Brijitta Joseph

Associate professor

Biography and Research interests

Brijitta Joseph is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sathyabama University, Chennai, India. She leads a small team of budding researchers and is actively engaged in developing polymer-based materials for heavy metal removal, pollutant removal and oil-spill clean-up. From 2017-2019, she was on deputation to Lund University, Sweden as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Peter Schurtenberger, Division of Physical Chemistry (ERC-339678-COMPASS). Here she was involved in understanding the phase behaviour of neutral and ionic thermo/pH-responsive microgels from dilute to over-crowded conditions. Her proposals for analysing the samples in large scale facilities were funded by EUSMI (cSAXS - X-ray Scattering and Imaging at Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, Proposal ID-E190500286), ILL (D11 beamline, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering at Institut Laue–Langevin, Grenoble, France, Proposal ID-9-11-1891) and JNCS (KWS2 beamline, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Forschungszentrum, Germany, Proposal No’s 15491; 14728). Before joining Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (2012), she was a research associate in the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, India (2010-2012), she also completed her PhD from the same institute (2011). Her PhD was on the “Phase Behaviour of Thermoresponsive Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Microgels: A Light Scattering and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopic Study”


Her research focuses on understanding the fundamentals of soft matter systems, in particular, Stimuli-Responsive Polymers. In her group, research is extensively carried out in the following areas: stimuli-responsive microgel etalons for making colour tunable devices, self-assembly of zwitterionic stimuli-responsive microgels and the role of surface charges, light scattering and rheological behaviour of stimuli-responsive block co-polymers, organogels, and application of block co-polymer and organogel systems for pollutant removal/adsorption. Much of her research relies on tools based on Scattering techniques and Microscopy, in particular, Static and Dynamic Light Scattering (SLS & DLS), Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM).


Applications of organogels in dye adsorption, heavy metal ion removal and antibacterial activity



Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

Chennai – 600 119

Tamil Nadu, India


Phone: +91(44)24503065

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