Santanu Kundu

Santanu Kundu

Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, 2006.
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University, 1997.

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Carbon Society

Research Group Website

Research Interests

Our research group is interested in investigating the processing-structure-property relationships for various soft materials both of biological and synthetic origin towards different applications ranging from biomedical to energy storage to water purification to structural composites. The emphasis is identifying and synthesizing suitable materials systems, developing novel synthesis/processing/fabrication strategies for these materials, characterizing these materials using a combination of established and new experimental tools, and studying the engineering aspects needed to facilitate the transition from scientific discovery to practical implementation. The systems of present interest are polysaccharide networks, self-assembled gels, shear-thickening fluids, pulmonary mucus, thin-film nanocomposites, biofilms.

Our research is cross-disciplinary in nature. The graduate and undergraduate students participating in our laboratory learn chemistry, physics, and engineering of various soft materials, advanced characterization techniques, and new instrumentation development.

Postdoctoral Experience

  • Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Mentor: Dr. Kathryn L. Beers (2009-2011).
  • Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mentor: Prof. Alfred J. Crosby (2007-2009).

Book Chapters

  • Santanu Kundu and Edwin P Chan, Adhesion Behavior of Soft Materials in Engineering Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine, Sujata K Bhatia (Editor), Springer, 2012. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-1080-5_4.

Journal Publications (refereed)

  • Hashemnejad SM, Kundu S*. Strain stiffening and negative normal stress in alginate hydrogels, accepted in Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 54, 1767–1775 (2016).
  • Manda P, Kushwaha AS, Kundu S, Shivakumar HN, Jo SB, Nanjappa SH, Murthy S*. Delivery of Ziconotide to cerebrospinal fluid via intranasal pathway for the treatment of chronic pain, Journal of Controlled Release, 224, 69-76 (2016).
  • Bhagurkaar AM, Murali A, Patil H, Tiwari RV, Maurya A, Hashemnejad SM, Kundu S, Murthy S, Repka MA*. Development of an ointment formulation using hot-melt extrusion technology, AAPS PharmSciTech, 1-9 (2015).
  • Zabet M, Mishra S, Kundu S*. Effect of graphene on self-assembly and rheological behavior of a triblock copolymer gel, RSC Advances, 5, 83936-83944 (2015).
  • Warren J, Offenberger S, Toghiani H, Pittman CU, Lacy TE, and Kundu S*. Effect of temperature on shear-thickening behavior of fumed-silica suspensions, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7 (33), 18650–18661 (2015).
  • Hashemnejad SM, Kundu S*. Nonlinear viscoelasticity and cavitation of a triblock copolymer gel, Soft Matter, 11, 4315-4325 (2015).
