As a Polymer researcher I have a broad experience over 10 years in synthesis and characterization of organic and polymeric materials. My biggest strength is the ability to understand the structure- properties-applications relationship of polymers. I have profound experience in the characterization of materials such as adhesives, coatings, polymer composites. Through years of experience, I have gained expertise in application validation and failure analysis of non-metallic materials.
I have shown a problem solving oriented mind set and have ability to ask right questions. I have planned, executed and managed multidisciplinary research projects. On many occasions, I have worked independently as well as in interdisciplinary teams/collaborations for the projects.
I am looking for a new opportunity related to product/process/application development.
Driving: European/Indian driving license
Languages: English, Hindi
Other details: Indian, Born on: 9 April 1979, Married, have two children
Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2012: Six Sigma green belt, Institute for Fundamentals in Quality, India.
June 2006 – Dec. 2010: Ph.D., Polymers/Organic chemistry/surfactants/Fuel cell, Delft Technology University, the Netherlands. Thesis defended on 7 November 2012.
June1999 – May 2001: M.Sc., Polymer Chemistry, Shivaji University, India.
June 1996 – May 1999: B.Sc., Chemistry, Shivaji University, India.
Jan. 2016 – Now: European Space Agency, Non-Metallic materials Engineer
Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2015: Lawter Bvba, Belgium, Innovation Chemist
Jan. 2013 – Oct. 2013: Montpellier 2 Univ., France, Postdoctorate
May 2012 – Dec. 2012: National Chemical Laboratory, India, Guest Researcher
March 2011 – April 2012: Vrije Univ. Brussels, Belgium, Postdoctorate
March 2005 – Feb. 2006: Wuerzburg Univ., Germany. Research Student
Sept. 2001 – Feb. 2005: National Chemical Laboratory, India. Research Assistant
At European Space Agency:
Thermal and thermomechanical analysis according to ISO and ASTM standards
Non-conformance report preparation
Space material application validation and failure analysis
Reaction kinetics investigation using model free kinetics tool
Nonmetallic material (coatings, adhesives, composites) testing
At Lawter Bvba:
High temperature and high pressure emulsification of polymeric resins
New processes, products, application investigation
Ground work and background research on materials/markets
Fracking sand coating development
At Montpellier 2 University:
Gaseous monomers and high pressure reactor handling.
Controlled radical polymerization.
Fluorinated Monomer/Polymer synthesis and characterization.
At Vrije Universiteit Brussel:
Atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization.
Reaction progression using carlorimetric techniques
Molecular and thermal characterization.
At Delft University of Technology:
Synthesis of polymerizable and nonpolymerizable fluorinated surfactants.
Free radical polymerization of surfactant monomers.
Microemulsion investigation using isothermal titration calorimetry
At National Chemical Laboratory:
Molecular characterization of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) by GPC.
Fractionation isothermal crystallization study and rheology of LLDPE and impact PP.
Free radical polymerization (suspension and solution) of Acrylates, Styrene.
Engineering polymers like aromatic polyamides and polyimides by interfacial step-growth polymerization and synthesis & purification of the monomers required.
1H-NMR, 19F-NMR, 13C-NMR, Mass spectroscopy, HPLC, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Polarized Optical Microscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering, GPC, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, microcalorimetry, SAXS, WAXS, DSC, TGA, TGA-GC MS, TMA, FT-IR, SEM, GPC, stress controlled Rheometer, high temperature solution Viscometer, Vapour Pressure Osmometry.
Total 8 publications in American Chemical Society (ACS) and Elsevier journals such as Macromolecules with more than 20 citations.
SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS
1. Wadekar, M. N.; Jager, W. F.; Kowlgi, K. N. K.; Koper, G. J. M.; Janssen, G. J. M.; Lebedeva, N. P.; Picken, S. J. Frontiers in Polymer Science, Mainz, Germany, June 2009 (Poster).
2. Wadekar, M. N.; Jager, W. F.; Kowlgi, K. N. K.; Koper, G. J. M.; Janssen, G. J. M.; Lebedeva, N. P.; Picken, S. J. Dutch Polymer Days, Lunteren, The Netherlands, February 2009 (Oral).
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