CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Dr.N. Nishad Fathima
Principal Scientist
Academic Qualifications
    M.Tech Leather Technology, Ph.D. Anna University (2010)
Contact Details
Dr.N. Nishad Fathima
Principal Scientist
Honarary Faculty, Anna University
Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
e-mail: nishad.naveed@gmail.com, nishad@clri.res.in,
Phone:+91-44-24411630


Current Research Interest
  • Understanding the stabilization process of collagen for tanning and biomedical applications
  • Biophysical studies on collagen-small molecule interactions
  • Preparation of value added materials from solid waste
  • Development of smart / intelligent leathers
Professional strength indicators
  • Reviewer for various international journals
  • Invited speaker for Inspire program of DST
  • Guest lectures/talks at various Colleges/Universities
  • Group members
    • Ph.D students   : 5 ongoing
    • Project students : 2 post graduates
    • CSIR - TWAS Doctoral fellow : 1
Topic of PhD Thesis
  • "Studies on hydration and swelling phenomena and their relations to ultra structure and dimensional Stability of skin and leather" Under the guidance of Dr T Ramasami, former Director, CLRI, DG, CSIR, Secretary, DST, New Delhi GoI.
Major projects awarded
  • Intelligent leathers for smart functional applications
  • Principle investigator - EMPOWER project scheme of CSIR (2010-2012)

  • Collagen stabilization through functionalized nano particles
  • Co-investigator -EMPOWER project scheme of CSIR (2010-2012)

  • Studies on pore properties of hydrogels
  • Principle investigator -Fast Track Project for young investigator scheme of DST (2012-2015)

  • Generation of non-woven materials from Tannery solid waste
  • Principle investigator -SERB women excellence award scheme of SERB – DST (2013-2016)

  • Generation of nano fibers from proteins and tannery solid waste
  • Principle investigator –Nanobiotechnology research scheme of DBT (2014-2017)

  • Influence of small molecules on self-assembly of type I collagen to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • Principle investigator - Start up research grant for young scientist scheme of INSA (2016-2019)

  • Treatment of tannery effluents: Custom designed membrane separation approach to reduce the pollution and power load 
  • Principle investigator –Water Mission Call of SERB, DST (2017-2020)
Visits Abroad
  • RWTH, Aachen, Germany for a period of 3 weeks under the INSA-DFG fellowship during May-June, 2017
  • Novo Hamburgo, Brazil to present a paper in the IULTCS congress during 24-27 Nov, 2015
  • Okayama, Japan to present a paper in the 10th Asian International conference on Leather Science and Technology during 23-26 November, 2014.
  • Dubai, UAE to present a paper in the 3rd World Biotechnology Congress during 10-12 Feb 2014
  • Istanbul, Turkey to present a paper in the IULTCS congress during 29-31 May 2013
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under Twinning programme during Oct - Nov, 2011
  • Valencia, Spain to present a paper in the IULTCS congress during 27-30 September, 2011
  • New London, USA to present a paper in the Gordon Research Conference during 19-24 July, 2009
  • Athens, Greece to present a paper in the 3rd International Symposium on Environment during 22-25 May, 2008
  • RWTH, Aachen, Germany for a period of 3 months under the DAAD short term fellowship during May-July, 2007
Membership to Professional Bodies
  • Active member, American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA)
  • Active member, Society for Leather Technologits and Chemists (SLTC)
  • Life Member, Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI)
  • Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)
  • Life Member, Indian Leather Technologists Association (ILTA)
  • A.C. Tech Leather and Footwear Association (ALFA)
  • Fellow, Madras Science Foundation

Professional experience

Principal Scientist : 2012 to present
Senior Scientist : 2009-2012
Scientist C : 2005-2009
Scientist B : 2002-2005

Teaching Experience

  • Serving as a Teaching Faculty for the B.Tech, M.Tech Leather Technology Programme, Anna University, since 2001 in the subjects
    • Theory of skin proteins and pretannages
    • Theory and mechanism of inorganic tannages
    • Orientation to leather science and technology
  • Serving as Research Supervisor for B Tech, M Tech, MSc., M.Phil and PhD
  • Serving as Associate Professor for AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Industrial Research)
Prospective Students
  • Prospective students who wish to carry out their Masters’ project or doctoral research in the area of leather, bio and composite materials, environmental studies are welcome to send their request to nishad.naveed@gmail.com. Students with SRF/JRF/GATE/other qualifications are preferred for doctoral research
  • Currently recognized as supervisor in Anna University, University of Madras and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)
Research Publications

