Dr. Manoranjan Patri, Scientist ‘H’ has been appointed as Director, Naval Materials Research Laboratory with effect from 01 August 2017. He received his MSc degree in Chemistry from Berhampur University, Odisha with university Gold medal. He received his Ph.D in the field of Polymer Synthesis and characterization from IIT Delhi in 1990.
Dr. Manoranjan Patri joined Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) Ambernath in the year 1988 and has been in the fore front of R&D work on design, development and production of polymeric and rubber products for Naval application. He has been instrumental in the development of a range of interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs), productionisation of tin based antifouling resin and paint, different types of rubber products for marine application, polymer electrolyte membrane for fuel cell, polymer nanocompositess, light emitting & electro-active polymers, high strength epoxy and rubber adhesives, polyurethane sealant, polymeric rubbing fenders etc. Many of these products have been productionised, inducted in Indian Navy and the technologies for all these products have been transferred to industries.
As Director, NMRL, Dr. Manoranjan Patri is spearheading a team of scientists in the areas of materials and systems for Naval applications viz., marine materials, protective technologies, ceramics, polymers, fuel cells etc.
Dr. Manoranjan Patri has 70 publications to his credit in International & National research journals, 23 Conference papers and 14 patents on his name. He has also guided 6 PhD students. He was K.S.S. Raghavan Chemical Weekly Visiting Professor in Polymer Science and Technology for the year 2010-2011 at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
Dr. Manoranjan Patri has received Laboratory Level Scientist of the year award & DRDO Technology citation in year 2001, DRDO Science Award Citation in year 2002 and Laboratory Level Technology Group award in year 2008. Recently he was bestowed DRDO Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance – 2015.
He is Member of various professional societies viz The Society of Polymer Science, Institute of Smart Structures & Systems, Acoustic Society of India, Asian Polymer Association and Orissa Chemical Society.