Dr. Rajeev Mehta

Professor

Specialization

Polymers and Polymer Nanocomposites

Email

rmehta@thapar.edu

Specialization

Polymers and Polymer Nanocomposites

Email

rmehta@thapar.edu

Contact No.

+91(175) 2393440

Designation: Professor

E-mail id: rmehta@thapar.edu

Biography

Dr. Rajeev Mehta is Professor of Chemical Engineering, at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, India. Dr. Mehta was appointed in 2000 to Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology as an Assistant Professor (Reader) in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Here he brought rich research experience in the area of polymers from an earlier stint of about three years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, USA as a scientist, and a 1½ years stint at SRI, Delhi, India. Also, the research training received at Virginia Tech, USA during his Master’s thesis work also broadened his horizons. While abroad in US, Dr. Mehta did very useful work with regard to development of graphitic foams and almost defect free thin films for non-linear optical properties determination, for the US Air Force. Back in India, he developed polyether oil, which has major use in nuclear reactors. At TIET, Dr. Mehta forayed into many new research areas including synthesis, processing of thermosets, and modeling and simulation, in Polymers. He is regarded as an authority in the area of polymer nanocomposites after having worked with nanocomposites of Polylactic acid, Polyurethanes, Epoxy fibre reinforced composites, microwave in-situ processing, etc. His work on the microwave synthesis of Polylactic acid and its nanocomposites has been acknowledged world over. He has also worked in the area of chemical sequestration of carbon dioxide into high value polycarbonates. Working in a very different area, he developed the technology to incorporate the low dielectric strength polymers into cellulose insulating paper, used in transformers. In the just concluded two projects, his research has major implications for the Indian Navy and Army. Working on the project - Processing and characterization of fiber reinforced polymer nanocomposites and their degradation in marine environments, he developed the technology to incorporate nano-filers in the traditional FRP giving products with much reduced ingress of sea water. Also, working on the project - Studies on STF – nanoclay based composites for personal armour systems, he developed a technology which has major implications for the Indian Army, in the area of better protection armour against fast projectiles. However, this technology is still far from the desired results and future projects will utilize the findings of this work in developing better products. His contributions in the area of polymers has been recognized by many awards including a recent award given for the “Best Innovative Young Researcher” at the 4th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2017) at SRM University. This award had been constituted for the first time in the conference, which is the fourth one in this series of the conferences at SRM, and is in addition to the traditional poster and oral presentations awards. Another prestigious award was conferred upon by PlastIndia Foundation, an apex plastics organization of India. Dr. Mehta and his co-worker won the gold trophy in the PlastIndia 2018 held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, for the category: Best Research in Polymer Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Specifically, the award has been given for our work on “Glass fiber reinforced epoxy-silyated clay nanocomposites”, having implications for the Indian navy. Earlier in 2015, his research work, in the category of Research in the Field of Polymer Science & Technology for the Innovation in “Chemical Fixation of Carbon dioxide and Propylene Oxide to Poly (Propylene Carbonate) and Cyclic Carbonate” was selected as Joint Runners up (from 47 entries from all over the country) for 5th National Award for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastics Processing Industry, given by Ministry of Fertilizers and Chemicals. Represented the university to successfully bag the 3rd FICCI Higher Education Excellence award in the category of Enabling Research, in 2016. He has completed seven research projects, and has 67 peer-reviewed international publications and four encyclopedia chapters to his credit. He has guided 12 PhD students and 27 M.Tech students. His current H index is 16 and the number of citations stands at about 1300, according to Google scholar. Very recently, Dr. Mehta has tried to foray into the interesting world of Entrepreneurship. Towards this, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology facilitated a one-month training program on entrepreneurship at University of Groningen, The Netherlands, during March 2017. Here, Dr. Mehta team won the third prize in the Venture lab weekend at Groningen, The Netherlands, organized by University of Groningen Center for Entrepreneurship.

Education

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, Punjab, India
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA. GPA: 3.70/4.00 (First in class)
  • B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, CGPA: 8.07/10.00

Experience: Total Experience 29 years 07 month

  • PROFESSOR, 01/07/2014 to Present, Department of Chemical Engineering (Head of Department 08/08/2011 – 07/08/2014) Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, 01/2006 to 01/07/2014, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology.
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (Reader), 07/2000 to 01/2006, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology.
  • SCIENTIST C, 04/97 to 03/99, National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR), Pune
  • EXECUTIVE, 08/96 to 03/97, Cosmo Films Ltd., Waluj, Aurangabad.
  • POOL OFFICER, 06/93 to 12/94, Shriram Institute of Industrial Research, 19 University Road, Delhi – 7.
  • VISITING SCIENTIST, 09/89 to 06/92, U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory, MLBC & MLBP, WPAFB, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

Teaching Interests:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Polymer Science and Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Research Interest:

