Professor, School of Chemical Sciences and Honorary Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.
The talk will concentrate on various approaches being used to engineer materials at the nanoscale for various applications in future technologies. In particular, the case of clay, carbon nanostructures (e.g. nanotubes, graphene), metal oxides, bionanomaterials (cellulose, starch and chitin) will be used to highlight the challenges and progress. Several polymer systems will be considered such as rubbers, thermoplastics, thermoetts and their blends for the fabrication of functional polymer nanocomposites. The interfacial activity of nanomaterials incompatibilising binary polymer blends will also be discussed. Various self assembled architectures of hybrid nanostructures can be made using relatively simple processes. Some of these structures offer excellent opportunity to probe novel nanoscale behavior and can impart unusual macroscopic end properties. I will talk about various applications of these materials, taking into account their multifunctional properties. Some of the promising applications of clay, metal oxides, nano cellulose, chitin, carbon nanomaterials and their hybrids will be reviewed. Finally the effect of dewetting up on solvent rinsing on nano scale thin films will also be discussed.Download abstract
Prof. Sabu Thomas is a Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering, School of Chemical Sciences
and also hold the position of Honorary Director, International and Inter University Centre for anoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.
His areas of research include Polymer blends, Fiber filled polymer composites, Particulate filled polymer composites, Ageing and degradation, Pervaporation phenomena, sorption and diffusion,
Interpenetrating polymer systems, Recyclability and reuse of waste plastics and rubbers, Elastomer crosslinking, Dual porous nanocomposite scaffolds for tissue engineering, Polymer
nanocomposites for Electronic Applications, and Water purification.
He has supervised 79 Ph.D thesis and has currently 15 students working with him as part of their
doctoral dissertation. He has completed 28 sponsored research projects and has currently 7 high
valued ongoing research projects. Many of his research projects have been sponsored by
industries including Du Pont, General Cables, Surface Treat, Apollo Tyres, and MRF Tyres.
He has around 800 publications in high impact factor journals and has over a citation count of
over 30,000 and an h-index of 78. He has published over 50 Books and has also filed 5 patents.
He has delivered over 50 invited talks and has held positions of visiting professorship at over 30
prestigious institutes. He held the 5th position in the list of Most Productive Researchers in India
and has also been listed in Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering by
Elsevier Scopus Data 2016.
He has active research collaborations with over 25 prestigious institutes all over the world. He has
received over 15 prestigious national and international awards. Some of them are Fellow of the
Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Scientific Excellence, Honorary
Doctorate from University of South Brittany, France Download biography