2018
  • Complete replacement of carbon black filler in rubber sole with CaO embedded activated carbon derived from tannery solid waste
    P. Yuvaraj, J. Raghava Rao, N. Nachimuthu, R. Mohan, N. Nishad Fathima*, J. Raghava Rao
    J. Cleaner Prod. 2018, 170, 446-450
2017
  • Integrated depilation and fiber opening using ionic liquid for leather processing
    A Jaya Prakash, J Raghava Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 8610–8618
  • Encapsulation of orange and lavender essential oils in chitosan nanospherical particles and its application in leather for aroma enrichment
    V. Punitha, G. Vasudevon, N. Nishad Fathima, J. Raghava Rao
    Surfaces and Interfaces 2017, 9, 124-132
  • Cr(VI) adsorption on activated carbon derived from tannery fleshing waste: Adsorption isotherms, thermodynamics and kinetics
    P. Yuvraj, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. 2017, 36, 1725-1733
  • Fenugreek incorporated silk fibroin nanofibers- A potential antioxidant scaffold for enhanced wound healing
    S. Sowmya, N. Nishad Fathima
    ACS Appl. Mater. Inter., 2017, 9, 5916–5926
  • Exploiting oleuropein for inhibiting collagen fibril formation
    H. Bharathy, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2017, 101, 179-186.
  • Fish skin and exotic leathers
    A Jaya Prakash, R Giriprasath, N Nishad Fathima, TS Uma, J Raghava Rao
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc, 2017, 112, 36-43
  • Effects of syntan to fatliquor ratio on porosity and mechanical properties of wet blue leathers
    M. Sathish, TS Bhuvaneswari, N. Nishad Fathima*, J. Raghava Rao
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc, 2017, 112, 121-127
2016
  • The role of preferential ions in destabilization of collagen
    Aafiya Tarannum, Charuvaka Muvva, Ami Mehta, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    J. Phys. Chem. B 2016, 120, 6515−6524
  • Dyeing of chamois leather using water soluble sulphur dyes
    A. Jaya Prakash, R. Aravindhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2016, 111, 384-389
  • An emulsion of pigmented nanoceria as medicinal cosmetic
    Selestin Raja, D Natarajan, MS Kiran, N. Nishad Fathima*
    RSC Advances 2016, 6, 100916-100924.
  • Self-assembly of keratin peptides: Its implication on the performance of electrospun PVA nanofibers
    K. Kavitha, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 36558.
  • Phosphonium based Ionic Liquids – Stabilizing or Destabilizing Agent for Collagen?
    Aafiya Tarannum, Charuvaka Muvva, Ami Mehta, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    RSC Advances 2016, 6, 4022 – 4033.
  • Effect of different unhairing methods on the ionic liquid based fiber opening process
    M.J. Azhar, G C Jayakumar, J.R. Rao, N Nishad Fathima*
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2016, 111, 206-212.
2015
  • Electrostatic forces mediated by choline dihydrogen phosphate stabilizes collagen
    Ami Mehta, J. R. Rao, N Nishad Fathima*
    J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119, 12816-12827.
  • Effect of Finishing Auxiliaries on Permeability of Leathers: Part-1
    M. Sathish, Z. Mohammad Jamal Azhar, N. Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2015, 110, 372-378.
  • Development of smart leathers: Incorporating scent through infusion of encapsulated Lemongrass oil
    V. Punitha, N. Nishad Fathima,Geetha Basker, Aruna Dhathathreyan, J. R. Rao
    RSC Advances 2015, 5, 59903-59911.
  • Ionic liquids: New age materials for eco-friendly leather processing
    G.C Jayakumar, Ami Mehta, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    RSC Advances 2015, 5, 31998 – 32005.
  • A gelatin based antioxidant enriched biomaterial by grafting and saturation: towards sustained drug delivery from antioxidant matrix
    Selestin Raja, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Colloids Surf. B, 2015, 128, 537–543.
  • Type I collagen stabilisation using functionalised nanoparticles
    K. Aswathy, S. Sangeetha, M. Nidhin, K.J. Sreeram, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Soft Materials, 2015, 13, 59-65.
  • Microfabrication of gelatin–polycaprolactone composites for customized drug delivery
    Ivy Kanungo, Nisha Chellappa, N Nishad Fathima*
    Mat. Sci. Eng. C, 2015, 49. 597-603.
  • Microenvironment changes in collagen/PVA blends in the presence of ionic liquids: A spectroscopic approach
    Ami Mehta, Ivy Kanungo, J.R. Rao,N. Nishad Fathima*
    J. Bio. Comp. Polym, 2015, 30(2), 167–177.
  • Go natural and smarter: Fenugreek as a hydration designer of collagen based biomaterials
    Ivy Kanungo,N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao. B. U. Nair
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 2778-2793.
  • Thermoporometry and impedance analysis to study dynamics of water and polymer of hydrogel
    Selestin Raja, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2015, 72, 437-444
2014
  • Cool glove leathers made using thermoresponsive syntans
    A. Jaya Prakash, M. Ragul, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2014, 109, 411-417
  • Solving vein marks defects problem through wet end process
    K. Gowthaman, S. Vikram, N. Nishad Fathima*, J. Raghava Rao
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2014, 109, 278-283
  • Porosity and dielectric properties as tools to predict drug release trends from hydrogels
    Selestin Raja, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Springer Plus 2014, 3, 393-403
  • Can green solvents be alternatives for thermal stabilization of collagen?