  • Nano particle reinforced matrix in Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) and their hygrothermal studies
  • Enhancing the impact strength of nano particle reinforced epoxy based FRP by addition of different polymers
  • Chemical sequestration of carbon dioxide to give polycarbonates/terpolymers
  • Development of polymer nanocomposites for wastewater treatment by adsorption
  • Studies on STF - Nanoclay based composites for blast mitigation systems
  • Synthesis of biodegradable polymer like Polylactic acid and also its microwave synthesis. In addition, their nanocomposites with CNT and Nanoclay are also of interest
  • Composites of polymeric fibers and kraft paper for application as insulation layer in transformers
  • Additionally I have earlier also worked in the following areas: Liquid crystalline copolyesters of HBA/PET, Molecular composite blends based on PBZT, Graphitic foams from mesophase pitch, Synthesis of perfluoro ether oil, Pultrusion of polyester + glass fibers composite, Modeling and Simulation of PLA polymerization, Effect of radiation on PLGA etc.

Publications:

Journals

  1. Charles Y-C Lee, J. Swiatkiewicz, P.N. Prasad, R. Mehta and S. J. Bai. " Third order non-linear optical properties of poly p- phenylene benzobisthiozole (PBZT) and its novel composite with zytel processed via methane sulphonic acid solution extrusion. " Polymer 32 (1991): 1195-1199. [SCI Impact Factor 3.684].
  2. M. Dotrong, R. Mehta, G.A. Balchin, R.C. Tomlinson, M. Sinsky, C.Y-C. Lee and R.C. Evers. " Synthesis, processing and characterization of non-linear optical thiophene-poly-p-phenylene benzobisthiozole (T-PBT) polymers. " Journal of Polymer Science: Part A- Polymer Chemistry 31 (1993):723-729. [SCI Impact Factor 3.113].
  3. R. Mehta and Charles Y-C Lee. " Characterization and analysis of defects in non-linear optical molecular composites. " Polymer & Engineering Science 33 (1993): 764-771. [SCI Impact Factor 1.449].
  4. S. Mitler-Nehar, A.Otomo, G.I. Stegmen, Charles Y-C Lee, R. Mehta, A.K.Agrawal, S.A. Jehneke. " Waveguiding in substrate supported and freestanding films of insoluble conjugated polymers. " Applied Physics Letters 62 (1993):115-117. [SCI Impact Factor 3.411].
  5. R. Mehta, D. Anderson and J. Hagger. " Graphitic open-celled carbon foams: processing and characterization. " Carbon 41 (2003): 2174-2176. [SCI Impact Factor 6.337].
  6. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, H. Bhunia and S.N. Upadhyay. " Synthesis of poly(lactic acid): A review. " Journal Of Macromolecular Science – Polymer Reviews 45 (2005): 325-349. [SCI Impact Factor 6.216].
  7. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. " Mathematical modeling of the poly(lactic acid) ring-opening polymerization kinetics. " Polymer-Plastic Technology & Engineering 46 (2007): 257-264. [SCI Impact Factor 1.232].
  8. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. " Mathematical modeling of the poly(lactic acid) ring-opening polymerization using Stannous Octoate as a Catalyst. " Polymer-Plastic Technology & Engineering 46 (2007): 933-937. [SCI Impact Factor 1.232].
  9. R. Singh, R. Mehta and V. Kumar. " Simultaneous removal of Cu, Ni and Zn metal ions using bulk liquid membrane system. " Desalination 272 (2011) 170-173. [SCI Impact Factor 5.527].
  10. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. " Kinetic Parameters Estimation Of Ring-Opening Poly(Lactic Acid) Polymerization By Modeling and Simulation. " Journal of Polymer Engineering 31 (2011): 251-252. [SCI Impact Factor 0.658].
  11. P. Kaur, R.Mehta, S.N. Upadhyay. " Role of important Parameters In Ring Opening Polymerization Of Polylactide. " Journal of Polymer Engineering 31 (2011): 243-249. [SCI Impact Factor 0.658].
  12. A. Jain, R. Mehta and S. Mittal. " Modeling impact of solar radiation on site selection for solar PV Power Plants in India. " International Journal Of Green Energy 8 (2011): 486-498. [SCI Impact Factor 1.454].
  13. P. Kaur, R.Mehta, D. Berek, S.N. Upadhyay. " Synthesis of Polylactide: Effect of Dispersion of the Initiator. " Journal of Macromolecular Science Part A 48 (2011): 840-845. [SCI Impact Factor 0.963].
  14. P. Kaur, R.Mehta, D. Berek, S.N. Upadhyay. " Synthesis of Polylactide under Inert Atmosphere and Vacuum. " Macromol Symposia 315 (2012): 106-111. [SCI Impact Factor 0.47].
  15. P. Singla, R.Mehta, D. Berek, S.N. Upadhyay. " Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Poly(Lactic acid) and its Characterization Using Size Exclusion Chromatography. " Journal Of Macromolecular Science – Part A 49 (2012): 963-970. [SCI Impact Factor 0.963].
  16. A. Jain, T. Vu, R. Mehta and S. Mittal. " Optimizing the Cost and Performance of Parabolic Trough Solar Plants with Thermal Energy Storage in India. " Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 32 (2012): 824-829. [SCI Impact Factor 1.672].
  17. R. Singla and R. Mehta. " Preparation and Characterization of Polylactic Acid-Based Biodegradable Blends Processed Under Microwave Radiation. " Polymer-Plastics Technology And Engineering 51 (2012): 1014-1017. [SCI Impact Factor 1.232].
  18. Amit Jain, P.N.B.V. Chalapathi Rao, Poulami Choudhury, Rajeev Mehta, Susheel K. Mittal. " Optimization Studies for hybrid and storage designs for parabolic solar Trough systems with the System Advisor Model. " Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 32 (2012): 1247-1254. [SCI Impact Factor 1.672].
  19. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta , S.Nath Upadhyay. " Polyethylene Glycol and Montmorillonite Clay Anchored Schiff Base Ligand-Metal Complexes. " Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (2013): 3967–3973. [SCI Impact Factor 2.843].
  20. P. Singla, R.Mehta, D. Berek, S.N. Upadhyay. " Ring Opening Polymerization of Lactide in a Monomode Microwave using Stannous Octoate and Dibutyltin Dimethoxide Catalysts. " Journal Of Macromolecular Science – Part A 51 (2014): 350-361. [SCI Impact Factor 0.963].
  21. Manpreet Kaur, Rajeev Mehta, Surinder Singh. " The effect of O6+ and Si7+ ion beam irradiations on poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (50:50) copolymer. " Polymer Science Series B 56 (2014): 657-663. [SCI Impact Factor 0.621].
  22. P. Singla, R.Mehta, S.N. Upadhyay. " Microwave Assisted In-situ Ring-opening Polymerization of Polylactide/Clay Nanocomposites: Effect of Clay Loading. " Applied Clay Science 95 (2014): 67-73. [SCI Impact Factor 3.101].
  23. Manpreet Kaur, Surinder Singh, Rajeev Mehta. " Silver ion beam irradiation effects on poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)/Clay nanocomposites. " Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing 117 (2014): 2241-2249. [SCI Impact Factor 1.455].
  24. Pooja Puri, Rajeev Mehta, Sunita Rattan. " Synthesis and mechanical properties of Polyurethane/Clay nanocomposites. " Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 16 (2014): 1126-1130. [SCI Impact Factor 0.383].
  25. Pooja Puri, Rajeev Mehta, Sunita Rattan. " Synergistic Effects of Clay and GNPs on Electrical and Mechanical Properties of PU/GNP/OMMT Ternary Composite. " Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 17 (2015): 477 – 483. [SCI Impact Factor 0.383].
  26. Mohit Garg, Shruti Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. " Pristine and amino functionalized carbon nanotubes reinforced glass fiber epoxy composites. " Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 76 (2015): 92-101. [SCI Impact Factor 4.075].
  27. Pooja Puri, Rajeev Mehta, Sunita Rattan. " Synthesis of highly conductive Polyurethane/Graphite composites for electromagnetic interference shielding. " Journal of Electronic Materials 44 (2015): 4255-4268. [SCI Impact Factor 1.579].
  28. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta , S.Nath Upadhyay. " Copolymerization of Propylene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide. " Current Organic Chemistry 19 (2015): 2344-2357. [SCI Impact Factor 1.924].
  29. Shilpa Narang, Eva Macova, Dušan Berek, S.N.Upadhyay, Rajeev Mehta. " Synthesis of Poly(propylene carbonate) from Highly Active, Inexpensive Achiral SalphCo(III)X as Initiator and Bis(Triphenyl Phosphine) Iminium as Co-initiator. " Journal of Applied Polymer Science 133 (2015): 43099-43109. [SCI Impact Factor 1.86].
  30. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta, Dušan Berek, S.N.Upadhyay. " Copolymerization of Propylene Oxide and CO2 Using Achiral Salophen Co(III) Penta- florobenzoate as Catalyst and tetrabutyl ammonium bromide as Co-catalyst. " Journal of Macromolecular Science: Pure and Applied Chemistry 53 (2016): 297 – 300. [SCI Impact Factor 0.963].
  31. Manpreet Kaur, Surinder Singh, Rajeev Mehta. " Physico-Chemical Modification Induced in PLGA/OMMT Nanocomposite films by Li3+ Ion Beam. " Vacuum 125 (2016): 170-179. [SCI Impact Factor 1.530].
  32. Garg Mohit, Sharma Shruti, Sharma Sandeep, Mehta Rajeev. " Non-contact damage monitoring technique for FRP laminates using guided waves. " Smart Structures and Systems An Int’l Journal 17 (2016): 795-817. [SCI Impact Factor 1.382].
  33. Sharma Bikramjit, Chhibber Rahul, Mehta Rajeev. " Effect of surface treatment of nanoclay on the mechanical properties of epoxy/glass fiber/clay nanocomposites. " Composites Interface 23 (2016): 623-640. [SCI Impact Factor 1.083].
  34. Mohit Garg, Shruti Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. " Processing of functionalized and pristine carbon nanotube epoxy composites with silane- treated glass fiber. " Materials and Manufacturing Processes 31 (2016): 2044-2056. [SCI Impact Factor 1.419].
  35. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta, Dušan Berek, S.N.Upadhyay. " Effect of electron density on the catalysts for copolymerization of propylene oxide and CO2. " Journal of Polymer Research 23 (2016): 1-8. [SCI Impact Factor 1.615].
  36. Mohit Garg, Shruti Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. " Carbon nanotube-reinforced glass fiber epoxy composite laminates exposed to hygrothermal conditioning. " Journal of Materials Science 51 (2016): 8562-8578. [SCI Impact Factor 2.595].
