Research Activities from the Department of Chemistry

 

Major Research Projects

Name of the Investigator Title of the project and duration Amount sanctioned Funding Agency
Dr. Kurien Thomas K. Effective vulcanization studies on natural/ reclaimed rubber with a series of novel thioureas and thiazoles (2009-2012) 7,27,000/- UGC
Dr. Sherely Anne Paul Development of low density polyethylene/ cellulose microfibril composites (2009-2012) 3,65,000/- UGC

 

Minor Research Projects

Name of the Investigator Title of the project and duration Amount sanctioned Funding Agency
Abha K. Synthesis, characterisation and bioconjugation of rare earth complexes embedded silica nanoparticles. (2013 - 2015) 1,50,000/- UGC
Deepa Thomas Preparation of Metal cross linked Alginic acid Beads as a carrier for poorly water soluble drugs. (2014 - 2016) 1,60,000/- UGC
Rekha Rose Koshy Environment friendly green plastics based on Soy protein isolate and castor oil (2015-2017) 1,50,000/- UGC
Siji K. Mary Preparation and characterisation of Chitin Nano Fibers/Starch composites (2015-2017) 1,50,000/- UGC
Linda E. Jacob A novel green synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using Tagetes Erecta flower and Aloe vera leaf extracts. (2015-2017) 1,50,000/- UGC
Jessy Anu Philip Preparation of starch nanocrystals from various sources (2011-13) 1,00,000/- UGC
Dr. Laly A. Pothan Biodegradable Soy Protein for potential applications (2011-13) 1,10,000/- UGC
Name of the Investigator Title of the project and duration Amount sanctioned Funding Agency

Research Publications

(a)   Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals – 2010-2015

2015

1. Deepa, B., Abraham, E., Cordeiro, N., Mozetic, M., Mathew, A. P., Oksman, K., Faria, M., Thomas, S., & Pothan, L. A. (2015). Utilization of various lignocellulosic biomass for the production of nanocellulose: a comparative study. Cellulose, 22(2), 1075-1090

2. Koshy, R. R., Mary, S. K., Thomas, S., & Pothan, L. A. (2015). Environment friendly green composites based on soy protein isolate–A review. Food Hydrocolloids, 50, 174-192

3. Geetha, P., Latha, M. S., Pillai, S. S., & Koshy, M. (2015). Nanoalginate based biosorbent for the removal of lead ions from aqueous solutions: Equilibrium and kinetic studies. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 122, 17-23

2014

4. Jose, C., Thomas, M. S., Deepa, B., Pothan, L. A., & Thomas, S. (2014). Adhesion and Surface Issues in Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites. Reviews of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2(2), 173-225

5. Rajisha, K. R., Maria, H. J., Pothan, L. A., Ahmad, Z., & Thomas, S. (2014). Preparation and characterization of potato starch nanocrystal reinforced natural rubber nanocomposites. International journal of biological macromolecules, 67, 147-153.

6. Manikantan Nair, Linda E Jacob, P.R.S Wariar, R.Jose. Stuctural and dielectric properties of nanocrystalline barium rare earth antimonates Ba2RESbO6  (RE=La,Ho,Yb,Tm) Perovskites. (2014) International Journal of Engineering science and innovative technology, Volume 10, 720-728.

2013

 

7. Saumya S.Pillai, B. Deepa , Eldho Abraham, N Girija, P. Geetha , Laly Jacob , Mathew Koshy. Biosorption of Cd(II) from aqueous solution using xanthated nano banana cellulose: Equilibrium and kinetic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2013) 98, 352-360

8. Abraham, E., Deepa, B., Pothan, L.A., Jacob, M., Thomas, S., Anandjiwala, R., & Narine, S.S. Physico-mechanical properties of green nanocomposites based on cellulose nanofibre and natural rubber latex. Cellulose, 2013, 20, 417-427

