Biocatalysis, greener advanced materials (electronic, photo-responsive polymers, molecularly integrated hybrid nanomaterials, materials for energy conversion/storage), elastomers, thermal & morphological characterization of materials, roll to roll manufacture of flexible electronic products.
Biocatalysis, greener advanced materials (electronic, photo-responsive polymers, molecularly integrated hybrid nanomaterials, materials for energy conversion/storage), elastomers, thermal & morphological characterization of materials, roll to roll manufacture of flexible electronic products
Interdisciplinary research in developing ïGreenerÍ routes to advanced functional materials (electronic, photo-responsive polymers) and therapeutic materials. Biocatalytic polymerization, polymers from renewable resources, mechanistic aspects of enzyme catalysis, developing novel Eco-friendly bio-mimetic catalysts, bio-fuels, materials for energy conversion and storage.
Ramaswamy Nagarajan is a professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the co-director of the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), co-founder, and co-director of the Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers (HEROES) Initiative. He is also the co-director of the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell.
He has a combination of science and engineering background with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and rubber technology and a doctoral degree in polymer science from the University Massachusetts. His current research interests include greener advanced functional materials, electronic, photo-responsive polymers, multifunctional fabric, greener flame retardant additives and surfactants, low temperature processable conductive inks, materials for energy conversion/storage and roll-to-roll manufacture of flexible electronic products. Working at the interface of science and engineering his research group has been involved in translating fundamental research into engineering applications for advancing technology in new and emerging areas. He is the co-editor of Journal of Renewable Materials and has published 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 20 US Patents.
New polymeric materials have been synthesized using enzymes such as Horseradish Peroxidase, and Lipase and their properties have been investigated. Several patents have been granted and patent applications have been filed. This work is being pursued in collaboration with Prof. Ram Nagarajan, Arthur Watterson, Prof. Virinder Parmar, and Lynne Samuelson and Nando Bruno (Solder Center, Natick)
Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R., Watterson, A., Parmar, V., Samuelson, L., Bruno, N.