Chapal Kumar Das

Professor Chapal Kumar Das is a professor at the Materials Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur, India. He has received his Ph.D. from the same institute. He has both industrial and academic experience. His research interest lies in the fields of polymer blends and alloys, high-performance composites based on LCP, self-reinforcing elastomers, nano-polymer composites, devulcanization of scrap tires, direct fluorination of plastics, flexible engineering composites for defense applications, short Kevlar fiber composites based on thermoplastics, carbon nanotube–polymer composites, modification of nanofillers, welding of thermoplastic nanocomposites, and elastomeric thin films. His present research interest is in the development of supercapacitors, high-power microwave-absorbing materials, and fuel and solar cells. He has contributed 15 scientific chapters in books and encyclopedias. He has completed 17 high-value projects. He has supervised 32 Ph.D. students and 36 M.Tech./M.S. students. He has published about 370 papers in international journals and about 40 papers in national journals. He has travelled widely throughout various countries for different collaborative projects and international conferences. He served as the Head of the Materials Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur. He is the recipient of the Lady Davis fellowship, Israel. He is a fellow of IRI and a life member of MRSI and the Polymer Society.

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Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), commonly known as thermoplastic rubbers, are a category of copolymers having thermoplastic and elastomeric characteristics. A TPE is a rubbery material with properties very close to those of conventional vulcanized rubber at normal conditions. It can be processed in a molten state even at elevated temperatures. TPEs show advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. TPEs are a class of polymers bridging between the service properties of elastomers and the processing properties of thermoplastics. Nowadays, the best use of thermoplastics is in the field of biomedical applications, starting from artificial skin to many of the artificial human body parts. Apart from these, thermoplastic elastomers are being used for drug encapsulation purposes, and since they are biocompatible in many cases, their scope of applications has been broadened in the biotechnological field as well. The present book highlights many biological and biomedical applications of TPEs from which the broader area readers will benefit.

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