Sreedha Sambhudevan currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri.




Ongoing Research Details

Currently working in two thrust areas

  1. Natural rubber nano composites for enhanced X-ray shielding
  2. Nickel ferrite natural rubber composites as promising flexible magnets



Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2015 Journal Article S. Sambhudevan, “Synthesis and characterization of organically modified gd2o3 - natural rubber composites as effective x-ray shielding materials”, Green Chemistry & Technology Letters, vol. 1, pp. 86–91 , 2015.[Abstract]

Protective materials based on lead are the usual X- ray shielding materials but their extended use leads to severe health problems due to the toxic nature of lead. Moreover, lead based materials are not appropriate for absorbing the regular energy region of X-ray used in medical field and hence natural rubber composites containing modified Gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) as filler is suggested as an alternative. Natural rubber composites were prepared with organically modified Gd2O3 at various filler loadings.The structural features of modified Gd2O3 were examined using FTIR, X-ray diffraction and SEM. The particle size of organically modified Gd2O3 was found to be in the nano range which contributes to the enhanced properties of the composites. The increase of filler loading improved the shielding effectiveness of the rubber composites. Examination of mechanical and X-ray shielding properties show the effectiveness of the material to be used as potential shielding materials. More »»
2015 Journal Article A. V, Sambhudevan, S., and Sanker, B., “Mechanical, Swelling and Magnetic property studies of Natural rubber-Nickel ferrite composites”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, 2015.[Abstract]

Polymers are usually non-magnetic in nature. The introduction of magnetic materials imparts magnetic properties to the polymer as well as improves the physical properties of polymer/rubber matrix. The merits of polymer bonded magnets (PBMs) over their metallic and ceramic counterparts comprise low weight, resistance to corrosion, ease of fabrication and capability for high production rates. In the present work nickel ferrite was prepared by coprecipitation method. The prepared ferrite fillers are embedded in natural rubber (NR) matrix by mechanical mixing at different loadings to get the rubber ferrite composites (RFCs) and their properties were studied as a function of filler loading from 0-75 phr. The mechanical property study reveals that tensile strength, elongation at break and modulus (100%) increases up to 25 phr of filler loading and afterwards it shows a marginal fall, but Shore hardness significantly increases with filler loading. The magnetic measurements were done on the filler and prepared RFCs. The results show that there is a significant improvement in the coercivity, magnetic retentivity and saturation magnetization and is linearly dependent on the filler amount. The solvent diffusion study shows that the equilibrium solvent uptake decreases with increase in filler content which is in accordance with mechanical and magnetic studies. More »»
Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Conference Proceedings S. Sambhudevan, Shankar, B., Appukuttan, S., and Joseph, K., “Rare earth oxide filled natural rubber composites: Synthesis, characterization and x ray shielding”, International conference on advanced functional materials held at NIIST. Trivandrum , 2014.
2013 Conference Proceedings S. Sambhudevan, Shankar, B., and Appukuttan, S., “Rubber composites with enhanced EMI shielding”, National Conference on Recent Trends in Material Science and Technology, NCMST. The Indian Institute of Space science and Technology, ISRO, Trivandrum, 2013.
2013 Conference Proceedings S. Sambhudevan, Shankar, B., and Appukuttan, S., “Natural rubber composites, synthesis , characterization and x ray shielding properties”, International conference on advances in chemistry. VIT, 2013.
2012 Conference Proceedings S. Sambhudevan, Shankar, B., Appukuttan, S., and Joseph, K., “Rubber composites with enhanced EMI shielding”, The International Conference on Natural polymers, ICNPC-2012 . Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam , 2012.
Publication Type: Conference Paper
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2011 Conference Paper K. Dr. Achuthan, Sreelatha, K. S., Surendran, S., Dr. Diwakar, S., Prema Nedungadi, Humphreys, S., Sreekala, C. O., Pillai, Z. S., Raman, R., Deepthi, A., Gangadharan, R., Appukuttan, S., Ranganatha, J., Sambhudevan, S., and Mahesh, S., “The VALUE @ Amrita Virtual Labs Project: Using Web Technology to Provide Virtual Laboratory Access to Students”, in Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2011 IEEE, 2011, pp. 117-121.[Abstract]

In response to the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) Initiative, the Virtual and Accessible Laboratories Universalizing Education (VALUE @ Amrita) Virtual Labs Project was initiated to provide laboratory-learning experiences to college and university students across India who may not have access to adequate laboratory facilities or equipment. These virtual laboratories require only a broadband Internet connection and standard web browser. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University (Amrita University) is part of a consortium of twelve institutions building over two hundred virtual labs covering nine key disciplines in science and engineering. This National Mission project hopes to reach out to India's millions of engineering and science students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Virtual Labs Project is providing virtual laboratory experiments that directly support the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) model curricula for engineering and sciences undergraduate and postgraduate programs. More »»

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