CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.D. Murugan
Academic Qualifications
    M.Tech, PhD (Chem. Engg)
Contact Details
Dr.D. Murugan

Chemical Engineering
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: dmurugan@clri.res.in murugandeva@gmail.com,
Phone:91 44 24437115

Areas of Interest


Wastewater treatment, Equipment design, Waste recycling, Process optimization


Dr. D. Murugan is a scientist in the Chemical Engineering Department of CSIR - Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) since May 2011. His areas of interest include wastewater treatment, polymer recycling and equipment design. He has gained a rich research experience in the field of wastewater treatment, photoreactor design and waste to wealth conversion while working for CSIR’s 12 FYP research programmes, INDUS MAGIC and ZERIS. His PhD work was on recycling of high volume polyolefin and polystyrene based wastes, carried out at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Prior to joining CSIR-CLRI, he worked in the area of Oilfield services. He worked with M/S Halliburton Technology India (P) Ltd., Pune, India for the production enhancement product service line. While at Halliburton, he has developed and evaluated a water control conformance fluid system in collaboration with his overseas counterparts at Houston, US and Norway. He has also worked with a rule based expert system which deals with fluid selection in acid treatments of carbonate and sandstone formations. He was providing field solutions to Halliburton filed engineers for acidizing treatments throughout the world and was taking care of the eastern hemisphere acid treatment support. He has won the prestigious Maximized Value added Performance (MVP) award twice for his excellent contributions. 



B.Tech(Chemical Engineering)

Coimbatore Institute of Technology (C.I.T), Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India


M.Tech (Chemical Engineering)

A. C. Technology, Anna University, Chennai


PhD (Chemical Engineering)
(Title: Recycling of High volume polyolefin based wastes)

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

May 2011 – Till date

CSIR- Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India


Aug 2008- Apr 2011

M/s Halliburton Technology India (P) Ltd., Pune, India

Application Engineer/ Technical Professional

List of Publications
  • Effect of ultrasonic pretreatment on secondary sludge and anaerobic biomass to enhance biogas production, Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management Palanisamy Divyalakshmi, Devaraj Murugan, Meenatchisundaram Sivarajan, Arumugam Sivasamy, Palanivel Saravanan, Chockalingam Lajapathi Rai, , DOI: 10.1007/s10163-017-0603-7, First Online: 17 March 2017.
  • Optimization and biokinetic studies on pretreatment of sludge for enhancing biogas production, P. Divyalakshmi, D. Murugan, M. Sivarajan, A. Sivasamy, P. Saravanan, C. L. Rai, Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1007/s13762-016-1191-0, Published online 26 Nov 2016.
  • Cleaner production of basic chromium sulfate – with a review of sustainable green production options, R. C. Panda, S. Selvasekhar, D. Murugan, V. Sivakumar, T. Narayani, C. Sreepradha, J. Cleaner Production, Vol. 112(5), pp. 4854-4862, 2016.
  • Adsorption of Malachite Green onto Chemically Activated Carbon Prepared from Waste Biomass, V. Ramya , M. Vinayagam , D. Murugan , C. Lajapathirai , P Saravanan , A. Sivasamy,  International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology, Vol. 5, Special Issue 1, March 2016.
  • In situ disruption approach on aerobic sludge biomass for excess sludge reduction in tannery effluent treatment plant, P. Divyalakshmi, D. Murugan, M. Sivarajan, A. Sivasamy, P. Saravanan, C. Lajapathi Rai, Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 276, 15 September 2015, Pages 130–136 DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.04.085.
  • Influence of mechanical disintegration on the microbial growth of aerobic sludge biomass: A comparative study of ultrasonic and shear gap homogenizers by oxygen uptake measurements, P. Divyalakshmi, D.Murugan, M. Sivarajan, P. Saravanan, C. Lajapathi Rai, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Volume 121, November 2015, Pages 180–185, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.04.002.
  • Kinetic studies on anaerobic co-digestion of ultrasonic disintegrated feed and biomass and its effect substantiated by microcalorimetry, R. Priyadarshini, L. Vaishnavi,  D. Murugan, M. Sivarajan, A. Sivasamy, P. Saravanan, N. Balasubramanian, C. Lajapathi Rai, Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1007/s13762-014-0688-7 (Published online 21 October 2014)
  • Preparation, Characterization and efficacy studies of thin layer nanocrystalline semiconductor photocatalyst on the oxidation of organic molecule under visible light irradiation, S. O. Mathew, B. Dinesh Kumar, R. Saranya, A. Sivasamy, C. Lajapathirai, D. Murugan. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research. 5 (2014), 247-252.
  • Moisture desorption characteristics of raw sheep and goat skins: A tool for eco friendly method of preservation, D. Murugan, C. L. Rai and M. Sivarajan, JALCA, 2013, 108 (2), 32-78.
  • An integrated approach for enhanced textile dye degradation by pre-treatment combined biodegradation, Sivarajan Meenatchisundaram, Murugan Devaraj, Chockalingam Lajapathi Rai and Kathiravan Mathur Nadarajan, Clean Techn Environ Policy, March 2014, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 501-511.
  • Evaluation of an Environmentally Acceptable Colloidal Silica- Based Conformance System, Prajakta Ratnakar Patil, Bjorn Boye, Murugan Devaraj, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2523/IPTC-15117-MS, International Petroleum Technology Conference, 15-17 November 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Recycling of polyolefin based plastic wastes for sound absorption, Murugan D, Susy Varughese and Swaminathan T, Polymer Plastics-Technology and Engineering, 45:885, 2006.

Also presented and published in more than 15 international & national conferences

  • Prestigious Maximized Value Added Performance (MVP) award for providing Cairn Energy India, with a customized solution on Sand Control operations during 2010 (At Halliburton)
  • Maximized Value Added Performance (MVP) award for the second time for the work associated with the development of a specialized design software for acid treatments,  2010-2011 (At Halliburton)


Product up-scaling

Dr. C. Lajapathi Rai



Dr. A. Sivasamy

Dr. M. Sivarajan

Dr. C. Lajapathi Rai

Shri. V. Sreenivas