Department of Chemical Engineering
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
Tel: 978-934-3171
Fax: 978-934-3047



Professor, Chemical Engineering Department

Director, UMass Intercampus Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Program (BMEBT)

Director, Green Technology Laboratory;


M.Sc. Univ. of Madras 1981 Chemistry

M.S. Southern Illinois Univ. 1986 Organic Chemistry

Ph.D. Univ. of Pennsylvania 1992 Organic/Polymer Chemistry

Industry Experience

Procter & Gamble Co. (Technology Development) 1992-1997

Attack-IT Technologies, Software Startup Founder and CEO (1998-2000)

Research Summary
Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for energy storage and medical applications. Optically transparent, conducting films of carbon nanotubes on flexible substrates with performance that can rival commercial indium-tin-oxide conducting coatings. Chemical warfare agent sensing using carbon nanotube coatings on flexible substrates. Photocapacitors and batteries from dye-sensitized solar cells using a completely new design strategy involving plant extracts, and nanocarbons. Green chemistry approaches to polymer/metal catalysts for fuel cells. Synthesis and characterization of conducting polymer nanotubes/fibers and composites with noble metals. Controlled and targeted drug delivery across the blood-brain-barrier for treatment of Alzheimer's disease using nanoparticulate drug carriers.

Selected Publications

    1. Oxidative Template for Conducting Polymer Nanoclips, Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 13158 (2010). Z. Liu, X. Zhang, S. Poyraz, S.P. Surwade, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 36
    2. Flexible, All-Organic Vapor Sensors Using Ink-jet Printed Reduced Graphene Oxide, Angewandte Chemie 49 2154 (2010). V. Dua, S.P. Surwade, S. Ammu, S. Agnihotra, S. Jain, K. Roberts, S.-J. Park, R.S. Ruoff, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 172
    3. Catalyst-Free Synthesis of Oligoanilines and Polyaniline Nanofibers Using H2O2, Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 12528 (2009). S.P. Surwade, S. Agnihotra, V. Dua, S. Jain, N. Manohar, S. Ammu, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 39
    4. Origin of Bulk Nanoscale Morphology in Conducting Polymers, Macromolecules 42 1792 (2009). S.P. Surwade, N. Manohar, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 42
    5. Absolute Molecular Weight of Polyaniline, Journal of the American Chemical Society 127 16770 (2005). H.S. Kolla, S.P. Surwade, X. Zhang, A.G. MacDiarmid, and S.K. Manohar. .[PDF] Citations: 59
    6. Narrow Pore-diameter Polypyrrole Nanotubes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 12714156 (2005). X. Zhang, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 107
    7. Synthesis of Polyaniline Nanofibers by “Nanofiber Seeding”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 126 4502 (2004).  X. Zhang, W.J. Goux, and S.K. Manohar. [PDF] Citations: 465

    Citations as of March 2014

Copyright © 2005 Sanjeev Manohar

Copyright © 2005 Sanjeev Manohar