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Our Team

Dr. Kasilingam Rajkumar 

Director of IRMRA, He has more than 18+ years of experience in the field of Rubber and Polymer technological research, Polymer Testing, Analytical testing, Compounding, Product development, Project Management etc.

Educational Background:

  • M. Sc (Chemical sciences) Central University, Pondicherry.
  • M. Tech Rubber Technology IIT Kharagpur.
  • M.B.A Operations Management SMU, Manipal.
  • Ph. D (Polymer Chemistry – Nanocomposites) Bhrathiyar University, CBE NET and GATE-1996 (Chemistry ) qualified.

Awards & Achievements:

  • Recipient of ICAR award for Best Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research on Agricultural and allied sciences [13-14], from Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India.
  • Bharat Seva Ratan Gold Medal Award by GEPRA, New Delhi.
  • Appreciation from Nuclear Recycle Board, BARC for indigenization of Rubber Gauntlet.
  • IRMRA – Meritorious Cash Award for successful development of Rubber Gauntlets.
  • NAIP award – 2012 for Rubber Dam project sponsored by World bank, from ICAR, GoI.
  • Best paper award for technical paper presented in IRMRA’s 22nd Rubber Conference held in 21-22nd Nov 2014 at New Delhi.
  • Appreciation President, Japan Standardization Committee for active participation of JRMA, Tokyo, as an Indian Technical Expert [3 times.]
  • ICAR award for outstanding Interdisciplinary team Research in Agricultural and allied sciences.

Areas of Expertise :

  • Indigenization of rubber products, Polymer nanocomposites, Bio-Fillers.
  • Environmental aspects in Rubber Industry, TPEs, Radiation resistant polymers, Special Rubber.
  • Compound developments for nuclear and defence applications., Reverse engineering and Life.
  • Prediction of Rubber Products, Quality Control and Improvement.

Email : rk@irmra.org, director@irmra.org

Telephone : +91-022-67873209

Ms. Suchismita Sahoo 

Assistant Director of IRMRA, Over 10+ years of experience in failure analysis, product development, material selection in rubber and allied materials.

Head: Customer Service Cell Marketing and Business Development.

Educational Background:

  • M.Tech in Rubber Technology, IIT , Kharagpur.
  • M.Sc in Chemistry (Polymer), Utkal University.

Areas of Research :

  • Bio – materials for rubber.
  • Polymer nano composite.
  • Wear resistance of rubber.
  • Reverse engineering.
  • Structure – Property Corelation.
  • Natural rubber modification.

Awards and Achievements :

  • Winner of Raghupati Singhannia Gold medal in M.Tech.

Email : ss@irmra.org

Phone : 2267873202

5 Publications in International Journals and 1 patent, several conference papers.

Mr. T. V. Sethumadhavan 

Assistant Director of IRMRA, Lindustrial R&D experience of over 22+ years in the rubber and other polymers in versatile fields. 

Name: T V SETHUMADHAVAN

Designation: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, IRMRA

Department: Contract Research & Product Development

Phone number: 7045086164

Email id: sm@irmra.org

Qualification: B.Sc. M.Sc. M.Tech

Examination PassedBoard/UniversityYear Main Subject
BachelorsCalicut University, Kerala1989Chemistry
MastersMahatma Gandhi University, Kerala1988Chemistry
M TechCochin University of Science & Technology1991Polymer Technology

Total no. of year experience:  27 YEARS

No of year experience in IRMRA (Date of Joining IRMRA): 3 YEARS (03.12.2015)

Roles/Responsibilities in IRMRA 

Head of the Department for Product Development, Contract and Sponsored Research and Third Party Inspection Services.

Responsible for new product development and project execution for defence, nuclear and other public sector units and also for sponsored projects for other Industries.

No of projects handled: 18

No. of products developed: 17

No. of papers published: 0

No. of patents: 2

No. of papers presented (Conference/Seminar) : 4

No. of students guided: 3

No. of lectures given training: 5

List of Paper Presented (Conference/Seminar)

  1. Experiences of dielectric response measurement in frequency domain for diagnostics of transformer insulation system V.Ramakichenan, Rahul Kumar Jain, Thekkeveetil Sethumadhavan, Sushil E Chaudhari DOI: 10.1109/CMD 2008.4580432
  2. Fundamental investigation on major insulation in dry type transformer A Venkatasami, A M Wagle, Manoj Kisan Mandlik, Thekkeveetil Sethumadhavan (Insulec-2005, Mumbai)
  3. High tension self fusing silicone tapes Thekkeveetil Sethumadhavan, Murlidhar Nikam (Insulec-2015, Mumbai)
  4. Use of HNBR for Development of Elastomeric Obturating Pad for Self Obturating Breech Mechanism Santosh C Jagdale, A.K.Roy, K.Rajkumar, T V Sethumadhavan, V S Ghadge, S V Gade (NCAAT 2018, Pune)

List of Patent

  1. Manoj Kisan Mandlik, Sethumadhavan Thekkeveetil, Yesuraj John, “Resin impregnated electrical bushing”. Patent Application No: PCT/IN2011/000196, Patent Publication number: WO2011117889A2
  2. Manoj Kisan Mandlik, Sethumadhavan Thekkeveetil, “Method and heater for uniformly curing a resin impregnated electrical bushing”. Patent Application No: PCT/IN2011/000204, Patent Publication number: WO2011117893A3

Brief Details of Project Handled

Sl. No.

