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Dr. Meera Balachandran

Professor

Dr. Meera Balachandran currenly serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences at Amrita School Engineering, Coimbatore. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Calicut University and Master’s degree in Polymer Technology from Cochin University of Science and Technology

Qualification: Ph.D
b_meera@cb.amrita.edu
Ph: +91 9443656597, +91 4222685000
Research Interest: Blends and Composites, Design of Experiments, Modelling Properties of Polymers, Polymer Blends and Composites, Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymer Structure Property Relationship

Bio

Dr. Meera Balachandran currenly serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences at Amrita School Engineering, Coimbatore. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Calicut University and Master’s degree in Polymer Technology from Cochin University of Science and Technology. Dr. Meera balachandran pursued her Ph. D. at Amrita Vishwa Vidyaeetham in Acrylonitrile Butadiene Copolymer (Nitrile Rubber) Nanocomposites. She has 14 years of experience in teaching and 3 years in leading chemical process industries.

Dr. Meera is Principal investigator & Co-investigator for several research projects funded by various agencies such as ISRO, UGC-DAE CSR and MHRD. She has completed two projects for ISRO and one project for The Institution of Engineers (India). She is currently involved in a funded research project for UGC – DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, one project for ISRO and two projects in the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technology funded by MHRD.

She has to her credit several peer reviewed papers in international journals and international / national conferences. Dr. Meera serves as reviewer for Journal of Applied Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Science.

Dr. Meera’s research interests are Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymer blends and composites, Polymer Structure Property Relationship, Modelling properties of Polymers, Blends and Composites and Design of Experiments.

Funded Projects

Ongoing

  1. Development of Ultra High Temperature Resistance Polymeric Nano Composite for Long Distance Space Applications, Indian Space Research Organization, Co-Principal Investigator.
  2. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Rubber based nanocomposites for application in corrosive and radiation environments, Principal Investigator
  3. Green Construction Panels based on Natural Rubber,  MHRD for Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technology, Principal Investigator.
  4. Hybrid Nanocomposites based on Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Rubber  Blends for Application in Corrosive and Radiation Environments, MHRD for Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technology, Co-Principal Investigator.

Completed

  1. Elastomer based Nanocomposites for  Control  System Bladders,  Indian Space Research Organization, May 2006 – April 2009, Co-Principal Investigator.
  2. Optimisation of Nanofiller Loading in Natural Rubber based Micro Cellular Sheet Using DoE,  The Institution of Engineers (India) Kolkata, January 2009 – June 2009, Principal Investigator.
  3. Analysis and Evaluation of Multi-Layer Shear Damped Visco-Elastic Treatments for Launch Vehicle Application, Indian Space Research Organization, June 2008 – June 2011, Co-Principal Investigator.

 

Publications

Book Chapter

Performance Enhancement of UHMWPE with Surface Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes/Graphite

Authors : Unnikrishnan D., Dr. Meera Balachandran, Sarath Kumar, P.; Sai Narendra Reddy, K.;

Publisher : Structural Integrity Assessment

Conference Proceedings

Transport Properties And Mechanical Behaviour Of Nitrile Rubber / Polychloroprene Rubber Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Kutty, S. K. N., and Bhagawan, S. S.

Publisher : National Conference on Polymers.

Mechanical and Sorption Behaviour of Organo-modified Montmorillonite nanocomposites based on EPDM – NBR Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, N. Ashok, Webert, D., Suneesh, P. V.

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Materials SCICON’16 . Department of Sciences

Cure and Degradation Kinetics of Sulfur Cured Nanocomposites of EPDM-NBR Rubber Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Kaizer Taj Basha, R, D., Menon, A. U., Ashok, N.

Publisher : Proceedings of the second edition of Icon AMMA a three day International Conference on "Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2017)

Thermal and Mechanical Behavior of Functionalized MWCNT Reinforced Epoxy Carbon Fabric Composites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Kumar P, Jayanarayanan, K.

Publisher : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on "Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2018)

Performance Enhancement of UHMWPE with Surface Functionalized MWCNT/Graphite Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Kumar P, K, S. Narendra R., D, U.

