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Aji Mathew
Aji Mathew

Aji Mathew


Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials from natural resources
  • Nano Composite Processing and characterization
  • Biobased water purification membranes
  • Biomedical scaffolds and Products


  • Organic Chemistry B0007K
  • Biocomposites T7017T
  • Materials characterization T7003T
  • Nanomaterials T7006T
  • Nanocomposites 

Previous assignments

• Assistant Professor, Division of Manufacturing and Design of Wood and    Bionanocomposites, Luleå University of Technology, SE 97187, Luleå, Sweden, April 2007 - March 2011     

• Senior Project Engineer, working with Standards for Plastics Testing and Safety Certification at Underwriters Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, 2005-2007 

• Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Design and Materials, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2003-2005

• Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, Garden City College, Bangalore, India, 2002-2003

• Post Doctoral Researcher, Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolecules Vegetales (CERMAV), Domaine Universitaire, Grenoble, France, 2001-2002    

Doctoral Degree

PhD in Polymer Chemistry, Interpenetrating polymer networks based on natural rubber and polystyrene. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, 2001

PhD students

• Peng Liu, Biobased nano structures for water cleaning (Main supervisor)

• Zoheb Karim, Biobased water cleaning membranes, (Main supervisor)

• Narges Naseri, Porous scaffolds for biomedical applications (Main supervisor)

• Martha Herrera, Thin films based on cellulose nanocrystals (Co-supervisor)

• Saleh Hooshmand, Biobased continuous fiber (Co-supervisor)

• Visakh PM, Rubber based nanocomposites reinforced with nanocellulose (Visiting Student)

Current Projects

• Swedish research links, International collaborative research grants, 2009-2012, Novel bionanocomposites with improved barrier properties using wood based nanocrystals/fibrils in natural rubber, (Principal Investigator)

• Swedish research links, International collaborative research grants, 2009-2012, Cellulose and chitin based bionanocomposite fibres for textile and biomedical application, (Principal Investigator)

• Development of continuous ultrastrong fibers of nanocellulose for use in biocomposites, NANOFIBER, VINNOVA, 2009-2012 (Co-Investigator)

• WOODY, Innovative advanced WOOD based Composite Materials and Components, Large Collaborative Project,Grant, Agreement no. CP – IP 210037-2 (Partner)

• FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5, NanoSelect (280519), Functional membranes/ filters with anti/low-fouling surfaces for water purification through selective adsorption on biobased nanocrystals and fibrils 2012-2015, (Co-ordinator) ;

• MNT-ERANET, n-POSSCOG  2012-2014, Nano-POlySaccharide containing Scaffolds with Controlled pOrosity and degradability,  VINNOVA  (Co-Applicant)



• Prof. Sabu Thomas, Mahatma Gandhi University, India

• Dr.Rajesh Anandjiwala and Dr.. Maya Jacob, Materials Science and Manufacturing, CSIR, South Africa

• Prof. Marie-Pierrie Laborie, Institute of Forest Utilization and Works Science Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, 79 086 Freiburg, Germany

• Prof. Mohini M. Sain, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 3B3, Canada

• Prof. Alexander Bismarck and Prof. Li Kang, Imperial College London, UK

• Assoc. Prof. Vanya Kokol, University of Maribor, Slovenia

• Dr. Tanja Zimmermann and Group, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), SwitzerlandDr. Eva_lena Hult Mori and Dr.. Tekkla Tammelin, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT, Finland

• Dr. UXUA Perez, Fundación Investigación Desarrollo a nanotecnología (FideNa), Spain


• Alfa Laval Corporate AB, Sweden

• Domsjö Mills AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

• SEKAB E-Technologies, Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

• CSIR, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

• Xylophane AB, Bohus, Sweden

• Arterion AB, Sweden

• Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB Sweden

• ACONDAQUA Ingeniería DEL AGUA SL (Acondaqua), Spain

Other assignments

• Leader, Nano Composite Activities, Composite Centre Sweden, at Luleå University of Technology

• Partner, nano4 water cluster, European Commission