    Ami Mehta, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Int. J. Biological Macromol. 2014, 69, 361–368
  • Analysis of variations in porosity of metal cross-linked collagen matrix
    M. Sathish, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    J. Appl. Polymer Sci. 2014, 131, 40835-40848
  • Gelatin-carrageenan hydrogels: Role of pore size distribution on drug delivery process
    J. S. Varghese, C. Nisha, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Colloids Surf. B, 2014, 113, 346–351.
  • Elucidation of hydration dynamics of locust bean gum–collagen composites by impedance and thermoporometry
    Ivy Kanungo, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Carbohydrate Polymers 2014, 103, 250–260
  • Effect of Ionic liquids on different hierarchical order of type I collagen
    Ami Mehta, J.R. Rao, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Colloids Surf. B, 2014, 117, 376–382
2013
  • Dielectric behaviour of Gelatine-Glycosaminoglycans blends: An Impedance analysis
    Ivy Kanungo, N. Nishad Fathima*, J.R. Rao
    Mat. Sci. Eng. C 2013, 33, 2455-2459
  • Hydration dynamics of collagen/PVA composites: Thermoporometric and impedance analysis
    Ivy Kanungo,N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Mat. Chem. Phys. 2013, 140, 357-364
  • Influence of PCL on the material properties of collagen based biocomposites and in vitro evaluation of drug release
    Ivy Kanungo,N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Mat. Sci. Eng. C 2013, 33, 4651–4659
  • Influence of functionalized nanoparticles on conformational stability of collagen
    K. Aswathy, S. Sangeetha, M. Nidhin, K.J. Sreeram, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Mat. Sci. Eng. C 2013, 33, 4985–4988
2012
  • Dielectric behaviour and pore size distribution of collagen–guar gum composites: Effect of guar gum
    M. Reshme, Ivy Kanungo, N. Nishad Fathima*, J.R. Rao
    Carb. Polymers 2012, 88, 628– 637
  • Tannery solid waste to treat toxic liquid wastes: A New paradigm
    N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao,B.U. Nair
    Env. Eng. Sci. 2012, 29(6), 363-372
  • Stimuli responsive leathers using smart retanning agents
    S. Sangeetha, N. Nishad Fathima*, K.J. Sreeram, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2012, 107, 196-204
  • Collagen-DNA interactions: Dielectric behaviour and conformational stability
    K. Aswathy, Ivy Kanungo, N. Nishad Fathima*
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2012, 51, 635-639
  • Quality enhancement of low grade wet blue leathers: Up-grading of thin substance in wet end process
    K. Gowthaman, S. Vikram, N. Nishad Fathima*, J.R. Rao*
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2012, 107, 292-301
2011
  • Effect of UV irradiation on the physico-chemical properties of iron crosslinked collagen
    N. Nishad Fathima*, J.R. Rao,B.U. Nair
    J Photochemistry Photobiology B 2011, 105, 203-206
  • Calorimetric analysis of gelatine-glycosaminoglycans blend system
    Ivy Kanungo, Nisha Chellapa, N. Nishad Fathima*,J.R. Rao
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2011, 49, 289– 296
  • Studies on phosphonium based combination tanning: less chrome approach
    N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2011, 106, 249-256
  • Degree of crosslinking of collagen at interfaces: adhesion and shear rheological indicators
    N. Nishad Fathima
    , A. Dhathathreyan, T. Ramasami, J. Krägel, R. Miller
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2011, 48, 67-73
  • Stabilized protein waste as a source for removal of color from wastewaters
    N. Nishad Fathim
    a, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. App. Poly. Sci. 2011, 120, 1397-1402
2010
  • Structure and dynamics of water in native and tanned collagen fibers: Effect of crosslinking
    N. Nishad Fathima, M. Baias, B. Blumich, T. Ramasami
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2010, 47, 590-596
  • Cost effective fixing process for post tanning operation
    N. Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao, B. U. Nair
    J.Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2010, 105, 100-106
  • A DSC investigation on the changes in pore structure of skin during leather processing
    N. Nishad Fathima, M. Pradeep Kumar, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Thermochimica Acta 2010, 501, 98-102
  • Directed 2-dimensional organization of collagen: role of crosslinking and denaturing agents
    N. Nishad Fathima
    , A. Dhathathreyan, T. Ramasami
    J. Chem. Sci. 2010, 122, 881-889
2009
  • Effect of surfactants on the thermal, conformational and rheological properties of collagen
    N. Nishad Fathima*
    , A. Dhathathreyan
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2009, 45, 274-278
  • An organic approach for wet white garment leathers
    M. Pradeep Kumar, N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2009, 104, 112-118
  • Utilization of organically stabilized proteinous solid waste for the treatment of colored wastewater
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Chem. Tech. Biotech. 2009, 84, 1338-1343
  • Role of curcumin on effecting changes in the physico-chemical properties of collagen
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Saranya Devi, K.B. Rekha, A. Dhathathreyan
    J. Chem. Sci. 2009, 121, 509-514
2008
  • Dye house wastewater treatment through wet peroxide oxidation using Cu-exchanged Y zeolite catalyst
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Chemosphere 2008, 70, 1146-1151
  • Effect of UV radiation on stabilized collagen: role of chromium(III)