9. Abraham, E., Deepa, B., Pothan, L.A., Cintil, J., Thomas, S., John, M.J., Anandjiwala, R., & Narine, S.S. Environmental friendly method for the extraction of coir fibre and isolation of nanofibre. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2013, 92, 1477-1483

10. Abraham, E., Thomas, M. S., John, C., Pothan, L. A., Shoseyov, O., & Thomas, S. (2013). Green nanocomposites of natural rubber/nanocellulose: Membrane transport, rheological and thermal degradation characterisations. Industrial Crops and Products, 51, 415-424

11. Cordeiro, N., Faria, M., Abraham, E., & Pothan, L. A. (2013). Assessment of the changes in the cellulosic surface of micro and nano banana fibres due to saponin treatment. Carbohydrate polymers, 98(1), 1065-1071

12. Saumya S. Pillai, N. Girija, G. Prakash Williams and Mathew Koshy. Impact of organic manure on the phytoremediation potential of Vetiveria zizanioides in chromium-contaminated soil, Chemistry and Ecology (2013) 29,3, 270–279

13. Saumya S. Pillai, Manohar D. Mullassery , Noeline B. Fernandez , N Girija, P. Geetha , Mathew Koshy. Biosorption of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution by chemically modified potato starch: Equilibrium and kinetic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2013) 92, 199–205.

2012

 

14.  E. Abraham, P. A. Elbi, B. Deepa, P. Jyotishkumar, L. A. Pothan, S. S. Narine, and S. Thomas, “X-ray diffraction and biodegradation analysis of green composites of natural rubber/nanocellulose,” Polym. Degrad. Stab., vol. 97, no. 11, pp. 2378–2387, Nov. 2012.

15.      N. Cordeiro, C. Mendonça, L. A. Pothan, and A. Varma, “Monitoring surface properties evolution of thermochemically modified cellulose nanofibres from banana pseudo-stem,” Carbohydr. Polym., vol. 88, no. 1, pp. 125–131, Mar. 2012.

16.      M. Floros, L. Hojabri, E. Abraham, J. Jose, S. Thomas, L. Pothan, A. L. Leao, and S. Narine, “Enhancement of thermal stability, strength and extensibility of lipid-based polyurethanes with cellulose-based nanofibers,” Polym. Degrad. Stab., vol. 97, no. 10, pp. 1970–1978, Oct. 2012.

 

2011

 

17.      E. Abraham, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, M. Jacob, S. Thomas, U. Cvelbar, and R. Anandjiwala, “Extraction of nanocellulose fibrils from lignocellulosic fibres: A novel approach,” Carbohydr. Polym., vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 1468–1475, Oct. 2011.

18.       B. Deepa, E. Abraham, B. M. Cherian, A. Bismarck, J. J. Blaker, L. A. Pothan, A. L. Leao, S. F. de Souza, and M. Kottaisamy, “Structure, morphology and thermal characteristics of banana nano fibers obtained by steam explosion.,” Bioresour. Technol., vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 1988–97, Jan. 2011.

2010

 

19.      B. M. Cherian, A. L. Leão, S. F. de Souza, S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, and M. Kottaisamy, “Isolation of nanocellulose from pineapple leaf fibres by steam explosion,” Carbohydr. Polym., vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 720–725, Jul. 2010.

20.      A. L. Leao, S. F. Souza, B. M. Cherian, E. Frollini, S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, and M. Kottaisamy, “Agro-Based Biocomposites for Industrial Applications,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., vol. 522, no. 1, pp. 18–27, May 2010.

21.      A. L. Leao, S. F. Souza, B. M. Cherian, E. Frollini, S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, and M. Kottaisamy, “Pineapple Leaf Fibers for Composites and Cellulose,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., vol. 522, no. 1, pp. 36–41, May 2010.

22.      S. A. Paul, K. Joseph, G. D. G. Mathew, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Influence of polarity parameters on the mechanical properties of composites from polypropylene fiber and short banana fiber,” Compos. Part A Appl. Sci. Manuf., vol. 41, no. 10, pp. 1380–1387, Oct. 2010.

