Dr. Nirmala Devi

Dr. Nirmala Devi

Associate Professor


Dr. Nirmala Devi is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Girijananda Chowdhury University, Azara, Guwahati, Assam. Prior to this, she worked in National Institute of Technology, Nagaland and Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology, Jaipur as Assistant Professor and Senior Assistant Professor respectively. She also worked as an adjunct faculty in Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas, USA.

She has 14 years of experience in the field of Chemical Sciences after her Ph.D. During this period, she has been involved in research and teaching of both undergraduate and post graduate students; research project investigation, supervising junior research fellows (JRF), bachelors, masters and doctoral dissertation including other academic activities. She has been granted with four funded projects from different funding agencies like DST, NEC and ASTEC. Dr. Devi has presented several papers in international conferences abroad as well as in India. She has publications in highly reputed international and national journals. She is also a peer reviewer of several reputed international journals and keeps keen interest in social and community service. Her thrust areas of research interest include Polymers, Plastic Materials and Nanocomposites, Drug Delivery, Controlled and Smart release fertilizers and pesticides, Micro and nano encapsulation, Plant seed oil-based resins, Biopolymers and Food Packaging.

Dr Nirmala Devi is a National Award-winning Scientist (Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India) and a prolific writer. She is a popular columnist in Niyomiya Barta, a daily newspaper, and an author of several books in Assamese language. Teaching, popularizing science & technology and inspiring young minds are her passions.

Education & Research

  • M. Sc. (Polymer Science) Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University in 2005
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University in 2010.
  • High-efficient Second Century (C2F) Postdoctoral Fellow, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Pool Scientist (CSIR), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India.
  • UGC-Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow, Gauhati University, Assam, India.

Professional Recognitions and Awards

  • “National Award for Technology Innovation” by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, New Delhi, in 2011-2012.
  • “Young Scientist Award” in Chemistry by the International Academy of Physical Sciences, UPES, Dehradun.
  • “Dr. D. S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award” by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India.
  • “Pool Scientist” award by the CSIR, New Delhi, India.
  • “DST-International Travel Grant” for presenting oral paper in the 11 th UNESCO/IUPAC workshop and conference on Functional Polymeric Materials & Composites held in Stellenbosch University, South Africa in April, 2011.
  • Best Oral Presentation Award in National Conference on Environmental Research held in 4-5 June, 2016 in Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
  • “DST-Senior Scientist International Travel Grant” for presenting paper in the 6 th International IUPAC conference on Green Chemistry held in Venice, Italy in 4-8 September, 2016.
  • “Woman Scientist Award (WOS-A)” by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • Indian Academy of Sciences’ and Indian National Science Academy’s (INSA) Focus Area Science Technology Summer Research Fellow (FAST-SF) Award.

Select/Representative Publications

  • Encapsulation of active ingredients in polysaccharide-protein complex coacervates. N. Devi, M. Sarmah, B. Khatun, T.K. Maji. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 239, 2017, 136-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2016.05.009 [Tier 1 Journal, Impact Factor: 15.19]
  • Smart porous microparticles based on gelatin/sodiun alginate polyelectrolyte complex. N. Devi and D.K.Kakati. Journal of Food Engineering, 117(2), 2013, 193- 204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2013.02.018 [Tier 1 Journal, Impact Factor: 6.203]
  • Acrylonitrile adducts: design, synthesis and biological evaluation as antimicrobial, haemolytic and thrombolytic agent. P.Das, N. Devi, N. Gaur, S. Goswami, D. Dutta, R. Dubey, A. Puzari. Scientific Reports, 13, 2023, 6209. [Tier 1 Journal, Impact Factor: 4.997]
  • Genipin crosslinked chitosan-carrageenan polyelectrolyte nanocapsules for the controlled delivery of isoniazid. N. Devi and T. K. Maji. International Journal of Polymeric Materials 59, 2010, 828-841. https://doi.org/10.1080/00914037.2010.484792 ►[This research article was Among Most Cited Article during three years after its publication] [Impact Factor: 2.604]
  • Preparation and evaluation of gelatin/sodium carboxy methylcellulose polyelectrolyte complex microparticles for controlled delivery of isoniazid. N. Devi and T.K. Maji. AAPS Pharm.Sci.Tech. 10(4), 2009, 1412-1419. https://doi.org/10.1208/s12249-009- 9344-9 [Q1 Journal, Impact Factor: 4.026]
  • Influence of organically modified nanoclay and TiO 2 nanopowder on the properties of Azadirachta Indica wood flour reinforced high density polyethylene, low density polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride nanocomposite.V. Rathnam, A. Kichu, N. Dutta, T.K. Maji and N. Devi. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. 35(10), 2022, 1468-1487. https://doi.org/10.1177/0892705720935968 [Impact Factor: 3.027]
  • Synthesis and characterization of neem (Azadirachta Indica) seed oil based alkyd resins for efficient anticorrosive coating application. P. Das, N. Sharma, A. Puzari, DK Kakati, N. Devi. Polymer Bulletin.78, 2021, 457-479. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00289-020-03120-8 [Impact Factor: 2.843]
  • Thermoresponsive submicron-sized core-shell hydrogel particles with encapsulated olive oil. N. Devi and D.K.Kakati. Colloid and Polymer Science, 2014, 292, 2581- 2596. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00396-014-3309-6 [Impact Factor: 2.434]
  • Microencapsulation of isoniazid in genipin crosslinked gelatin A- carrageenan polyelectrolyte complex. N. Devi and T.K.Maji. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy 36(1), 2010, 56-63. https://doi.org/10.3109/03639040903061355 [Impact Factor: 3.727]
  • A novel microencapsulation of Neem (Azadirachta Indica A.Juss.) Seed Oil (NSO) in polyelectrolyte complex of κ-carrageenan and chitosan. N. Devi and T.K.Maji. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 113(3), 2009, 1576-1583. https://doi.org/10.1002/app.30038 [Q1 Journal, Impact Factor: 3.125]