Ponisseril Somasundaran

Courses Taught


[I hope to prepare students] for the outside world's real life problems. As I teach principles, I discuss applications. I sugggest problems and encourage them to come up with solutions. I try to improve their communication and team work capabilites, which are very important now a days. From students I expect genuine interest in the topics.


Frank F. Aplan Award, Engineering Foundation, 1992; Honorary Research Advisor, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Beijing, China, 1991; the State of New Jersey Senate Leadership Citation, 1991; Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Distinguished Americans, 1990; First Brahm Prakash Chair, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1990; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1989... Editor-in-Chief, "Colloids and Surfaces," International Journal, Elsevier, 1979-present... Researching Colloid and interface science, particle technology, enhanced oil recovery, mineral processing, electrokinetics, surfactant and polymer flocculation/dispersion of suspension and sludge, biomaterials, microbial interactions, fluorescence, ESR and NMR.


B.Sc., Kerala (India), 1958; B.E., Indian Institute of Science, 1961; M.S., California (Berkeley), 1962; Ph.D., 1964

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