  • Hashemnejad SM, Kundu S*. Nonlinear Viscoelasticity and Cavitation of a Triblock Copolymer Gel, accepted to Soft Matter.
  • Vasquez ES, Bowser J, Swiderski C, Walters KB*, Kundu S*. Rheological Characterization of Mammalian Lung Mucus, RSC Advances , 4 (66), 34780 – 34783 (2014).
  • Waters MS, Kundu S*, Lin NJ, Gibson SL*. Microstructure and mechanical properties of in situ biofilms, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces , 6(1), 327-332 (2014).
  • Orski SV, Kundu S, Gross RA, Beers KL. Design and Implementation of Two-Dimensional Polymer Adsorption Models: Evaluating the Stability of Candida antarctica Lipase B/Solid-Support Interfaces by QCM-D, BioMacromolecules , 14 (2), 377–386 (2013).
  • Kundu S, Johnson PM, Beers KL. Increasing molecular mass in enzymatic lactone polymerizations, ACS Macro Letters, 1: 347–351 (2012).
  • Kratz K, Narasimhan A, Tangirala R, Moon SC, Revanur R, Kundu S, Kim HS, Crosby AJ, Russell TP, Emrick T, Kolmakov G, and Balazs AC. Probing and repairing damaged surfaces with nanoparticle-containing microcapsules, Nature Nanotechnology, 7: 87–90 (2012).
  • Hunley MT, Bhangale AS, Kundu S, Johnson PM, Gross RA, Beers KL, In situ monitoring of enzyme-catalyzed (co)polymerizations by Raman spectroscopy, Polymer Chemistry,  3 (2), 314-318 (2012).
  • Johnson PM, Kundu S, Beers KL. Modeling Enzymatic Kinetic Pathways for Ring-Opening Lactone Polymerization, Biomacromolecules, 12(9):3337-3343 (2011).
  • Kundu S, Bhangale AS, William WE, Flynn KM, Guttman CM, Gross RA, Beers KL. Continuous flow enzyme-catalyzed polymerization in a microreactor, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(15):6006-6011 (2011). (Highlighted in NIST newsletter, sciencedaily, physorg).
  • Kundu S, Davis CS, Long T, Sharma R, Crosby AJ.  Adhesion behavior of non-planar wrinkled surfaces, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 49 (3): 179-185 (2011). (Cover feature).
  • Chan EP, Kundu S, Lin Q, Beers KL, Stafford CM. Quantifying the stress relaxation modulus of polymer thin films via thermal wrinkling, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 3 (2): 331–338(2011).
  • Kundu S, Ogale AA. Rheostructural studies of a discotic mesophase pitch at processing flow conditions, Rheologica Acta 49(8): 845-854 (2010).
  • Kundu S, Crosby AJ. Cavitation and fracture behavior of polyacrylamide hydrogels, Soft Matter 5(20), 3963-3968 (2009).
  • Kundu S, Grecov D, Rey AD, Ogale AA. Shear flow induced microstructure of a synthetic mesophase pitch, Journal of Rheology 53(1):85-113(2009).
  • Kundu S, Naskar AK, Ogale AA, Anderson D, Arnold JR. Observations on a low-angle x-ray diffraction peak for AR-HP mesophase pitch, Carbon 46(8):1166-1169 (2008).
  • Kundu S, Ogale AA. Microstructural effects on the dynamic rheology of a discotic mesophase pitch, Rheologica Acta 46(9):1211-1222 (2007).
  • Kundu S, Ogale AA. Rheostructural studies on a synthetic mesophase pitch during transient shear flow, Carbon 44(11): 2224-2235 (2006).