  37. Deepak Bhandari · Rahul Chhibber · Navneet Arora · Rajeev Mehta. " Investigation of TiO2–SiO2–CaO–CaF2 based electrode coatings on weld metal chemistry and mechanical behaviour of bimetallic welds. " Journal of Manufacturing Processes 23 (2016) 61-74. [SCI Impact Factor 2.322].
  38. Manpreet Kaur, Surinder Singh, Rajeev Mehta. " A comparison of modifications Induced by Li3+ and Ag8+ ion beams on poly(lactide-co-glycolide) films. " Polymer Science Part B 58 (2016): 759–768. [SCI Impact Factor 0.737].
  39. Deepak Bhandari Rahul Chhibber Navneet Arora Rajeev Mehta. " Investigations on weld metal chemistry and mechanical ehavior of bimetallic welds using CaO–CaF2–SiO2–Ni based electrode coatings. " Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications 0 (2016): 1-17. [SCI Impact Factor 1.625].
  40. Sharma Bikramjit, Chhibber Rahul, Mehta Rajeev. " Curing studies and mechanical properties of glass fiber reinforced composites based on silanized clay minerals. " Applied Clay Science 138 (2017): 89-99. [SCI Impact Factor 3.101].
  41. Mohit Garg, Shruti Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. " Role of curing conditions and silanization of glass fibers on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) reinforced glass fiber epoxy composites. " Composites Interface 24 (2017): 233-253. [SCI Impact Factor 1.083].
  42. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta , S.Nath Upadhyay. " Solvent free cycloaddition of CO2 and Propylene Oxide to Cyclic carbonates using different ligand metal complexes. " Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Nano-Metal Chemistry 47 (2017): 909-916. [SCI Impact Factor 0.489].
  43. Karanbir Singh, Tarun Nanda, Rajeev Mehta. " Compatibilization of polypropylene fibers in epoxy based GFRP/clay nanocomposites for improved impact strength. " Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 98 (2017): 207-217. [SCI Impact Factor 4.075].
  44. Garg Mohit, Sharma Shruti, Sharma Sandeep, Mehta Rajeev. " Effect of hygrothermal aging on GFRP composites in marine environment. " Steel and Composite Structures, An International Journal 25 (2017): 93-104. [SCI Impact Factor 3.198].
  45. Karanbir Singh, Tarun Nanda, Rajeev Mehta. " Addition of nanoclay and compatibilized EPDM rubber for improved impact strength of epoxy glass fiber composites. " Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 103 (2017): 263–271. [SCI Impact Factor 4.075].
  46. Sharma Bikramjit, Chhibber Rahul, Mehta Rajeev. " Effect of mixing parameters, post-curing and stoichiometry on mechanical properties of fiber reinforced epoxy-clay nanocomposites. " Journal of Materials: Design and Applications 0 (2018): 1-12. [SCI Impact Factor 1.625].
  47. Mansi Singh, Rajeev Mehta, Sanjeev K Verma, Ipsita Biswas. " Effect of addition of different nano-clays on the fumed silica- polyethylene glycol based shear-thickening fluids. " Material Research Express 5 (2018): 014001, 1-9. [SCI Impact Factor 1.151].
  48. Karanbir Singh, Tarun Nanda, Rajeev Mehta. " Processing of poly-ethylene terephthalate fiber reinforcement to improve compatibility with constituents of GFRP nanocomposites. " Materials and Manufacturing Processes 33 (2018): 103-114. [SCI Impact Factor 3.386].
  49. Bikramjit Sharma, Rahul Chhibber and Rajeev Mehta. " Seawater ageing of glass fiber reinforced epoxy nanocomposites based on silylated clays. " Polymer Degradation and Stability 147 (2018): 933-937. [SCI Impact Factor 1.232].
  50. Singh, Mansi; Verma, Sanjeev; Biswas, ipsita; Mehta, Rajeev. " Effect of molecular weight of polyethylene glycol on the rheological properties of fumed silica-polyethylene glycol shear thickening fluid. " Material Research Express 5 (2018): 055704, 1-15. [SCI Impact Factor 1.151].
  51. Pavny Passi, Mansi Singh, Rajeev Mehta. " Steady shear and dynamic strain thickening of halloysite nanotubes and fumed silica shear thickening composite. " Journal of Polymer Engineering 38 (2018): 915-924. [SCI Impact Factor 0.778].
  52. Shelly, Daksh; Singh, Karanbir; Nanda, Tarun; Mehta, Rajeev. " Addition of nanomer clays to GFRPs for enhanced impact strength and fracture toughness. " Material Research Express 5 (2018): 105013, 1-12. [SCI Impact Factor 1.151].
  53. Singh, Mansi; Verma, Sanjeev; Biswas, ipsita; Mehta, Rajeev. " Effect of addition of silicone oil on the rheology of fumed silica and polyethylene glycol shear thickening suspension. " Journal of Polymer Engineering 39 (2019): 48-57. [SCI Impact Factor 0.778].
  54. Nanda, Tarun; Sharma, Gaurav ; Mehta, Rajeev; Shelly, Daksh; Singh, Karanbir. " Mechanisms for enhanced impact strength of epoxy based nanocomposites reinforced with silicate platelets. " Material Research Express 6 (2019): 065061, 1-14. [SCI Impact Factor 1.151].
  55. Mansi Singh, Sanjeev K Verma, Ipsita Biswas, Rajeev Mehta. " Rheology of Fumed Silica and Polyethylene Glycol Shear Thickening Suspension with Nanoclay as an Additive". " Defence Science Journal (2019); Accepted. [SCI Impact Factor 0.51].

