DEPARTMENT OF
Chemistry

faculty

Dr. Bejoy Francis

Assistant Professor

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Full Name:
Bejoy Francis
Designation:
Assistant Professor
Department:
Chemistry
Mobile Number:
04862 – 252254
Residence Phone Number:
9447466310
Educational Qualifications:
MSc, PhD
Area of Specialization:
Polymer synthesis, toughening of thermosets, preparation and characterisation of polymer blends, polymer nanocomposites, advanced composite materials
Papers Presented:
Poster presentation entitled “Novel Triazatriangulenium Cationic Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications” in the 85th Annual Meeting of the Israel Chemical Society held at Jerusalem, Israel from February 18 - 19, 2020. Presented paper entitled “Mechanical Properties of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Toughened Epoxy Composites” in the DST-SERB sponsored international conference on Advanced Functional Materials held at St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, Kerala from 09 - 10 October, 2018. Poster presentation entitled “Hydroxyl terminated poly (ether ether ketone) with pendent tert-butyl groups as tougheners for epoxy resin” in the DST-SERB sponsored international conference on Advanced Functional Materials held at St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, Kerala from 09 - 10 October, 2018. Presented paper entitled “Mechanical Properties of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Toughened Epoxy Composites” in the UGC sponsored national seminar on Material Science and Modern Analytical Techniques held at MPMMSN Trusts College, Shoranur, Palakkad, Kerala from 26 - 27 March, 2014. Poster presentation entitled “Investigation of Mechanical Properties of an Epoxy Resin/Nanoclay Nanocomposite” in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Smart Material for a Smarter World held at St Berchmans College, Changanassery from 27 – 28 September 2012. Poster presentation entitled “Hydroxyl terminated PEEK with pendent methyl group toughened epoxy resin: Miscibility, morphology, fracture toughness and mechanical properties” in the International Conference on Advances in Polymer Blends, Composites, IPNS and Gels: Macro to Nano Scales held at School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala from March 21 - 23, 2005, Poster presentation entitled “Hydroxyl terminated PEEK with pendent methyl group toughened epoxy resin: Miscibility, morphology, fracture toughness and mechanical properties” in the International Conference on Advances in Polymer Blends, Composites, IPNS and Gels: Macro to Nano Scales held at School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala from March 21 - 23, 2005 Presented paper entitled “Properties of epoxy resin toughened with hydroxyl terminated PEEK with pendent methyl group” in the XVII Kerala Science Congress, held at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala from 29 - 31 January, 2005 Presented paper entitled “Carbon fibre reinforced composites derived from methyl poly (ether ether ketone) toughened epoxy resins” in the international conference MACRO 2004 held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from December 15 - 17, 2004 Poster presentation entitled “Hydroxyl terminated poly (ether ether ketone) with pendent tert-butyl groups as tougheners for epoxy resin” in the international conference MACRO 2004 held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from December 15 - 17, 2004 Participated in the national seminar on Chemistry in the New Millennium, organised by Chemistry Wing, National Institute of Technology Calicut and Department of Chemistry, Malabar Christian College Calicut, Kerala from 24 - 25 July, 2003 Presented paper entitled “Cure kinetics and morphology of blends of epoxy resin with poly (ether ether ketone) containing pendant tertiary butyl groups” in the 90th session of Indian Science Congress held at Bangalore University, Bangalore from January 3 - 7, 2003 Presented paper entitled “Epoxy Resin/Thermoplastic Blends” in the technical seminar, CRESMER 2000 held at Department of Polymer Technology, Crescent Engineering College, Vandalur, Chennai on 25th January, 2000
Papers Published:
Recent Advances in Cross-linked Ppolyethylene-based nanocomposites for high voltage engineering applications: A critical review, Jince Thomas, Blessy Joseph, Josmin P Jose, Hanna J Maria, Priyanka Main, Azerai Ali Rahman, Bejoy Francis, Zakiah Ahmad, Sabu Thomas, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 58, 20863, 2019 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b02172) (Impact factor – 3.75) Thermal degradation and crystallization characteristics of multiphase polymer systems with and without compatibilizer, Seno Jose, Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai, Bejoy Francis, Abi Santhosh Aprem, Sabu Thomas, AIMS Materials Science, 3, 1177, 2016 Mechanical and morphological analysis of epoxy resin/SAN blends, Sayana John P, Jyothishkumar P, Bejoy Francis, SB Academic Review, XVI, 91, 2009 Novel soluble random copolyimides from pyromellitic dianhydride, Bejoy Francis, Keshwaree Babooram, Rabin Bissessur, Ramesh Subramanian, Ravin Narain, SB Academic Review, XV, 108, 2008 Synthesis and characterization of novel (amide-imide)-silica composites by the sol-gel process, K. Babooram, B. Francis, R. Bissessur, R. Narain, Composites Science and Technology, 68, 617, 2008 Effect of chemical modification on properties of hybrid fiber biocomposites, Maya Jacob John, Bejoy Francis, K. T. Varughese, Sabu Thomas, Composites: Part A, 39, 352, 2008 Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin modified using poly(ether ether ketone) with pendent tert-butyl groups, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, R. Sadhana, Nicole Thuaud, R. Ramaswamy, Seno Jose, V. Lakshmana Rao, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 45, 2481, 2007 Toughening of epoxy resin with hydroxy-terminated poly(arylene ether nitrile) with pendent tertiary butyl groups, Akanksha Saxena, Bejoy Francis, V. Lakshmana Rao, K. N. Ninan, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 106, 1318, 2007 Morphology, dynamic mechanical and thermal studies on poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) modified epoxy resin/glass fibre composites. Nishar Hameed, P. A. Sreekumar, Bejoy Francis, Weimin Yang, Sabu Thomas. Composites: Part A, 38, 2422, 2007 Flow properties of unvulcanised natural rubber/carboxylated styrene butadiene rubber latices and their blends, Ranimol Stephen, K. V. S. N. Raju, Mohan Rao, Bejoy Francis, Kuruvilla Joseph, Sabu Thomas, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 104, 2528, 2007 Cure kinetics, morphological and dynamic mechanical analysis of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin modified with hydroxyl terminated poly(ether ether ketone) containing pendent tertiary butyl groups, Bejoy Francis, V. Lakshmana Rao, Geert Vanden Poel, Fabrice Posada, Gabriel Groeninckx, R. Ramaswamy, Sabu Thomas, Polymer, 47, 5411, 2006 Synthesis of hydroxyl-terminated poly(ether ether ketone) with pendent tert-butyl groups and its use as a toughener for epoxy resins, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, G. Viswanathan Asari, Rajagopal Ramaswamy, Seno Jose, V. Lakshmana Rao, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 44, 541, 2006 Poly(ether ether ketone) with pendent methyl groups as a toughening agent for amine cured DGEBA epoxy resin, Bejoy Francis, V. Lakshmana Rao, Seno Jose, Bina K. Catherine, R. Ramaswamy, Jesmy Jose, Sabu Thomas, Journal of Materials Science, 41, 5467, 2006 Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin-polyether sulfone/polyether sulfone ether ketone blends: phase morphology, fracture toughness and thermo-mechanical properties, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, Selvin P. Thomas, R. Ramaswamy, V. Lakshmana Rao, Colloid and Polymer Science, 285, 83, 2006 Toughening of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin using poly (ether ether ketone) with pendent ditert-butyl groups, Bejoy Francis, R. Ramaswamy, V. Lakshmana Rao, Sabu Thomas, International Journal of Polymeric Materials, 55, 681, 2006 Epoxy-tert-butyl poly(cyanoarylene ether) blends: Phase morphology, fracture toughness, and mechanical properties, Akanksha Saxena, Bejoy Francis, V. Lakshmana Rao, K. N. Ninan, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 100, 3536, 2006 Morphology and mechanical properties of polyamide 12/polypropylene blends in presence and absence of reactive compatibiliser, S. Jose, B. Francis, S. Thomas, J. Karger-Kocsis, Polymer, 