clri_logo Prof. Dr. Asit Baran Mandal
Academic Qualifications

M.Sc. (Jadavpur University). Calcutta 1976

Ph.D. (Jadavpur University). Calcutta 1981

Honorary Professor, Anna University

Personal Details
Prof.Dr. Asit Baran Mandal
Ph.D. (Jadavpur) FASc, FRSC(UK), FNAE
Central Leather Research Institute
Adyar, Chennai – 600 020

Phone:+91 44 2491 0897/0846
Fax:+91 44 2491 2150
Marital status Married
Date Of Birth 13th January 1952
Nationality Indian
Honours, Awards and Academic Recognition
Bio Brief
The most significant work
Involvement in various capacities and Academic Excellence
Outstanding R&D achievements
Citation Index for Publications
A Vision & Mission
Lectures Delivered in India and Abroad
Publications & Books
List of Patents and Technology Transfer (2001-2011)
Director at Various Industry Forums

The most significant work

    Prof. A B Mandal is one of the most important contributors to the understanding of micellar systems in India. Modified Huggins-Thomas equation by including a parameter based on both experimental and theoretical investigations led to the equation being termed Huggins-Thomas-Mandal equation. He has made significant contributions to the development of new experimental methodologies for characterization of micellar, monolayer and reverse micellar systems involving collagens, peptides, drugs, tanning materials, macromonomers, nanomaterials, ionic liquids and polymeric systems. These new methods exploited large number of physical techniques including electrochemical, fluorescence and resonance methods. One of his contributions includes design rationale for synthesis of mono-disperse polymers. Innovation has been in assembling macromonomers into a micellar system and initiating polymerization within the micellar cage. His contributions on micellar systems with respect to Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Relaxation kinetics, Hydrogen-bonding, Structure, Geometry, Conformations, Molecular dynamics, Solubilization, Location, Solvation behaviour, Monolayer aspects and Diffusional phenomena are quite extensive and well-cited. He has made quantification of several parameters in micellar chemistry feasible through applications of rigorous techniques viz. self-diffusion measurements by Cyclic voltammetry, Chronocoulometry, Square-wave-voltammetry and FT-PGSE-NMR techniques to determine hydrodynamic radius of the micelles. He has resolved scientifically some controversial discussions on the feasibility of formation of micelles in non-aqueous solvents using various sophisticated techniques. Recently, demonstrated Loading-unloading processes of acid-responsive Microcapsules with interesting “zip-unzip” phenomenon. He is a productive scientist, who has contributed significantly to capacity building in the area of his specialization including self- assembly processes. His path-breaking contributions to surface and colloid sciences are valuable and noteworthy internationally. He has a broad range of scientific interests right from R&D and Industrial Developments. He is a member of several professional, scientific and academic bodies in India and abroad and recipient of several awards. He is an Honorary Professor of Leather Technology at the Anna University, Chennai.

Involvement in various capacities and Academic Excellence
  • Published more than 224 research papers in national and international journals of most repute and delivered more than 130 invited lectures in India and abroad and also chaired many scientific sessions for national and international symposia including American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fine Particle Society, Colloid and Surface Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technology.
  • Served as a Doctoral Committee member for Anna University , Madras University , IITs, Jadavpur University , Calcutta and IISc, Bangalore and also examined many Ph.D theses and conducted Ph.D Viva Voce exams for the same as one of the examiners including abroad Ph.D theses
  • Reviwed many research papers for the following journals and many more(not included here): J Phys Chem., JACS, Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, J Chem. Society, Faraday Trans, J. Chem. Phys., J Colloid Interface Sci, Colloids and Surfaces, Colloid and Polymer Sci, European J Biochem, Biochem J, Chem Phys Letts, Chem Phys, J Mol Liq, Int J Surf Sci & Technol and many Europian, Elsevier and Indian journals.
  • Visits abroad: Canada, USA, UK, Spain, China, Japan and Germany under Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada; German Academic Exchange Service, DST-JSPS and other programmes as a visiting scientist.
  • Advisory Editorial Board Member for Int. J Surface Sci. & Technol and Proc. Indian Academy of Sci (Chemical Sciences). Organized many seminars and symposia and involved in many selection committees. Reviewed many research proposals for DST, DBT, DAE, INSA, CSIR/UGC, INDO-FRENCH promotion for Advanced Scientific Research Program, etc. for project funding.
  • Research Guidance: Guided many MSc, MTech, MPhil, PhD and Post Doctoral students.
  • Chairman, Task Force for monitoring the implementation of Corporate Responsibility on Environmental Protection (CREP) recommendations for tannery sector – Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.
  • Member of the Committee of Administration of the Council for Leather Exports.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Indian Institute of Leather Products.
  • Member of the Executive Council, Institute for Energy Studies, Anna University.
  • Member of the Festival Advisory Committee of the Science City, Chennai.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of Science City, Chennai.
  • Member of the Governing Council of Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering & Technology, Chembarambakkam.
  • Member of the Governing Council of B. S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the Bharath Institute of Engineering (Leather Technology).
  • Member of the Senate, University of Madras, Chennai.
  • Member of the Senate, Manonmanar Sundarranar University, Tamil Nadu.
  • Member of the National Advisory Committee for conduct of DST-NSF Advanced Study Institute on Nanoscale Science & Engineering, University of Madras.
  • Member of the CII National Committee on Leather.
  • Membership of the Steering Committee of the National River Conservation Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests.
  • Joint Treasurer of the Council of Chemical Research Society of India.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Shoe Federation.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Indian Leather Industry Foundation.
  • Member of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology.
  • Member of the Indian Leather Technologists Association.
  • Member of the Monitoring Committee for Rare Earth Project under New Millennium Technology Initiative.
  • Chairman of the Task Force of CSIR Network project on Zero Emission Research Initiative.
  • Member of the Network project “Development of hollow fibre membrane technology for water disinfection/purification and waste water reclamation”.
  • Member of the NMITLI Project on Biotechnology for Leather towards cleaner processing.
  • Member of the Network project on “Functional organic materials for energy efficient devices”.
  • Member of the Network project on “Nanomaterials and nanodevices for application in health and diseases”.
  • Member of the Network project on “Remediation, Eco-restoration and cleanup of contaminated sites, water sources and ground water in selected polluted clusters”.
  • Member of the RSWNET committee on:
  • Development and demonstration of technology for better recovery and utilization of fallen animal carcasses
  • Development of appropriate technology/techniques and demonstrations for improving rural tanning
  • Development/Demonstration of technologies for strengthening rural leather footwear sector
  • Development of novel leather products based on ethnic designs
  • Chairman, Inter Agency Project (Design Centre for Products) under CLRI, NID and CLE initiatives.
  • Member of the Steering Committee on Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
  • Member of the Expert Group to consider the issues related to requirement of Sanitary Import Permit for raw hides and skins into India.
  • Vice-Chairman of the project for managing the International Leather Complex, Nellore, under the Leather Industries Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh, Government of Andhrapradesh.
  • Member, Panel Evaluation Committee, Department of Science and Technology (Project for Chemical Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur).
  • Chairman, Inputs Approval Committee, HRD Mission Program and Global Benchmarking Scheme and Non-leather footwear under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Government of India.
  • Chairman, Inter Agency Project (Design Centre for products) under CLRI, NID and CLE initiatives.
  • Member of the Governing Council of Footwear Design and Development Institute, Noida.
  • Executive member of the MALIBNET, Chennai.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the Energy Research, Anna University, Chennai.
  • Member of the Governing Council of the South Indian Textile Research Association, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Madhya Pradesh Science and Technology.
  • Chairman of Leather and Leather products technology and environment 12th 5 year plan: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Govt. of India.
  • Chairman of Corporate responsibilities of environmental protection, Central Pollution Control Board, Govt. of India.