International Conferences

  1. R. Ramanathan, R. Mehta and D. G. Baird. " Thermal and mechanical analysis of liquid crystalline blends." Presented in North American Thermal Analysis Society Meeting, Buena Vista, FL, USA, 1988
  2. R. Mehta and Charles Y-C Lee. " Characterization and analysis of defects in non-linear optical molecular composites. " Presented in ACS (PMSE division), Washington, USA, 1990
  3. Charles Y-C Lee, R.Mehta, A.K. Agrawal and S.A. Jehneke. " Waveguiding in insoluble conjugated polymers." Presented in CLEO, USA, 1992
  4. P. Kaur, R. Mehta, D. Berek, S. N. Upadhyay. " Synthesis of polylactide under inert atmosphere and vacuum. " Presented in Polychar 19, Nepal on 20 -24 March 2011
  5. P.Singla, R. Mehta, S.N. Upadhyay. " Microwave Assisted Ring-Opening Polymerization of Lactide to Poly (Lactic Acid). " Presented in Polychar 19, Nepal on 20 -24 March 2011
  6. S. Narang,, R. Mehta, S.N. Upadhyay. " Synthesis of polycarbonates from carbon dioxide and propylene oxide. " Presented in Polychar 19, Nepal on 20 -24 March 2011
  7. R. Mehta. " Ring-opening polymerization of lactide using microwave and conventional method and modeling and simulation of the polymerization. " Presented in World Forum on Advanced Materials Innovation in Polymer Science and Technology, Indonesia on 28 November - 01 December, 2011
  8. Mansi Singh and R. Mehta. " Shear - Thickening Fluids and their Applications- A Rheological Study of Nanoclay/Fumed Silica/PEG Systems. " Presented in 25th POLYCHAR 2017 World Forum on Advanced Materials, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9 -13 October 2017