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Suresh, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair, T. Ramasami
    Colloids Surf. B Biointerfaces 2008, 62, 11-16
  • Consequences of UV irradiation on the zirconium tanned collagen: A molecular level study
    N. Nishad Fathima, C. Pragadhish, B. Purushothaman, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2008, 103, 422-427
  • The formation of copper oxide nanorods in the presence of various surfactant micelles
    N. Nishad Fathima, A. Rajaram, B. Sreedhar, A.B. Mandal Ind.
    J. Sci. Technol. 2008, 1(7), 1-6
2007
  • Equilibrium and thermodynamic studies on the removal of basic black dye using calcium alginate beads
    R. Aravindhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Colloids Surf. A Phys. Chem. Eng. Asp. 2007, 299, 232-238
  • Effect of UV irradiation on the physico-chemical properties of collagen stabilized using aldehydes
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Suresh, J. R. Rao, B.U. Nair, T. Ramasami
    J. Appl. Poly. Sci. 2007, 104, 3642-3648
  • Influence of crosslinking agents on the pore structure of skin
    N. Nishad Fathima, A. Dhathathreyan, T. Ramasami
    Colloids Surf. B Biointerfaces 2007, 57, 118-123
  • Biodegradability of leathers through anaerobic pathway
    K. Dhayalan, N. Nishad Fathima, A. Gnanamani, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    Waste Management 2007, 27, 760-767
  • Wet pink leathers: Zirconium-THPS tanning
    N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B. U. Nair
    J. Soc. Leather Technol. Chem. 2007, 91, 154-158
  • Role of green tea polyphenols crosslinking in alleviating UV radiation effect on collagen
    N. Nishad Fathima, T. Ansari, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. App. Poly. Sci. 2007, 106, 3382-3386
  • SPEEK polymeric membranes for fuel cell application and their characterization: A review
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, D. Lawrence, U. Yugandhar, T.S.R. Moorthy, B.U. Nair
    J. Sci. Indus. Res. 2007, 66, 209-219
2006
  • Stabilization of type I collagen against collagenases (type I) and thermal degradation using iron complex
    N. Nishad Fathima, M. Chandrabose, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Inorg. Biochem. 2006, 100, 1774-1780
  • Wet oxidation of acid brown dye by hydrogen peroxide using heterogeneous catalyst Mn-salen-Y zeolite: A potential catalyst
    R. Aravindhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U Nair
    J. Hazard. Materials 2006, B138, 152-159
  • Wet white leather processing: A new combination tanning system
    N. Nishad Fathima, T. Prem Kumar, D. Ravi Kumar, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather. Chem. Assoc. 2006, 101, 58-65
  • Tannic acid-phosphonium combination: A versatile chrome-free organic tanning
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2006, 101, 161-168
  • Utilization of calcium alginate beads as adsorbent for removal of dyes from tannery wastewaters
    R. Aravindhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2006, 101, 223-230
2005
  • Solid waste removes toxic liquid waste: adsorption of chromium(VI) by iron complexed protein waste
    N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J. R. Rao and B. U. Nair
    Env. Sci. Tech. 2005, 39, 2804-2810
  • Studies on iron-phosphonium combination tanning: Towards win-win approach
    N. Nishad Fathima, M. Chandrabose, R. Aravindhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2005, 100, 273-281
2004
  • Interaction of aldehydes with collagen: Effect on thermal, enzymatic and conformational stability
    N. Nishad Fathima, B. Madhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair, T. Ramasami
    Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2004, 34, 241-247
  • Combination of white minerals with natural tannins: A green route for chrome-free tanning
    S. Saravanabhavan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Soc. Leather Tech. Chem. 2004, 88, 76-81
  • An eco-benign tanning system using aluminium, tannic acid and silica combination
    N. Nishad Fathima, S. Saravanabhavan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2004, 99, 73-81
2003
  • Effect of zirconium(IV) complexes on the thermal and enzymatic stability of type I collagen
    N. Nishad Fathima, B. Madhan, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Inorg. Biochem. 2003, 95, 47-54
  • Mixed metal tanning using Chrome–Zinc–Silica: A new chrome-saver approach
    N. Nishad Fathima, B. Madhan, J. R. Rao and B. U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2003, 98, 139-146
  • Hydration in matrix stabilization of collagen fibres: Relevance to mechanistic insight into tanning
    B. Madhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, V. Subramanian, B.U. Nair, T. Ramasami
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2003, 98, 262-271
  • Molecular level understanding of tanning using organo-zirconium complex
    B. Madhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2003, 98, 445-450
  • Augmentation of sheep derived properties in goatskins for garment manufacture: Role of chromium-silica tanning agent
    N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Soc. Leather Tech. Chem. 2003, 87, 227-232
2002
  • Mercury intrusion porosimetry, nitrogen adsorption and scanning electron microscopy analysis of pores in skin
    N. Nishad Fathima
    , A. Dhathathreyan, T. Ramasami
    Biomacromolecules 2002, 3, 899-904
  • A new chromium-zinc tanning agent: A viable option for less chrome technology
    B. Madhan, N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2002, 97, 189-196
