Dr. Pownraj C | Renewable Energy | Sustainable Innovation Champion Award

Thiagarajar College of Engineering- India

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. C. Pownraj embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vickram College of Engineering, followed by a Master’s in Nanoscience and Technology from K. S. Rangasamy College of Technology. His interest in nanotechnology and tribology led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Nanolubricant Tribology at Thiagarajar College of Engineering under the supervision of Dr. A. Valan Arasu. His doctoral thesis focused on the experimental investigation of tribological and thermo-physical properties of coconut shell carbon/SAE20W40 nanolubricant.

Professional Endeavors

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Pownraj gained valuable post-doctoral experience as a Senior Research Associate at Jain University, Bangalore, under DST, India funding. Here, he contributed to the Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, focusing on nano and material sciences applications.Currently, Dr. Pownraj serves as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, where he leads research in Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research spans various areas including nanolubricant tribology, nanoparticle synthesis, bio-char synthesis, graphene nanosheets, and green fuel preparation.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Pownraj’s research contributions are significant in advancing nanotechnology applications in tribology and materials science. His work on nanolubricants, surface functionalized nanoparticles, and laser surface texturing has practical implications for improving lubrication efficiency and surface properties in engineering applications. His research on bio-char synthesis and green fuel preparation underscores his commitment to sustainable energy solutions and environmental impact mitigation.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Pownraj has received recognition for his contributions to the field, including awards and honors for his innovative research in nanolubricants and nanoparticle synthesis. His publications in reputed journals and presentations at international conferences highlight his scholarly impact and academic standing in the scientific community.

Impact and Influence

Through his research, Dr. Pownraj has influenced advancements in nanotechnology by bridging theoretical knowledge with practical applications. His collaborative efforts with industry and academic institutions demonstrate his ability to translate research findings into technological innovations.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Looking ahead, Dr. Pownraj aims to continue his research trajectory in developing sustainable nanotechnological solutions. His focus on CO2 reduction, bio-lubricants, and water harvesting technologies from atmospheric moist air underscores his commitment to addressing global challenges through innovative research. His future contributions are poised to further enhance understanding and applications of nanomaterials in diverse fields, impacting industries and contributing to sustainable development goals.

Dr. C. Pownraj’s dedication to research excellence and his multidisciplinary approach in nanotechnology are pivotal in shaping the future of materials science and engineering applications globally.


A total of 46 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations         46
  • h-index           4
  • i10-index        3

Notable Publications 

Effect of dispersing single and hybrid nanoparticles on tribological, thermo-physical, and stability characteristics of lubricants: a review

C Pownraj, A Valan Arasu
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Pownraj C | Renewable Energy | Sustainable Innovation Champion Award

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