23.      S. A. Paul, K. Joseph, G. Mathew, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Preparation of polypropylene fiber/banana fiber composites by novel commingling method,” Polym. Compos., vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 816–824, 2010.

24.      S. A. Paul, C. Sinturel, K. Joseph, G. D. G. Mathew, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Dynamic mechanical analysis of novel composites from commingled polypropylene fiber and banana fiber,” Polym. Eng. Sci., vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 384–395, Feb. 2010.

25.      L. A. Pothan, C. N. George, M. J. John, and S. Thomas, “Dynamic Mechanical and Dielectric Behavior of Banana-Glass Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Polyester Composites,” J. Reinf. Plast. Compos., vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1131–1145, Jun. 2010.

 

 

 

(b)   Book chapters published – 2010-2015

[1]      C. Jose, M. S. Thomas, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Adhesion and Surface Issues in Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites,” in Progress in Adhesion and Adhesives, K. L. Mittal, Ed. John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, and Scrivener Publishing, Massachusetts, 2015, pp. 169–217.

[2]      R. R. Koshy, S. K. Mary, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Soy Protein-and Starch-Based Green Composites/Nanocomposites: Preparation, Properties, and Applications,” in Eco-friendly Polymer Nanocomposites, V. K. Thakur and M. K. Thakur, Eds. Springer India, 2015, pp. 433–467.

[3]      K. R. Rajisha, L. A. Pothan, S. Thomas, and Z. Ahmad, “Preparation and Characterization of Corn Starch Nanocrystal Reinforced Natural Rubber Nanocomposites via Co-coagulation Process,” in InCIEC 2014, H. Rohana, Y. Marina, A. Anizahyati, M. A. Norliyati, and I. Zulhabri, Eds. Springer Singapore, 2015, pp. 855–864.

[4]      B. Deepa, E. Abraham, R. R. Koshy, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Extraction and Characterization of Cellulose Nanofibers from Banana Plant,” in Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Performance and Application – Volume C: Polymer Nano-composites of Cellulose Nano-particle, J. K.Pandey, H. Takagi, A. N. Nakagaito, and H.-J. Kim, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2015, pp. 65–80.

[5]      P. Balakrishnan, M. S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, S. Thomas, and M. S. Sreekala, “Polymer Films for Packaging,” in Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials, S. Kobayashi and K. Müllen, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014.

[6]      C. Jose, M. S. Thomas, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Adhesion and Surface Issues in Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites,” Rev. Adhes. Adhes., vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 173–225, May 2014.

[7]      E. Abraham, M. S. Thomas, P. Deepalekshmi, L. A. Pothan, S. Thomas, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Biofiber-reinforced Natural Rubber Composites: Mechanical, Thermal and Biodegradation Properties,” in Biobased composite materials, their processing, properties and industrial applications, Handbook of green materials, K. Oksman, A. P. Mathew, A. Bismarck, O. Rojas, and M. Sain, Eds. World Scientific Publishers, 2014, pp. 105–118.

[8]      B. Deepa, S. S. Pillai, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Mechanical Properties of Cellulose-Based Bionanocomposites,” in Biopolymer Nanocomposites, A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothen, Eds. Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.

[9]      B. M. Philip, E. Abraham, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Plant fiber-based composites,” in Green composites from natural resources, V. K. Thakur, Ed. CRC Press, 2013.

[10]    R. R. Koshy, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Starch Based Bionanocomposite: Processing Techniques,” in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications, A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothen, Eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, pp. 203–226.

[11]    S. K. Mary, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Applications of Starch Nanoparticles and Starch Based Bionanocomposites,” in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications, A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, Eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, pp. 293–308.

[12]    A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, “Bionanocomposites: State of the Art, Challenges, and Opportunities,” in Biopolymer Nanocomposites, A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, Eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, pp. 1–10.