Sponsoring Agency

Title of the Project(s)

Status

1

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Polymer composite housings for Switchgear products

Completed

2

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

High filled particulate polyester composite encapsulation for outdoor insulation in high voltage apparatus.

Completed

 3

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Epoxy composite cast insulation for dry type transformers.

 Completed

4

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Resin impregnated paper (RIP) bushings.

 Completed

5

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Leak-free elastomeric sealing system for transformers

Completed

6

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Butyl rubber based Semi-conductive paint for switchgear products.

Completed

7

Crompton Greaves Ltd.

Silicone based self fusing insulation tapes

Completed

8

Rubber Products Ltd.

Vestibules for railways

Completed

9

Rubber Products Ltd.

Life jacket for navy

Completed

10

Rubber Products Ltd.

Silicone rubber rollers for printing applications

Completed

11

Rubber Products Ltd.

Process development of fabric inserted viton sheets for floating seal application  in benzene tanks

Completed

12

Rubber Products Ltd.

Air brake hose for railways

Completed

13

Rubber Products Ltd.

Air separator cell in the oil conservators for transformers (made out of rubber coated fabric)

Completed

14

Rubber Products Ltd.

EPDM bags for autoclaving

Completed

15

IRMRA

Shock and Vibration Mounts – Life enhancement with speciality rubber

Completed

16

IRMRA

Anti corrosive light weight mounts

Completed

17

IRMRA

High temperature resistant obturation pad

Completed

18

IRMRA

Development of Heavy duty mounts

On going

Author / Co-author of 3 international papers.

Mr. Mohamad Anis 

Assistant Director of IRMRA ,Having more than 25+ years of experience in product development and processing. 

Head: Processing.

Education Background:

  • M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh in 1986.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial and Analytical Chemistry from Ruia College, Matunga.

Achievements:

He has executed several product development assignments at IRMRA, which are sponsored by Indian Navy, BARC, and Defence sectors.

Areas of Expertise:

Rubber Processing, Formulation Develeopment, Indigenization of rubber products.

Email : ma@irmra.org

Phone : 2267873223

Co-Authored three Technical papers reported by IRMRA.

Mr. Niteesh Shukla 

Assistant Director and Centre head for IRMRA, Sri City, South Centre

Name: Niteesh K Shukla    

Designation: Sr. Assistant Director

Department: – Head- SRI CITY Centre

Phone number: 8655095345

Email id: ns@irmra.org, niteesh.shukla@gmail.com

Qualification: – M.Sc. (Chemistry) M. Tech. (Rubber Technology)

Examination Passed

Board/University

Year

Main Subject

BachelorsDDU University, GKP, Univercity2001DDU University, GKP, Univ
MastersDelhi University2005

Chemistry

M. TechIIT Kharagpur2009

Rubber Technology

PhDVels  University, Chennai, Dept. of ChemistryEnrolment in year 2019 

Total no. of year experience:         10 years

No of year experience in IRMRA (Date of Joining IRMRA):    01.06.2009

Roles/Responsibilities in IRMRA:   Tyre, QMS, Training, Material Testing and Research Centre, Sri City

 No of projects handled: 05

No. of papers presented (Conference/Seminar):    04

 No. of students guided: 05

 No. of lectures given training:  Over 100

Membership-

  • Member of Transport Engineering  Department , TED-7, BIS
  • Member of Automotive Industry Standards Committee, AISC
  • Member of Technical Standard Committee, TSC-CMVR
  • Member of GRB,

List of Conference Presentations

  1. Niteesh K Shukla, Sachin Barve, K. Rajkumar, ‘’Effect of the service parameters on rolling resistance  of the commercial vehicle tyres’’ Asia Rubber Tech-Bangalore , September 2018
  2. Niteesh K Shukla, Sachin Barve, K. Rajkumar, “Study of performance of re-treaded commercial vehicle tyres, Asian Retread Conference (ARC) Malaysia, October 2018
  3. Niteesh K Shukla, Sachin Barve, ‘’Global Tyre Performance Regulation’’ IRMRA’s 22nd Rubber Conference, Delhi, Dec 2014

Details of handled Project

S. N.Title of the projectRoleSponsored Agency
1.Utilization of Lignin by product from the paper industry in rubber industryPICess Grant Authority
2.Importance of Rolling Resistance of Tires in Fuel Economy of Vehicles’’PIIRMRA
3.“Study of performance of re-treaded commercial vehicle tyresPIIRMRA
4.’Effect of the service parameters on rolling resistance  of the commercial vehicle tyresPIIRMRA

Special Remarks/ Achievements

  • Got National Scholarship in M.Sc. at Delhi University
  • Was one of the panel-list in the International Symposium on Automotive Technology organized by ARAI, Pune in August 2016
  • Was one of the panel-list in the International Symposium on Tyre  Technology organized by ICAT, Manesar in June 2016
  • Successful completion of 15 nos of Defect Investigation of Military Air craft tyres

02 article publication on tyres in Polymer & Tyre Asia.

Dr. Debdipta Basu

Assistant Director and Centre head for IRMRA, Sarpol, East Centre

Head : Assistant Director and Centre Head (East Centre)

Educational Background : 

  • Ph.D in Elastomers , Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
  • M.Sc. in Materials Science, S P University, Gujarat.
  • B.Sc.(Honours) in Industrial Chemistry, RKMV Belur, Calcutta University.
 