Conference Proceedings

  • Vasquez ES, Kundu S, Walters KB. Examining Mucin Type and Morphology Effects on Mammalian Mucus Mechanical and Microstructural Properties. Proc.1st Thermal and Fluid Engineering Summer Conference, TFESC, New York City (2015).
  • Warren J, Kota KR, Westberg SM, Lacy TE, Kundu S, Toghiani H, Pittman CU. Hypervelocity Impacts of Shear Thickening Fluid Imbibed Metallic Foam Core Sandwich Panels. Proc. 30th Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, East Lansing, Michigan (2015).
  • Warren J, Offenberger S, Lacy TE, Toghiani H, Kundu S, Pittman CU. Effect of Temperature on Shear Thickening Fluid Rheology. Proc. 29th Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, La Jolla, California (2014).
  • Warren J, Offenberger S, Lacy TE, Toghiani H, Kundu S, Pittman CU. Hypervelocity Impacts on Metallic Foam Core Sandwich Panels Filled with Shear Thickening Fluid. Proc. 29th Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, La Jolla, California (2014).
  • Warren J, Cole M, Offenberger S, Lacy TE, Toghiani H., Burchell M, Kundu S, Pittman CU. Hypervelocity Impact of Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels Filled with Shear Thickening Fluid. Proc. 28th Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, State College, Pennsylvania (2013).
  • Kundu S, Kleiderer AC. High Strain Deformation of a Strain Stiffening Gel. PMSE Preprints (2013).
  • Orski SV, Kundu S, Gross RA, Beers KL. Stability of Solid-supported Enzyme Catalysts for Ring-opening Polymerization. Polymer Preprints, 53(2), 316-317 (2012).
  • Waters MS, Kundu S, Gibson SL. Structure-mechanical characterization of extracellular polymeric substance from biofilms. Polymer Preprints, 53(1), 662-663 (2012).
  • Hunley MT, Bhangale AS, Kundu S, Johnson PM, Gross RA, Beers KL. In situ Raman monitoring of ring-opening copolymerizations. PMSE Preprints (2012).
  • Johnson PM, Kundu S, Beers KL. Molecular mass and kinetic modeling of poly(ε-caprolactone) from enzyme catalysis. Polymer Preprints 52(1) (2011).
  • Crosby AJ, Zimberlin J, Cui J, Kundu S, Delbos A, McManus J. Mechanics within living and synthetic networks. Adhesion Society (2010).
  • Kundu S, Bhangale A, William WE, Flynn KM, Gross RA, Beers KL. Immobilized enzyme catalyzed polymerization reactions in microreactors. Polymer Preprints 51(1):745-746 (2010).
  • Bhangale A, Kundu S, Xie W, William WE, Flynn KM, Beers KL, Gross RA. Impact of immobilization supports for polyesters synthesis activity of Candida Antartica Lipase B.  Polymer Preprints 51(1):760-761 (2010).
  • Kundu S, Zimberlin J, Crosby AJ. Cavitation rheology and fracture behavior of soft polymeric materials. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Deformation, Yield, and Fracture of Polymers. Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, Netherlands (2009).
  • Kundu S, AndersonDP, Ogale AA. Rheostructural studies of mesophase pitch using WAXD and OM. “Carbon 2008” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, Japan (2008).
  • Rey AD, von Oehsen JB, EDuffy EB, Kundu S, Cox CL, Ogale AA. Flow-microstructure of mesophase pitch-based discotic liquid crystalline fluids. Proceedings of the Polymer Processing Society- 23rd annual meeting, Salvador, Brazil (2007).
  • Kundu S, Ogale AA. Investigation of flow and microstructure in rheometric and processing flow conditions for liquid crystalline pitch, “Carbon 2007” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, USA (2007).
  • Grecov D, Kundu S, Ogale AA, Rey AD. Flow-induced microstructure of a synthetic mesophase pitch, “Carbon 2007” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, USA (2007).
  • Ogale AA, Naskar AK, Walker Robert, Kundu S, Sweeney D. Carbon fibers from melt-spun PAN and pitch precursors: composition and process-based control of microstructure, Invited Lecture, International Workshop on Carbon Materials for Energy Applications, Proceedings of Indian Carbon Society, New Delhi, India (2004).
  • Kundu S, Ogale AA. Rheostructural evolution of AR-HP mesophase pitch in shear flow, “Carbon 2004” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, USA (2004).
  • Kundu S, Edie DD, Ogale AA. Rheostructural study of pure and modified mesophase pitches, “Carbon 2003” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, Spain (2003).
  • Cho T, Kundu S, Lee YS, Rao R, Rao AM, Edie DD, Ogale AA. Processing and structure of nanotube-reinforced mesophase pitch, “Carbon 2002” Proceedings of International Carbon Conference, China (2002).

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Early CAREER Award (2014-2019)
  • Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Honor Society (2009).
  • Awarded 1st prize, Elsevier Carbon Journal award, 2007 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Carbon Science.
  • Finalist, Prof. H. L. Roy Memorial Award, Alumni Association, N.C.E. Bengal & Jadavpur University, 1996.
  • Awarded National Merit Scholarship (India) for higher education, 1991.

Industrial Experience

  • Operation Engineer, Indian Oil Corporation, India (1999- 2001)
  • Project Engineer, TCG Refineries Limited, India (1997-1999)

Courses

  • CHE 8523: Advanced Transport Phenomena (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  • CHE 3413: Engineering Materials (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
  • CHE 4990/6990: Soft Materials: Theory and Characterization [Spring 2016]

Students

  • Seyed Meysam Hashemnejad (Ph.D.)
  • Mahla Zabet (Ph.D.)
  • Satish Mishra (Ph.D.)
  • Mahsa Abbaszadeh (Ph.D.)
  • Rosa Badani (Ph.D.)
  • Daniel Krizak (M.S.)
  • Justin Warren (Ph.D.) – co-advised with Prof. Tom Lacy, major advisor (Aerospace Engineering, MSU)

Grants

  • NSF Early CAREER Award (2014-2019)
  • SMATDAP (NSF-EPSCoR, 2014-2017)
  • Mechanical Properties of Pulmonary Mucus (NSF-EPSCoR)