Anjanikumar Varma

Polymer Science and Engineering Division

About Me

We work in the field of Cellulose and Carbohydrate Polymers and  other natural polymers like  chitosan, industrial polysaccharides,  etc., with our main focus on developing functionalized polymers for new applications as well as synthesis of functionalized nanoparticles and nanofibers from cellulose, chitosan, lignin, and so on. We also work on developing strategies for synthesis of biodegradable polymers. On the technology side, we work on biomass as a basic raw material to produce a variety of polymers and platform chemicals, fuels like bioethanol, pretreatment technologies for biomass for efficient conversion, and prebiotics from natural sources.

Professional Experience

Current- Head of the Division, PSE, Chief Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

Ph.D. (New York and Syracuse)

Editorial Board of "Carbohydrate Polymers"(Elsevier Press) and "Trends in Carbohydrate Chemistry" (web journal); Expert Group Member of ICS-UNIDO (Italy); President - Society of Polymer Science India (Pune Chapter)

Selected Publications

Research Interest

  • Carbohydrate Polymers

Contact Details

Dr. A.J.Varma
Chief Scientist and Chair, PSE
Office: 943, Polymer Science and Engineering Division
National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pune 411008, India
Phone  +91 20 2590 2191
Fax +91 20 2590 2618
Email: aj.varma {at}