Areas of Research : Functional elastomers, green rubber, polymer nano composites, self-healing polymer, smart rubber and composites

Awards and Achievements :

  • Ranked First class First in Calcutta University during B.Sc in Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, Calcutta University.
  • Hold Distinction Marks (1st class 1st as well) in M.Sc and recipient of Gold Medal from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.
  • Recipient of Prestigious INSPIRE Fellowship in the year of 2010 by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India.
  • Recipient of Leibniz Scholarship to work as a Ph.D student in the year of 2011 at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • Recipient of DKG (German rubber society) award for “outstanding thesis and contribution to rubber science and technology” in May, 2016 in Marseburg, Germany.

Email : db@irmra.org

Phone : 022-67873202

  • Advances in layered double hydroxide (LDH)-based elastomer composites D.Basu, A.Das, K.W.Stöckelhuber, U.Wagenknecht, G.Heinrich Progress in Polymer Science, 39 (3), 2014, 594-626
  • Evidence for an in-situ developed polymer phasein ionic elastomers D.Basu, A.Das, K.W.Stöckelhuber, D.Jehnichen, P.Formanek, G.Heinrich Macromolecules,47(10), 2014, 3436-3450
  • Unmodified LDH as reinforcing filler for XNBR and the development of flame retardant elastomer composites D.Basu, J.J.George, A.Das, D.Y.Wang, U.Wagenknecht, K.W.Stöckelhuber, A.Leuteritz, B.Kutlu, G.Heinrich Rubber Chemistry and Technology, 87(4), 2014, 606-616
  • Fire-safe and environmentally friendly nanocomposites based on layered double hydroxides and ethylene propylene diene elastomer D Basu. A Das, D Y Wang, J J George, K W Stoeckelhuber, R Boldt, A Leuteritz, G Heinrich RSC Advances, 6(31), 2016, 26425-26436
  • Super thermoplastic vulcanizates based on carboxylated acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (XNBR) and polyamide (PA12) T Chatterjee, D Basu, A Das, S Wiessner, K Naskar, G Heinrich, European Polymer Journal, 78, 2016, 235-252
  • Ionic modification turns commercial rubber into a self-healing material Amit Das, Aladdin Sallat, Frank Böhme, Marcus Suckow, Debdipta Basu, Sven Wießner, Klaus Werner Stöckelhuber, Brigitte Voit, Gert Heinrich, ACS applied materials & interfaces, 7(37), 2015, 20623-20630
  • Stearate modified zinc-aluminium layered double hydroxides and acrylonitrile buta diene rubber nano composites S.B.Eshwaran, D.Basu, B.Kutlu, A.Leuteritz, U.Wagenknecht, K.W.Stöckelhuber, K.Naskar, A.Das, G.Heinrich Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 53, 1, 2014, 65-73
  • Reinforced chloroprene rubber by in situ generated silica particles: Evidence of bound rubber on the silica surface , Bharat P Kapgate, Chayan Das, Amit Das, Debdipta Basu, Sven Wiessner, Uta Reuter, Gert Heinrich, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133(30), 2016
  • Rubber composites based on silane-treated stöbersilica and nitrile rubber : Interaction of treated silica with rubber matrix B.P.Kapgate, C.Das, D.Basu, A.Das,G.Heinrich Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, 46, 2014
  • Naturally occurring amino acids: a suitable substitute of N-N‟ Di-phenyl guanidine (DPG) in silica tyre formulation S.Debnath, A.Das, D.Basu, G.Heinrich Kautschuk Gummi Kunststoffe, 66, 2013, 25-31
  • Effect of sol-gel derived in situ silica on the morphology and mechanical behavior of natural rubber and acrylonitrile butadiene rubber blends B.P.Kapgate, C.Das, A.Das, D.Basu, U.Reuter, G.Heinrich Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 62, 2012, 501-509
  • Effect of silane integrated sol-gel derived in situ silica on the properties of acrylonitrile rubber B.P.Kapgate, C.Das, D.Basu, A.Das, G.Heinrich Journal of Applied Polymer Science,(15), 2014
  • Exploring the role of stearic acid in modified zinc aluminum layered double hydroxides and their acrylonitrile butadiene rubber nanocomposites S.B.Eshwaran, D.Basu, S.R.Vaikuntam, B.Kutlu, S.Wiessner, A.Das, K.Naskar, G.Heinrich Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132 (9), 2015, 41539
  • Compatibilization of natural rubber/nitrile rubber blends by sol–gel nano-silica generated by in situ methodNaresh D Bansod, Bharat P Kapgate, Chayan Das, Amit Das, Debdipta Basu, Subhas Chandra Debnath, 2016/11/1, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Volume80, Issue2, Pages- 548-559
  • Controlled growth of in situ silica in a NR/CR blend by a solution sol–gel method and the studies of its composite properties, Naresh D Bansod, Bharat P Kapgate, Chayan Das, Debdipta Basu, Subhas Chandra Debnath, Kumarjyoti Roy, Sven Wiessner, 2015, RSC Advances, Volume5, Issue66, Pages53559-53568

Book Chapter:

  • Nanostructured ionomeric elastomers Debdipta Basu, Amit Das, Klaus Werner Stoeckelhuber, Sven Wießner Advances in Polymer Science, 2016, 1-32
  • Layered double hydroxide (LDH) rubber nano composites Debdipta Basu, Amit Das, Gert Heinrich Invited contribution for a book chapter in “Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nano materials, Kobayashi, Shiro; Müllen, Klaus (Eds.) “, 2015 Springer
  • Rubber nano composites Amit Das, Debdipta Basu, Gert Heinrich Invited contribution for a book chapter in “Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials, Kobayashi, Shiro; Müllen, Klaus (Eds.) “, 2015 Springer