2001
  • Chromium(VI) formation: Thermal studies on chrome salt and chrome tanned hide powder
    N. Nishad Fathima, J.R. Rao, B.U. Nair
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2001, 96, 444-450
  • A new insight into the shrinkage phenomenon of hides and skins
    N. Nishad Fathima, A. Dhathathreyan, T. Ramasami
    J. Am. Leather Chem. Assoc. 2001, 96, 417-425
List of Patents Granted
  1. Process for making wet pink leathers
    M Chandra Bose, Nishad Fathima, KJ Sreeram, JR Rao, BU Nair and T Ramasami
    US Patent Number: 7252687, dated 7/8/2007
  2. A process for fibre opening in leather making
    Ami Mehta, C Jayakumar Gladstone, N Nisad Fathima, B Madhan, JR Rao, BU Nair
    Indian patent filed (Ref.No. 1005/DEL/2014) dated 7/04/2014
  3. The novel activated carbon and a process for the preparation thereof
    P Yuvraj, N Nisad Fathima , JR Rao, BU Nair
    Indian patent filed(Ref.No 0040NF2015) dated 15/5/2015
List of Papers/Posters in National and International Conferences
  1. Greener solution without green: ALTASI A viable tanning system N Nishad Fathima, S Saravanabhavan, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Poster Presented at 37th Leather Research Industry Get together, CLRI, Chennai, 27-30 Jan, 2003.
  2. Effect of zirconium(IV) complexes on the thermal and enzymatic stability of type I collagen N Nishad Fathima, B Madhan, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair Poster Presented at 5th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, CLRI, Chennai, 7-9 Feb, p.60, 2003.
  3. The Interaction of Zirconium Complexes with Collagen: Effect on Thermal and Enzymatic Stability N Nishad Fathima, B Madhan, J Raghava Rao, B U Nair Paper presented at seminar on Innovation in Leather Science and Technology, CLRI, Chennai, April 24, 2003.
  4. Solid Wastes Remove Toxic Liquid Wastes: Adsorption of Chromium(VI) from the Industrial Effluents by Protein Wastes from Tannery N Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J. Raghava Rao and B U Nair Paper presented at Indian Science Congress Association, Punjab University, Chandigarh, January 3-7, 2004.
  5. Adsorption, Desorption and Kinetic Studies on the Removal of Dyes from Tannery Effluent using Calcium Alginate Beads N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao and B Unni Nair Poster Presented at 6th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, IIT Kanpur, 4-7 Feb, 2004.
  6. Interaction of Collagen with Iron-Tetrakis (Hydroxymethyl)phosphonium sulfate Complex: Approach towards Understanding Collagen Stabilization by Iron Complexes N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J Raghava Rao, B Unni Nair and T Ramasami Poster Presented at Third symposium on Advances in Bioinorganic Chemistry (SABIC-2004) in conjunction with Second Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC-II), Goa, 5-10 Dec, 2004..
  7. Iron-Phosphonium Combination Tanning: A New Dimensional Win-Win Tanning System N Nishad Fathima, M Chandra Bose, J Raghava Rao and B U Nair. Paper presented at seminar on Innovation in Leather Science and Technology, CLRI, Chennai, April, 2004.
  8. Zeolite Encapsulated Manganese Schiff Base Complex Catalyzed Oxidation of Dyes in the Presence of H2O2 R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, B Unni Nair and T Ramasami Poster presented at 7th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, Institute for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, 4-6 Feb, 2005.
  9. Mn-Exchanged Y Zeolite as Catalyst for Wet Peroxide Oxidation of Acid Brown Dye R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, B Unni Nair and T Ramasami Paper presented at seminar on Innovation in Leather Science and Technology, CLRI, Chennai, April 24, 2005.
  10. Studies on iron-phosphonium based tanning system N Nishad Fathima, M. Chandrabose, R. Aravindhan, J. R. Rao, B. U. Nair Poster presented at CSIR Foundation day, 26th September 2005, CLRI
  11. Wet Peroxide Oxidation of Acid Dye in the Presence of Cu-exchanged Y Zeolite Catalyst R Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, B Unni Nair and T Ramasami Paper presented at Indian Science Congress Association, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jan 3-7, 2006.
  12. Zeolite encapsulated Copper Schiff base complex catalyzed oxidation of dyes in the presence of H2O2 R. Aravindhan, N Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao, B. U. Nair Paper presented in 40th LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, January, 2006.
  13. Effect of UV irradiation on physico chemical properties of collagen: Role of chromium(III) N Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao, B. U. Nair Poster presented at 9th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, Delhi University, Delhi, 1-4 Feb, 2007.
  14. Hydration Studies of Leather: Mobile One and Two Dimensional NMR with the NMR-MOUSE N Nishad Fathima, M Baias, B. Blumich, T Ramasami Poster presented at combined 9th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy and 7th Colloquium on Mobile NMR, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, September 3-7, 2007.
  15. Removal of Dyes Using Solid Waste from Tanneries N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented at 42nd LERIG, CLRI, Chennai, January, 2008.
  16. Influence of Crosslinking Agents on Water Structure of Collagen N Nishad Fathima, Aruna Dhathathreyan, T Ramasami Poster presented at International Conference on Trends in Collagen Research, CLRI, Chennai, January 24-25, 2008.