47, 3874, 2006 The effect of silane coupling agents on the viscoelastic properties of rubber biocomposites, Maya Jacob, Bejoy Francis, K. T. Varughese, Sabu Thomas, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 291, 1119, 2006 Dynamical mechanical analysis of sisal/oil palm hybrid fiber-reinforced natural rubber composites, Maya Jacob, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, K. T. Varughese, Polymer Composites, 27, 671, 2006 Hydroxyl terminated poly(ether ether ketone) with pendent methyl group toughened epoxy resin: miscibility, morphology and mechanical properties, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, Jesmy Jose, R. Ramaswamy, V. Lakshmana Rao, Polymer, 46, 12372, 2005 Morphology, viscoelastic properties, and mechanical behavior of epoxy resin modified with hydroxyl-terminated poly(ether ether ketone) oligomer with pendent tert-butyl groups, Bejoy Francis, V. Lakshmana Rao, R. Ramaswamy, Seno Jose, Sabu Thomas, K. V. S. N. Raju, Polymer Engineering and Science, 45, 1645, 2005 Phase morphology, crystallisation behaviour and mechanical properties of isotactic polypropylene/high density polyethylene blends, S. Jose, A. S. Aprem, B. Francis, M. C. Chandy, P. Werner, V. Alstaedt, S. Thomas, European Polymer Journal, 40, 2105, 2004 Effect of fibre length and chemical modifications on the tensile properties of intimately mixed short sisal/glass hybrid fibre reinforced low density polyethylene composites, G. Kalaprasad, Bejoy Francis, Selvin Thomas, C. Radhesh Kumar, C. Pavithran, G. Groeninckx, Sabu Thomas, Polymer International, 53, 1624, 2004 Cure kinetics and morphology of blends of epoxy resin with poly (ether ether ketone) containing pendant tertiary butyl groups, Bejoy Francis, Geert Vanden Poel, Fabrice Posada, Gabriel Groeninckx, V. Lakshmana Rao, R. Ramaswamy, Sabu Thomas, Polymer, 44, 3687, 2003 Transport of water through polyamide-nitrile rubber blends and its influence on mechanical properties, C. Radhesh Kumar, Bejoy Francis, Sabu Thomas, K. E. George, Polymers and Polymer Composites, 9, 247, 2001 Interaction of n-alkanes with crosslinked cis-1,4-polybutadiene, J. J. Manikath, B. Francis, M. Jacob, R. Stephen, S. Joseph, S. Jose, S. Thomas, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 82, 2404, 2001
Books Published:
• Contributed the chapter ‘Cure Kinetics of Epoxy/Thermoplastic Blends’ in the book entitled Handbook of Epoxy Blends edited by Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai, Nishar Hameed, Jürgen Pionteck and Eamor M. Woo, 2016 (Springer International Publishing Switzerland) ISBN: 978-3-319-18158-5 • Contributed the chapter ‘Phase-Separation Mechanism in Epoxy Resin/Rubber Blends’ in the book entitled Micro - and Nanostructured Epoxy/Rubber Blends edited by Sabu Thomas, Christophe Sinturel and Raju Thomas, 2014 (Wiley-VCH) ISBN: 978-3-527-33334-9 • Contributed the chapter ‘Polyolefin/Epoxy Resin Blends’ in the book entitled Polyolefin Blends edited by Thein Kyu and Domasius Nwabunma, 2008 (John Wiley & Sons)
UGC Orientation Refresher Courses:
Participated in the 12 week Faculty Development Programme in Coordination Chemistry conducted by NPTEL-AICTE from July to October 2019
UGC Major/Minor Projects:
Investigation of the impact of ZnO nanoparticles on the properties of a difunctional epoxy resin, Funding agency – UGC, Tenure - September 2012 to September 2014, Amount - ₹140,000/-
Memberships:
Life Member – Indian Science Congress Association
INVOLVEMENT IN THE ACADEMIC BODIES OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS:
Member, Board of Studies in Chemistry, Assumption College, Changanassery (2016 - 19)
OFFICIAL ROLES IN ADMINISTRATION / CORPORATE LIFE OF THE COLLEGE:
Director, Common Instrumentation Facility, St. Berchmans College (2019 - 20) Joint coordinator, Admission Committee, 2020-21 Member, Academic Core Committee Member, Sports Association Member, Internal Quality Assurance Cell, St. Berchmans College Coordinator, Admission Committee, St. Berchmans College (2012 - 18) Associate Editor, SB Academic Review, Biannual International Journal of multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary studies and research (2012 - 14) Associate Editor of the St. Berchmans College newsletter ‘Berchmanite’ (2011 - 13) PTA Secretary, 2019 onwards