organic approach for wet white garment leathers M Pradeep Kumar, NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 104, 112-118, 2009
  32. Preparation and Characterization of Activated Carbon from Marine Macro Algal Biomass R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of Hazardous Materials 162, 688-694, 2009
  33. Application of Chemically Modified Seaweed as Biosorbent for Phenolic Compounds R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of Environmental Management 90, 1877-1883, 2009
  34. Studies on the development of multi-functional syntan R Nataraj, R Aravindhan, KJ Sreeram, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 104, 251-260, 2009
  35. Utilization of Organically Stabilized Proteinous Solid Waste for the Treatment of Colored Wastewater NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 84, 1338-1343, 2009
  36. Studies on combination tanning based on henna and oxazolidine AE Musa, B. Madhan, R. Aravindhan, JR Rao, B Chandrasekaran and GA Gamselseed. Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 104, 335-343, 2009
  37. 2008
  38. Dye House Wastewater Treatment through Wet Peroxide Oxidation Using Cu-Exchanged Y Zeolite Catalyst NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Chemosphere 70, 1146-1151, 2008
  39. Upgradation of leathers: Masking defects in pre-finishing processes R Aravindhan, B Madhan, P Thanikaivelan, SV Kanth, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 67, 233-238, 2008.
  40. Glove Leather Manufacture: Influence of Fatliquor and Syntan on the Gloving Properties B Madhan, G Balaji, R Aravindhan, SV Kanth, S Sadulla and J Raghava Rao Journal of American Leather Chemists Association, 103, 143-151, 2008.
  41. Synergistic Effect of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli in the Biodegradation of Phenolic Compounds R Aravindhan, G Anand, N Naveen, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 103, 186-190, 2008
  42. Dye containing wastewaters: Sources, concerns and mitigation N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J. Raghava Rao and B. U. Nair Book entitled “Industrial Pollution and Bioremediation”, Edited by P.C.Trivedi, Aavishkar Publications, Jaipur, 2008, pp.56-75
  43. 2007
  44. A Chemoenzymatic Pathway Leads Towards Zero Discharge Tanning Process R Aravindhan, S Saravanabhavan, P Thanikaivelan, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of Cleaner Production 15, 1217-1227, 2007
  45. Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies on Biosorption of Basic Blue Dye by Green Macro Algae Caulerpa scalpelliformis R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 42, 621-631, 2007.
  46. Biological removal of carcinogenic chromium(VI) using mixed Pseudomonas strains R Aravindhan, KJ Sreeram, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of General Applied Microbiology 53(2), 71-79, 2007
  47. Removal of Basic Yellow Dye from Aqueous Solution by Sorption on Green Alga Caulerpa scalpelliformis R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of Hazardous Materials 142, 68-76, 2007
  48. quilibrium and Thermodynamic Studies on the Removal of Basic Black Dye Using Calcium Alginate Beads R Aravindhan, NN Fathima, JR Rao and BU Nair Colloid and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 299, 232-238, 2007
  49. Combination Tanning Based on Tara: An Attempt to Make Chrome-Free Garment Leathers B Madhan, R Aravindhan, N Ranjithakumar, V Venkiah, JR Rao, BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 102(6), 198-204, 2007
  50. SPEEK Polymeric Membranes for Fuel Cell Application and Their Characterization: A Review N N Fathima, R Aravindhan, D Lawrence, U Yugandhar, T S R Moorthy, BU Nair Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 66, 209-219, 2007
  51. 2006
  52. Tannic Acid-Phosphonium Combination: A Versatile Chrome-Free Organic Tanning NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 101, 161-168, 2006
  53. Utilization of Calcium Alginate Beads as Adsorbent for Removal of Dyes From Tannery Wastewaters R Aravindhan, NN Fathima, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 101, 223-230, 2006
  54. Interaction of Aluminium and Hydrolysable Tannin Polyphenols: Approach to Understand the Mechanism of Aluminium Vegetable Combination Tannage B Madhan, R Aravindhan, MS Siva, S Sadulla, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association, 101, 317-323, 2006.