Publisher : Proceedings of the Second International Conferences on Structural Integrity (ICONS-2018), Invited paper 14, Session VD Stuctural Integrity of Composite Materials. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam & Society for Failure Analysis, Chennai Chapter together with Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Synthesis and Characteristics of MMT Reinforced Chitosan Nanocomposite

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, B. S, Vivek, A., V Krishna, V., Mittal, S. Sagar

Publisher : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on "Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2019)”

Nanosilica reinforced EPDM Silicone Rubber Blends: Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of Mechanical and Solvent Sorption Properties

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Ravindran, Kamaraj, M., Vasanthmurali, N., V, M.

Publisher : Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications

Approaches in Modeling Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : Proceedings of Second International Conference on Natural Polymers, Bio-polymers, Bio-Materials, their composites, Blends, IPNs and Gels Polyelectrolytes and Gels: Macro to Nano Scales (ICNP-2010)

Design of Experiments for Optimizing NBR Nanocomposite Formulations

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Stanly, L. P., Muraleekrishnan, R., and Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : International conference on Advances in Polymer Technology

Role of DoE [Design of Experiments] in Development of Nanoclay – Nitrile Rubber Composites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology (ICMST 2010)

Nitrile rubber nanocomposites for control bladders : Application of DoE technique

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : International Multicomponent Polymer Conference IMPC2012 organised by Institute of Macromolecular Science Engineering,School of Applied Sciences, Engineering Health, RMIT University, Australia Centre for Nanoscience Nanotechnology, M.G. University

Mechanical And Visco-Elastic Properties Of Silicone Rubber – Nanoclay Composites And Its Application In Vibration Damper

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Pradip P Sairam, Sreeja M R, and Dr. Ajith Ramesh

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology (ICMST 2010)

Influence of Nanofiller Type on Mechanical and Solvent sorption behavior of Nitrile Rubber based Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Ashok, N

Publisher : Proceedings of Fourth International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites organized by International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology(IIUCNN),

Influence of high permittivity nanoparticle on water tree growth in XLPE nanocomposite

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, D. Kavitha

Publisher : Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Circuit, Power and Computing Technologies, ICCPCT 2017

Simulation of electric field distribution in nanodielectrics based on XLPE

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Jayakrishnan, D, K., A, A., and Nagarajan, N.

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Recent Advances in Nano Science and Technology 2015 (RAINSAT-2015)

Elastomer Based Composites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Latest in Polymers – 2010

Elastomer-based nanocomposites : Trends and Challenges

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : Proceedings of National conference on Frontiers in Polymer Nanomaterials and Composites

Studies on Polyaniline (PANI)/Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, P. Srikrishnarka, Reddy, R. S. Pruthvi Ra, Siddarth, K., Vishal, R., and Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : National Conference on Recent Trends in Materials Science and Technology - 2013 (NCMST-13) organized by Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.

Nanocomposites : Property Dependence on Filler Shape and Content

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. S. Bhagawan

Publisher : 3rd Int Conf on Natural Polymers, Bio-polymers, Bio-Materials, their composites, Blends, IPNs Gels Polyelectrolytes Gels: Macro to Nano Scales, by Centre for Nanoscience Nanotechnology at M.G. Univ Beijing Univ of Chemical Technology, China

Simulation studies on Electric field propogation in cross-linked Polyethylene Nanosilica Composites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Suresh, Pattath, K. and Mohammed, A. C

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Macromolecules: Synthesis, Morphology, Processing, Structure, properties and Applications ICM 2016

Transport Properties And Mechanical Behaviour Of Nitrile Rubber / Polychloroprene Rubber Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Kutty, S. K. N., and Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : National Conference on Polymers

Mechanical, thermal and dielectric properties of cross-linked polyethylene nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, P. Manswini, Reddy, R., Kavitha, D.

Publisher : Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Polymer Processing and Characterization (ICPPC 2014), International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Process parameter optimisation in automobile component manufacture using Design of Experiments

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, J. Ganesh, A., Varshan, A. V. R., Sriram, D., and Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : National Conference on Quality Improvement Concepts and their Implementation in Higher Educational Institutions

Influence of admixtures on properties of concrete and optimization using response surface methodology

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Vasudevan, and Poornima V

Publisher : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2018)

Synthesis and Characteristics of MMT Reinforced Chitosan Nanocomposite

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, B. S, Vivek, A., V Krishna, V., Mittal and S. Sagar

Publisher : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2019)” organized by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham"

Nanosilica reinforced EPDM Silicone Rubber Blends: Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of Mechanical and Solvent Sorption Properties

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Ravindran, Kamaraj, M., Vasanthmurali, N., and V, M

Publisher : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2019)"

Studies on Novel Polythiourea and its Composites For Conducting Applications

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Lakshmi, K., and Saravanan, R

Publisher : National Conference on Recent Trends in Polymer Science and Technology

Gamma Radiation and Hydrocarbon Ageing Effect on Mechanical Properties of EPDM – CIIR Hybrid Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, N. Ashok

Publisher : Proceedings of the Second International Conferences on Structural Integrity (ICONS-2018), Session VD Structural Integrity of Composite Materials.

Dielectric Properties, Thermal Characteristics and Degradation Kinetics of PMMA Nanodielectrics

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, P. Raga Sreehitha and Durga, B.

Publisher : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2018)"

Hybrid Nanocomposites of EPDM-Chlorobutyl Rubber Blends for Radiation and Hydrocarbon Environments, Rubber and elastomers Symposium

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Neelesh

Publisher : 34th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS-34),

Experimental Study of Thermal and Mechanical Properties of UHMWPE – Graphite Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Narendra R. K, and D, U

Publisher : Fourth International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites organized by International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology(IIUCNN),

Experimental Study of Thermal and Mechanical Properties of UHMWPE – Acid modified MWCNT Nanocomposites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Kumar P, and D, U

Publisher : Proceedings of Fourth International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites organized by International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology(IIUCNN),

Cure and Degradation Kinetics of Sulfur Cured Nanocomposites of EPDM – NBR Rubber Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Kaizer Taj Basha, R, D., Menon, A. U., and Ashok, N

Publisher : of the second edition of Icon AMMA a three day International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2017)

Optimizing the Properties of Nanoclay – Nitrile Rubber Composites using Box-Behnken Design

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Muraleekrishnan, R., and Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : Proceedings of ISAMPE National Conference 2009(INCCOM-8) “Emerging Trends in Composite Materials and Technology”

Simulation of electric field distribution in nanodielectrics based on XLPE

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Jayakrishnan, D, K., A, A., Nagarajan, N.

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Macromolecules: Synthesis, Morphology, Processing, Structure, properties and Applications ICM 2016 organized by International Unit on Macromolecular Science and Engineering (IUMSE)

Mechanical behaviour of nanoclay–NBR composites

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : Proceedings of Asia Rub Tech Expo. Cochin, India

Short natural fibre reinforced polyester composites : Property Optimization using DoE

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Bhagawan, S. S

Publisher : Proceedings of Innovations in Composites for the New Century, International and INCOMM-6 Conference on Future trends in Composite Materials and Processing

Journal Article

Modeling and Optimizing Properties of Nanoclay – Nitrile Rubber (NBR) Composites Using Box-Behnken Design

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Bhagawan, S. S.; Muraleekrishnan, R.

Publisher : Rubber Chemistry and Technology

Optimizing properties of nanoclay–nitrile rubber (NBR) composites using Face Centred Central Composite Design

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Devanathan, Sriram; Muraleekrishnan, R.; Bhagawan, S.S.

Publisher : Materials & Design - MATER DESIGN

Dielectric Properties, Thermal Characteristics and Degradation Kinetics of PMMA Nanodielectrics

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Paritala Raga Sreehitha; Boggavarapu Durga;

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Synthesis and characteristics of MMT reinforced chitosan nanocomposite

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Bhagath; Abhijith Vivek; V. Viswajeet Krishna; Shiva Sagar Mittal;

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Analyzing the Effect of B4C/Al2O3 on the Wear Behavior of Al-6.6Si-0.4Mg Alloy Using Response Surface Methodology

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Kumar, Vishnu; Kumar, Vaishnave; Menon, Goutham; Bimaldev, Sivcharan; Sankar, Manu; Shankar, Karthik; Dr. Meera Balachandran

Publisher : International Journal of Surface Engineering and Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Nanosilica reinforced EPDM silicone rubber blends: Experimental and theoretical evaluation of mechanical and solvent sorption properties