National Conferences

  1. R. Mehta and V. Kumar. “ Ring-opening poly(lactic acid) polymerization: synthesis and kinetics. ” Presented in National Conference on Material and Related Technologies & Management. September 19-20, 2003 organised by TIET, Patiala.
  2. V.Singh, H. Handa and R. Mehta. “ Synthesis of EPDM-clay nanocomposite ” Presented in National Seminar at TTTI, Chandigarh & Management. Nov 13-14, 2003 organised by TTTI, Chandigarh.
  3. R. Mehta and V. Kumar. “ Modeling of the ring-opening poly(lactic acid) polymer ” Presented in National Seminar at TTTI, Chandigarh & Management. Nov 13-14, 2003 organised by TTTI, Chandigarh.
  4. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Mathematical modeling of the poly(lactic acid) ring-opening odelling tion kinetics ” Presented in National workshop on Catalysis for Energy, IT-BHU & Management. Feb 23-25, 2006 organised by IT-BHU.
  5. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Mathematical modeling of the poly(lactic acid) ring-opening polymerisation ” Presented in 2nd International conference on recent advances in composite materials, New Delhi & Management. ICRACM-2007 on Feb 20-23, 2007.
  6. R. Mehta, V. Kumar, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Modeling and simulation of ring-opening polymerization of lactide ” Presented in APA international conference on – Advances in polymer science and technology, New Delhi & Management. POLY-2008on Jan 28-31, 2008.
  7. R. Singh, V. Kumar, R. Mehta. “ Applicability of liquid membranes in environmental protection ” Presented in 11th Punjab science congress – 2008, Patiala & Management. Jan 7-9, 2008.
  8. P. Kaur, R. Mehta, S. N. Upadhyay. “ Polymers in medical applications ” Presented in 11th Punjab science congress – 2008, Patiala & Management. Jan 7-9, 2008.
  9. P. Kaur, R. Mehta, S. N. Upadhyay. “ Synthesis of poly(lactic acid) by ring-opening polymerization ” Presented in Polychar 16 – World forum for advanced materials, Lucknow & Management. Polychar 16 on Feb 17-21, 2008.
  10. P. Kaur, R. Mehta, S. N. Upadhyay. “ Role of biodegradable polymers for the environment in green chemistry ” Presented in Advances in Chemical Engineering, Thapar University & Management. Achem-2009 on Feb 27-29, 2009 organised by Thapar University.
  11. R. Singh, R. Mehta and V. Kumar. “ Simultaneous removal of Cu, Ni and Zn metal ions using bulk liquid membrane system ” Presented in Advances in Chemical Engineering, Thapar University & Management. Achem-2009 on Feb 27-29, 2009 organised by Thapar University.
  12. R. Mehta. “ Mathematical modeling of the Polylactic acid ring-opening polymerization ” Presented in Workshop on Applications of Modeling and Simulation in Chemcial Engineering & Management. March 16-20, 2009.
  13. R. Mehta. “ Fluid measuring systems ” Presented in SDP on Basics and Applications of CFD & Management. BCFD-2009 on July 10-23, 2009.
  14. P. Singla and R. Mehta. “ Organic Modification of Clay ” Presented in Polymer Congress APA-2009, New Delhi & Management. APA-2009 on Dec 17-20, 2009.
  15. P.Singla, S.N. Upadhyay, R. Mehta. “ Conventional vs microwave synthesis of polylactide ” Presented in Second International Conference on Polymer Processing and Characterization (ICPPC – 2010), Kerala & Management. ICPPC – 2010 on Jan 15-17, 2010.
  16. Pooja Puri, Rajeev Mehta, and Sunita Rattan. “ Polymer Nanocomposite with High Conductivity and Mechanical Strength ” Presented in Second International Conference on Polymer Processing and Characterization (ICPPC – 2010), Kerala & Management. ICPPC – 2010 on Jan 15-17, 2010.
  17. R. Mehta. “ Epoxy layered silicate nanocomposites as matrix in fibre reinforced composites ” Presented in International conference on emerging trends in mechanical engineering (ICETME – 2011), Thapar University, Patiala & Management. ICETME – 2011 on Feb 24-26, 2011 organised by Thapar University, Patiala.
  18. R. Mehta, R. Singla, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Microwave assisted ring-opening polymerization of lactide and in-situ synthesis of polylactide-clay nanocomposites ” Presented in First national conference on recent advances in polymer nanocomposites, Zakir Husain College, Delhi University & Management. Jan 14-15, 2011.
  19. R. Mehta. “ FRP epoxy clay nanocomposites ” Presented in 2nd conference on Advances in chemical engineering 2011 (AchemE 2011), Thapar University, Punjab & Management. AchemE 2011 on Feb 27-28, 2011 organized by Thapar University, Punjab.
  20. R. Mehta. “ Fibre reinforced polymers nanocomposites ” Presented in Modeling of Renewable Energy Systems using CFD, Thapar University & Management. March 17-18, 2011 organized by Thapar University.
  21. Sumit Mahajan, Bikramjit Sharma, Rahul Chibber, R. Mehta. “ Epoxy Layered Silicates Nanocomposites As Matrix In Fibre-reinforced Composites ” Presented in Advances in polymer science and rubber technology 2011 (APSRT 2011), IIT Kharagpur & Management. APSRT 2011 in 2011 organized by IIT Kharagpur.
  22. R. Mehta. “ Risk Assessment , Prevention and Emergency Management of Chemical Plants ” Presented in Chemical (Industrial) Disaster Management : Best Practices in Management of Isolated Storages, Hazardous & Biomedical Wastes, Chemical, Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries including Transportation (CIDM 2012), Chandigarh & Management. CIDM 2012 on June 21-23, 2012.
  23. S. Shyam Kumar, Rahul Chhibber, Rajeev Mehta, V Chandra Sekhar. “ Digital Prototyping: CAD application to Bio Medical Modelling ” Presented in RAMIII-2013, held by PDA college of Engg Gulbarga (Karnataka) & Management. RAMIII-2013 on Sep 20-22, 2012 organised by PDA college of Engg Gulbarga (Karnataka).
  24. R. Mehta. “ Coal as a feed – stock for the clean energy source hydrogen ” Presented in World Petrocoal Congress, Convention center-NDCC, New Delhi & Management. Feb 15-17, 2013.