  55. Wet Oxidation of Acid Brown dye by Hydrogen Peroxide Using Heterogeneous Catalyst Mn-Salen-Y Zeolite: A Potential Catalyst R Aravindhan, NN Fathima, JR Rao, B U Nair Journal of Hazardous Materials B138, 152-159, 2006.
  56. 2005
  57. Iron-Phosphonium Combination Tanning: Towards Win-Win Approach N N Fathima, M Chandrabose, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 100, 273-281, 2005.
  58. A Source Reduction Approach: Integrated Bio-based Tanning Methods and the Role of Enzymes in Dehairing and Fibre Opening S Saravanabhavan, R Aravindhan, P Thanikaivelan, J Raghava Rao, B U Nair and T Ramasami Clean Technology and Environmental Policy 7, 3-14, 2005.
  59. Solid Waste Removes Toxic Liquid Waste: Adsorption of Chromium(VI) by Iron Complexed Protein Waste NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Environmental Science and Technology 39, 2804-2810, 2005.
  60. 2004
  61. Bioaccumulation of Chromium from Tannery Wastewater: An Approach for Chrome Recovery and Reuse R Aravindhan, B Madhan, JR Rao, BU Nair and T Ramasami Environmental Science and Technology 38, 300-306, 2004.
  62. A Bio-Driven Pickle-Free Tanning Paves Way for Greener Garment Leather Production R Aravindhan, S Saravanabhavan, P Thanikaivelan, B Chandrasekaran, JR Rao and B U Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 99, 53-66, 2004.
  63. Mixed Metal Complexes of Zirconium: A Step Towards Reducing Usage of Chromium in Tanning K J Sreeram, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 99,112-120, 2004
  64. Bioaccumulation Route for Secured Recovery and Recoup of Chromium from Tannery Wastewaters R Aravindhan, B Madhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of American Leather Chemists Association 99, 197-204, 2004.
  65. Recovery and Reuse of Chromium from Tannery Wastewaters Using Turbinaria ornato Seaweed R Aravindhan, B Madhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 79, 1251-1258, 2004.
  66. 2003
  67. Green Solution for Tannery Pollution: Effect of Enzyme Based Lime-free Unhairing and Fibre Opening in Combination with Pickle-free Chrome Tanning S Saravanabhavan, R Aravindhan, P Thanikaivelan, JR Rao and BU Nair Green Chemistry 5, 707-714, 2003.
  68. An Integrated Eco-Friendly Tanning Method for the Manufacture of Upper Leathers from Goatskins S Saravanabhavan, R Aravindhan, P Thanikaivelan, B Chandrasekaran, JR Rao and B U Nair Journal of Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists 87, 149-158, 2003.
List of Patents Granted and Filed
    Granted
  • 1. Author: Natraj R, Saravanabhavan S, Aravindhan R, Sreeram KJ, Rao JR, Nair BU, Ramasami T. Title: Process for the Preparation of Synthetic Tanning Agent for Improved Leather Characteristics Number:US20080229511-A1, CN101270397-A, DE102007051378-A1, IN200700648-I1, IT1383884-B
  • Filed
  • 2. Author: Sathish M, Sreeram KJ, Aravindhan R, Rao JR, Nair BU. Title: A process for curing cum dehairing of hide/skin Application No. 2352/DEL/2015
  • 3. Author: Aravindhan R, Thanikaivelan P, Rao JR. Title: A waterless bioprocessing for dehairing and fibre opening in leather manufacture Application No. 2729/DEL/2015
  • 4. Author: Jayakumar GC, Vedhanayagam M, Sreeram KJ, Balasubramanian P, Aravindhan R, Rao JR, Nair BU. Title: An improved process for making retanned leather with dyeing effect Application Ref. No: 126 NF 2015
List of Papers/Posters in National and International Conferences
  1. Chromium Removal and Recovery R Aravindhan and K Venkatesan National level technical symposium, organized by the Society of Chemical Engineers, Vellore Engineering College, Vellore, 6th March 1999.
