Dr. Anandharamakrishnan is presently the Director of Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur from 2016. Before being appointed as the Director of IIFPT he was Principal Scientist and Coordinator for the Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) at CSIR-CFTRI. He is having more than two decades of experience in research and administration.
He obtained B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from A.C. Tech, Anna University, Chennai and completed M.Tech. at Anna University, Chennai. He has done his doctoral research in Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Food Engineering at Loughborough University of United Kingdom. During his Ph.D, he was awarded with prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Programme of Government of United Kingdom.
His areas of research include design of engineered nano and micro scale delivery systems for the controlled and targeted release of food bioactive compounds, 3D food printing, engineered human dynamic gastrointestinal system and glycemic index studies, spray drying and spray-freeze-drying of food products and computational modeling of food processing operations.
Anandharamakrishnan’s research activities are focused on scientific eminence, aiming on societal benefits with industrial relevance. His key area of research is on the development of Asia’s first ‘engineered human stomach and small intestinal model system’, mimicking the complex bio-mechanical and chemical function of the human digestive system. Further, he developed India’s first indigenous food 3D printer and India's first scientific publication on 3D food printing. 3D printing technology has huge potential in terms of globalization of customized printed foods, personalized nutrition, and applications in food packaging. Recently his publication reported that the printability of egg fraction and food fibers based on the personalized nutrition requirements. He is the national expert in spray-freeze-drying and electrospray-freeze drying of food ingredients developed conditions for micro and nano encapsulation of nutraceutical ingredients for potential health benefits. He has also worked extensively on improving in-vitro digestibility and bioavailability of macro and micronutrients. He had also initiated the Mission Onion Program, under which his team developed first-of-its-kind fully automated shallots processing unit. Further, he launched Mission Coconut Program, and developed a range of value-added products; including tender coconut water powder, enriched coconut milk, coconut nutri-chips and coconut neera.
ICAR - Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award for Outstanding Research in Agricultural Sciences - 2019
Tata Innovation Fellowship 2019-20 by DBT, Government of India
NASI Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee award in Biological Sciences (2018)
Outstanding contribution in the field of Engineering Design by the Institution of Engineers, National Design and Research Forum (India)
All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA) conferred him with the Special Platinum Jubilee Award for development of food processing technology and innovation (2018)
Alkyl Amines Padma Bhushan Prof. B.D. Tilak CHEMCON Distinguished Speaker Award from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (2016)
Prof. Jiwan Singh Sidhu award by the AFST(I) for excellence in teaching in the area of food science and technology (2010)
Awarded with prestigious ‘Tamil Nadu Scientist Award 2020” in the category of Engineering and Technology
Fellow of National Academy of Sciences for his manifold contributions in the field of agri-food processing and nano-scale technologies of food and bioactive ingredients - 2019.
Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his outstanding contributions in the field of Agriculture Engineering and Technology for the year 2019.
Fellow of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) -2017
Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
Fellow of Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India)
Awarded “Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award 2019” for putting their best efforts in the growth and development of adopted villages by AICTE on 24th February 2020.
Awarded “AICTE-SAGY Initiative Awards-2018” on the theme “Developed Village-Developed Nation” under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana by Hon’ble Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu for creating entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in rural areas on 21th January 2019.
Awarded “Best Institute - Innovation on Skill Development” at “Skilling India” Summit cum Awards by ASSOCHAM held at New Delhi on 1st November 2018.
Awarded “SKOCH Safe Food Award 2017” during the 50th SKOCH Summit held at Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi during 20th - 21st December 2017.
Awarded “FICCI - Excellence in Institutional Social Responsibility” at 13th FICCI Higher Education summit at India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR on 9th November 2017.
Awarded “Excellent Technical Education Institute in Food Processing Technology” at 11th National Education Awards (NEA) Summit by Communication Multimedia and Infrastructure (CMAI) Association of India at Vigyan Bhawan on 4th July 2017