• Dr. R. Velraj was born on 7th July 1965 in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari disrict of Tamil Nadu, India.

    He has 30 years of teaching experience.
            Administrative Positions held

    • B.E., (Mechanical Engineering) in 1986 from Annamalai University. (First Class)

    • M.E., (Energy Engineering) in 1992 from Anna University. (First Class with Distinction)

    • Ph.D., (Thermal Storage Studies for Energy Applications) from Anna University in 1999 (16 months research stay at Solar Institute, Juelich, Germany under DAAD fellowship during 1995-1997). (Highly commended)
              Awards and Honors

    • Recipient of “Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) 2014 (Environmental Science)” by Government of TamilNadu – Received from Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education, in the year 2017. 

    • Recipient of "Achievement Award" by Appadurai Chair for Power Systems, Anna University in recognizing the contribution towards technological developments to be adopted by TANGEDCO in the year 2017. 

    • Recipient of "Bharat Jyothi Award” by IIFS, New Delhi for meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in Science and Technology category awarded by former Governor of TamilNadu and Assam in the year 2017.

    • Recipient of “Best Innovation Award– 2013" by Anna University.

    • Recipient of “Best Poster Award - 2012" by Defense Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, Naval Post Graduate School & Office of Naval Research, USA.

    • Recipient of “Active Consultant Award - 2011” by Anna University.

    • Recipient of “DAAD Award” for Ph.D. Research at Solar Institute, Juelich during June 1995 - Jan 1997 by DAAD, Germany
              Breakthrough made - Thermal Energy storage

    • The research on Thermal Energy Storage started in the year 1993 by Dr. R. Velraj has motivated several researchers in India to carry out their research in the field of thermal storage and this has raised the level of our country to the 3rd position in this field of research, next to China & U.S.A in terms of research publications. Also, this significant contribution made Anna University to become the seventh University world-wide.

    • He has published more than 150 research papers in reputed international journals.

    • His present scientific citation is about 4346 with H-index of 34 for the research contributions.

    • The number of citations for my research articles in the year 2016 & 2017 are 833 & 912 respectively. This record is the highest in Anna University for the said years..


  Field of Expertise



    • Heat Transfer   
Computational Fluid Dynamics  
    • Heat Exchangers
    Power Plant Engineering

    Research and Applications  

    • Energy Storage


       • Building cooling applications
       • Solar applications
       • Microgrid
       • Electronic cooling


    • Distributed Renewable Energy
  Nano Fluids and Nano Coatings

 Research Supervision
  • Supervised 26 scholars towards completion of their Ph.D. Contributed significantly for 8 more scholars for the completion of their Ph.D. Presently supervising 12 Ph.D. scholars.

  • Almost all the present full-time research scholars are receiving financial assistance through research fellowships/research projects / teaching fellowships.

  • Four of the present scholars have visited reputed Universities abroad for short research stay through international fellowships / as part of the research project
 Sponsored Research Projects
  • He has to his credit, 12 sponsored research projects as Principal Investigator with funding received from various Government bodies such as, DST, MNRE, DRDO, IGCAR, CWET, TEDA, etc,

  • Recently he has received a research project on “Sustainable Energy Technologies - Efficient renewable energy power generation with energy storage for sustainable smart grid” with a financial grant of Rs. 15 crores by MHRD under RUSA research and innovation scheme in which he formed a consortium of scientists from seven leading Universities in Tamil Nadu to execute the project successfully.
  • He has executed 32 consultancy projects as Principal Consultant for various companies and Government organizations.

  • He made a major breakthrough in the project on “District wise Biomass resource assessment study for Tamil Nadu” in the year 2009 and the outcome of this project was published as a book owned by Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.

Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai.

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