  2. Total Safety Management and SQP Trilogy: Road to achieve Safety, Quality and productivity R Aravindhan, K Gopalakrishnan, M Rajendran International symposium, CHEMCON- 2001, organized by Indian Institute of Chemical engineers, Hyderabad regional centre, 19 - 22nd Dec 2001.
  3. In-situ Generation of Natural Colours: Can it Eliminate the Toxic Dyestuffs? R Aravindhan, S Saravanabhavan State level student’s technical symposium, COLLAGEN – 2002, organized by the Department of Leather Technology, Bharath Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, 8th March 2002.
  4. Chromium-Zirconium Mixed Metal Complexes as Alternative Tanning Systems K J Sreeram, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 37th LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, Jan. 2003.
  5. Tannery Effluents: A Recovery and Reuse Approach R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair CSIR Diamond Jubilee Concluding Year, CLRI, Sep 2003
  6. Solid Wastes Remove Toxic Liquid Wastes: Adsorption of Chromium(VI) from the Industrial Effluents by Protein Wastes from Tannery N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 91st Indian Science Congress, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Jan 2004.
  7. Adsorption, Desorption and Kinetic Studies on the Removal of Dyes from Tannery Effluent using Calcium Alginate Beads R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 6th National Symposium in Chemistry under the Auspices of CRSI, Kanpur, Feb 2004
  8. Interaction of Collagen With Iron-Tetrakis Hydroxymethylsulfate Complex: Approach Towards Understanding Collagen Stabilization by Iron Complexes N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao, BU Nair and T Ramasami. 3rd Symposium on Advances in Bioinorganic Chemistry (SABIC-2004) Goa, Dec. 2004.
  9. Zeolite Encapsulated Manganese Schiff Base Complex Catalyzed Oxidation of Dyes in the Presence of H2O2 R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 7th National Symposium in Chemistry under the Auspices of CRSI, Kolkata, Feb 2005
  10. Innovations in Retanning: Going Green Through “Protac-M” R Natraj, S Saravanabhavan, R Aravindhan, K J Sreeram, J Raghava Rao, BU Nair and T Ramasami Seminar on Innovation in Leather Science and Technology, CLRI, Chennai, April, 2005.
  11. Mn-Exchanged Y Zeolite as Catalyst for Wet Peroxide Oxidation of Acid Brown Dye R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair Seminar on Innovation in Leather Science and Technology, CLRI, Chennai, April, 2005.
  12. Studies on Iron-Phosphonium Based Tanning System M Chandrabose, R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair CSIR Foundation Day Celebrations, CLRI, Sep 2005
  13. Chrome Free Garment Leathers Based on Tara -Gluteraldehyde Combination Tannage R Aravindhan, B Madhan, N Ranjitha kumar, V Venkaih, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair CSIR Foundation Day Celebrations, CLRI, Sep 2005
  14. Zeolite encapsulated Copper Schiff base complex catalyzed oxidation of dyes in the presence of H2O2 R Aravindhan, NN Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 40th LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, Jan. 2006.
  15. Wet Peroxide Oxidation of Acid Dye in the Presence of Cu-exchanged Y Zeolite Catalyst R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 93rd Indian Science Congress, Hyderabad, January. 2006
  16. Kinetics and Thermodynamic Studies on Biosorption of Basic Yellow Dye Using Green Alga Caulerpa scalpelliformis R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 9th National Symposium in Chemistry under the Auspices of CRSI, University of Delhi, New Delhi, Feb 2007.
  17. Effect of UV Irradiation on Stabilized Collagen: Role of Chromium(III) NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 9th National Symposium in Chemistry under the Auspices of CRSI, University of Delhi, New Delhi, Feb 2007
  18. Decolorization and Detoxification of Synthetic Dyes from Polluted Water R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair National Science Day, Organized by Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, February, 2007.
