CSIR – National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt.Of India Thiruvananthapuram.

Research Highlights

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    A.N. Ramya, P.S. Ambily, B.S. Sujitha, MuthuArumugam*, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti*
    Oleaginous microalgae tend to accumulate neutral lipids as their energy reserve mainly in the form of triacylglycerol (TAG) which can be utilized as the precursor molecule for biodiesel and other nutraceuticalapplication. The TAG level and the fatty acid composition of microalgae modulated by exposing the algal [...]

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    GiridharanSaranya, PalapuravanAnees, Manu M. Joseph, Kaustabh K. Maiti,* and Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh*
    Direct monitoring of apoptotic progression is a major step forward for the early assessment of therapeutic efficacy of certain treatments and the accurate evaluation of the spread of a disease. Here, the regulatory role of glutathione (GSH) is explored as a potential biomarker for [...]

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    Antibacterial and anti tubercular evaluation of dihydronaphthalenone-indole hybrid analogues

    Praveen Kumar. V, Renjitha. J, Fathimath Salfeena. C.T, Ashitha. K.T, Sunil Varughese,
    B. S. Sasidhar*

    A new series of indole appended dihydronaphthalenone hybrid analogues have been synthesized through the Lewis acid catalyzed Michael addition of indoles to the arylidene/hetero arylidene ketones. All the synthesized derivatives are well characterized through the 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, HRMS spectroscopic techniques and further [...]

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    Acrylamide formation in plantain (Musa paradisiaca) chips influenced by different ripening stages: A correlation study with respect to reducing sugars, amino acids and phenolic content

    L. Shamla, P. Nisha
    The effect of ripening on the formation of acrylamide in deep fried plantain chips made from Nendran variety (Musa paradisiaca) was investigated. The precursors of acrylamide formation, reducing sugars (glucose and fructose) and ten major amino acids, were quantified during different stages of ripening using HPLC and correlated with acrylamide formation. The [...]

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    Green Solid Ionic Liquid Crystalline Electrolyte Membranes with Anisotropic Channels for Efficient Li-Ion Batteries

    Renjith Sasi, Bongu Chandrasekhar, Nallathamby Kalaiselvi*, and Sudha J. Devaki*

    Adv. Sustainable Syst. 2017, 1600031
    A biobased ionic liquid crystal derived solid polymer electrolyte (BILC-SPE) membrane, consisting of polymeric backbone, lithium salt, and cardanol derived ionic liquid crystals along with conventional plasticizer is fabricated using a facile and simple strategy. The in-house prepared solid polymer electrolyte membrane [...]

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    Novel organomodified kaolin/silica hybrid fillers in natural rubber and its blend with polybutadiene rubber

    R. V. Sreelekshmi, J. D. Sudha, A. R. Ravindranatha Menon
    Polym. Bull. (2017) 74:783–801

    Phosphorylated cashew nut shell liquid prepolymer (PCNSL) was used as an organomodifier for kaolin and the role of the PCNSL-modified kaolin as a reinforcing nanofiller in natural rubber (NR) and its blends with polybutadiene rubber (BR) was studied. The organomodified kaolin was characterized [...]

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    Nanosheets of Organic Molecular Assembly from Aqueous Medium Exhibit High Solidstate Emission and Anisotropic Charge Carrier Mobility

    Samrat Ghosh, Divya Susan Philips, Akinori Saeki and Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605408. Full Text: Link
    The past 30 years have seen a quantum leap in the field of supramolecular chemistry ‒ a field that was crafted and moulded in the human hands with the inspiration from Mother Nature. Nature has most of [...]

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    Studies on natural rubber containing kaolin modified with hexamethylenediamine derivative of phosphorylated cashew nut shell liquid prepolymer

    Sreelekshmi R.V., Brahmakumar M., Sudha J. D., Ravindranatha Menon A. R.*
    Kaolin was modified with a solution of phosphorylated cashew nut shell liquid prepolymer (PCNSL) containing hexamethylenediamine (HMDA). The organomodified kaolin was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Processability characteristics and physico-mechanical properties of natural [...]

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    Ionic Liquids / Ionic Liquid Crystals for Safe and Sustainable Energy Storage Systems

    Sudha J. Devaki and Renjith Sasi
    Ionic liquid crystals are organic salts having synergistic properties of ionic liquids and
    liquid crystalline materials endowed with non-covalently bound delocalised ion pairs
    of large organic cations and anions. They can undergo stimulus-responsive anisotropic
    phase change, followed by enhancement in ionic diffusion and conductivity, which
    makes them ideal candidates as electrolyte in energy storage [...]

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    Design of Macroscopically Ordered Liquid Crystalline Hydrogel Columns Knitted with Nanosilver for Topical Applications

    Reshma Lali Raveendran, Nishanth Kumar Sasidharan, and Sudha J. Devaki*
    The design of liquid crystalline hydrogels knitted with silver nanoparticles
    in macroscopic ordering is becoming a subject of research interest due to their promising
    multifunctional applications in biomedical and optoelectronic applications. The present
    work describes the development of liquid crystalline Schiff-based hydrogel decorated
    with silver nanoparticles and the demonstration of [...]

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