       Membership in Professional Bodies

  • Chairman, implementation Committee at CLRI for Network project on “Building a Scientific Knowledge Grid, ICT infrastructure and Services for CSIR Labs”
  • Recently served as a selection committee member to select Chair Professors at the National Center for Catalysis Research Center, IIT Madras, Chennai.
  • Membership in DST in Physical Chemistry
  • Membership in CSIR’s HRDG group
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.
  • Member of the Materials Research Society of India
  • Life member of the Chemical Research Society of India.
  • Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences
  • Life Fellow of the Indian Chemical Society
  • Member of the Society of Surface Science and Technology
  • Member of the Society of Biological Chemistry
  • Member, Indian Science Congress Association
  • Member, Management Board, CLRI
  • Member, Management Council, CLRI (2000-2003) and CECRI & SERC (July 2005 onwards)
  • Chairman, Management Council, CLRI 2006 onwards
  • Member, Forum for Science, Technology and Society (CSIR)
  • Editorial Advisory Board member of International Journal of Surface Science and Technology (since 1994- till date) and also Proceedings of Indian Academy of Sciences (Chemical Sciences)  (since Jan 2001-Dec 2003)
  • Served as a Doctoral Committee member for Anna University, Madras University, IIT Madras, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, IISc Bangalore and also examined many Ph. D. theses and conducted Ph.D. viva voce exams for the same as one of the examiners including abroad Ph. D. thesis.
  • Serves as a referee for more than 100 peer reviewed journals. Some of them are: J.Am.Chem.Soc., J.Phys.Chem., Langumir, Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, J. Chem. Phys., Chem. Phys., Chem. Phys. Lett., J.Mol. Liquids, J. Electroanal. Chem., Bioeclectrochem., Biosensors & Bioelectronics,  J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol., Biochim. Biophys. Acta., Chem. Comm., Faraday Trans., Perkins Trans.2, J. Mater. Chem., Colloids and Surfaces, Colloid Poly. Sci., J. Colloid. Interface. Sci., Food Chem., Indian J. Chem., J. Ind. Chem. Soc., Ind. J. Biochem. Biophys., Proceedings Indian Academy of Sciences (Chemical Sci.), J. Surface Sci. Tech., Bull. Electrochem., Current Science and some Elsevier Journals.
Positions Held
1. Nalhati Hariprasad H.S School, West Bengal 1973-74 Asst. Teacher (Chemistry)
2. Jadavpur Univ., Calcutta 1976-78 Research Fellow (CSIR)
3. Oil and Natural Gas Commission 1978-79 Jr. Chemist
4. CLRI, Chennai 1979-84 Scientist B
5. CLRI, Chennai 1984-88 Scientist C
6. CLRI, Chennai 1988-91 Scientist EI
7. Univ. Of Saskatchewn, Canada 1988-89 Research Associate
8. CLRI, Chennai 1991-96 Scientist E2
9. CLRI, Chennai 1996-01 Scientist F
10. CLRI, Chennai 2001-06 Scientist G
11. CLRI, Chennai July 2006 Director, CLRI
Visits Abroad

    Canada, USA, UK, Japan, Italy and Germany under Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada; German Academic Exchange Service, DST-JSPS and other programmes as a visiting scientist; Italy to attend the Bologna International Leather fair as Director CLRI. Attended IULTCS congress in Beijing, China in Oct. 2009. Visited Ethiopia in January 2010. Attended IULTCS congress in Valencia, Spain 2011. Visited and delivered invited lecture at The Complutense University of Madrid. Signed Letter of Intent between CSIR-CLRI and Leather and Shoe Research Institute (LSRI), Vietnam in September 2012. Attended 32nd IULTCS Congress Istanbul, Turkey in May 2013.