Prof. Gaurav Manik, Head of Department
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About the Department
About the Department:
The Department of Polymer and Process Engineering (DPPE) is one of the unique departments of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), located in the Saharanpur Campus of IIT Roorkee. Under the supervision of highly motivated faculty members, the Department performs fundamental and applied research in polymer science, polymer engineering, process engineering, and chemical engineering. The faculty members are enthusiastically working toward creating a highly competitive academic and research environment in the Department.

The Department houses state-of-the-art advanced characterization equipments such as DSC, TGA, FTIR, UV-vis-IR, DMA, UTM, XRD, AFM, SEM, DLS, GPC, Rheometer, Twin screw extruder, Injection molding machine, Micro extruder & injection molding machine, Hakke blender, Rubber processing instruments, to name a few. A detailed list of the instruments can be found here. The department faculties are engaged in extensive research duly supported and funded by several industries and government funding agencies. The research activities are strongly supported by nearly 60 Ph.D. students working in various emerging areas. The research results are communicated by publication in esteemed international journals, patents, and technology transfer. The publication per faculty ratio is among the highest within the institute. Various government agencies (DST, SERB, Imprint, UAY, ONGC, DRDO, etc.) and industry bodies (Dow Chemicals, Fine Organics, Permionics, IOCL-Total, Bharat Electronics Limited, RPG Industries, DTIL, etc.) fund the research programs of the Department.

The Department of Polymer Science and Process Engineering offers a two-year M.Tech program with a current intake of 22 students. The M.Tech. program imparts fundamental and applied knowledge to the students and trains them to be professionally ready and well-trained.
Notice Board
Shortlisted Candidates for Ph.D. Admission (Autumn Semester 2024-2025)
Head Polymer and Process Engineering Department
Open Notice for Ph.D. Viva - Voce Examination of Mr. Rahul Gautam
Head Polymer and Process Engineering Department
Open Notice for Ph.D. Viva -Voce Examination of Mr. Uttam Saha
ANNOUNCEMENTS (NEW)
Expert lecture : Electron Microscopy of Polymers and Nano-composites on 11-Sept-2023, Monday Time: 4:00 pm onwards
Latest Events
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Expert Lecture of Dr.-Ing. Muhannad Al Aiti from the Institute for Materials Sci
Highly ordered carbons from Lignin and Cellulose: Process-induced conversion and process-structure-property correlations.
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Supporting Outreach activity and interaction by the department with high school
Govt. High School, Doodhli, Saharanpur" students visited our campus. During their visit, we introduced them to our institute in the auditorium. All the department heads and the Dean of the Saharanpur Campus spoke and interacted with the students. As part of our outreach activity, Prof. Gaurav Manik
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Invited talk by Prof. Sham Ravindranath
Invited talk by Prof. Sham Ravindranath on “Fundamentals of MSCR based specifications: IS 15462-2019” in the 3-day workshop on “Design and Evaluation of Flexible Pavement: Principles and Practices” on 22nd October 2023 at IIT Roorkee
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Presentation by Prof. Sham Ravindranath
Presentation by Prof. Sham Ravindranath during a brainstorming session on “Development of Performance Grade (PG) Bituminous Binder Classification for India” organized by CRRI-IIT Delhi in association with Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways (MORTH) on 2nd June 2023 at Central Road Research
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IRC Award Event
The technical paper “Fundamental Limitations of Performance Grade Rutting and Fatigue Cracking Criteria of Bitumen’ by Ms. Akanksha Pandey, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Sham Sundar Ravindranath, has been awarded ‘Prof. B. B. Pandey Memorial Award’ in the 81st Indian Road Congress s
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Dr. Nishant Jain received the "Young Scientits award
Dr. Nishant Jain received the "Young Scientits award" in the 4th National Conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science 2023 was held recently in IISER, Bhopal.
