Research Interest:

  • Polymer synthesis amd modification of polymers
  • Addition and condensation polymerization
  • Functional modification of monomers and polymers
  • Speciality polymers (molecular imprints)
  • Structure and functional relationships of polymers, Lithography

Design of polymers

  • Matrices (Hydrogels, Biomaterials)
  • Memberanes (Separations, Scaffolds )
  • Nanomaterials ( Nanoparticles, nanogels, nanofibers, nanowires nanotubes, micro/nanopatters )


  • Thermal and mechanical properties
  • Swelling kinetics, morphological, crystolography
  • Antibacterial and Degrdation properties


  • Superabsorbents, Drug delivery systems for targetted delivery, gel elctrolytes for solar cell
  • Metal separation for waste water treatment, micro/nanopatterns patterns for tissue regeneration


  • Wound healing materials
  • Nanomaterials for biomedical and industrial applications
  • Gel electrolytes for Solar Cell applications
  • Packing materials

Professional Experience

  • 2003- Current- Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • 2002-2003 - Postdoctoral Fellow, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • 1999-2001 Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 1997 Ph.D Student, IICT, Hyderabad (Osmania University)  UGC-NET qualified
  • 1998 CSIR-Research Associate

Selected Publications

  • GVN Rathna , J, Li and S Gunasekaran, “Functionally-modified egg white albumen hydrogels”, Polym Int 53:1994, 2004.
  • GVN Rathna, “Gelatin hydrogels: enhanced biocompatibility, drug release and cell viability”. J. Mater. Sci. and Mater. Med. 19, 2351 (2008).
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  • GVN Rathna, JP Jog, AB Gaikwad, " Devlopment of non-woven nanofibers…..on morphology of nanofibers Polymer Journal 43, 654, 2011
  • GVN Rathna, Mallinath SB, B Manish, and VL. Paul, studies on fabrication---nanofibers mats of poly(vinyl alcohol) and sodium alginate Polymer Engineering and Science, 1-13, 2012 DOI 10. 1002/pen

Book Chapters

  • Book Name: Biopolymers: Biomedical and Environmental Applications, Chapter : Bacterial polymers, ISBN: 978-0-470-63923-8, 2011,Willey Inter-science


  • Bifunctional-modified hydrogels”, Rathna Gundloori et al US patent 7615593, 2009.