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					Dr. Prashant D. Pandya [Ph.D.]                       Experienced Polymer Scientist
                                                     Experienced Chemistry Faculty
Phone: 229 292 6028
Professional Objective
Seeking a position at university/industry that can utilise my talent/skill/potential/ability to
innovate polymers for controlled release technology, polymer emulsion, biodegradable
polymers, medical device, paper, leather, textile chemical, fluorescent pigment &
Chemical Sensor for research and commercialisation of technologies and products and to
teach chemistry ( General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry).

Personal Details
Marital Status: Married
Issue          :01
Nationality :Indian
Gender         : Male
Date of Birth :July 15th 1973

Ph.D. Thesis Title:
Ph.D.: Industrial Chemistry: 1998 Dec to 2003 March, Sardar Patel University
M.Sc.: Industrial Chemistry June1998 Sardar Patel University, Gujarat-India –First Class
B.Sc.: Industrial Chemistry June 1996 Sardar Patel University, Gujarat-India –First Class

Poster Presentation
1.Direct monitoring of the colloidal crystal array formation of core shell microgel and the
effect of temperature, L. Gang, S. Seo, P. Pandya- Presented at Chemical and Biological
Defense Physical Science and Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA,USA 17-21
Nov 2008
2. Synthesis of core-shell microgel of thermally tunable NIPAAM polymerized silica
nanoparticle, L. Gang, S. Seo, P. Pandya- Presented at Chemical and Biological Defense
Physical Science and Technology Conference New Orleans, LA,USA 17-21 Nov 2008
3..Polystyrene Zirconium Colloidal Crystal Array Based Chemical Sensor for Detection
of Paraoxon: Nano Electronic Devices For Defense and Security Conference, Sept 28 to
Oct 2 2009, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Department of Defense, Accepted for Poster
4. Hafnium Polystyrene Composite Particles for the Detection of Organophosphate
Compounds, Nano Electronic Devices For Defense and Security Conference, Sept 28 to
Oct 2 2009, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Department of Defense, Accepted for Poster

Research Publications
1. Optimisation of reaction parameter to prepare 2-HEMA-g-Na-PCMS using CAN as
    an initiator. P.D. Pandya, N.K.Patel, V.K. Sinha, International Journal of Polymeric
    Material (IJPM) 2001
2. Polyethylene-g-Maleic Anhydride, a Compatibility booster in low-density
    polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate blend preparations. N.K.Patel, P.D. Pandya,
    V.K.Sinha ,       International Journal of Polymeric Material 2001
3. Blends of LDPE and PVAc N.K.Patel, P.D.Pandya, V.K.Sinha Accepted for
    publication JSIR, 2000-New Delhi – India.
4. Environmentally Degradable Blends of LDPE and PCMS,N.K.Patel, P.D. Pandya,
    V.K.Sinha, IJPM, 2001.
5. Synthesis and Characterisation of Sodium Salt of Partially Carboxy Methylated
    Starch. P.D. Pandya, N.K.Patel, V.K.Sinha, IJPM, 51(12), 2002 1081-1085.
6. Optimisation of reaction parameter to prepare 2-HPMA-g-NaPCMS using CAN as an
    initiator. P.D. Pandya, N.K.Patel, V.K. Sinha, IJPM 52(6), 2003, 565-571
7. Biodegradation of 2-HEMA-g-Na-PCMS polymeric matrix synthesized
    from natural modified polymer               P.D.Pandya, N.K.Patel, and V.K.Sinha.
    Popul.Plast.Packag. 2002
8. Synthesis and characterisation of butyl acrylate graft sodium salt of partially
    carboxymethylated starch, V A Patel, D N Parikh, J V Patel, P D Pandya
    Journal Of Applied Polymer Science, 102 (4), 2006, 3334-3340
9. Thermoresponsive Core Polystyrene-Shell NIPAm Microgels, L. Gang, P D Pandya,
    S.Seo, International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 14, (4), 2009,
10. Organophosphate Nerve Agent Sensor Based on Polystyrene Core and Zirconium
    Shell Colloidal Crystal Array, P D Pandya, S. Seo, International Journal of Polymer
    Analysis and Characterization, 14, (6), 2009, 481-492
11. Synthesis and Characterization of Colloidal Crystal Array of Polystyrene -
Hydrophilic Monomer Microgels, P D Pandya, S. Seo, International Journal of Polymer
Analysis and Characterisation 15(2),2010,98-109

Ph.D. Thesis Synopsis
       Grafting of acrylates onto sodium salt of partially carboxymethylated starch (Na-
PCMS) has been done to prepare polymeric carrier for controlled release of drugs. An
extensive literature survey guided us to take up the present work, which is divided in
following four chapters.

       Chapter 1 deals with the goal of the work, general introduction about graft
copolymers, their methods of preparation, and characterization. It also depicts description
about controlled release systems and various types of biodegradation have been covered.

       Chapter 2 describes the feasibility of synthesizing first component of the
polymeric matrix Na-PCMS. It was synthesized by slurry method. Effect of sodium
hydroxide and sodium monochloroacetate on degree of substitution was checked. Thus,
various acrylates like 2- hydroxyethyl methacrylate and hydroxypropyl methacrylate

were grafted onto Na-PCMS using ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator. Various
parameters like %addon, % grafting, % total conversion and % grafting efficiency were
checked. Variables investigated in the graft copolymerization reaction were nitric acid
concentration, reaction time, reaction temperature and ceric ion concentration. Graft
copolymers were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy.

