The Cellulose Group @ IITH

Dr. Mudrika Khandelwal

PhD University of Cambridge, UK (2013)

M.Tech, B.Tech Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2009)

Associate professor

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad

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Co-founder, Restyro Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


Research Focus

Our group focuses on finding solutions to societal problems through science and technology in an economically viable and sustainable manner. Hence, most of the work in the group is built around natural and nature-derived and inspired materials.

Cellulose is the most common naturally occurring biopolymer, which is also used in various applications. Unfortunately, the commonly used cellulose is derived from plants and trees which leads to deforestation and also requires intensive chemical treatment to remove impurity. We work on cellulose produced by bacteria in our laboratory from natural as well as synthetic media.

Currently, we are working on the following:

Health Care
Environment and heritage



Illa Mani Pujitha

Bacterial Cellulose derived carbon for Li ion Batteries, Cellulose synthesis and in situ tuning

Shivakalyani Adepu

Bacterial cellulose based materials for food packaging and candidiasis treatment, antifouling materials

Urbashi Mahanta

Coatings to tune wettability

Najathulla Bc

Artificial muscle based on polyaniline


Project staff

PPG Kalyani

Anju Raj


Pintu Maity


Dr. Manohar Kakunuri

Post Doctoral fellow, DST-UKIERI, 2015-2017

Divya Anand

M.Tech 2015

Palash Chandra Maity

M.Tech 2016

Kranthi Reddy

External B.Tech Project

Neha Sadanand

Intern summer 2018

Shreeja Reddy

Intern summer 2018

Akshay Agrawal

Intern summer 2016


Intern summer 2018



Our lab is equippied with the following

  • Autoclave
  • Incubator maintained at 25 ℃ and 37 ℃
  • Biosafety Cabinet
  • Vortexer
  • UV-vis spectrophotometer
  • Freeze Dryer
  • Stability Chamber
  • Weighing balance
  • Hot air oven



DST-UKIERI Project on 'Polymer and Carbon based Three Dimensional Micropatterned Nanofabric with Enhanced Wettability Contrast 2015-2017

Collaborators -

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma (Chemical Engineering, IITH)
Prof. Stephen Eichhorn (Head, Engineering,Chair in Materials Science within the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter)

SERB Fast Track for Young Scientists/Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists) entitled
“Novel low cost antifouling materials for healthcare and food packaging industry.” 2015-2018


Teaching Learning Centre under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission for Teaching and Training

Consultancy Projects:

LDS Pvt. Ltd.
Malai Biomaterials Pvt. Ltd.
Eaton Pvt. Ltd.

CSR grant:

AT&T Herbal antimicrobial pantyliners for mitigation of vaginal candidiasis

Awards and Publication

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award- Divya Anand




Science and Engineering of Materials (1 credit) (even semester, undergraduate)
Polymers (1 credit) (even semester, undergraduate)
Functional and structural polymers (2 credit) (even semester, undergraduate, suitable for postgraduates)
Soft matter science (1 credit) (odd semester, suitable for postgraduates)
Nature inspired materials engineering (2 credits) (odd semester, suitable for 3rd onwards undergraduate and all post graduates)
Polymer science and engineering (3 credit) (even semester, suitable for 3rd onwards undergraduate and all post graduates)
Soft matter (3 credit) (odd semester, suitable for 3rd onwards undergraduate and all post graduates)
Hierarchical and Supramolecular materials (1 credit) (yet to be introduced)
Liquid crystals (1 credit) (yet to be introduced)
Antifouling and health care materials (1 credit) (yet to be introduced)