Dr. Sadhan C. Jana

Dr. Sadhan C. Jana

Title: Associate Vice President for Research and Business Engagement, The University of Akron; BF Goodrich Professor, SPSPE
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: PEAC 422
Phone: 330-972-8293
Fax: 330-972-3406
Email: janas@uakron.edu
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Sadhan Jana received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1993 and worked at GE Corporate Research before joining University of Akron in 1998. He served as chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering from 04 to 11.


Research Interests


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Recent Publications

  1. Kulkarni, A., Jana, S.C. Surfactant-Free Syndiotactic Polystyrene Aerogel Foams Via Pickering Emulsion. Polymer, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.123125.

  2. Lin, W-H, Jana, S.C. Analysis of Porous Structures of Cellulose Aerogel Monoliths And Microparticles For Drug Delivery. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2021, 310, 110625(1-12). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2020.110625.

  3. Raut, P.; Yuan, S.; Miyoshi, T.; Jana, S.C., Effects Of Surface Area And Porosity On Behavior Of IL Molecules In Meso And Macroporous Polymeric Networks. Polymer, 211 (2020) 123081, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.123081.

  4. Chan, Z.; Jana, S.C., Solid State Polymer Ionogel Electrolyte for Use in Li-ion Batteries. SPE Polymers, 2020, 1, 55-65, DOI: 10.1002/pls2.10016.

  5. Yao, Y., Joo, P., Jana, S.C. A Surfactant-Free Microfluidic Process For Fabrication Of Multi-Hollow Polyimide Aerogel Particles. Invited special issue article in Honor of Professor Musa Kamal and Pierre Carreau. Int. Polym. Proc., XXXV 2020, 5, 481–492. DOI 10.3139/217.3989.

  6. Zhan, C., Jana, S.C. Shrinkage Reduced Polyimide-Graphene Oxide Composite Aerogel For Oil Absorption. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2020, 307, 110501 (1-9). doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2020.110501.

  7. Ghosh, M., Jana, S.C. Fabrication of hollow and porous tin-doped indium oxide nanofibers and microtubes via a gas jet fiber spinning process. Materials 2020, 13, 1539; doi:10.3390/ma13071539.

  8. Niknezhad, S., Jana, S.C. Bi-component nanofibers from core-shell nozzle in gas jet spinning process. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2020, 137, 48901. DOI: 10.1002/app.48901.

Detailed Publications, Patents, and Presentations


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1993
  • M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT- Kanpur, India, 1988
  • B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, University of Calcutta, India, 1986


Sadhan C. Jana Research Group

Current PhD and MS Students

Aparna Agrawal (Ph.D. Fall 2018 - present)


B.Tech., Polymer and Surface Engineering, ICT Mumbai, India

Research topic: Fabrication of Intricate Aerogel Articles Using Additive Manufacturing Tools

Research involves fabrication and characterization of complex-shaped, metamaterial type of aerogel articles including auxetics, modular bricks, and Kelvin structures utilizing sol-gel chemistry and additive manufacturing tools. Targeted applications include smart bandages, filtration, acoustic sensors and thermal insulation.

E-mail: aaa378@uakron.edu

Pratik Gotad (Ph.D. Fall 2019 - present)


B. Tech in Surface Coatings Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, 2018

Research topic: A comprehensive study of the adsorption, and interactions of organic molecules like surfactants with very high surface area porous polymer gels and aerogels. Development of high-performance polymeric aerogel and nanofiber filters by utilizing additive manufacturing and fiber spinning techniques for applications in oil-water emulsion separation and air filtration.

E-mail: pg78@uakron.edu

Leyao Wu (Ph.D. Fall 2019 - present)


B.S. in Material Chemistry, South China University of Technology, 2017
M.S. in Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, 2019

Research Topic: Investigation of material system to reduce the warpage observed in 3D-printed semi-crystalline parts from recycled High-density polyethylene

The semi-crystalline polymer, HDPE is one of the most common plastic packaging materials that needs to be recycled to boost the circular economy, fused filament fabrication (FFF) additive manufacturing is in need of source of semi-crystalline material to enrich the material feedstock profile available with good mechanical performance, ease of processing as well as cost-effectiveness. Therefore, to upcycle HDPE into FFF 3D printing filament feedstock seems a promising approach. However, warpage, a dimensional inaccuracy in 3D-printed parts based on semi-crystalline material is severe. As a consequence, to find a optimized printing material system based on HDPE via adding filler to interfere the crystallization nature is the key point of my study.

E-mail: lw103@uakron.edu

Moni Mahesh Ghosh (Ph.D. Spring 2021 - present)


B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Heritage Institute of Technology, 2017
M.Tech in Polymer Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2019

Research Topic: Recycling of polyolefins for applications in filtration

E-mail: mg270@uakron.edu

Abdul Baghirov (Ph.D. Fall 2021 - present)


B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Baku Higher Oil School, 2021

Research Topic: Utilization of biowaste to create value-added products and functional materials

Email: ab584@uakron.edu

Amani Russell (Ph.D. Fall 2021 - present)


B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2019
M.S. in Materials Science, University of Cincinnati, 2019

Research Topic: Electrospinning of recycled consumer plastics

E-mail: ar348@uakron.edu

Abbas Saifee Valsadwala (MS. Fall 2021 - present)


B.Tech., Polymer Engineering, BSAR Crescent Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India, 2021

Research Topic: Influence of Carbon Black Crystallinity on its dispersion and network structure in Rubber Compounds

His research focuses on developing thorough understanding of the quasi-crystalline structure of carbon black and how the turbostratic graphitic planes interacts with rubber chains.

E-mail: as772@uakron.edu

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Ph.D. graduates in academia and Ph.D. graduates in industry (last known)