  19. Biosorption of Phenolic Compounds from Post Tanning Sectional Stream Using Chemically Modified Seaweed R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 29th IULTCS Congress, organized by American Leather Chemists Association, Washington DC, June 2007
  20. Studies on Biosorption Performance of Bacillus Subtilis Biomass for Removal of Chromium From Tannery Effluents R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and BU Nair 29th IULTCS Congress, organized by American Leather Chemists Association, Washington DC, June 2007
  21. Application of Biotechnology for the Treatment of Dyehouse Effluents in India and Philippines R Aravindhan and C Arun Mondialogo Engineering Award symposium, organized by Daimler and UNESCO, Mumbai, Dec 2007
  22. Removal of dyes using solid waste from tanneries R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, BU Nair 42nd LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, January, 2008
  23. Removal of dyes using solid waste from tanneries: Twin benefit technology R. Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, BU Nair 10th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, IISC, Bangalore, 4-7 Feb, 2008
  24. Studies on the removal of Trivalent Arsenic from aqueous solutions using the alga Hypnea valentiae R Aravindhan, D Prathiba, JR Rao HAPTEN 2K8, National Level Technical Symposium, Arunai engineering college, Tiruvanamalai 28-29 March, 2008
  25. Glutaraldehyde crosslinked protein waste for removal of colours from wastewaters NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao, BU Nair 3rd International Symposium on Environment, conducted by Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athenes, Greece, 22-25 May, 2008.
  26. Utilization of Solid Waste for Removal of Dyes NN Fathima, R Aravindhan, JR Rao and BU Nair Symposium on Education and Research in Sustainability, under the aegis of Indo-German Cooperation in Higher Education, IIT Madras, 8-9 September, 2008
  27. Biodegradation of azo dye basic blue 69 by Bacillus subtilis under aerobic conditions R Aravindhan, NS Raja, JR Rao and BU Nair International Conference on Environment, conducted by School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 15-18 December, 2008
  28. Studies on the antimicrobial activity of Lawsonia inermis (Henna) R Aravindhan, A Tamil Selvi, AE Musa, B Madhan, JR Rao and B Chandrasekaran 43rd LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, January, 2009
  29. Third Generation Post Tanning Agents for Retanning Applications R Aravindhan, KJ Sreeram, JRRao, BU Nair VIII Asia International conference on Leather Science and Technology, held at Kolkata, India, Nov 12-14, 2010.
  30. Combination Tanning based on Tara and THPS B Madhan, R Aravindhan, T Senthil Raja and J. Raghava Rao XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sept 2011
  31. Cool pigments for leather finishing KJ Sreeram, S Radhika, R Aravindhan, BU Nair XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sept 2011
  32. Studies on the characterization of the reject stream salt residue and possible reuse in leather processing R Aravindhan, R Ramesh, NK Chandra Babu XXXII IULTCS Congress, Turkey, May 2013
  33. Green Synthesis of Monodispersed Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Leather Finishing K. J. Sreeram, M. Nidhin, R. Aravindhan and B. U. Nair XXXII IULTCS Congress, Turkey, May 2013
  34. Leather Industry Specific Information Shareable Tool on Web Addresses and Messages (LITWASE) S. Nithiyanantha Vasagam, B. Madhan, R. Aravindhan, K.M. Jagathnath Krishna, K. Giriyappa, B. Chandrasekaran, J. R. Rao, N.K. Chandra Babu, D. Chandramouli and A.B. Mandal XXXII IULTCS Congress, Turkey, May 2013
  35. Wanke Sheep Skins: A Promising Opportunity for Value Addition to Ethiopian Leather Sector H. Mohammed, G. Aysanew, R. Aravindhan, A Gnanamani, M.D. Naresh, A. Rajaram, J. Raghava Rao, N.K. Chandra Babu XXXII IULTCS Congress, Turkey, May 2013
  36. Thermochromic sensors for Leather K.J. Sreeram, V. Tamilmani, S. Sangeetha, S.R. Radhika, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair XXXII IULTCS Congress, Turkey, May 2013
  37. Studies on the preparation and application of modified chromium complex for sustainable chrome tanning Abhinandan Kumar, R Aravindhan, NK Chandrababu 8th CRSI Symposium in Chemistry, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, July 10-12, 2014
  38. Studies on usage of slaughterhouse by-product: characterization and utilization of skins from animal legs R. Aravindhan, Abhinandan Kumar, N.K. Chandra Babu 10th AICLST, November 24th– 26th 2014, Okayama Japan
  39. Eco-friendly Technology for Enhancing Water Economy in Leather Processing J.R. Rao, G.C. Jayakumar, K.J. Sreeram, R. Aravindhan, P. Thanikaivelan, B.U. Nair 10th AICLST, November 24th– 26th 2014, Okayama Japan
  40. Structural Investigation of African Camel Hides and Its Suitability for Leather and Leather Products M. Belay, R. Aravindhan, R. Karthikeyan, A. Gnanamani 10th AICLST, November 24th– 26th 2014, Okayama Japan
Invited Lectures
  1. “Leather: Links Rural Farmer to Fashion World”at INSPIRE Science Camp, CLRI, November, 2012
  2. “Cleaner technology options and practices: Technical and Financial constraints & Opportunities”, at the Stake holders consultative meeting in Kolkata, May 2013/li> “Development of Leather for Children Footwear” at a Technology dissemination program at Ranipet.
