POTSDAM -- Sitaraman Krishnan has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clarkson University.
After graduating from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, he was a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the department of materials science and engineering at Cornell University. Krishnan joined Clarkson in 2007.
His research interests are in the science and engineering of novel materials, focusing on nanostructured and stimulus-responsive polymer-based materials. Krishnan has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, nine patent applications, and more than 40 oral or poster presentations at national conferences.
Krishnan's publications have spanned a wide range of topics in advanced materials research, from fundamental investigations of molecular self-assembly in liquid-crystalline polymers, proton diffusion mechanisms in ionic liquids, particle nucleation mechanisms in multiphase polymerization reactions to statistical theory of gelation.
He has also done applied research in the areas of marine antifouling coatings, stimulus-responsive microgels for controlled release, materials for lithium-ion batteries, PEM fuel cells and solar cells, and the industrial processes of emulsion polymerization and chemical mechanical planarization.
At Clarkson, Krishnan has been a principal investigator of research projects for companies such as GE, New World Pharmaceuticals, and Energy Materials Corporation, and of projects for federal and state agencies.
He has mentored 12 graduate students, as well as several undergraduate students at Clarkson.
Courses taught by Krishnan include advanced chemical engineering thermodynamics, applied phase and chemical equilibria, chemical reactor analysis, mass transfer, polymer materials, biomaterials and biomedical applications, and introduction to research and graduate study.
Krishnan is the faculty advisor for the Delta Chapter of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society and a member of the Undergraduate Research Committee in the Coulter School of Engineering.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
He has served as a reviewer for approximately 20 professional journals, and for funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation.