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Dr. T.U. Patro

Designation : Assistant Professor
Highest Qualification: Phd, Pos Doc
Contact Number: 020-2460-4480
Total Citations: 1143
H-Index: 17
I-Index: 24
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Brief Description
Professionl exprience
Research Domains:
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(Brief Description / Abstract) :

Dr. T. U. Patro is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune. Before the current position, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, for more than two years. He obtained his MTech in Materials Technology, IIT(BHU), erstwhile Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, followed by a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay. His research interests include polymer composites, structure-property relationship in nanocomposites, and polyurethane and carbon foams.




1999: MSc (Chemistry) (Berhampur University, Odisha)

2001: MTech (Materials Technology) (IIT-BHU, Varanasi)

2008: PhD (Chemical Engineering) (IIT Bombay)


Professional Experience (Institution, Position and Period):


  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2010

  • DIAT, Asst Professor, 2011-Present


Research Domains:


  • Polymer Nanocomposites

  • Polyurethane and carbon foams

  • Structure-property relationship in polymer composites


Specific Projects: 


Research Collaborations:


  • NMRL Ambernath

  • IIT Kharagpur

  • IISc Bangalore


Ph.D Thesis Supervision:


  • Co-guide for Dr. S. S. Panwar, DRDL Hyderabad. Thesis Title: Studies on ysz and silicide coatings on nb alloy for high-temperature applications

  • Dr. G. Sudheer Kumar. Thesis Title: Polymer/carbon nanotube nanocomposites for electromagnetic interference shielding and strain sensing applications

  • Dr. Gajanan K. Arbade. Thesis Title: Poly(ε-caprolactone) Based Composite Electrospun Nanofiber Scaffolds for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Applications.


M.Tech. Dissertation Supervision:



Summer/Winter Internships From other institutions Supervision:


  • Students from IIT(BHU)

  • Students from ICT, Rajasthan


Other Supervision:


  • Students from IIT(BHU)

  • Students from ICT, Rajasthan


Research Publications:

Research Publications:

Journal Articles:



  • T. U. Patro, H. D. Wagner, Layer-by-layer assembled PVA/Laponite multilayer free-standing films and their mechanical and thermal properties, Nanotechnology, 22 (455706) 2011 1-12.

  • G. Harikrishnan, T. U. Patro, A. R. Unni, D. V. Khakhar, Clay nanoplatelet induced morphological evolutions during polymeric foaming, Soft Matter, 7 2011 6801-6804. DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05670K


  • R. M. Kaushik, A. B. Bhandakkar, T. U. Patro, Solution of emulsifiable oil and hydrogen peroxide for chemical–mechanical polishing of Ti alloy—A green approach, Mater. Lett., 122 2014 252–255.

  • S. K. Rath,  S. Dubey, G. S. Kumar, S. Kumar, A. K. Patra, J. Bahadur, A. K. Singh, G. Harikrishnan, T. U. Patro, Multi-walled CNT-induced phase behaviour of poly(vinylidene fluoride) and its electro-mechanical properties, J. Mater. Sci., 49 2014 103-113.


  • G. S. Kumar, D. Vishnupriya, T. U. Patro, Influence of MWNTs on electrical and hydrophobic properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites, Mater. Today: Proceedings, 2 2015 2795-2800.

  • S. S. Panwar, T. U. Patro, N. Ali, K. Balasubramanian, B. Venkataraman, Hot Air Erosion Studies of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thermal Barrier Coated Niobium Alloy, Mater. Focus, 4 2015 421-432.

  • D. K. Chouhan, Harikrishnan, G., S. Kumar, A. Kumar, P. S. Alegaonkar, T. U. Patro, Structure-reinforcement correlation and chain dynamics in graphene oxide and Laponite-filled epoxy nanocomposites, J. Mater. Sci., 50 2015 7458–7472.

  • G. S. Kumar, D. Vishnupriya, A. Joshi, S. Datar, T. U. Patro, Electromagnetic interference shielding in 1–18 GHz frequency and electrical property correlations in poly(vinylidene fluoride)–multi-walled carbon nanotube composites, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 17 2015 20347-20360.

  • S. S. Panwar, K. Prasad, T. U. Patro, K. Balasubramanian, B. Venkataraman, On the occurrence of dynamic strain aging in C-103 Nb based alloy, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 620 2015 286-292.


  • S. K. Rath, S. K. Sharma, K. Sudarshan, J. G. Chavan,T. U. Patro, P. K. Pujari, Subnanoscopic inhomogeneities in model end-linked PDMS networks probed by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and their effects on thermomechanical properties, Polymer, 101 2016 358-369.

  • T. U. Patro54 2016 2377-2387.

  • G. S. Kumar, D. Vishnupriya, S. K. Chary,T. U. Patro,  High dielectric permittivity and improved mechanical and thermal properties of poly (vinylidene fluoride) composites with low carbon nanotube content: effect of composite processing on phase behavior and dielectric properties, Nanotechnology, 27 2016 385702.

  • D. K. Chouhan, T. U. Patro, G. Harikrishnan, S. Kumar, S. Gupta, H. Cohen, H. D. Wagner, Laponite-graphene oxide hybrid from highly stable dual suspension, Appl. Clay Sci., .

  • C. Sharma, S. S. Edatholath, A. R. Unni, T. U. Patro, V. K. Aswal, S. K. Rath, G. Harikrishnan, A pre-polyaddition mediation of castor oil for polyurethane formation, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 133 2016

  • A. Kumar, D. K. Chouhan, P. S. Alegaonkar, T. U. Patro, Graphene-like nanocarbon: an effective nanofiller for improving the mechanical and thermal properties of polymer at low weight fractions, Compos. Sci. Tech., 127 2016 .

  • S. K. Rath, S. S. Edatholathb , T. U. Patro, K. Sudarshan, P. U. Sastri, P. K. Pujari, G. Harikrishnan,

  • S. S. Panwar, T. U. Patro, K. Balasubramanian, B. Venkataraman,doi:10.1007/s12034-015-1140-4 



  • G. S. Kumar, T.U. Patro, Efficient electromagnetic interference shielding and radar absorbing properties of ultra-thin and flexible polymer-carbon nanotube composite films, Mater. Res. Exp.,.

  • G. K. Arbade, S. Jathar, V. Tripathi, T. U. Patro,  045011

  • S. K. Rath, J. Bahadur, H. S. Panda, D. Sen, T. U. Patro, S. Praveen, M. Patri, D. V. Khakhar, Anomalous toluene transport in model segmented polyurethane-urea/clay nanocomposites, Soft Matter, 14 2018 3870-3881. DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02202F 

  • D. K. Chouhan, A. Kumar, S. K. Rath, S. Kumar, P. S. Alegaonkar, G. Harikrishnan, T. U. Patro, Laponite-graphene oxide hybrid particulate filler enhances mechanical properties of cross-linked epoxy, J. Polym. Res., 25 2018 60.

  • S. Acharya, J. Ray, T. U. Patro, P. Alegaonkar, S. Datar, Microwave absorption properties of reduced graphene oxide strontium hexaferrite/poly (methyl methacrylate) composites, Nanotechnology, 29 2018 115605.

  • S. K. Rath, J. G. Chavan, T. K. Ghorpade, T. U. Patro, M. Patri, Structure–property correlations of foul release coatings based on low hard segment content poly(dimethylsiloxane–urethane–urea), J. Coat. Tech. Res., 15 2018 185-198.


  • G. K. Arbade, V. Kumar, V. Tripathi, A. Menon, S. Bose, T. U. Patro, Emblica officinalis loaded poly (ε-caprolactone) electrospun nanofiber scaffold as potential antibacterial and anticancer deployable patch, New J. Chem., 43


  • G. K. Arbade, V. Dongardive, S. K. Rath, V. Tripathi, T. U. Patro, Effect of poly(ethylene glycol) on drug delivery, antibacterial, biocompatible, physico-chemical and thermo-mechanical properties of PCL-chloramphenicol electrospun nanofiber scaffolds, Int. J. Polym. Mater. Polym. Biomater., 2020.

  • S. Praveen, J. Bahadur, R. Yadav, S. Billa, T. U. Patro, S. K. Rath, D. Ratna, M. Patri, Appl. Acoustics, .