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Dr Mohan Gupta, PhD, Washington, DC(USA)
Dr Mohan Gupta, delivering an invited talk on Sustainability Nexuses- Solutions and Management Framework
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Prof Gaurav Manik at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi,UAE
Prof Gaurav Manik, delivering an invited talk as part of his Visiting Faculty Assignment at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Prof. Sujay Chattopadyay, Professor
Technology for synthesizing Inexpensive bipolar membrane capable of dissociating water at lower potential using high-performance polymers is patented and the technology is transferred to Permionics Global technologies based in Vadodara, Gujarat for scale up and commercial manufacturing. This Bipolar
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Dr. Subhrakamal Dutta on National Education Policy
Lecture of Dr Dutta of MOE on 23rd December 2022 Topic: "Role of Academic Institutions towards Atmanirbhar Bharat through the Eyes of MSME Sector"
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Prof. Lokendra Pal from NC State University, USA
DR. LOKENDRA PAL is the E. J. Woody Rice Associate Professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University. He is alumnus of Paper Technology IIT Roorkee SRE Campus
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A visit of officials from Tribhuvan university, Nepal
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Guest lecture from Pluss Advanced Technology
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Mr. Kaushal Shah, Founder & CEO EnvoPAP London
Visit of Mr. Kaushal Shah, Founder & CEO EnvoPAP London on 14th May to IITR Saharanpur Campus
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Invited talk by Dr. Debdatta Ratan
Scientist in Naval Materials Research Lab.- DRDO, Date of Presentation - 11 April 2022, Topic of the presentation - Development of Polymer Nanocomposite for Multifunctional Applications
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Prof. Pradip K. Maji, Associate Professor
Prof. P. K. Maji has been awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invitational fellowship.
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PLASTFOCUS EXHIBITION held at IICC Dwarka, New Delhi
Under the guidance of Prof. Udit Choudhury, students from the Department of Polymer and Process Engineering IIT Roorkee had the valuable opportunity to explore the PLASTFOCUS EXHIBITION held at IICC Dwarka, New Delhi.
Research Scholars' Day
Group Photo with Dr. A. Rege
Facilitation by Faculty
Welcomed by Head of Department Prof. Gaurav Manik
Computational description of porous material: An aerogel use case
Ameya Rege
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Materials Research, Cologne, Germany Keele University, School of Computing and Mathematics, Staffordshire, UK Reconstructing the intricate morphology of nanoporous materials, such as aerogels, poses a formidable challenge when one aspires to attain three-dimensional visual representations of their mesoporous (pore sizes between 2 and 50 nm) nanostructure. The array of available microscopic and tomographic instruments encounters formidable hurdles in penetrating the diverse spectrum of aerogel types, hindering the comprehensive reconstruction of their intricate 3D nanoporous architecture. This is precisely where computational methodologies emerge as a beacon of promise, unveiling their potential to elucidate experimentally observed phenomena and to decipher the intricate interplay between structure and properties.
In pursuit of this objective, the lecture will delve into the realm of computational design of nanoporous materials, with a special emphasis on fascinating aerogels [1].
To this end, the matter of the talk will encompass aerogels derived from inorganic sources, notably silica, as well as those rooted in organic origins, exemplified by phenolic-based variants. In the backdrop of the global quest for sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions, biobased materials, specifically those arising from biowaste, command growing attention. In this context, the meticulous modelling of such aerogels, particularly from polysaccharides such as cellulose and carrageenan, will be illustrated. Furthermore, the seamless integration of these models within a computational framework for the purpose of simulating composites will be discussed. Finally, as we usher in the era of rapid materials development, the latter part of the discussion will turn its attention towards the harnessing of machine learning approaches. These approaches not only facilitate predictive modelling but also empower the reverse engineering of synthesis parameters, thereby paving the way for the advent of AI-driven, self-learning laboratories. Reference

1. Rege, A., A Perspective on Methods to Computationally Design the Morphology of Aerogels. Advanced Engineering Materials, 2023. 25: p. 2201097.
