CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.Aruna Dhathathreyan
Emeritus Scientist
Academic Qualifications
    Ph.D, University of Madras (1984)
Contact Details
Dr.Aruna Dhathathreyan
Emeritus Scientist
Faculty AcSIR
Advanced Materials Laboratory
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: aruna@clri.res.in aruna.dhatha@gmail.com,

  • Dr.Ms.Aruna Dhathathreyan is a Professor (AcSIR) and emeritus scientist (DST) at the Advanced Materials Lab., CSIR-CLRI since July, 2015. Prior to that, she was chief scientist and Head, Biophysics Lab., CSIR-CLRI between 2012 and June, 2015. Dhathathreyan’s scientific contributions come from such diverse areas as Langmuir-Blodgett films, Biophysical Chemistry, materials and surface science and Biophysics.    
  • Dr.Dhathathreyan is the author of more than 125 research papers and holds 2 patents. She has mentored more than 50 undergrad, grad. and research students .  
Professional Information
  • INSA-DFG visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interface Research, Potsdam, FRG; Visiting Scientist, Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, FRG; Visiting Professor, Dept. of Bioorganic Chem. University of Gottingen, Germany; Visiting Scientist , Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfelld, FRG
  • Dept. of Biotechnology, Anna University (Technology) Chennai India (course in spectroscopy of bio-molecules )-B.Tech.(Industrial Biotech.)
  • Visiting Faculty, Anna University-CSIR-CLRI, Chennai India ( M.Tech course on colloids and Surfaces)
  • AcSIR Professor-  Courses on Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysical Techniques
General Information
Tedex speaker- ‘Knowledge Management’, IT Park, Taramani, 2012

General Articles written by Dhathathreyan, Aruna

  • Scientists - making sense and being sensitive  |  Correspondence  |  25 May 2003, 84 (10)    
  • Teaching and research programmes in science in Indian universities  |  Correspondence  |  10 December 2003, 85 (11)    
  • 'To be a techie or not to be' - Science and technology scenario in India  |  Opinion  |  10 June 2007, 92 (11)     
Research experience:
  • Biophysical Chemistry- bio-colloids, Design of new materials at interfaces, Thin polymeric and protein films- coating on surfaces, adhesion proteins, molecular crowding interfacial rheology
  • Soft condensed matter- Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of bio-molecules – proteins, lipid-protein interactions and their composites with polymers
  • Bio-nanotechnology- Molecular organized assemblies of bio-membranes, liposomes, and proteasomes, Cell mechanics-Rigidity, Elastic compliance

Projects completed/in progress

  • Completed : DST—SERC-6, DST-Nanomission-1, DST-Molecular Electronics -1 DST-SERB-2, DRDO 1, Industrial Consultancy- 5

  • Ongoing DST-SERB project  (From Nov.,2017) on ‘Designing an Admittance based experimental tool to evaluate mechanical properties and stability of supported lipid bilayers , liposomes, biological cell membranes

Some Recent Publications

  1. Interaction of Myoglobin colloids with BSA in solution: insights into complex formation and elastic compliance
    D.Madhumitha, Aruna Dhathathreyan, Int.J.Biomacromol., (2017), in print

  2. Studies on the Physico-chemical Behavior of Synthetic Tanning Agents in Non-aqueous Medium
    Jayakumar, Gladstone Christopher; Javid, Mohammed; Raja, Allic; D, JALCA Volume: 112, Pages: 277-282 ( 2017 )

  3. Initiating fibro-proliferation through interfacial interactions of myoglobin colloids with collagen in solution , Dhanasekaran, Madhumitha; Dhathathreyan, Aruna ,
    Int.J.Biomacromol.,Vol.101, P.117-125   ( 2017 )

  4. Viscoelastic phase separation at Cytochrome c solution/capsules interface
    Steffi Antony M., Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan, Colloids and Surfaces A,   2016, 506, p.756

  5. Balancing soft elasticity and low surface polarity in films of charged BSA capsules at air/fluid interface
    D. Madhumitha, Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan, Reinhard Miller
    Colloids and Surfaces B, 2016, 146, p.161.

  6. Relevance of interfacial viscoelasticity in stability and conformation of biomolecular organizates at air/fluid interface
    Steffi Antony M, Maheshkumar Jaganathan and Aruna Dhathathreyan
    Advances in Colloid and Interface Science,  2016, 238, p.80

  7. Jones-Ray effect on the organization of lysozyme in the presence of NaNO3 at an air/water interface: is it a cause or consequence?
    Maheshkumar Jaganathan, Aruna Dhathathreyan, Chellappan Selvarju, Reinhard Miller, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 100638

  8. Folding-Refolding of Ferritin as Template in Design of Nanoclusters of Copper and Manganese Oxide
    Harshith Subramanian, Maheshkumar Jaganathan, and Aruna Dhathathreyan ,
    Journal of Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, in press

  9. Does L to D-amino acid substitution trigger helix -> sheet conformations in collagen like peptides adsorbed to surfaces?
    Velmurugan, P., Raghava Rao, J., Sankaranarayanan, K.amatchi, Dhathathreyan, A. 
    Mat. Sci. & Eng. C-Mat. Biol. App., 2015,57, 249.

