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Chinmay Saraf

I am from Mumbai, India, a city with a busy life style and beautiful sea shore. I grew up in the suburbs of Mumbai and that’s where I started my academic journey. After high school, I attended the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee (IIT-R) and graduated with an integrated Master’s degree in Polymer Science and Technology in 2016. At IIT R, in my sophomore year, I worked with Prof. Negi on the computational study of alignment of polyimide layers in liquid crystalline polymers, my first encounter with a research problem which motivated me to pursue a career in the area of polymers. During my college years, I had the opportunity to work as a summer intern. I worked with Prof. Sadhan Jana at University of Akron, USA on polymer blend aerogels for battery application and with Prof. Kontopoulou at Queen’s University, Canada on reactive extrusion of biocompatible poly lactic acid, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. During these internships, I became very interested in the field of processing and characterization of polymer blends and composites. Consequently, I chose to work on EMI shielding polymer composites for my master’s thesis under the guidance of Prof. Bose at the Indian Institute of Science. I was awarded the Institute Silver Medal at IIT R for overall performance during my undergrad.

Research experiences throughout my college years not only stimulated my interest to pursue a career in research but also helped me to identify a field for specialization. Owing to the presence of highly experienced faculty in diversified areas, the availability of state of the art equipment and the collaborative nature of the PSE Department, it was always my preference. Based on the strong recommendations of my mentors and faculties, I chose to come to PSE and I certainly can say that it is one of the best decisions I have made.

After coming to PSE, I joined the research group of Prof. Lesser and currently my research revolves around engineering next generation polymer composites for a wide range of applications. I am working on the non-linear fracture mechanics of synergistic polymer composites.

Recently, I received the Santos Go Award (2017). “This award is given to the most outstanding second year PSE student as judged by scholarly accomplishments accrued during the previous academic year.”

After grad school, I would like to work in industry. I am interested in working on solutions which can influence usage and performance of commodity products.