Amitava Mukherjee

Professor Dr. Amitava Mukherjee is a Senior Professor and Assistant Director at Center for Nanobiotechnology, VIT University, Vellore. After obtaining his BE in Metallurgical Engineering from Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University) [now known as BESU] in 1996, Dr. Mukherjee did post graduation [ME] in Metallurgical Engineering from one of the premier research institutes, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1999. He earned his PhD degree also in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 2004 based on his dissertation on Bio processing of Indian Ocean Nodules. He was awarded PROFESSOR R M MALLYA PROCESSING AWARD from the Department of Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science for the Best Dissertation among the research students in the year 2003-2004. He has been granted two patents based on his doctoral work, and published ten papers in reputed international journals. He was also honored with Young Scientist Award/Fellowship under Fast Track scheme from Dept. of Science and Technology for his Post-Doctoral Research in 2004. Under this fellowship he worked with renowned scientist Dr Dipankar Chakraborti, at School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University on groundwater arsenic problem from 2004-2007. He joined VIT University, Vellore in the year of 2007 as an Associate Professor, in School of Bio science & Technology and kicked off his research in Nanobiotechnology, along with colleague Professor N Chandrasekaran. After attracting considerable research grants from Government agencies, and gracious institutional support from VIT University, Center for Nanobiotechnology, was set up in 2011, with Professor Chandrasekaran as Deputy Director, and Professor Mukherjee as Assistant Director, along with several colleagues from across the disciplines. His current research is broadly focused on Nano-Ecotoxicology, Nanoparticle-Biomolecule interactions, Nano-sensors, Nano-biosynthesis and Nano-Bio-remediation of heavy metal contaminated sites. Professor Mukherjee has successfully guided five doctoral students and currently guiding eight research scholars in the frontier areas of Nano-biotechnology. He has earned around Rs 1.5 crores of Government grant, as principal investigator, and another Rs 1.5 crores as co principal investigator in the last the five years. He has been selected as Member of Royal Society of Chemistry [MRSC], recently for his original contributions towards research. He is a regular reviewer for twenty well known international journals from ACS, Elsevier, Springer publishers in the area of Nano Science & Technology, and an active member of American Chemical Society and American Nano Society. He has given many invited and plenary lectures in national and international conferences. His teaching interests include Chemical and Biochemical Thermodynamics, Bio-process Engineering, Biological Spectroscopy, and Nanobiotechnology.

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Nature’s evolution has led to the introduction of highly efficient biological mechanisms. Imitating these mechanisms offers an enormous potential for the improvement of our day to day life. Ideally, by bio-inspiration we can get a better view of nature’s capability while studying its models and adapting it for our benefit. This book takes us into the interesting world of biomimetics and describes various arenas where the technology is applied. The 25 chapters covered in this book disclose recent advances and new ideas in promoting the mechanism and applications of biomimetics.

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