  25. Rajeev Mehta, Bikramjit Sharma, Rajan Verma, Mahakdeep Singh, Rahul Chhibber. “ Degradation of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites: Effect of Curing and Nanoclay Content ” Presented in 4th International conference on recent advances in composite materials (ICRACM 2013), Goa international center, Goa & Management. ICRACM 2013 on Feb 18-21, 2013.
  26. Vishwasrao B. Patil, Bikramjit Sharma, Rahul Chhibber, Rajeev Mehta. “ Nanoclay reinforced epoxy as matrix in fibre reinforced composites ” Presented in National Conference on Advances in Naval Materials (ADNAM-2013), IITM and NIOT, Chennai & Management. ADNAM-2013 on Feb 22-23, 2013.
  27. ManpreetKaur, SurinderSingh, Rajeev Mehta. “ Radiation induced modification of Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) ” Presented in International Conference on “ Polymers on the Frontiers of Science and Technology”, Chandigarh, APA 2013 & Management. APA 2013 on Feb 21-23, 2013.
  28. Shilpa Narang, Rajeev Mehta, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Chemical Fixation of CO2 and Propylene Oxide to Polycarbonates and Cyclic Carbonates ” Presented in International Conference on “ Polymers on the Frontiers of Science and Technology”, Chandigarh, APA 2013 & Management. APA 2013 on Feb 21-23, 2013.
  29. Pankil Singla , Rajeev Mehta , S.N. Upadhyay. “ Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Poly (Lactic acid) and its Nanocomposites ” Presented in International Conference on “ Polymers on the Frontiers of Science and Technology”, Chandigarh, APA 2013 & Management. APA 2013 on Feb 21-23, 2013.
  30. Bikramjit Sharma, Rahul Chhibber, Rajeev Mehta. “ Epoxy Layered Silicate Nanocomposites As Matrix In Fibre Reinforced Composites ” Presented in International Conference on “ Polymers on the Frontiers of Science and Technology”, Chandigarh, APA 2013 & Management. APA 2013 on Feb 21-23, 2013.
  31. P. Singla, R.Mehta, D. Berek, S.N. Upadhyay. “ Monomode Microwave Synthesis of Polylactic Acid and Preparation of In-situ PLA Nanocomposites ” Presented in International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Materials (ICAPM 2013)”, Kerala & Management. ICAPM 2013 on Oct 11-13, 2013.
  32. Rajeev Mehta. “ An overview of microwave synthesis of Polylactic Acid and preparation of in-situ PLA nanocomposites ” Presented in National Conference on Innovative molecules for Sustainable Future, Thapar University & Management. Oct 24-26, 2013 organised by Thapar University.
  33. Karanbir Singh, Tarun Nanda, Rajeev Mehta. “ Effect of Clay Reinforcement on the Properties of Epoxy based Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites ” Presented in National conference on Emerging trends in Engineering & Management (ICETE-2013) & Management. ICETE-2013 on Nov 8-9, 2013.
  34. M. Garg, S. Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. “ Processing of polymer composites containing carbon nanotubes ” Presented in International conference on polymer composites, NITK Surathkal & Management. Dec 19-20, 2014.
  35. M. Garg, S. Sharma, Rajeev Mehta. “ Mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites ” Presented in International conference on polymer composites, NITK Surathkal & Management. Dec 19-20, 2014.
  36. R. Mehta. “ Making of a degradable polymer – from modeling and simulation to synthesis to in-situ nanocomposites ” Presented in INDO-UK Workshop on Sustainable Polymer Applications (IUWSPA 2015), Thapar University & Management. IUWSPA 2015 on Dec 8-9, 2015 organized by Thapar University.
  37. R. Mehta and Mansi Singh. “ Shear thickening fluids and their applications ” Presented in INDO-UK Workshop on Sustainable Polymer Applications (IUWSPA 2015), Thapar University & Management. IUWSPA 2015 on Dec 8-9, 2015 organized by Thapar University.
  38. Pavni Passy and R. Mehta. “ Modeling of shear thickening suspensions ” Presented in INDO-UK Workshop on Sustainable Polymer Applications (IUWSPA 2015), Thapar University & Management. IUWSPA 2015 on Dec 8-9, 2015 organized by Thapar University.
  39. R. Mehta and Mansi Singh. “ Shear thickening fluids ” Presented in 3rd International conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (ICNM 2015), Hindustan College of Science and Technology, Mathura & Management. ICNM 2015 on Dec 12-14, 2015 organized by Hindustan College of Science and Technology, Mathura.
  40. Pavni Passy and R. Mehta. “ Modeling approach for STF ” Presented in 3rd International conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (ICNM 2015), Hindustan College of Science and Technology, Mathura & Management. ICNM 2015 on Dec 12-14, 2015 organized by Hindustan College of Science and Technology, Mathura.
  41. R. Mehta. “ Polymer characterization ” Presented in Short term course on “Instrumental techniques for chemical and material analysis (ITCMA-2015), PEC University of Technology & Management. ITCMA-2015 on Dec 21-25, 2015 organized by PEC University of Technology.
  42. Manpreet Kaur, Surinder Singh, Rajeev Mehta. “ The effects of swift heavy ion irradiation on the structural properties of poly(lactide-coglycolide)/clay nanocomposite ” Presented in DAE Solid State Physics Symposium 2015 & Management. 21–25 December 2015.
  43. Mansi Singh, Rajeev Mehta. “ Dynamic Rheology of Bidisperse Shear Thickening Fluid: Effect of strain, frequency and temperature ” Presented in Highly Correlated Systems (IMHCS2017) at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. & Management. IMHCS2017 on 24-26 March 2017 organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  44. Rajeev Mehta. “ Shear - Thickening Fluids with Nanoparticles and Their Applications ” Presented in 4th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2017) at SRM University & Management. ICONN 2017 on 9-11 August 2017 organized by SRM University.

