Kedar Ratkanthwar, PhD

Dr. Kedar Ratkanthwar, (2014)

Postdoctoral Fellows
Research Scientist; Avery Dennison (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Research Interests

Synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures using High vacuum anionic polymerization techniques such as diblock copolymer, triblock terpolymer, symmetric star and star block copolymers, graft or comb polymers.

Selected Publications

  • Determination of the interaction parameter and topological scaling features of polymers in dilute solutions
    D.K. Rai, G. Beaucage, K. Ratkanthwar, P. Beaucage, R. Ramchandran, N. Hadjichristidis
    Physical Review E, Submitted, (2014)

  • High-vacuum Techniques for Anionic Polymerization; Schlenk Techniques for Anionic Polymerization
    K. Ratkanthwar, N. Hadjichristidis
    Book Chapters, (under submission process to Springer)
  • Synthesis of Star Polymers
    N. Hadjichristidis, K. Ratkanthwar, M. Pitsikalis, H. Iatrou
    Book Chapter, Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials, Springer Reference, (2013)
  • Viscoelasticity, nonlinear shear start-up and relaxation of entangled star polymers
    F. Snijkers, K. Ratkanthwar, D. Vlassopoulos, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 46, 5702-5713, (2013)

  • Synthesis and characterization of an exact comb polyisoprene with three branches having the middle branch with twice the molecular weight of the other two identical external branches
    K. Ratkanthwar, N. Hadjichristidis, S. Lee, T. Chang, Z. Pudukulathan
    Polymer Chemistry, 4, 5645, (2013)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Well-Defined Regular Star Polyisoprenes with 3, 4, 6 and 8 Arms
    K. Ratkanthwar, N. Hadjichristidis, Z. Pudukulathan
    Chemistry Journal, 03, 90-96, (2013)

  • Education

    • B.Sc., Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University University (SRTM), Nanded, India, 2002
    • M.Sc., Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University University (SRTM), Nanded, India, 2004
    • PhD., School of Chemical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University (SRTM), Nanded, India, 2013

    Professional Profile

    • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2010- 2013: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the European Network for Initial Training, “DYNACOP”, University of Athens, Greece
    • 2007-2008: Marie Curie Researcher in the European Network for Initial Training, “BioPolySurf”, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
    • 2005-2007: Junior Research Fellow (UGC-JRF) Division of Polymer Science and Engineering, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India
    • 2005: Project Assistant (PA-II)Division of Organic Chemistry: Synthesis (OCS), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India


    • Marie Curie Early Stage Research (ESR) Fellow at University of Athens, Greece 2007-2008 and 2010-2013
    • National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by UGC and CSIR, New Delhi, India; qualified in 2005 with UGC fellowship
    • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India; qualified in 2005
    • State Eligibility Test (SET), conducted by University of Pune, India, qualified in 2004

    KAUST Affiliations

    KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

    Non-KAUST Affiliations

    Avery Dennison (India) Pvt. Ltd.