Ashis Kumar Samanta

University of Calcutta

Prof. Dr. Ashis Kumar Samanta is presently a professor and former HOD of the Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), University of Calcutta. He is also the Chairman of the BIS TXD-07 Committee for Speciality Chemicals and Dyestuff, as well as the Chairman on Board of Studies/Experts for the Bachelor of Fashion and Apparel Design (BFAD) Course, University of Calcutta. He was the Professor In-Charge (Academic) at the IJT (August 2009 to July 2011), a member of the Governing Council of IJT for 3 terms, a member of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata (2010-2012), a member of the Board of Studies for the B.Des. Course, Viswabharati (2011-2013), a member of the PhD Committee in Textile Technology, CU (2009-2017) and Former Chairman/Convener and Co-Chairman, Textile Engg. Divn. WBSC of IE(I) (1998-2018). He is a member of AASCIT and AATCC, USA. He also served as Former Asst. Director in MANTRA, Surat (1997-1998), Global Member of WG-31Committee of ISO-TC-38 as an expert member from BIS -India, and has attended all plenary meetings of ISO TC 38 (2015-2019) to present 5 NWIP on the testing and identification of natural dyes from dyed textiles. He is a recipient of the "Bharat Nirman Award" for special contributions in the Jute and Textile Technology Education, Research and Training (2014), the "Eminent Engineer Award" (September 2019), "Triguna Charan Sen Award" (twice in 1995-1996 and in 2013-2014), "Subject Paper Award" (2006), and the "Special Merit Award" (2007) - all from the Institution of Engineers (India). Additionally, he received "Best Research Paper Award" (2013) from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ajad - ex president of India and great Nuclear Scientist of India. Recently he was awarded as one of the Top 50 Expert Faculties in the field of Chemical/Bio-medical/Marine/Petroleum and Textile Engineering across India (2019). He has acted and is still acting as reviewer of many international journals such as TRJ, JNF, JIT, JTI, IJFTR and JFP, Coloration Tech, Jclp, Cellulose, Carbohydrate Polymers, Ind Crops and Prod, J Bio-Res & Tech, J IE(I), and Ind JNF. He is an editorial board member of five reputed national and international textile journals including Springer Journal of IE (I) - Series-E - Textiles and Chem Engg. His main research areas include colour science, chemical processing and finishing of textiles including natural dyeing, nano-technology, and PCM smart materials, towards which he has contributed more than 300 publications including 131 research paper (71 international and 60 national), 51 technical article in journals including reviews, 101 conference paper, 10 international book chapters, 11 training manuals, 3 books authored, and 1 book edited. He has guided 12 PhD students in chemical processing of textiles, and is presently guiding another 3 research scholars. He was PI/Project leader of 16 R&D and 2 HRD projects in his career, and he recently took the lead part to establish 10 Indian standards at BIS India Level and 5 international standards at ISO Level on testing of natural dyes, as well as 1 standard on fire retardant Jute fabrics. Recently, he has edited one book on "Chemistry and Technology of Natural and Synthetic Dyes and Pigments" (IntechOpen, London, UK) as chief academic editor along with two other co-editors, and acted as project leader for initiating and completing 26,000 manpower training in jute sector under Govt of India (Ministry of Textiles) - a sponsored ISDS-HRD project (2011-2017). He was honored by AATCC, USA as conferring Regional Board Member of SE-Asia (January 2021).

1books edited

2chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Ashis Kumar Samanta

This book on ‘Chemistry and Technology of Natural and Synthetic Dyes and Pigments’ is a priority publication by IntechOpen publisher and it relates to sustainable approaches towards green chemical processing of textiles, specifically on dyeing with natural dyes and pigments as well as dyeing with eco-safe synthetic dyes and chemicals. This book includes the following chapters: an introductory editorial chapter on bio-mordants, bio-dyes and bio-finishes, a review of natural dyes and pigments and its application, pantone-like shade generation with natural colorants, colour-based natural dyes and pigments, printing with natural dyes and pigments, functional property and functional finishes with natural dyes and pigments, eco-safe synthetic dyes and chemicals, and a miscellaneous review on dyed textiles and clothing including natural dye-based herbal textiles.This new book is expected to be useful for dyers of the textile industry as well as to the future researchers in this field.

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