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Laboratory for advanced agroagents

About Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.: 074-02-2018-328
Project name: Agropreparations of the new generation: a strategy of construction and realization
Name of the institution of higher learning: Siberian Federal University
Fields of scientific research: Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

Конструирование препаратов нового поколения и разработка технологии применения для защиты культурных растений от сорняков и фитопатогенов,
повышения урожайности и снижения риска от неконтролируемого распространения и аккумуляции в биосфере пестицидов.

Leading scientist


Name: Thomas Sabu Chathukulam


Academic degree and title: Ph.D, C.Chem, FRSC
Job Title: Director of International & Interuniversity Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (IIUCNN); Full Professor of the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University
Field of scientific interests: polymer chemistry, green chemistry, polymer blends and composites, new materials, structure and properties, processing and construction methods, aging and degradation, degradable packaging, filtering systems, biomedicine, technics.

Scientific recognition:
2008 - Listed in the Panel of most Productive Researchers in India (5th Position) National Institute of Science, Technology and Development, New Delhi
2012 - Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC, London
2013 - Materials Research Society of India Medal MRSI. India
2015 - Doctorat Honoris causa LIMATB, University of South, Brittany, France

Scientific work of the leading scientist, his/her main scientific achievements:
Prof. Thomas is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for biomedical, space, automotive and other fields. He has made a great contribution in development of the green chemistry and development of green composite materials. He has obtained new composites based on natural materials (cellulose, plant fibers, wood waste) and different synthetic polymers. He has studied their physical-chemical and biological properties including biocompatibility, degradability and compostability, has showed perspectives of their application as degradable packaging, membrane and filtering systems, for medicine, electronics, technics, etc.
Under leadership of Prof. Sabu Thomas, a series of Industrial projects with major multinational companies (Du Pont, USA, General Cables, USA, MRF tyres, India, Apollo Tyres, India, SurfaceTreat, Czech Republic) has completed.

Narayanan M., Loganathan S., Valapa R. B., Thomas S., Varghese T.O. UV protective poly (lactic acid)/rosin films for sustainable packaging 2017 International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Puglia D., Al-Maadeed M. A. S., Kenny J. M., Thomas S. Elastomer/thermoplastic modified epoxy nanocomposites: The hybrid effect of ‘micro’and ‘nano’scale. 2017 Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports

Balakrishnan P., Sreekala M.S., Kunaver M., Huskić M., Thomas S. Morphology, transport characteristics and viscoelastic polymer chain confinement in nanocomposites based on thermoplastic potato starch and cellulose nanofibers from pineapple leaf. 2017 Carbohydrate Polymers

Unni A. B., Vignaud G., Chapel J. P., Giermanska J., Bal J. K., Delorme N., Beuvier T., Thomas S., Grohens Y. Gibaud A. Probing the Density Variation of Confined Polymer Thin Films via Simple Model-Independent Nanoparticle Adsorption. 2017 Macromolecules

Gopakumar D. A., Pasquini D., Henrique M. A., de Morais L. C., Grohens Y., Thomas S. Meldrum’s acid modified cellulose nanofiber-based polyvinylidene fluoride microfiltration membrane for dye water treatment and nanoparticle removal. 2017 Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

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