  17. Removal of Dyes Using Solid Waste from Tanneries: Twin Benefit Technology N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented at 10th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, IISC, Bangalore, 4-7 Feb, 2008
  18. Glutaraldehyde Crosslinked Protein Waste for Removal of Colors from Wastewaters N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J R Rao and B U Nair Oral presentation at 3rd International Symposium on Environment, conducted by Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, 22-25 May, 2008.
  19. Utilization of Solid Waste for Removal of Dyes N Nishad Fathima, R Aravindhan, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented at Symposium on Education and Research in Sustainability, under the aegis of Indo-German Cooperation in Higher Education, IIT Madras, 8-9 September, 2008.
  20. Structure and Hydration Dynamics of Collagen and Its Influence on Adhesion and Dilation Moduli at Interfaces N Nishad Fathima, Aruna Dhathathreyan, B Blumich and T Ramasami Oral Presentation at Gordon Research Conference on Collagen, New London, USA, 19-24 July, 2009.
  21. Smart Leather for Smart Functional Applications: New Age Material N Nishad Fathima, K J Sreeram, J R Rao and B U Nair Oral Presentation at VIII Asia International conference on Leather Science and Technology, held at Kolkata, India, Nov 12-14, 2010.
  22. Collagen Based Smart Drug Delivery Systems Ivy Kanungo, N Nishad Fathima, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster Presentation at VIII Asia International conference on Leather Science and Technology, held at Kolkata, India, Nov 12-14, 2010.
  23. Development of Collagen Based Smart Drug Delivery Systems Ivy Kanungo, N Nishad Fathima, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented at 13th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, held at Bhubaneswar, India, 4-6 Feb, 2011.
  24. Tannery Solid Waste Management: Wealth from Waste N Nishad Fathima, S N Jaishankar, J R Rao and B U Nair Paper presented in XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sep 2011
  25. Smart Materials for Stimuli Responsive Leather N Nishad Fathima, S Sangeetha, K J sreeram, J R Rao and B U Nair Paper presented in XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sep 2011
  26. Development of Collagen based Smart Drug Delivery Systems I Kanungo, N Nishad Fathima, J R Rao and B U Nair Paper presented in XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sep 2011
  27. Collagen stabilization using functionalized nanoparticles K J Sreeram, M Nidhin, S Sangeetha, N Nishad Fathima, U Ramamurthy, B U Nair Paper presented in XXXI IULTCS Congress, Spain, Sep 2011
  28. Hydration behavior of collagen-guar gum scaffolds: An impedance and thermoporometric studies I Kanungo, M Reshme, N Nishad Fathima, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented at 14th National Symposium in Chemistry under the aegis of Chemical Research Society of India, held at Trivandrum, India, 3-5 Feb, 2012.
  29. Impedance Analysis: A tool for understanding changes in hydration dynamics of collagen on crosslinking N Nishad Fathima, I Kanungo, J R Rao, B U Nair Poster presented in XXXII IULTCS Congress, held at Istanbul, Turkey, 27th May-2nd June 2013.
  30. Collagen stabilization for biomedical application: Role of ionic liquids Ami Mehta, J R Rao, N Nishad Fathima Paper presented at first International Conference on Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bioengineering under the aegis of Society of Applied Biotechnology, held at Tirupati, India, 28-29 June 2013.
  31. Highlighting the role of thermodynamics and dielectrics of colloidal hydrogel for sustained drug delivery I Selestin Raja, N Nishad Fathima Oral Presentation at 16th National Conference on Surfactants Emulsions and Biocolloids (NATCOSEB), conducted at CSIR- Central Leather Research Institute, Tamilnadu, India, 28-30 November, 2013.
  32. Development of Collagen based Smart Drug Delivery Systems I Kanungo, N Nishad Fathima, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented in 48th LERIG conducted by CSIR-CLRI, 28-30 Jan 2014.
  33. Smart Materials for Stimuli Responsive Leather Jayaprakash, N Nishad Fathima, K J Sreeram, J R Rao and B U Nair Poster presented in 48th LERIG conducted by CSIR-CLRI, 27-30 Jan 2014.
  34. Effect of ionic liquid upon the microenvironment of collagen/PVA blends: Spectroscopic studies Ami Mehta, Ivy Kanungo, J Raghava Rao, N Nishad Fathima Poster presentation at International Conference on functional material (ICFM 2014) organized by Materials Centre, IIT Kharagpur, India, 5-7 February 2014.
  35. Elucidation of Hydration Dynamics of Collagen Based Composites by Impedance Ivy Kanungo, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao, Balachandran Unni Nair Poster presentation at International Conference on functional material (ICFM 2014) organized by Materials Centre, IIT Kharagpur, India, 5-7 February 2014.
  36. Effect of Ionic liquids on type I collagen at different hierarchical ordering Ami Mehta, J Raghava Rao, N Nishad Fathima Oral presentation at 3rd World Biotechnology Congress held at Dubai Women’s College, UAE, 10-12 February, 2014.
  37. Surface coated functionalized nanoparticles for drug delivery through collagen I Selestin Raja, Ami Mehta, N Nishad Fathima Poster presentation at International Conference on Nano Science and Technology (ICONSAT 2014) organized by Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Panjab, India. 2-5 March 2014.
  38. Ionic liquids as New Age Material for Collagen Stabilization: Bane or Boon? Ami Mehta, J R Rao N Nishad Fathima Oral presentation at 10th Asian International Conference on Leather Science and Technology held at Okayama, Japan, 23-26 November, 2014.