  3. “Leather In a New Material World” at the Stake holders meeting organized by M/s Vertebrand Management Consulting, Bangalore, July 2014
  4. “Leather: Links Rural Farmer to Fashion World”at INSPIRE Science Camp, Jerusalem Engineering College, July 2014
  5. “Syntans for Versatile Leathers”6. 49th LERIG, CLRI, January 2015
  6. “Vegetable Tanning for Chrome-Free Leathers” Technical Workshop on “Cleaner leather Production and Wastewater Treatment Technologies”, CLRI, June 2015
Awards and Merits
  1. Recipient ofBest Article published in JILTA in 2013,1. offered by the Indian Leather Technologists Association, Kolkata, August 2014
  2. Recipient of IEI – Young Engineer Award – 2013,2. offered by the Institution of Engineers, India Jaipur, May 2013
  3. Recipient ofAustralia-Endeavour Cheung Kong Research Fellowship-2009, offered by Australia Education International, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Canberra, Australia.
  4. Recipient of First prize for a paper presented in HAPTEN 2K8, National Level Technical Symposium, Arunai engineering college, Tiruvanamalai 28-29 March, 2008.
  5. Recipient of Second prize for a project proposal presented at EWB-India’s Green Award Organized by Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology, EWB-Student Chapter, Hyderabad, India, March 2008.
  6. Recipient of Third prize for poster presented at LERIG-08, Central Leather Research Institute, January 2008
  7. Recipient of the “Honourable Mention Award” for a project proposal at the Mondialogo Engineering Award 2006-07, conducted by Daimler & UNESCO, Mumbai, Dec 2007.
  8. Recipient of ‘RSC’ Special mention award for poster presented in Ninth National Symposium in Chemistry under the Auspices of CRSI, University of Delhi, New Delhi, Feb 2007.
  9. Recipient of Second prize in Platform presentation at LERIG-06, Central Leather Research Institute, January 2006.
  10. Recipient of First prize for the Business plan presented at the Third Technological Entrepreneurship Training Program conducted by Faculty of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore under the auspices of CSIR-HRDG, 2006. 
  11. Recipient of ISCA Young Scientist Award from the hands of His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, at 93rd Indian Science Congress, Hyderabad, January, 2006.
  12. Recipient of First prize in Technical Seminar competition conducted in Central Leather Research Institute.
  13. Recipient of First prize in Technical quiz competition conducted in Bharath Institute of Science & Technology, COLLAGEN-2002
  14. Recipient of Ganesan Endowment Gold Medal for securing 1st rank in M. Tech. (Anna University)
  15. Recipient of B.M. Das Memorial Gold Medal for securing 1st rank in M. Tech. (Anna University)
  16. Recipient of “Teaching Assistantship” from Indian Finished Leather Manufacturers and Exporters Association (IFLEMEA) for the period from November 2001 to December 2002 (Anna University)
  17. Secured University 5th rank in B.Tech. (University of Madras)