Biopolymer and Biocomposites Lab

Research focus of our group is on advanced biocomposites and fiber materials. Polymers have become a material of choice in a gamut of applications owing to their structural versatility, processability, and lower density. We are interested in developing composite and nanofibrous materials that can address specific challenges in energy, environment and health care. Currently, our major focus is on  biopolymers/bio-derived nanomaterials and leveraging their properties in piezoelectric composites, microencapsulation and additive manufacturing.

Recent Publications

Elastic piezoelectric aerogels from isotropic and directionally ice-templated cellulose nanocrystals: comparison of structure and energy harvesting -
 Cellulose 2021

Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from a Ferroelectric Hybrid Salt [Ph3MeP]4[Ni(NCS)6] Embedded in a Polymer Matrix-Angewandte Chemie Int Ed. 2020 

Enhancing Thermomechanical and Chemical Stability of Polymer Electrolyte Membranes Using Polydopamine Coated Nanocellulose- ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2020


The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The
willingness to learn is a choice.
- Brian Herbert

To work/collaborate with our research group and learn together


Dr. Kadhiravan Shanmuganathan
Senior Scientist

D102 PAML, Polymer Science and Engineering Division
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pune 411008, India
Phone  +91-20-2590 2173

Email: k.shanmuganathan @