        Chapter 3 describes about controlled release of drugs. In this chapter polymeric
matrix tablets were prepared according to standard formulation data. Graft copolymers
were mixed with drugs like paracetamol and diclofenac sodium and excipients viz.,
magnesium stearate and starch. Ingredients were mixed and dried. Tablets were prepared
by wet granulation method. Effect of the %polymer addition was checked. In vitro
evaluation was carried out to study the release profiles of drugs. Various properties of
tablets were checked viz., tablet hardness, % friability, and weight uniformity and
disintegration time. Flow properties of powder were also checked. In vitro evaluation of
the powder was also evaluated and comparison was made with the tablets prepared by
        Chapter 4 deals with biodegradation of the graft copolymers using cultures like
Aspergillus Niger and Lycopodia fungus. Bacteria bacillus species were also used to
carry out the biodegradation test. The biodegradation was carried out for a span of 1
month. % Weight loss in graft copolymers and Na-PCMS was checked after
biodegradation. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy.
Key Research Expertise
   1. Strong Expertise Polymer synthesis, preparation (solution, emulsion)
   2. Strong Expertise Structure property relation and application
   3.   Strong expertise into controlled drug delivery matrix preparation, application
Current Position: Research Scientist July 2010 Onwards
University of Texas Pan American , Mechanical Engg, Edinburg Texas
July 2008 – June 2010
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Albany State University, Department of Natural
Science, Albany, GA 31705 USA. Teaching Experience: General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry II.
Research Topic for Postdoc: Chemical Sensor
I have written two proposal for DoD and NIH : Explosives sensor and Controlled
Release of Anticancer Agent.
Industrial Experience
Past Employer
Pidilite Industries Limited, Apr 2008 –July 2008 Onwards, Team Head R&D
Previous Employer:
ARON UNIVERSAL LIMITED (April 2006 to April 2008)

Location: Bangalore, WEB:
Designation: Senior Executive
Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible to head separately New Development
Department with emphasis on diversification and expansion
Out Put: Developed six new products (dispersions) for textile, paper, inkjet application up
to Pilot Level, Opaque polymer for light weight coated paper application
TFL QUINN INDIA PVT LTD (May 2005 to April 2006) European MNC
Location: Hyderabad, Web Address:
Designation: Deputy Manager (R&D) since May 2005 Responsibilities-Duties: synthesis
& preparation of synthetic polymeric binders, retanning agents
Network with global Peers:
I was developing products with a team from Germany & Switzerland based peers for
leather finishing chemicals designing and development such as acrylic binders,
polyurethane topcoat binders.
Technology Transfer:
I was engaged in technology transfer projects such as retanning agent, finishing
Concord Biotech Ltd-Ahmedabad (Jan 2005 to Apr 2005)
Designation: Research Associate
Job Responsibility: Develop synthetic schemes for APIs, Carry out literature search,
develop patent, carry out validation batches, stability studies, synthesize impurities, work
under GLP, demonstrate technology from lab to plant for scale up, take validation batch
in plant, handle market complaints with respect to impurity level, study analytical data,
give training to the chemist.
I have observed/faced one USFDA audit march 7, 8, 9, 2005 for Lovastatin API.
Company Received FDA Certificate.

Vinati Organics Ltd
Designation: Asst Manager (R&D)
Work Profile: Solving technical problems related with preparation, production of 2-
acrylamidomethyl propane sulphonic acid (2-AMPS) a water-soluble monomer.

Sahajanand Medical Technologies Private Limited (July 03 to July 04)
Designation: Senior Research Executive
Duties & Responsibilities: I was engaged in synthesis, characterization and application of
novel polymers for coronary drug eluting stents. It is an application of controlled release

Instrumental Skill

Familiar with HPLC, IR, NMR, DSC, TGA, UV-VISIBLE, KF TITRATOR, Brookfield
Viscometer, SEM, Particle Size Analyzer, Color Scan Analyzer,

Science Conferences Participation
1. Gujarat Science Congress held at Palitana 1998-99, Organized by Bhavnagar
2. First All Gujarat Research Students Meet, Baroda 1998-99, Organized by
3. 15th Gujarat Science Congress Organized by Gujarat Science Academy and Faculty of
    Science February 2000.
4. National symposium on polymer organized by chemistry department of Sardar Patel
    University 2001
5. Workshop cum Symposium on Drug Eluting Stents in CAD, organized by
    Sahajanand Medical Tech Pvt Ltd at Mumbai, January 2004(3/1/04 to 4/1/04).

Computer Expertise:
I am able to work with MS_WORD, EXCELL, and POWER POINT
Basic knowledge of computer operation
Basic knowledge of Internet browsing, saving, scanning, printing.

Address for Correspondence:
Dr. Prashant D Pandya
515 South Sugar Road Apt 142
Edinburg Texas 78539
Cell: 229 292 6028

Dr. Vijay Kumar Sinha      Dr.Seong S. Seo           Dr. Luoise Wrensford
Ph.D. Guide                Associate Prof Of Chem    Prof of Chemistry
V P Science College        Dept Of Natural Sciences  Chair, Dept Nat Sci
Industrial Chemistry       Albany State University  Albany State University
+91 2692 237755(phone)     Albany GA 31705          Albany GA 31705
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