Dr. Rupesh Rohan

Assistant Director, Physical Testing Department, Academic and Training Department 

Name: Rupesh Rohan

Designation:  Assistant Director

Department: Physical Testing; Academics & Training

Phone number: 8291404906

Email id: rr@irma.org

Qualification:

Examination Passed

Board/University

Year

Main Subject

Bachelors

 Lucknow University

2002

Physics, Chemistry, Maths

Master ( M.Sc)

C.S.J.M. Kanpur University

2004

Chemistry

Master ( M.Tech)

IIT Kharagpur

2009

Rubber Technology

PhD

National University of Singapore

2015

Chemistry

Postdoctoral Research

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

2017

 

Total no. of year experience:  6

No of year experience in IRMRA (Date of Joining IRMRA)- 9 Months (4th June 2018)

Roles/Responsibilities in IRMRA :  Heading  Physical Testing, Academics & Training Department

 No of projects handled-   10

 No. of products developed-   3

No. of papers published-   29

No. of patents- 1

No. of papers presented (Conference/Seminar)- 6

 No. of students guided- 3

 No. of lectures given training- 10

List of Paper Published

  1. R. Rohan, T.C. Kuo, C.Y. Chiou, Y.L. Chang, C.C. Li, J.T. Lee, “ Low-cost and sustainable corn starch as a high-performance aqueous binder in silicon anodes via in situ cross-linking”. Journal of Power Sources, 2018, 396, 459-466
  2. R. Rohan, T. C. Kuo, M. W. Chen, J. T. Lee, “Nanofiber Single-Ion Conducting Electrolytes- An Approach for High Performance Lithium Batteries at Ambient Temperature”. ChemElectroChem, 2017,4, 2178-2183 Cover Picture (9/2017)
  3. R. Rohan, T. C. Kuo, J.H. Lin, Y.C. Hsu, J. T. Lee, “Dinitrile-mononitrile based electrolyte system for lithium ion batteries application with the decomposition mechanism of mononitriles in lithium ambience”. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120, 6450-6458
  4. R. Rohan, K. Pareek, Z. Chen, W. Cai, G. Xu, Y. Zhang , H. Cheng, “A high performance polysiloxane-based single ion conducting polymeric electrolyte membrane for applications in lithium ion batteries”. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 20267-20276
  5. R. Rohan, K. Pareek, W. Cai, Y.Zhang G. Xu, D. Zhao H. Cheng, “Melamine-Terepthalaldhyde-Lithium Complex: A Porous Organic Network Based Single Ion Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries”. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3,5132-5139
  6. R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, K. Pareek, Y. Zhang, G. Xu, H. Cheng, “Functionalized Meso/Macro-Porous Single Ion Polymeric Electrolyte For Applications in Lithium Ion Batteries”. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2(9), 2960-2967.
  7. R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, Y. Zhang, K. Pareek, G. Xu, H. Cheng, “Functionalized Polystyrene Based Single Ion Conducting Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries”. Solid State Ionics, 2014, 268, 294-299.
  8. R. Rohan, K. Pareek, W. Cai, G. Xu, Y. Zhang , H. Cheng, “A pre-lithiated phloroglucinol based 3D porous framework as a single ion conducting electrolyte for lithium batteries”. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 53140-53147.
  9. Y. Sun, R. Rohan, W. Cai, Y. Zhang, K. Pareek, G. Xu, A. Lin, H. Cheng, “A Polyamide Single-Ion Electrolyte Membrane for Application in Lithium-Ion Batteries”. Energy Technology, 2014, 2(8), 698-704.
  10. H. Yen, R. Rohan, C.Y. Chiou, C.J Hsieh S. Bolloju, C.C Li, Y.F. Yang, C.W. Ong, J.T. Lee, “Hierarchy Concomitant in Situ Stable Iron(II)−Carbon Source Manipulation Using Ferrocenecarboxylic Acid for Hydrothermal Synthesis of LiFePO4 as High-Capacity Battery Cathode”. Electrochimica Acta, 2017, 253, 227-238
  11. K. Pareek, R. Rohan, H. Cheng, “Hydrogen Storage in a Crosslinked Phloroglucinol-Terephthalaldehyde Framework with Exposed Iron Sites”. Journal of Material Sciences, 2017, 5(2),35-42
  12. K. Pareek, R. Rohan, Z. Dan, H. Cheng, “Ambient Temperature Hydrogen Storage in Porous Materials with Exposed Metal Sites”. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(10), 6801–6809
  13. S. Bolloju, R. Rohan, S.T. Wu, H.X. Yen, J. T. Lee, “A green and facile approach for hydrothermal synthesis of LiFePO4 using iron metal directly”. Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 220, 164-168.
  14. Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, W. Cai, G. Xu, Yubao Sun, An Lin, H. Cheng, “Influence of Chemical Microstructure of Single Ion Polymeric Electrolyte Membranes on Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6(20), 17534-17542
  15. Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, G. Xu, H. Cheng, “A Gel Single Ion Polymer Electrolyte Membrane for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Wide-Temperature Range Operability”. RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 21163-21170.
  16. K. Pareek, R. Rohan, H. Cheng, “Polymeric organo-Magnesium Complex for Room Temperature Hydrogen Physisorption”. RSC Advances, 2015, 5(15), 10886-10891
  17. Y. Zhang, W. Cai, R. Rohan, M. Pan, Y. Liu, Y. Sun, H. Cheng, “Toward ambient temperature operation with all-solid-state lithium metal batteries with a sp3 boron-based solid single ion conducting polymer electrolyte”. Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 306, 152-161
  18. K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, H. Cheng, “Room Temperature Hydrogen Physisorption on Exposed Iron Metals in Highly Cross-Linked Organo-Iron Complex”. Advanced Materials Interfaces,2014, 1(9), 1400107
  19. K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, H. Cheng, “ Highly Selective Carbon Dioxide Adsorption in Magnesium Functionalized Three-Dimensional Porous Organic Frameworks”. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2014, 2, 13534-13540
  20. G. Xu, Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, W. Cai, H. Cheng, “Synthesis, characterization and battery performance of a lithium poly (4-vinylphenol) phenolate borate composite membrane”. Electrochimica Acta , 2014, 139(1), 264-269.
  21. K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, Y. Zhang, H. Cheng “Hydrogen Physisorption in Ionic Solid Compounds with Exposed Metal Cations at Room Temperature”. RSC Advances, 2014,4, 33905-33910.
  22. G. Xu, Y. Sun, R. Rohan, Y. Zhang, W. Cai, H. Cheng, “A Lithium Poly(pyromellitic acid borate) Gel Electrolyte Membrane for Llithium Ion Batteries”. Journal of Materials Science, 2014, 49(17),6111-6117
  23. Y. Zhang, J. W. Y. Ting, R. Rohan, W. Cai, J. Li, G. Xu, Z. X. Chen, A. Lin , H. Cheng, “Fabrication of A Proton Exchange Membrane via Blended Sulfonimide Functionalized Polyamide”. Journal of Materials Science.2014, 49 (9), 3442-3450.
  24. Y. Zhang, Y. Sun, G. Xu, W. Cai, R. Rohan, A. Lin, H. Cheng, “Lithium-Ion Batteries with A Wide Temperature Range Operability Enabled by Highly Conductive sp3 Boron-Based Single Ion Polymer Electrolytes”. Energy Technology, 2014, 2(7), 643-650
  25. Y. Zhang, C. A. Lim, W. Cai, R. Rohan, G. Xu, Y. Sun, H. Cheng, “ Design and Synthesis of A Single Ion Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolyte with Multifunctionality for Lithium Ion Batteries”. RSC Advances, 2014, 4(83), 43857-43864.
  26. W. Cai, Li Jing, Z. Yunfeng, X. Guodong, R. Rohan,Y. Sun, H. Cheng. “Current Status and Future Prospects of Research on Single Ion Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Battery Applications”. The Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society, 2014, 1(1), 78-92.
  27. Y. Zhang, G. Xu, Y. Sun, B. Han, W. T. T. Budiono,Z. Chen, R. Rohan, H. Cheng, “A Class of sp3 Boron-Based Single-Ion Polymeric Electrolytes for Lithium Ion Batteries”. RSC Advances, 2013, 3(35), 14934-14937
  28. G. Xu, R. Rohan, J. Li, H. Cheng. “A novel sp3Al-based porous single-ion polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries”. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 32243-32349
  29. K. Sharma, R. Rohan, P. Kumar, K. Pareek, “Flexible Supercapacitor Based on Three-dimensional Cellulose/Graphite/Polyaniline Composite”. International Journal of the Energy Research, 2019, 43, 604-611

