Shankar B Rananavare

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Crude Oil

Nanoparticles to nanowires & Nanoelectronics


Environmental Remediation



Just as atoms combine to form a wide range of molecules, molecular interactions lead to a host of self- assembled structures, such as liquid crystals, gels and microemulsions.  Similarly, organization of atoms into nanoparticles, nanotubes and nanowires results in dramatic changes in their electronic properties. My research examines the underlying physical and chemical principles.
 In microemulsions, soap molecules form a flexible interface between oil and water, dramatically reducing the interfacial tension.  Therefore, such systems find applications ranging from simple laundry detergency to crude oil extraction. Soaps can dissolve and deliver hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules, a trait that has been exploited in drug or herbicide delivery.  The phases formed by soaps provide templates for synthesis of nanoparticles and nanowires that are useful in developing advanced sensors for applications in biomedicine and nanoelectronics. Self-assembly, which integrates positional and orientational order, regulates the formation of liquid crystals found in nature (biomembranes) and used in man made flat panel devices (FPDs).

Services: Consultancy & Contract Research

Drug Delivery

Biomembranes and Membrane Proteins


Liquid Crystals and Flat Panel Displays (FPD)



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