Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Polymer Science and Engineering Division

About Me

Complex Fluids and Polymer Engineering group 

Structure-property relations in polymers; Polymer nanocomposites; Polymer phase transitions; Colloid-Surfactant interactions; Self assembly

·         Experiments and simulations to investigate polymers, nanocomposites, colloids and surfactants

·         Technology development and consulting projects with industry – Led projects with General Electric, Procter and Gamble, Honeywell, Du Pont, General Cable Corporation, Reliance and Indian Oil Corporation

Other roles at NCL

Initiated Science Outreach to school students; Currently coordinate the Exciting Science Group

Served on several institutional committees, including the Students Academic Committee (responsible for instituting course work for students at NCL)

Professional Experience

  • 2001 Current- Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • Aug/Sep 2007: Visiting Professor, Universite du Main, Le Mans
  • 2000-2001: VW Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Germany (Advisor: Frank Caruso)
  • 1994-2000: MS/PhD in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Advisor: Julia A Kornfield)
  • 1990-1994: BTech in Chemical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay)

Selected Publications

  • Biswas, B.; Choudhury, C. K. And Kumaraswamy G, Colloidal assembly through ice-templating, Faraday Discussions., 186, 61 - 76 (2016).
  • Chatterjee, S.; Sengupta, S. And Kumaraswamy G, Omniphilic Sponges by ice-templating, Chem. Mater., 28, 1823 - 1831 (2016).
  • Kumar, M.; Patil, N. G.; Choudhury, C. K.; Roy, S.; Ambade, A. V. And Kumaraswamy G, Compact polar moieties induce lipid–water systems to form discontinuous reverse micellar phase, Soft Matter., 11, 5417 - 5424 (2015).
  • Rajamanickam, R.; Kumari, S.; Kumar, D.; Ghosh, S.; Kim, J. C.; Tae, G.; Sengupta, S. And Kumaraswamy G, Soft colloidal scaffolds capable of elastic recovery after large compressive strains, Chem. Mater., 26, 5161 - 5168 (2014).
  • Kumaraswamy. G, Surve. N, Mathew. R.Rana, A.S, Jha. S. K, Bulakh. N. N, Nisal. A. A, Ajithkumar. T. G, Rajamohanan. P. R And Ratnagiri. R, Lamellar Melting, Not Crystal Motion, Results in Softening of Polyoxymethylene on Heating, Macromolecules., 45, 5967 - 5978 (2012).
  • Sharma. K. P, Ganai. A. K, Sengupta. S And Kumaraswamy. G, Self Standing Macroporous Scaffolds with Controllable Morphology by Dynamic Templating of Surfactant Mesophase Domains, Chem. Mater., 23, 1448 - 1455 (2011).
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Research Interest

  • Complex Fluids AND Polymer Engineering
  • Polymer Physics
  • Polymer Science

Contact Details

J-101, Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory,
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, 
Pune 411008,
Maharashtra, India.