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Ashok Misra


NASI Platinum Jubilee Chair Distinguished Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Former Director, Indian Insitute of Technology, Bombay

Degree Information:

1974, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Polymer Science & Engineering
1971, MS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Polymer Science & Engineering
1969, MS, Tufts University, Medford, Chemical Engineering
1968, BTech, India Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Chemical Engineering

Email: ashokmisra@iisc.ac.in  ashokmisra47@gmail.com

Phone: +91.7019343300

Mailing address:

Home: 68 Adarsh Vista, Basavanagar, Bangalore 560037, India 

Work: Interdisciplinary Center for Energy Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India

Research Interests:

Structure property correlations in polymer systems:

The systems studied included polymer blends and alloys (including reactive processing), semi-crystalline polymers, liquid crystalline polymers, self-reinforcing composites (blends of LCP and conventional polymers) and thermoplastic composites.  Morphology and mechanical properties determined for most systems

Oriented films: Processing, properties and morphology

Stretch induced phase transformations in PVDF studied at various processing conditions. Uniaxial stretching was carried out on cast and blown films to obtain the B-phase in PVDF, which possess the high piezoelectric constant. Establish the best processing conditions for the formation PVDF films and to obtain electrical grade PVDF films.  Effect of select additives on B-phase formation determined.

Polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites:

PET-clay nanocomposites made using the melt-intercalation process. The special features of intercalation and exfoliation characterized. The aim was to develop materials for engineering and other applications.

Carbon nanotubes filled Polymer Composites

Preparation and properties of Polyamide 6 / PET reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Fundamental challenges of CNT dispersion in polymer matrix were studied. Electrical and mechanical properties were determined. The aim was to develop unique materials possessing enhanced electrical properties for electrical applications..

Honors and Distinctions:

  1. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India; President, 2007-08; Vice President, 2005-06
  2. Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering; Council member 2000-04 & 2010-2014
  3. Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, Univ. of Cambridge, UK, 2003, 2012 & 2017
  4. Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Thapar University, Patiala, 2007
  5. Lifetime Contribution to Education by the Higher Education Forum in 2013
  6. Distinguished Service Award, IIT Delhi, 2011
  7. Distinguished Service Award from the Polymer Processing Society, 2009
  8. S.S. Bhatnagar Memorial Award, 94th Indian Science Congress, 2007
  9. Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kanpur, 2008
  10. Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008, University of Massachusetts
  11. Dean’s Medal – Engineering, Tufts University, 2005
  12. Chemtech CEW Awards 2007 (Education), 2007
  13. National Systems Gold Medal 2006, Systems Society of India, November, 2006
  14. Qimpro Platinum Standard Award (Education), 2005
  15. Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal 2002