  10. Development of smart leathers: incorporating scent through infusion of encapsulated lemongrass oil.
    Velmurugan, P., Nishad Fathima, N., Baskar, G., Dhathathreyan, A., Raghava Rao, J. 
    RSC Adv., 2015,  5, 59903

  11. Understanding ethylammonium nitrate stabilized cytochrome c – Molecular dynamics and experimental approach
    Maheshkumar Jaganathan, C. Ramakrishnan, D. Velmurugan, Aruna   Dhathathreyan,
    J.Mol.Struct.,  (2015),1081, pp.334-341

  12. Protein microcapsules: Preparation and applications
    Jaganathan, Maheshkumar; Madhumitha, D.; Dhathathreyan, A.
    Advances in colloid and interface science   (2014), 209, pp 1-7  

  13. Conformational Transitions of Cytochrome c in Sub-Micron-Sized Capsules at    Air/Buffer   Interface.
    Maheshkumar Jaganathan and Aruna Dhathathreyan
    Langmuir, (2014), 30 , pp 11356–11365

  14. Ionic liquid doped β lactoglobulin as template for nanoclusters of nickel oxide,
    Kamatchi Sankaranarayanan, M.Kalaiarasi, B.Sreedhar, B.U.Nair, A.Dhathathreyan
    Int. J. Nanoscience, (2014),  13, pp1450006-1450015

  15. Anomalous conformational transitions in cytochrome C adsorbing to Langmuir-Blodgett films
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A.,
    Applied surface science, 273 (2013) pp.75-81

  16. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of capsules of haemoglobin at air/water and solid/air  interfaces,
    Maheshkumar, J.; Dhathathreyan, A.
    Journal of chemical sciences  (2013) 125, pp.219-227

  17. Microviscosity-Induced Conformational Transition in beta-Lactoglobulin in the Presence of an Ionic Liquid,
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Sreedhar, B.; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A.
    Journal of physical chemistry B  (2013) 117, pp.1234-1240

  18. Supported lipid bilayers as templates to design manganese oxide nanoparticles,
    Maheshkumar, J.; Sreedhar, B.; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A.,
    Journal of chemical sciences,(2012),124, pp. 979-984 

  19. Nanoclusters of nickel oxide using giant vesicles,
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Hakkim, V.; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A.
    Colloids and Surfaces A-physicochemical and engineering  aspects, (2012),  407,     pp.150-158  

  20. Reversible and Irreversible Conformational Transitions in Myoglobin: Role of Hydrated Amino Acid Ionic Liquid,
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Sathyaraj, Gopal; Nair, B. U.; Dhathathreyan, A., ,
    J.Physical.Chemistry. B, (2012), 116, pp.4175-4180

  21. Evaluation of hydropathy of amino acids from a comparison of their viscosities inside vesicles and on supported lipid bilayers,
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Dhathathreyan, A.
    Colloids and surfaces B-Biointerfaces , (2012), 91, pp63-67

  22. Interfacial Viscoelasticity of Myoglobin at Air/Water and Air/Solution Interfaces: Role of Folding and Clustering
    Sankaranarayanan, Kamatchi; Dhathathreyan, Aruna; Kraegel, Juergen; Miller, R
    Journal of physical chemistry B (2012) 116, pp. 895-902


  • She is the recipient of  B.C.Deb memorial award for Physical Chemistry ( 85th session, ISCA, 1998), Was a Raman Research Fellow (awarded by CSIR, Govt. of India 1999), recipient of the Bronze medal awarded by Chemical Research Society of India ( 2003), Stree Shakti Samman award for Best Woman scientist, physical Sciences, awarded by the Stree Shakti Trust, Kolkata, 2005, Best woman Biophysicist, Mother Teresa Women’s University-Silver jubilee year award , 2009. She is one of the 98 women scientists featuring in ‘Leelavathi’s daughters’ a compendium of Women Scientists of India brought of by Indian Science Academy, Bangalore , 2008. She was awarded the INSA DFG visiting fellowship, 2010 ( FRG), Lily Pithavedian endowment speaker , Women’s Christian College, 2010. She was elected Fellow of the Madras Science Foundation in 2011. She has been actively involved in science for school children and also teaches under privileged Students at Avvai Home, Adyar, Chennai.  

  • Beyond her scientific research she has been a member in national committees related to physical Chemistry for Early career researchers, women Scientists and Principal advisory Committee of DST-SERB.