Shankara Radhakrishnan

Dr SG Radhakrishnan  

Tel:      012 420-4969
Email:  [email protected]
Office:  NS1, Room 3-50

Academic qualifications: PhD
Position: Senior Lecturer

H-Index: 16




Analytical chemistry modules at 2nd, 3rd and Honours level.


CMY 283, CHM 226, CMY 383 and CMY 707


Research interests

My research interest focuses on electrochemical reduction of CO2 via PEM electrolysis (, and further on Surface Chemistry (Langmuir Blodgett Films) and Organic Photovoltaics based on Supramolecular Donor-Acceptor complexes

Keywords: CO2 electroreduction, Carbon Capture and utilisation, Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, organic photovoltaics, Langmuir-Blodgett Films



For a comprehensive list, please click here: Publons Dr SG Radhakrishnan or Researchgate Link.

Recent Books and Chapters

SG Radhakrishnan, E Roduner, Book Chapter: CO2 Activation in the book entitled Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: From fundamental discoveries to production processes, Oct 2019.

Recent Journal articles

KA Adegoke, SG Radhakrishnan, CL Gray, B Sowa, C Morais, P Rayess, ER Rohwer, C Comminges, KB Kokoh, E Roduner, Highly efficient formic acid and carbon dioxide electro-reduction to alcohols on indium oxide electrodes. Sustain. Energy Fuels, 2020, 4, 4030.

R Illa, SG Radhakrishnan, Phase evolution, Structural Characteristics and Mechanism of Vesicle Formation from a Synthetic Amphiphile: Controlled morphology by tuning solution phase parameters. J. Disp. Sci. Tech., 2019, 40, 287.

Z Lamprecht,  SG Radhakrishnan, A Hildebrandt, H Lang, DC Liles, N-a Weststrate, S Lotz, DI Bezuidenhout, Mono-, di- and tetrarhenium Fischer carbene complexes with thienothiophene substituents. Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 13983- 13993.

E Roduner, SG Radhakrishnan, In Command of Non-Equilibrium. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 2768.

M Keppeler, G Braeuning, SG Radhakrishnan, X Liu, C Jensen, E Roduner, Reactivity of Diatomics and of Ethylene on Zeolite-Supported 13-Atom Platinum Nanoclusters. Catal. Sci. Tech., 2016, 6, 6814.

V Strauss, SG Radhakrishnan, J Malig, N Jux, DM Guldi, Catching Metallic Nitride Endohedral Fullerenes in Organic and Aqueous Media. J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines, 2016, 20, 1025 (Invited Article).

T Tsuchiya, M Rudolf, S Abwandner, SG Radhakrishnan, R Ayoyama, Y Yokosawa, T Akasaka, S Nagase, DM Guldi, Coordinative Interactions between Porphyrins and C60, La@C82, and La2@C80. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 558–565.



Other research institutions (national and international)

  • CSIR, South Africa
  • University of Free State, South Africa
  • University of Poitiers, France
  • University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, India
  • PSG Institute for Advanced Studies, India

Postgraduate students

Current post graduate students
Working on Electrochemical CO2 reduction

Ms. Clarissa Gray (PhD)

Mr. Simphiwe Ndlangamandla (PhD)

Mr. Reinard Klopper (MSc)

Working on Organic Photovoltaics

Ms. Mokgadi Mosana (MSc)


Dr. Kayode Adegoke (PhD) Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels: Conversion of a thermal catalyst to an electrocatalyst

Mr. Simphiwe Ndlangamandla (MSc) Electrochemical reduction of Formic acid using an earth abundant catalyst

Mr. Arthur Justin Harrison (MSc Physics) Lifetime Studies of Supramolecular complexes

Ms Clarissa Gray (MSc) Conversion of Formic Acid to Methanol using a Metal-Free Cathode Catalyst

Dr Barbara Sowa (Post doc) Conversion of CO2 to Methanol: Reduction of SA’s CO2 Footprint

Dr Katlego Makgopa (Post doc) Conversion of CO2 to liquid fuels

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