Research Areas: Polymer and Materials Chemistry

Our research interests revolve around a number of themes in polymer chemistry and materials science. Current research is focused in three main areas: polymer membranes, polymeric nanostructures and polyurethanes. We emphasize on synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures and understanding of their structure-property relationships, which are key in improving the polymer performance and designing new materials. We seek to develop unique polymeric materials for variety of applications which include fuel cell, water electrolyser, flow batteries, sensors, drug delivery, protein binding, energetic polymers, coatings, environmentally benign polymers etc. We employ step-growth, emulsion, photo, radical and RAFT polymerizations techniques to synthesize the newly designed polymers. Our group utilizes these synthesized polymers to develop novel ion exchange membranes, miscible blends, polymer gels and hydrogels, colloids, core-shell nanostructures, nanocomposites for their potential use in the above mentioned application areas.

Few representative recent works are schematically highlighted here. For more details see our publications

Our contributions on Polymer Membrane


Cross-Linked Polybenzimidazole Membrane for PEM Fuel Cells

Harilal, Avanish Shukla, Prakash Chandra Ghosh, and Tushar Jana*

ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2020, 2, 3161–3170


Rational design of microporous polybenzimidazole framework for efficient proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Harilal, Rama Bhattacharyya, Avanish Shukla, Prakash Chandra Ghosh and Tushar Jana*

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022,10, 11074-11091


Cross-Linked Alkaline Anion Exchange Membrane from N-Spirocyclic Quaternary Ammonium and Polybenzimidazole

Anupam Das, Balakondareddy Sana, Rama Bhattacharyya, Prakash Chandra Ghosh, and Tushar Jana*

ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2022, 4, 1523–1534

Our contributions on Polymer Nanostructure


Glycopolymer-Grafted Nanoparticles: Synthesis Using RAFT Polymerization and Binding Study with Lectin

S. N. Raju Kutcherlapati, Rambabu Koyilapu, Uma Maheswara Rao Boddu, Debparna Datta, Ramu Sridhar Perali, Musti J. Swamy, and Tushar Jana*

Macromolecules 2017, 50, 7309–7320


Hollow polymer nanocapsules with a ferrocenyl copolymer shell

M. Dhara, S. Rudra, N. Mukherjee, and Tushar Jana*

Polym. Chem., 2021,12, 3976-3991


Our contributions on Polymer Polyurethane


Effect of segmental compatibility imposed over metal based polybutadiene polyurethane

Moumita Dharaa, Nitai Giria, B.Narasimha Rao, A.K.Patra, P.U.Sastry, Mahesh Shrikishan Ingole and Tushar Jana*

European polymer journal, 2020, 122, 109380


Structure-property relationships of ferrocene functionalized segmented polyurethane

Billa Narasimha Rao, P. U. Sastry and Tushar Jana*

European polymer journal, 2019, 115, 201-211


Enhancing segmental compatibility and tuning the structure-property relationship in ferrocenylsilane tethered polyurethane

Moumita Dhara, Nitai Giri, Arunava Dutta, A.K.Patra, P.U.Sastry, Mahesh Shrikishan Ingole, Tushar Jana*

Polymer, 2020, 204, 122807