Prof. Anil K. Bhowmick (view profile) is a Professor of Eminence and former Head of Rubber Technology Centre and former Dean of Postgraduate Studies and former Dean (Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy), IIT Kharagpur. He was also a foreign students` advisor of the institute. He was previously associated with the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, London School of Polymer Technology, London and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His main research interests are: Thermoplastic Elastomers and Polymer blends, Nanocomposites, Polymer modification, Rubber Technology, Failure and Degradation of Polymers, Adhesion and Adhesives. He has more than four hundred publications in these fields, 35 book chapters and seven co-edited books. He was also co-editor of the special issue of Polymer and Composite Characterization of the Journal of Macromolecular Science (USA).
He was the 2002 winner of the "Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers" award and 1997 winner of the "George Stafford Whitby" award of the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society for innovative research, and 2001 K.M. Philip award of the All India Rubber Industries Association for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of rubber industries in India. He was also awarded NOCIL award 1991, JSPS award 1990, Commonwealth award 1990, MRF award 1989 and Stanton-Redcroft ITAS award 1989. He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology (USA), Journal of Applied Polymer Science (USA), Journal of Materials Science (USA), Polymers and Polymer Composites (UK), Rubber Chemistry and Technology (USA), Progress in Polymer Processing (USA) and Natural Rubber Research (India). He holds twelve patents including one US and one German patents. He brought many projects to the institute and developed many indigenous items for the country. He has guided thirty five Ph.D. students. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Engineering and W.B. Academy of Science and Technology.