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     Date Submitted:28-04-2017
     Last Modified:28-04-2017 (05:12)
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     Current job:Non-Metallic Materials engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:, , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsMaterials testing/validation/failure analysis


    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.


    During M.Sc.:

    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.



    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).



    Register PolymeerKundige (RPK) courses in Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Properties, during Ph.D.  Certificates obtained.

      English language test: TOEFL, (250/300, Essay rating 5/6).


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