Achievement, Awards and Recognitions

  • SYNTHESIS OF POLY (LACTIC ACID) USING NEW CATALYSTS AND ITS KINETICS STUDY USING MODELING AND SIMULATION, Amount: Rs. 21.6 lacs (May 2007-Dec 2010) Naval Research Board (DRDO) (Completed Project)
  • BATCH STUDIES FOR SIMULTANEOUS REMOVAL OF COPPER, NICKEL AND ZINC METAL IONS BY BULK LIQUID MEMBRANE TECHNIQUE, Amount: Rs. 1.0 lac (2008) Thapar University (Completed Project)
  • PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLYMER/CERAMIC FIBRE AND CELLULOSE COMPOSITE PAPER FOR ELECTRICAL INSULATION, Amount: Rs. 9.0 lac (Nov 2011- August 2013) Crompton Greaves, Mumbai (Completed Project)
  • SYNTHESIS OF POLYCARBONATES FROM CARBON DIOXIDE AND PROPYLENE OXIDE, Amount: Rs. 14.1 lacs (March 2012- March 2014) AICTE (RPS) (Completed Project)
  • MICROWAVE ASSISTED POLYMERIZATION OF LACTIC ACID AND POLYLACTIC ACID NANOPARTICLES, Amount: Rs. 50,000 (Jan 2013- Jan 2014) IICHE (Completed Project)
  • PROCESSING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES AND THEIR DEGRADATION IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS, Amount: Rs. 21.54 Lakhs (Nov 2012- Feb 2016) Naval Research Board (DRDO) (Completed Project)
  • STUDIES ON STF – NANOCLAY BASED COMPOSITES FOR PERSONAL ARMOUR SYSTEMS, Amount: Rs. 32.2 Lakhs (May 2014-November 2017) ARMREB (CDSW) DRDO (Completed Project)
  • POLYMER FIBER ADDITION TO MULTI-SCALE GLASS FIBER REINFORCED CLAY EPOXY NANOCOMPOSITES FOR IMPROVED IMPACT STRENGTH, Amount: Rs. 28.92 Lakhs (March 2018 – March 2021) DST (SERB) (Ongoing Project)
  • The prestigious award was conferred upon by PlastIndia Foundation, an apex plastics organization of India. We won the gold trophy in the PlastIndia 2018 (7th Feb 2018) held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, for the category: Best Research in Polymer Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Specifically, the award has been given for our work on “Glass fiber reinforced epoxy-silyated clay nanocomposites”, having implications for the Indian navy.
  • Key resource team member in getting DST-FIST awarded to the Department of Chemical Engineering, in the area of polymers (2018, 1.94 Crores).
  • Award given for the “Best Innovative Young Researcher” at the 4th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2017) at SRM University.
  • Represented the university to successfully bag the 3rd FICCI Higher Education Excellence award in the category of Enabling Research, in 2016.
  • The research work, in the category of Research in the Field of Polymer Science & Technology for the Innovation in “Chemical Fixation of Carbon dioxide and Propylene Oxide to Poly (Propylene Carbonate) and Cyclic Carbonate” was selected as Joint Runners up (from 47 entries from all over the country) for 5th National Award for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastics Processing Industry, given by Ministry of Fertilizers and Chemicals.
  • Invited for the Project Monitoring and Review Committee (PMRC) of TBRL, DRDO, as an external expert on 14th Feb 2017, 18th May 2017.
  • Invited to the Executive Board (EB) meeting of TBRL, DRDO on 30th Nov 2016, 20th June 2017.
  • Underwent a one-month training program on entrepreneurship at University of Groningen, The Netherlands, from 25th Feb to 28th March 2017.
  • Our team won the third prize in the Venture Lab weekend at Groningen, The Netherlands, organized by University of Groningen Center for Entrepreneurship, March 2017.