[13]    S. K. Mary, P. K. S. Pillai, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Handbook of biopolymer-based materials: from blends and composites to gels and complex networks,” in Handbook of Biopolymer-Based Materials, S. Thomas, D. Durand, C. Chassenieux, and P. Jyotishkumar, Eds. John Wiley & Sons, 2013, pp. 777–799.

[14]    M. S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Mechanical Properties of Chitin Based Nanocomposites,” in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications, A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, Eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, pp. 111–130.

[15]    P. Sivasubramanian, L. A. Pothan, M. Thiruchitrambalam, and S. Thomas, “Hybrid Textile Polymer Composites,” in Polymer Composites: Volume 1, Wiley, 2012, pp. 469–482.

[16]    S. Thomas, S. A. Paul, L. A. Pothan, and B. Deepa, “Natural Fibres: Structure, Properties and Applications,” in Cellulose Fibers: Bio- and Nano-Polymer Composites, S. Kalia, B. S. Kaith, and I. Kaur, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 3–42.

[17]    B. M. Cherian, A. L. Leao, S. F. de Souza, S. Thomas, L. A. Pothan, and M. Kottaisamy, “Cellulose nanocomposites for high-performance applications,” in Cellulose Fibers: Bio-and Nano-Polymer Composites, S. Kalia, B. S. Kaith, and I. Kaur, Eds. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 539–587.

[18]    P. M. Visakh, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, “Fully green bionanocomposites,” in A Handbook of Applied Biopolymer Technology: Synthesis, Degradation and Applications, S. K. Sharma and A. Mudhoo, Eds. RSC Green Chemistry No. 12, 2011, pp. 102–128.

[19]    B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, R. Mavelil-Sam, and S. Thomas, “Structure, Properties and Recyclability of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites,” in Recent Developments in Polymer Recycling, A. Fainleib and O. Grigoryeva, Eds. Transworld Research Network, 2011.

[20]    K. R. Rajisha, B. Deepa, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Thermomechanical and Spectroscopic Characterisation of Natural Fibre Composite,” in Interface engineering of natural fibre composites for maximum performance, N. E. Zafeiropoulos, Ed. Abington, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2011.

[21]    S. Joseph, M. J. John, L. A. Pothan, and S. Thomas, “Raw and renewable polymers,” in Polymers-Opportunities and Risks II, P. Eyerer, ‎Martin Weller, and ‎Christof Hübner, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010, pp. 55–80.

 

 

(c)    Books edited – 2010-2015

[1]      A. Dufresne, S. Thomas, and L. A. Pothan, Eds., Biopolymer nanocomposites: processing, properties, and applications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.

[2]      S. Thomas, C. H. Chan, L. A. Pothen, J. Joy, and H. Maria, Eds., Natural Rubber Materials Volume 2: Composites and Nanocomposites. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013.

[3]      S. Thomas, C. H. Chan, L. A. Pothen, K. R. Rajisha, and H. Maria, Eds., Natural rubber materials: Volume 1: Blends and IPNs. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013.

 

 

 

 

  • Publications in Seminar/Workshop Proceedings (2010-2015)

 

  1. Deepa Thomas, Anju Anand, M.S Latha, Proceedings of UGC Sponsored Nationa Seminar & Training on Machine Learning approaches a new trend in quantum mechanics, 4-6 August 2015.
  1. Sherley Annie Paul, Coir Kerala fest (Alappuzha) 1-4 February 2015.
  2. Abha K., National Seminar on Material Science and Technology, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, 4-6 February 2015
  1. Deepa Thomas, Bioradiance-15th National conference on frontiers in diabetic research and treatment, Pushpagiri Research centre, Thiruvalla, 24th July 2015
  2. Deepa Thomas, UGC sponsored National Seminar on Emerging Trends in

Nanomaterials, Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College, Valayanchirangara, Kerala, 9th &10th July 2015