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.
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 Dr. Lynne Samuelson and Dr. Nando Bruno (Solder Center, Natick) Kumar, J., Nagarajan, R., Watterson, A., Parmar, V., Samuelson, L., Bruno, N.