Expert Lecture by Dr. Samik Gupta, SABIC, Bangalore
Departmental Events
Indo-German Joint Symposium
Departmental Characterization Facilities
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Raman Spectrometer
Raman spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy, like infrared (IR) absorption, that provides detailed chemical and structural characterisation. The Raman technique has the benefit of being non-destructive and requiring no sample preparation. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman first observed Ram
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Differential scanning calorimetry
Differential scanning calorimetry is a thermoanalytical technique in which the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference is measured as a function of temperature. Both the sample and reference are maintained at nearly the same temperature through
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Thermogravimetric analysis
Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA Analyzer). Thermogravimetric analyzers measure changes in mass or weight in response to increases in temperature or time.
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Static Light Scattering
Static Light Scattering (SLS) is an optical technique that measures the intensity of the scattered light as a function of the scattering angle to obtain information on the scattering source.
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Dynamic mechanical analysis
Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) records a material’s temperature-dependent visco-elastic properties and determines its modulus of elasticity and damping values by applying an oscillating force to the sample.
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Universal testing machine
A universal testing machine (UTM), also known as a universal tester, materials testing machine or materials test frame, is used to test the tensile strength and compressive strength of materials. An earlier name for a tensile testing machine is a tensometer.
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X-RAY POWDER DIFFRACTOMETER
X-ray diffraction is based on constructive interference of monochromatic X-rays and a crystalline sample. These X-rays are generated by a cathode ray tube, filtered to produce monochromatic radiation, collimated to concentrate, and directed toward the sample.
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ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a type of scanning probe microscopy (SPM), with demonstrated resolution on the order of fractions of a nanometer, more than 1000 times better than the optical diffraction limit. The information is gathered by "feeling" or "touching" the surface with a mechanical p
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FIELD EMISSION SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
FESEM is the abbreviation of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. A FESEM is microscope that works with electrons (particles with a negative charge) instead of light. These electrons are liberated by a field emission source. The object is scanned by electrons according to a zig-zag pattern.
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INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA - OPTICAL EMISSION SPECTROMETRY
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) is a multi-element, trace-analysis technique used to measure the concentration of various elements in a variety of sample matrices. Also known as Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the technique is cap
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FT-IR SPECTROSCOPY
FTIR stands for “Fourier transform infrared” and it is the most common form of infrared spectroscopy. All infrared spectroscopies act on the principle that when infrared (IR) radiation passes through a sample, some of the radiation is absorbed.
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UV-VIS SPECTROPHOTOMETER
The UV-1800 is an advanced high-resolution spectrophotometer utilizing a precision Czerny-Turner optical system. Operation can be either as a stand-alone instrument or as a PC-controlled instrument with the included UV Probe software.
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THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY METER
The UV-1800 is an advanced high-resolution spectrophotometer utilizing a precision Czerny-Turner optical system. Operation can be either as a stand-alone instrument or as a PC-controlled instrument with the included UV Probe software.
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LIMITING OXYGEN INDEX
The limiting oxygen index (LOI) is the minimum concentration of oxygen, expressed as a percentage, that will support combustion of a polymer. It is measured by passing a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen over a burning specimen, and reducing the oxygen level until a critical level is reached.
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SPIN COATING UNIT
Spin coating is a technique used to spread uniform thin films on flat substrates by centrifugal force. The apparatus used for spin coating is called a spin coater, or a spinner. A solution of material is dispensed onto the center of a wafer, which is then rotated at high speed.
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CHNS(O) ELEMENT ANALYZER
The CHNS(O) Analyzer find utility in determining the percentages of Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulphur and Oxygen of organic compounds, based on the principle of "Dumas method" which involves the complete and instantaneous oxidation of the sample by "flash combustion". The combustion products are s
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MICROWAVE DIGESTER
Microwave acid digestion is a technique to dissolve metals, bound within a sample matrix, into liquid. This is achieved by exposing a sample to a strong acid, in a closed vessel and raising the temperature and pressure through microwave irradiation. Both the speed of thermal decomposition of the sam
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Departmental Statistics (Last 5 Years)
Alumni
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Students
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Research Publications
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PATENTS
40
Sponsored & Consultancy Projects
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