List of Patent

  1. H. Cheng, Y. Sun, R. Rohan. “Polyamide Single Ion Conducting Composite Polymer Electrolyte”. US Provisional Application No: 61/768,662; International Publication Number: WO 2014/129971 A1

List of Conference Presentations

  1. Rohan. C.C. Li, J.T. Lee, “Mechanistic Illustration of Mononitriles Decomposition in Lithium Ambience Encompassing Development of a Dinitrile-Mononitrile Based Electrolyte System for Lithium Batteries”. The 18th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2016), Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 2016
  2. Rohan. K. Pareek, H Cheng, “Single Ion Conducting Polymeric Electrolyte for High Charge-discharge Rate and Wide Temperature Range Applications in Lithium ion batteries”. 8th Singapore International Chemical Conference (SICC-8), University Town, National University of Singapore, Singapore, December 2014. (Poster Presentation)
  3. Rohan. K. Pareek, H Cheng, 6th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials 2014, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, July 2014 (Poster Presentation)
  4. Rohan. K. Pareek, H Cheng, “Functionalised Porous materials for Lithium Ion Batteries”. MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibits 2014, San Francisco , California, USA, April 2014, (Poster Presentation)
  5. Rohan, H Cheng, Y Sun, “Functionalized Nano-porous Polymer Separator-cum-electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries” 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2013), Suntec Singapore, June 2013. (Oral Presentation)
  6. Rohan, H Cheng, Y Sun , 7th Singapore International Chemical Conference (SICC-7), University Town, National University of Singapore, Singapore, December 2012. (Poster Presentation)

Brief Details of Project Handled

  • Development of the compounds based on CPE & ECO Rubbers as a substitution of CSM Rubber based compound for automotive fuel hoses and moulding products.
  • Replacement of conventional carbon blacks from special white fillers.
  • Development of AEM rubber based compound for high performance vacuum hoses.
  • Preparation of functionalized polystyrene based porous and gel single ion conducting electrolytes for lithium ion batteries.
  • Synthesis of polyamide based single ion conducting electrolytes for lithium ion batteries.
  • Design and synthesis of porous organic frameworks based single ion conducting electrolytes for application in lithium ion batteries.
  • Development of polysiloxane based single ion conducting electrolytes for high charge-discharge rate and wide range of temperature applications in lithium ion batteries.