  39. Antioxidant pigment: a candidate as functional nano biomaterial? I. Selestin Raja, N Nishad Fathima Poster presentation at 17th CRSI National symposium in chemistry held from 6-8 Feb, 2015 at CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.
  40. Fabrication of keratin/PVA nanofibers: Effect of polypeptide chemistry on fiber characteristics Kavitha Kadirvelu, N Nishad Fathima Poster presentation at 17th CRSI National symposium in chemistry held from 6-8 Feb, 2015 at CSIR – National chemical laboratory, Pune, India.
  41. Thermal effect of iron oxide nanoparticles on structural conformation of collagen composite I. Selestin Raja, N Nishad Fathima Oral presented at 2nd International conference on nanotechnology (ICNT 2015) held on 19-22, March 2015 organized by Department of Chemical Engineering, Haldia Institute of Technology, West Bengal, India.
  42. An emulsion of pigmented nanoceria: as antioxidant cosmetic I. Selestin Raja, N Nishad Fathima Oral presentation at world Congress on Microscopy: Instrumentation, Techniques and Applications in Life Sciences and Materials sciences (WCM-2015) held on 9-11, Oct 2015 organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
  43. Ionic Liquids: Role of "task specific" or "designer" materials in leather making N Nishad Fathima JR Rao Oral presentation at XXXIII IULTCS congress held at Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, 24-27 Nov 2015.
  44. Protein Stabilization in Ionic Liquids: The Role of Preferential Ions in Interaction
    A Tarannum, N Nishad Fathima, JR Rao Oral presentation at WCC Centenary International Conference held at Women’s Christian College, Chennai, 7-9 Jan 2016
  45. Influence of peptide conformation on biological performance of nanofibrous scaffolds
    K Kavitha, N Nishad Fathima Poster presentation at Fourth International Conference on Frontiers in Nanoscience and Technology held at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 20-23 Feb, 2016.
  46. lectrospinning of fenugreek incorporated silk fibroin nanofibers with potential antioxidant properties
    S Sowmya, J R Rao, N Nishad Fathima
    Poster presentation at Fourth International Conference on Frontiers in Nanoscience and Technology held at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 20-23 Feb, 2016.
  47. Stimuli responsive materials for leather
    A Jaya Prakash,  N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao Poster presentation at ICAMA Conference, BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru, 15-17 June, 2016
  48. Fenugreek incorporated silk fibroin nanofibrous scaffolds for enhanced wound
    healing
    S Sowmya, N Nishad Fathima      Poster presentation at NANOBIOTECK-2016, 1st Annual Conference & Workshop of Indian society of Nanomedicine at AIIMS, New Delhi, 24-26 Nov, 2016.
  49. Tannery solid waste: A new raw material for rubber sole manufacture
    P Yuvaraj, J R Rao, N Nishad Fathima
    Oral presentation at IconSWM-2016, Jadavpur University, Kokatta, 24-26 Nov, 2016
  50. Custom fabricated nanomaterial from tannery hair waste: A trash to target         approach
    K Kavitha, N Nishad Fathima
    Poster presentation at IULTCS-2017, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, 5-8 Feb, 2017
  51. Soundproofing nanofibers: An effective tannery solid waste management strategy
    S Sowmya, J Vigneshwar, J Raghava Rao, N Nishad Fathima
    Poster presentation at IULTCS-2017, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, 5-8 Feb, 2017
  52. Ionic Liquids: New age designer chemicals for leather processing
    Aafiya Tarannum, A Jaya Prakash, G C Jayakumar, J Raghava Rao, N Nishad Fathima
    Oral presentation at IULTCS-2017, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, 5-8 Feb, 2017
  53. Thermal sensitive syntans for leather making
    A Jaya Prakash, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao
    Poster presentation at IULTCS-2017, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, 5-8 Feb, 2017
  54. Carbon black free rubber soles from tannery limed fleshings
    Yuvaraj P, N Nishad Fathima, J Raghava Rao
    Poster presentation at IULTCS-2017, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, 5-8 Feb, 2017
Book chapters
  1. Management of chromium in industrial wastewaters N. Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao and B. U. Nair Chapter in Book entitled “Industrial Pollution and its Management”, Edited by P.C. Trivedi, Aavishkar Publications, Jaipur, 2006, pp. 1-32.
  2. Dye containing wastewaters: Sources, concerns and mitigation N. Nishad Fathima, R. Aravindhan, J. R. Rao and B. U. Nair Chapter in Book entitled “Industrial Pollution and Bioremediation”, Edited by P.C. Trivedi, Aavishkar Publications, Jaipur, 2008, pp.56-75.
  3. Hydration and shrinkage phenomena in native and crosslinked collagen matrices N. Nishad Fathima Review Article in Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy, 2011, 77 (3), 283-294.
  4. Understanding the stabilization of collagen: Applications from tanning to solid waste management N. Nishad Fathima Review Article in Annals of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, 2013, Vol. 3, 199-204.
  5. Effective utilization of solid waste from leather industry N Nishad Fathima, J. R. Rao, B. U. Nair Chapter in Book entitled “Role of Colloidal Systems in Environmental protection” Edited by Monzer Fanun, Elsevier Publications, Netherlands, 593-613, 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • INSA-DFG visiting scientist fellowship- 2017
  • Fellow of Madras Science Foundation-2015

