Aji Mathew

Aji Mathew


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för material- och miljökemi
Telefon 08-16 12 56
Besöksadress Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Rum C432
Postadress Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Aji P Mathew  holds a  Professor position focussing on functional materials from nanocellulose at Materials Chemistry ,Stockholm University.  She is active in the field of nanocellulose research since 2001 and her research work is focused on isolation of nanoreinforcements from different natural resources and processing and characterization of reinforced bionanocomposites, biomedical scaffolds and water cleaning membranes.    She has expertise on polymer based nanocomposite processing via film casting,  melt extrusion, fiber spinning, electrospinning, coatings, freeze drying, etc . She has succesfully co-ordinated the ongoing EU, FP7 project NanoSelect, 2012-2016 (Grant no. 280519) focusing on biobased membranes for water purification and also holds a VR grant (VR, grant No: 621-2013-5997), on the fundamentals of nanocellulose interactions with water pollutants. Mathew has ongoing collaborations with many national and international research groups, industries and SMEs through ongoing  EU and national projects. She is also part of   Wallenberg Wood Science Centre (WWSC) , and  her research activities are  funded  by WWSC.

 Previous Employments

  • Associate Professor, October 2011 – June 2016   

  • Universitetslektor, April 2011-October 2011

  • Forskarassistent, April 2007 - 31st March 2011

Division of Materails Science, Luleå University of Technology, SE 97187, Luleå, Sweden.   

Senior Project Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, 2005-2007           

Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Engineering Design and Materials, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2003-2005            

Post Doctoral Fellow Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolecules Vegetales, Domaine Universitaire, Grenoble, France, 2001-2002    

Research Interests

  • Fully biobased membranes/ filters for water purification

  • Electrospinning of  biobased fibers

  • Bionanomaterials for medical applications

  • Nanocellulose and nanochtin isolation and characterization

  • Crosslinked polymeric systems: processing and characterisation

  • Atomic force microscopy of nanostructured materials



Water purification membranes
Water purification membranes







Research Fundings

  • Wallenberg Wood Science Centre Funding, Functional Materials Research at Stockholm University, 2015-2019

  •  Start up grant, Stockholm University Faculty support, 2015- 2019 

  • CEREAL) Improved and resource efficiency throughout the post-harvest chain of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables  (ERANET-SUSFOOD,  2014- 2017)(Partner)

  • Modelling and advanced microscopy/ spectroscopy to evaluate and predict the surface interactions of nanocellulose and nanochitin with water pollutants, VR  2013, Main Applicant,  2014- 2017.

  • NanoSelect- Functional membranes/ filters with anti/low-fouling surfaces for water purification through selective adsorption on biobased nanocrystals and fibrils, FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5, Proposal reference number: 280519-2 2011, Co-ordinator, 2012-2016


Doctoral students

  • Luis Valencia Lopez ( Main supervisor): November 2016 onwards

  • Sahar Sultan ( Main supervisor): April 2016 onwards

  • Chuantao Zhu  (Main supervisor): April 2014 onwards

  • Varvara Apostolopoulou Kalkavoura ( Co-supervisor):  Dec 2015 onwards

  • Zoheb Karim  (Main supervisor, LTU): August 2012-June 2016

  • Narges Naseri (Main supervisor, LTU):  September 2012- June 2016

  • Saleh Hosshmand, (Co- supervisor, LTU): January 2012 - June 2016

  • Natalia Herrera Vargas (Co- supervisor, LTU): June 2012 onwards

  • Peng Liu (Main supervisor, LTU):  Completed in Jan 2016

  • Martha Herrera, (Co- supervisor, LTU): Completed in  November 2015

  • Visakh P M  (Collaboration project with India, LTU): Completed in 2015

Postdoctoral  collaborators

  • Peng Liu:  April 2016 onwards

  •  Santhosh S. Nair:  November 2015 onwards

  • Lee Ann Geotz: August 2014- Dec 2015  (LTU)

  • Jens Ryden:  January 2015 -Dec 2015 (50%)  (LTU)

Professional Networks

Academia/ Research Organization:  Luleå Univeristy of Technology, Sweden; Mahatma Gandhi University, India ;Institute of Forest Utilization and Works ScienceAlbert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, 79086 Freiburg, Germany;  Imperial College London, UK; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland; Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT, Finland; Fundación investigación y desarrollo en nanotecnología (FideNa), Spain ; CSIR, Port Elizabeth, South Africa ; Royal Insitute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

Industry : Alfa Laval Corporate AB, Sweden; Domsjö Fabrikerna AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden ; More Research AB Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, SEKAB E-Technologies, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden ; Xylophane AB, Bohus, Sweden; Arterion AB, Sweden; SP Processum AB Sweden; ACONDAQUA INGENIERÍA DEL AGUA S.L. (Acondaqua), Spain;  EDUCELL, Slovenia, LKAB, Sweden , MTC  Umeå, Sweden.

Senast uppdaterad: 2 december 2018

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