Any special Remarks/ Achievements

  • Received the prestigious fellowship co-funded from Singapore-Peking-Oxford Research Enterprise (SPORE) and Office of Provost (PVO) for PhD course at NUS, Singapore
  • Qualified GRE General Test -2010
  • Qualified TOEFL -2010
  • CSIR-JRF Fellowship and Lectureship: Qualified and awarded with the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in 2007 (Chemical Sciences)
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE): Qualified in 2006 (Chemistry)
  • Won Safety Video Award for three consecutive years 2012-2014.

PATENT

H. Cheng, Y. Sun, R. Rohan. Polyamide Single Ion Conducting Composite Polymer Electrolyte, US Provisional Application No: 61/768,662; International Publication Number: WO 2014/129971 A1; International Publication Date: 28 August 2014.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Published

  • R. Rohan, T.C. Kuo, C.Y. Chiou, Y.L. Chang, C.C. Li, J.T. Lee, Low-cost and sustainable corn starch as a high-performance aqueous binder in silicon anodes via in situ cross-linking. Journal of Power Sources,2018, 396, 459-466 ( DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.06.045)
  • R. Rohan, T. C. Kuo, M. W. Chen, J. T. Lee. Nanofiber Single-Ion Conducting Electrolytes- An Approach for High Performance Lithium Batteries at Ambient Temperature. ChemElectroChem, 2017,4, 2178-2183 (DOI: 10.1002/celc.201700389) Cover Picture (9/2017)
  • R. Rohan, T. C. Kuo, J.H. Lin, Y.C. Hsu, J. T. Lee. Dinitrile-mononitrile based electrolyte system for lithium ion batteries application with the decomposition mechanism of mononitriles in lithium ambience. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120, 6450-6458 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b00980)
  • R. Rohan, K. Pareek, Z. Chen, W. Cai, G. Xu, Y. Zhang , H. Cheng. A high performance polysiloxane-based single ion conducting polymeric electrolyte membrane for applications in lithium ion batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 20267-20276 (DOI: 10.1039/C5TA02628H)
  • R. Rohan, K. Pareek, W. Cai, Y.Zhang G. Xu, D. Zhao H. Cheng.  Melamine-Terepthalaldhyde-Lithium Complex: A Porous Organic Network Based Single Ion Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3,5132-5139 (DOI : 10.1039/C4TA06855F)
  • R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, K. Pareek, Y. Zhang, G. Xu, H. Cheng . Functionalized Meso/Macro-Porous Single Ion Polymeric Electrolyte For Applications in Lithium Ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2(9), 2960-2967. (DOI: 10.1039/C3TA13765A)
  • R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, Y. Zhang, K. Pareek, G. Xu, H. Cheng . Functionalized Polystyrene Based Single Ion Conducting Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries. Solid State Ionics,2014, 268 294-299. (DOI:10.1016/j.ssi.2014.10.013)
  • R. Rohan, K. Pareek, W. Cai, G. Xu, Y. Zhang , H. Cheng . A pre-lithiated phloroglucinol based 3D porous framework as a single ion conducting electrolyte for lithium batteries. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 53140-53147. (DOI: 10.1039/C6RA09215B)
  • Y. Sun, R. Rohan, W. Cai, Y. Zhang, K. Pareek, G. Xu, A. Lin, H. Cheng . A Polyamide Single-Ion Electrolyte Membrane for Application in Lithium-Ion Batteries. Energy Technology, 2014, 2(8), 698-704.  (DOI: 10.1002/ente.201402041).  ‡These authors contributed equally.
  • H. Yen, R. Rohan, C.Y. Chiou, C.J Hsieh S. Bolloju, C.C Li, Y.F. Yang, C.W. Ong, J.T. Lee.  Hierarchy Concomitant in Situ Stable Iron(II)−Carbon Source Manipulation Using Ferrocenecarboxylic Acid for Hydrothermal Synthesis of LiFePO4 as High-Capacity Battery Cathode. Electrochimica Acta, 2017, 253, 227-238 (DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.09.065)
  • K. Pareek , R. Rohan, H. Cheng.Hydrogen Storage in a Crosslinked Phloroglucinol-Terephthalaldehyde Framework with Exposed Iron Sites. Journal of Material Sciences, 2017, 5(2),35-42.(DOI: 10.4172/2321-6212.1000168)
  • K. Pareek, R. Rohan, Z. Dan, H. Cheng . Ambient Temperature Hydrogen Storage in Porous Materials with Exposed Metal Sites. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42(10), 6801–6809 (DOI : 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.01.209 )
  • S. Bolloju, R. Rohan, S.T. Wu, H.X. Yen, J. T. Lee . A green and facile approach for hydrothermal synthesis of LiFePO4 using iron metal directly. Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 220, 164-168. (DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2016.10.066)
  • Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, W. Cai, G. Xu, Yubao Sun, An Lin,  H. Cheng . Influence of Chemical Microstructure of Single Ion Polymeric Electrolyte Membranes on Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries.  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6(20), 17534-17542. (DOI: 10.1021/am503152m)
  • Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, Y. Sun, W. Cai, G. Xu, H. Cheng . A Gel Single Ion Polymer Electrolyte Membrane for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Wide-Temperature Range Operability. RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 21163-21170. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02729A)
  • K. Pareek, R. Rohan, H. Cheng .Polymeric organo-Magnesium Complex for Room Temperature Hydrogen Physisorption. RSC Advances, 2015, 5(15), 10886-10891. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13439G)
  • Y. Zhang, W. Cai, R. Rohan, M. Pan, Y. Liu, Y. Sun, H. Cheng . Toward ambient temperature operation with all-solid-state lithium metal batteries with a sp3 boron-based solid single ion conducting polymer electrolyte. Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 306, 152-161 (DOI:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.12.010)
  • K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, H. Cheng .Room Temperature Hydrogen Physisorption on Exposed Iron Metals in Highly Cross-Linked Organo-Iron Complex. Advanced Materials Interfaces,2014, 1(9), 1400107 (DOI: 10.1002/admi.201400107)
  • K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, H. Cheng . Highly Selective Carbon Dioxide Adsorption in Magnesium Functionalized Three-Dimensional Porous Organic Frameworks. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2014, 2, 13534-13540. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13439G)
  • G. Xu, Y. Zhang, R. Rohan, W. Cai, H. Cheng . Synthesis, characterization and battery performance of a lithium poly (4-vinylphenol) phenolate borate composite membrane. Electrochimica Acta , 2014, 139(1), 264-269. (DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2014.06.173)
  • K. Pareek, Q. Zhang, R. Rohan, Y. Zhang, H. Cheng . Hydrogen Physisorption in Ionic Solid Compounds with Exposed Metal Cations at Room Temperature. RSC Advances, 2014,4, 33905-33910. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA04647A)
  • G. Xu, Y. Sun, R. Rohan, Y. Zhang, W. Cai, H. Cheng . A Lithium Poly(pyromellitic acid borate) Gel Electrolyte Membrane for Llithium Ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Science, 2014, 49(17),6111-6117 (DOI: 10.1007/s10853-014-8341-x)
  • Y. Zhang, J. W. Y. Ting, R. Rohan, W. Cai, J. Li, G. Xu, Z. X. Chen, A. Lin , H. Cheng. Fabrication of A Proton Exchange Membrane via Blended Sulfonimide Functionalized Polyamide. Journal of Materials Science.2014, 49 (9), 3442-3450. (DOI: 10.1007/s10853-014-8055-0)
  • Y. Zhang, Y. Sun,  G. Xu, W. Cai, R. Rohan, An Lin, H. Cheng . Lithium-Ion Batteries with A Wide Temperature Range Operability Enabled by Highly Conductive sp3 Boron-Based Single Ion Polymer Electrolytes. Energy Technology, 2014, 2(7), 643-650 (DOI: 10.1002/ente.201402010)
  • Y. Zhang, C. A. Lim, W. Cai, R. Rohan, G. Xu, Y. Sun, H. Cheng . Design and Synthesis of A Single Ion Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolyte with Multifunctionality for Lithium Ion Batteries. RSC Advances, 2014, 4(83), 43857-43864. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA08709G)
  • W. Cai, Li Jing, Z. Yunfeng, X. Guodong, R. Rohan,Y. Sun, H. Cheng . Current Status and Future Prospects of Research on Single Ion Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Battery Applications. The Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society, 2014, 1(1), 7892. (DOI: 10.7521/j.issn.2095-7645.2014.01.11)       
  • Y. Zhang, G. Xu, Y. Sun, B. Han, W. T. T. Budiono,Z. Chen, R. Rohan, H. Cheng . A Class of sp3 Boron-Based Single-Ion Polymeric Electrolytes for Lithium Ion Batteries. RSC Advances, 2013, 3(35), 14934-14937. (DOI: 10.1039/C3RA41167B)
  • G. Xu, R. Rohan, J. Li, H. Cheng . A novel sp3Al-based porous single-ion polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries. RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 32243-32349 (DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01126D)
  • K. Sharma, R. Rohan, P. Kumar, K. Pareek , Flexible Supercapacitor Based on Three-dimensional Cellulose/Graphite/Polyaniline Composite. International Journal of the Energy Research, 2018.  (DOI : 10.1002/er.4277)

CITATION INDICES (GOOGLE SCHOLAR)

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Citations – 429

Mr. Sachin Barve 

Senior Scientific Officer, 12+ years of experience in testing and development of tires and rubber products. 

Name: Sachin A.Barve

Designation: Sr. Sci Officer

Department: Centre of Excellence for tyre Research, Testing and certification.

Phone number: 9820141880.

Email id: sb@irmra.org/sachin.barve@yahoo.co.in

Qualification: BE Mechanical +DIRI

Examination PassedBoard/UniversityYearMain Subject

BE Mechanical (Distinction)

Mumbai University2004

Machine Design , Engg. Economics, TQM,RAC.

DIRI (1st Class)

IRI , Exam (IIT Kharagpur)

2014Rubber Technology

Total no. of year experience: 15

No of year experience in IRMRA (Date of Joining IRMRA): 9

Roles/Responsibilities in IRMRA: Looking after Centre of Excellence for tyre Research, Testing and certification ,Thane .

No of projects handled: 5

No. of Articles / papers published: 2 Articles

No. of students guided: 8

No. of lectures given training: 19

Membership: Indian Rubber Institute.

List of Articles / Papers Published:

  • An article was published in Rubber Asia (Jan 2017) on “Importance of Rolling Resistance of Tyres in Fuel Economy of Vehicles”
  • An article was published in Tyre Asia (June/ July 2018) on “Comparative Study on Rolling Resistance of Bias and Radial Tires of Commercial Vehicles”

Brief Details of Project Handled:

S. N.Title of the projectRoleSponsored Agency
1.

Study and Evaluation of Re-treaded commercial vehicle tyres

Co-PIIRMRA
2.Effect of service parameters on rolling resistance of commercial vehicle tyresCo-PIIRMRA
3.