click hereFellow of Madras Science Foundation

  • Nayudamma Young Scientist Award 2014 from Nayudamma Center for Development Alternatives

click hereNayudamma Young Scientist Award 2014

  • SERB women excellence Award 2013 from Science & Engineering Board, DST, GOI

click hereSERB women excellence Award

  • IEI Young Engineers Award-2012-2013 from The Institution of Engineers (India)
  • INAE Young Engineer Award-2012 from Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • INSA medal for Young Scientist - 2011 from The Indian National Science Academy

click hereINSA medal for Young Scientist

  • DAAD Fellowship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the year 2006-2007
  • Quick Hire Fellowship 2001-2002 from CSIR-CLRI
  • Ganesan Endowment Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in M. Tech.
  • B.M. Das Memorial Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in M. Tech.
  • Anna University Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in B. Tech.
  • Santappa Silver Jubilee Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in B. Tech.
  • B.M. Das Memorial Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in B. Tech.
  • V. R. S. Leathers Gold Medal for securing 1 st rank in B. Tech.
  • V.S. Jayaraman Endowment for securing the highest grades in all subjects during the first four semesters of B. Tech degree programme.

National and international media coverage of our recent research

  • News item on “Tannery waste to shoe sole” in TIMES OF INDIA, June 22, 2015
  • TV coverage on “Making shoe soles from tannery waste” in NEWS 7 Channel, June 27, 2015
  • News item on “Hiding fragrances in leather and thermo responsive leather ” in INDIAN EXPRESS, July 14, 2015
  • News item on “Solid waste management” in DINAMANI, July 19, 2015
  • News item on “Leather gets a new perfume” in RSC Chemistry World, July 22, 2015
  • News item on “Reducing leather pollution with molten salts”, in ACS Presspac, September 13, 2017

 

Ph.D Students

 

Selestin Raja I, SRF
M.Sc Biochemistry,
Title: Studies on pore properties of hydrogel
(Registered: July 2013)
Under DBT project 

Kavitha K, JRF
M.Tech Nanotechnology,
Title: Generation of value added products from proteinacious tannery waste
(Registered: July 2014)
Under SERB project 

Sowmya S, JRF
M.Tech Nanotechnology,
Project title: Generation of nanofibers from proteins and tannery waste Under DBT project
(Registered: Jan 2015)


Aafiya Tarannum V
MSc., Biochemistry
Project title: Collagen stabilization using ionic liquids under 12th Five year plan project - RIWT
(Registered: Jan 2016)

Rasheeda K, JRF
MSc.Chemistry
Project title: Influence of small molecules on self-assembly of type I collagen under INSA project
(Registered Jan 2017)