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Professor Thomas is the Director of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He 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 automotive, space, housing and biomedical fields. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, CRSI medal and Sukumar Maithy award. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Professor Thomas has published over 600 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 35 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Wood head, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, Nova etc. He is the inventor of 4 patents. The H index of Prof. Thomas is 67 and has more than 17,000 citations. Prof. Thomas has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. He has established a state of the art laboratory at Mahatma Gandhi University in the area of Polymer Science and Engineering and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology through external funding form DST, CSIR, UGC, DBT, DRDO, AICTE, ISRO, TWAS, KSCSTE, BRNS, UGC-DAE, Du Pont, USA, General Cables, USA, Surface Treat Czech Republic, Apollo Tyres. Professor Thomas has several international collaborative projects with a large number of countries abroad. He has already supervised 65 PhD theses. The former co-workers of Prof.Thomas occupy leading positions in India and abroad.
Polymer blends : Miscibility, phase separation and crystallization of polymer blends, morphology, mechanical properties, rheology, fracture toughness, compatibilization of immiscible blends, bio - degradable polymer blends Fiber filled polymer composites : Short natural and synthetic fiber filled thermoplastics, thermosets, rubbers, polymer-fiber interfacial adhesion, fiber surface modification, characterization, hybrid composites, trans-crystallization, cellulose nanocompo-sites and biocomposites Particulate filled polymer composites : Clay, silica, mica and carbon black filled thermoplastics and rubbers, effect of coupling agents, polymer-filler interactions, inorganic/organic hybrid nanocomposites Ageing and degradation : Thermo-oxidative ageing, high-energy radiation ageing, ozone cracking, environmental degradation, ion-beam irradiation, electron beam irradiation Pervaporation phenomena, sorption and diffusion : Membrane assisted sorption, diffusion, transport of liquids and gases through polymer membranes, blends, composites, pervaporation through polymer membranes Interpenetrating polymer systems : Natural and synthetic rubber and epoxy based semi-interpenetrating networks Recyclability and reuse of waste plastics and rubbers : Recycling of waste plastics and rubbers, reuse of latex waste as potential filler for thermoplastics and rubbers Elastomer crosslinking : Double network in elastomers, synthesis of accelerators, vulcanization Dual porous nanocomposite scaffolds for tissue engineering Polymer nanocomposites for Electronic Applications Water purification : : Engineering of dual porous scaffolds by electrospinning Sensing Applications,Flexible polymeric starin sensors ,solvent sensors,EMI Sheilding For removing toxic materials from water ,dye removal using biomaterials.