Professor Asit Baran Mandal

Outstanding Scientist (Director's Grade), CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute


Areas of Interest:

Physical chemistry, collagens, peptides, polymers, drugs, micelles, reverse micelles and biocolloids, nanomaterials, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, solvation, monolayer and diffusional aspects, environmental science and technology.

Specialization:

Physical/Biophysical Chemistry, Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Science and Technology, Nanomaterials and Polymer Science, Colloids and Surface Sciences

Consultancy Areas:

Physical/Biophysical Chemistry, Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Science and Technology, Nanomaterials and Polymer Science, Colloids and Surface Sciences.

 

Sector Associated With:

R&D

Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Consultancy Firms, Individuals

Major Professional Contributions:

Prof. A B Mandal is one of the most important contributors to the understanding of micellar systems in India. Modified Huggins-Thomas equation by including a parameter based on both experimental and theoretical investigations led to the equation being termed Huggins-Thomas-Mandal equation. He has made significant contributions to the development of new experimental methodologies for characterization of micellar, monolayer and reverse micellar systems involving collagens, peptides, drugs, tanning materials, macromonomers, nanomaterials, ionic liquids and polymeric systems. These new methods exploited large number of physical techniques including electrochemical, fluorescence and resonance methods. One of his contributions includes design rationale for synthesis of mono-disperse polymers. Innovation has been in assembling macromonomers into a micellar system and initiating polymerization within the micellar cage. His contributions on micellar systems with respect to Electrochemistry , Thermodynamics, Relaxation kinetics, Hydrogen-bonding, Structure, Geometry, Conformations, Molecular dynamics, Solubilization, Location, Solvation behaviour, Monolayer aspects and Diffusional phenomena are quite extensive and well-cited. He has made quantification of several parameters in micellar chemistry feasible through applications of rigorous techniques viz. self-diffusion measurements by Cyclic voltammetry, Chronocoulometry, Square-wave-voltammetry and FT-PGSE-NMR techniques to determine hydrodynamic radius of the micelles. He has resolved scientifically some controversial discussions on the feasibility of formation of micelles in non-aqueous solvents using various sophisticated techniques. Recently, demonstrated Loading-unloading processes of acid-responsive Microcapsules with interesting “zip-unzip” phenomenon. He is a productive scientist, who has contributed significantly to capacity building in the area of his specialization including self- assembly processes. His path-breaking contributions to surface and colloid sciences are valuable and noteworthy internationally. He has a broad range of scientific interests right from R&D and Industrial Developments. He is a member of several professional, scientific and academic bodies in India and abroad and recipient of several awards. He is an Honorary Professor of Leather Technology at the Anna University, Chennai..

Professional Experience:

  • Scientist G at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai from 2001 to 2006
  • Acting Director at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai from 2006 to 2009
  • Director at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai from 2009 to 2015
  • Director (Additional charge)at Structural Engineering Research Centre and CSIR Madras Complex, Chennai from 2014 to 2015
  • Outstanding Scientist (Director’s Grade)at Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai from 2015 to Till Date

Keywords:

Physical chemistry, collagens, peptides, polymers, drugs, micelles, Reverse micelles and biocolloids, nanomaterials, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, solvation, monolayer and diffusional aspects.

 

Contact Information

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Prof. Dr. Asit Baran Mandal
Ph.D. (Jadavpur) FASc, FRSC (UK), FNAE
Outstanding Scientist (Director Grade)
Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
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Fax: +91 44 2491 2150
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Education

  • B. Sc. Chemistry Hons. (Burdwan University) West Bengal 1972
  • M.Sc. (Jadavpur University). Calcutta 1976
  • Ph.D. (Jadavpur University). Calcutta 1981

 

Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Elected Fellow of National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Indian National Academy of Engineering (2013); Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1995); Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1996)
  • Rev. Fr. L.M. Yedanapally Memorial Award by Indian Chem. Soc., Calcutta (1993; Tamil Nadu Scientists Award by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (1994-95); Dr.B.C.Deb Memorial Award by Indian Science Congress Association for his outstanding contributions in Soil/ Physical Chemistry (1995-96)
  • Prof. BN Ghosh Memorial Award Lecture at Indian Society for Surface Science and Technology held in BITS, Pilani (February 2007; Prof. BM Das Memorial Award Lecture Indian Leather Technologists Association, Kolkata (Aug 2008); BD Tilak Visiting Professor Fellowship Endowment Lecture Award at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (2013-14)
  • CSIR Technology award for innovation and Science and Technology (2006, 2007, 2011, 2015)
  • Meritorious Invention Award "A novel composition for Eco-benign Tanning" Under the category, Innovation Award of the year 2011 by NRDC (2013)

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INAE Section Affiliated To : Section X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields


Year of Election to Fellowship: 2013


Year of Birth: 1952