  • G. K. Arbade, J. Srivastava, V. Tripathi, N. Lenka, T. U. Patro, Enhancement of hydrophilicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability of poly(ε-caprolactone) electrospun nanofiber scaffolds using poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone-co-glycolide) as additives for soft tissue engineering, J. Biomater. Sci, Polym. Ed,  2020 1648-1670.


Book Chapters:


G. K. Arbade, T. U. Patro, “Biocompatible polymer based nanofibers for tissue engineering”, In “Advances in Sustainable Polymers”, Ed. By ____ (Book Series “Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials”), Singapore: Nature Springer, 2019. pp 43-66.


Conference Papers:


Research/Review Submitted/Under Review:


Any Publications Submitted/Under Review:


  • D. K. Chouhan, R. Bagal, B. N. Sahoo, T. U. Patro, Hydrophobic silicone-coating on reticulated vitreous carbon foam using a solvent-free method for efficient oil-water separation, (Under Review) (2020)

  • G. S. Kumar, T. U. Patro, Effect of processing methods and functionalization of carbon nanotubes on quasi-static and dynamic strain sensing properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-multi-walled carbon nanotube composite films, Submitted (2020).


Invited Talks:

  • “Poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanocomposites: preparation, phase behavior and properties”, Online Workshop on Advanced Nanomaterials & Their Applications 6th to 25th Nov 2020, NIT Manipur, Imphal, 6th Nov 2020

  • “Antibacterial and drug release studies of biocompatible electrospun nanofiber scaffolds”, Advances in Sustainable Polymers (ASP-2017), IIT Guwahati, India, Jan 2018.

  • “Fabrication of carbon nanotube-polymer composites for EMI shielding and strain-sensing applications” at International Symposium on Advanced Materials for Engineering Applications (ISAMEA-2017) at National Institute of Engineering, Mysuru, India, 24-25 March 2017.

  • “Manufacture of carbon nanotube based polymer composites and their applications in Defence, Presented at the workshop “Recent Advances in Nanomaterials”, KN College of Engineering, Pune, India, Dec 2016.

  • “Preparation and phase behaviour of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-multi-walled carbon nanotube composites – electromechanical and EMI shielding properties” at Fourth International Conference on Polymer Processing and Characterization, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India, 9-11th Dec 2016.

  • “Bio-inspired polymer nanocomposites and their properties”, Presented in the Special Interest Group for Materials Meeting at R&D Estt. Engg. (DRDO), Pune, June 2012

  • “Structure-property relationship in polymer nanocomposites”, at National Workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Organized by College of Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, Jan 2012

  • “Preparation and mechanical properties of PVA/clay and Graphene oxide (GO) layer-by-layer films”, at Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, Sept 2011

  • “Preparation and mechanical properties of PVA/clay and Graphene oxide (GO) layer-by-layer (LBL) films”, Institut Charles Sadron (ICS), Strasbourg University, France, April 2010 (Host: Professor Gero Decher)



  • T. U. Patro, R. Bagal, D. K. Chouhan, Process for preparation of hydrophobic and oleophilic reticulated vitreous carbon foam, Indian Patent Appl. (2019) (Appl No: 201911028367)


Awards/Scholastic Achievements:


  • Top-1% most-cited author award in Materials section in India during 2016-2018 by IOP Publishing

  • Feinberg Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010)

  • CSIR (Council of scientific and industrial research)- (NET-JRF) Junior Research Fellowship-2000

  • GATE (Graduate aptitudes test of engineering)-1999 


Government Funded Projects:


  • Investigation of mechanical and electrical properties of reticulated vitreous carbon foam from polyurethane precursors impregnated by nanofillers for fuel cell applications. Department of Science & Technology (DST) under Fast-Track Project for Young Scientists.. Rs. 1.223 Million (Completed)

  • Development of glassy carbon foam with controlled pore sie and improved mechanical and electrical properties using nanofillers for acoustic and EMI shielding materials and high temperature insulation. DIAT(DU), Pune. Rs. 0.875 Million (On-going)


Any Other:


  • Workshop/Conferences Organized

  • Convener, “National workshop on small and wide-angle x-ray scattering-2018”, 27-28 Dec 2018, jointly organized by DIAT and Anton Paar India Pvt Ltd.

  • Co-treasurer, 1st International Conference on Functional Materials for Defence (ICFMD-2012), 18-20 May 2012, organized at DIAT Pune

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