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Akhilesh Ravindran; Madhumitha Kamaraj; Nandika Vasanthmurali; V. Meghavarshini; Dr. Meera Balachandran

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Determining the Significance of Cobalt Addition on the Wear Characteristics of Al-6.6Si-0.4Mg Hypoeutectic Alloy Using Design of Experiment

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Sreedev, E.P.; Govind, H.K.; P, A.; Adithyan, S.; Narayan, H.A.; Shankar, K.V.; Dr. Meera Balachandran

Publisher : Tribology in Industry

Influence of argon plasma treatment on carbon fibre reinforced high performance thermoplastic composite

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Dr. Shantanu Bhowmik, Jennifer Vinodhini, K. Sudheendra; Dr. Meera Balachandran; Shantanu Bhowmik

Publisher : High Performance Polymers

Modeling and optimizing properties of nanoclay-nitrile rubber composites using box-behnken design

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Bhagawan, S. Sa, and Muraleekrishnan, Rb

Publisher : Rubber Chemistry and Technology

Modeling NBR- layered silicate nanocomposites: A DoE approach

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Stanly, Lisha P; Mulaleekrishnan, R.; Bhagawan, S.S.

Publisher : Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Process Optimization of Functionalized MWCNT/Polyetherimide Nanocomposites for Aerospace Application

Authors : Dr. Shantanu Bhowmik, Dr. Meera Balachandran, Pitchan, M. Kumar, and Abraham, M

Publisher : Journal of Materials and Design

Polymer Nanocomposite Containing High Permittivity Nanoparticles for Energy Storage Application

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, V. K. Sahithya, Kavitha, D., and Kumar, M

Publisher : International Journal of Nanotechnology and Applications

Modeling of Electric Field Distribution and Electric Tree Propagation in Epoxy Nanocomposites using Finite Element Method

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, D. Kavitha, NAMBIAR, T. N. P., and SINDHU, T. K.

Publisher : Journal of Electrical Engineering

EPDM-chlorobutyl rubber blends in γ-radiation and hydrocarbon environment: Mechanical, transport, and ageing behavior

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, N. Ashok, Lawrence, F., and Sebastian, N

Publisher : Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Simulation of electric field distribution in nanodielectrics based on XLPE

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, A. Jayakrishnan, D, K., A, A., and Nagarajan, N.

Publisher : Proceedings of International Conference on Recent Advances in Nano Science and Technology 2015 (RAINSAT-2015)

Study on Silica Infused Recycled Aggregate Concrete Using Design of Experiments

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Dr. Mini K. M., P. .M.Mrudul, .Upender, T., Tarun, V.

Publisher : Journal of Engineering science and Technology

Kodo Idly – Inside Out

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, D. Susan, Vishvanathan, R., .and E, P

Publisher : Trends in Biosciences

Cure and Degradation Kinetics of Sulfur Cured Nanocomposites of EPDM-NBR Rubber Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. K. Tajamul Basha, Divya, R., Menon, A. U., Ashok, N., S., B., and S.R., N

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Carving of Idly from the batter

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, D. Susan, .E, P. and Vishvanathan, R

Publisher : Trends in Biosciences

Mechanical and sorption behaviour of organo-modified montmorillonite nanocomposites based on EPDM – NBR Blends

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, N. Ashok, Webert, D. and Suneesh, P. V

Publisher : Materials Today: Proceedings

Photocatalytic degradation of metformin and amoxicillin in synthetic hospital wastewater: effect of classical parameters

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Dr. Prakash Chinnaiyan, S.G. Thampi, and M. Kumar

Publisher : International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

Influence of admixtures on properties of concrete and optimization using response surface methodology

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, Shankar Vasudevan; Poornima V.;

Publisher : Materials Today Proceedings

Influence of admixtures on properties of concrete and optimization using response surface methodology

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, S. Vasudevan, and Poornima V

Publisher : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2018)

Dielectric Properties, Thermal Characteristics and Degradation Kinetics of PMMA Nanodielectrics

Authors : Dr. Meera Balachandran, P. Raga Sreehitha and Durga, B.

Publisher : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications (IConAMMA 2018)"

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