Effect of Nitrogen on Tyre rolling resistance and vehicle fuel economy

Co-PIIRMRA
4.Importance of Rolling Resistance of Tyres in Fuel Economy of VehiclesCo-PIIRMRA
5.Comparative Study on Rolling Resistance of Bias and Radial Tires of Commercial VehiclesCo-PIIRMRA

02 article publication on tyres in Polymer & Tyre Asia.

Mr. N A Phondke 

Senior Officer – Customer Service Cell,  33+ years experience in R & D, Testings & Technical services in the field of Rubber &allied products. 

Name  : N. A.Phondke
Designation : Sr. Officer
Department : Customer Service
Phone number : 9892831213
Email id : nap@irmra.org

Qualification :

Examination Passed

Board/University

Year

Main Subject

BachelorsBachelors1982Chemistry
Any Other (specify)DPRI ( UK)1989Rubber Technology

Total no. of year experience:

 37 years’ experience in Physical and Chemical testing, Product development, R & D , Training , marketing  and customer service.

No of year experience in IRMRA (Date of Joining IRMRA)- :

 Working in IRMRA since 01st December 1982 and about 37 years’ experience in Physical and Chemical testing , Product development, R & D , Training , marketing  and customer service.

Roles/Responsibilities in IRMRA:

  • Ensure implementation and maintenance of Q.M.S. for all the processes of the Dept./Function
  • Achieving the target and delivering KRAs as per the agreed terms.
  • Sending quotation for all the enquiries in consultation with Director.
  • Accepting projects / developments related works in consultation with Director.
  • Discussion with customers to suggest the testing requirements.
  • Attending the telephone calls related to testing and other services Speedy response to customer queries through e mail, fax etc.
  • Providing technical guidance to customers about the specifications to be followed, the specimen size and sample quantity, quality assurance, interpretations of report as deemed necessary.
  • Signing the test reports issued to the customers related to the dept.

No of projects handled- Development and evaluation of precipitated silica

No. of products developed- Good experience in handling projects like applications of fillers in rubber compound and silicon rubber reclaim.

No. of papers presented (Conference/Seminar) : 3 nos Paper published as co-author in various conference and seminar.

Special Remarks/ Achievements  : Received two time best performance award.

Co-author of four technical papers.

Mr. Manohar Nawale 

Senior Scientific Officer, More than 20+ years of experience in testing and R & D in rubber and allied materials. 

Head: Chemical and Physical Testing

Education Background:

M.Sc, Chemistry.

Areas of Expertise:

Chemical testing of polymers, Instrumental techniques of characterization.

Email : mn@irmra.org

Phone : 2267873219

1 article publication on tyres in Polymer

Gnana Sandeep 

S.R, Senior Scientific Officer

Head: Processing

Education Background:

  • M.Tech Polymer Science & Technology.
  • B.E In Polymer Science & Technology.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product development & Processing
  • Design & Development of ECG monitoring device.
  • Design & Development of Blood sugar Monitoring device.
  • Design & Development of auto-dispenser for health care products.
  • Research work on FRP insulators in Electric Grids.
  • Research work on Bio compatible adhesives in medical applications.
  • Technical coordinator for installation & commissioning of Zeppelin – Carbon charging system, Color Service –Dosing technology of  Rubber chemicals and Banbury Mixer.
  • Design & development of High performance Rubber air sleeve suspension below.

Dr. Bharat Kapgate

Working as Senior Scientific Officer at IRMRA since October 2015, looking after Training and QMS department and also involved in R & D activities. 

Educational Background:

  • M.Sc in Organic Chemistry from Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University in 2008

Industrial Experience:

  • Worked as a Lecturer in Polytechnic College, Nagpur for one year.
  • Full time Research Scholar at Department of Chemistry, Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur.
  • PhD thesis involves the studies on reinforcement effect of in situ generated nano silica by sol-gel process into rubber and rubber blend matrices.
  • Core research area includes reinforcement of rubber matrix with nano filler, non-black type in particular with emphasis on the modification rubber-filler interface (rubber modification / filler surface modification).
  • Investigating the structure-property correlation of the composite materials for understanding the behavior and properties of the rubber-filler interface which is key factor for the most property enhancement.
  • Worked on the preparation and utilization of Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) as multifunctional nano material for removal of dyes and removal of toxic pollutants from water by adsorption or catalytic method and also, as an additive for polymer matrix.
  • Experience of teaching as Assistant Professor at Engineering College, Nagpur

Areas of Expertise:

  • Rubber nano composites.
  • Bio composites. 
  • Synthesis and modification of nano fillers.

Email : bk@irmra.org

Phone : 022-67873219

Mr. Chetan Deshmukh

Maintenance Officer, He is looking in to Maintenance department since 2015.

Educational Background: B.E. Mechanical (Pune University), Advanced Diploma in Industrial Safety(MSBTE).

Experience: 14 years of Facilities & Maintenance out of overall experience of 24 years.

DOJ to IRMRA   : 1st OCT 2015

Email : cd@irmra.org

Prashant Prabhakar Bankar

Sr. HR Officer, He is looking after HR & Admin department. He has completed Masters of Social Work from Mumbai University. He has 13+ years experience of working in HR & Admin in various organizations. He joined IRMRA on 01.10.2012.

Hemant Rajendra Khairnar

Asst. Finance Officer, He is looking after Accounts department. He is a Commerce graduate. He has 3+ years experience in accounting. He joined IRMRA on 19.04.2012.

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