Suraj Sharma

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering Clemson University, USA 2008
M.S. Textile Engineering IIT Delhi, India 1996
B.S. Textile Engineering MLV Textile Institute, University of Rajasthan, India 1994


Suraj Sharma is a Professor in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Sharma’s background includes materials science and engineering, specifically polymeric materials. His primary research focuses on the development of bioplastics/biocomposites from biopolymers; nanocellulose; biosynthesis of polyesters using microalgae; and piezoelectric nanogenerator for smart textiles. 

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board member ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 2018-present


Sharma, S., Jones, A., Mani, S. (2019). A life cycle assessment of protein-based bioplastics for food packaging applications. Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and their Environmental Impact. Mamun, A. and Chen, J. (Editors). CRC press. (In-print) 

Sharma, S., Mandal, A., Wang, K. (2016). Modification of protein rich algal-biomass to form bio-plastics and odor removal. Waste-derived proteins: Transformation from environmental burden into value-added products. Dhillon, Ed. Elsevier Publisher. 

Sharma, S. and Dhandapani, R. (2014) Environmentally benign pretreatments for producing microfibrillated cellulose fibers from hemp. Yang, Y. (Ed., University of Nebraska): ACS Book: "Lightweight Materials from Biopolymers and Biofibers." Published by the American Chemical Society.

Sharma, S., Ayton, E., Zeller, M.A., Hunt, R., and Jones, A. (2014). Biodegradable polymeric materials from algae. Book Chapter. Chu, C.- (Ed., Cornell University): Biodegradable polymers: New developments. Nova Science Publishers.

Sharma, S., Hodges, J.N., Fehime, V., and Luzinov, I. (2012). Biodegradable polymer materials from proteins produced by animal co-products industry: Bloodmeal. Book Chapter. Hinostroza, Netravali (Eds., Cornell University): Cellulose based composites. New green nanomaterials. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. ISBN 978-3-527-32719-5.

Journal Articles

Liyanapathiranage, A., Pena, MJ, Sharma, S., Minko, S. (2020). Nanocellulose-Based Sustainable Dyeing of Cotton Textiles with Minimized Water Pollution, ACS Omega 2020, 5, 16, 9196–9203.

Saremi, R., Sharma, S., Minko, S. (2020). Adhesion and Stability of Nanocellulose Coatings on Flat Polymer Films and Textiles. Molecules, 25(14): 3238. 

Nandy, A., Lee, E., Sharma, S. (2019). Microencapsulation of retinyl palmitate by melt dispersion for cosmetic application,, Journal of Microencapsulation.

Gao, H., Asheghali, D., Yadavalli, N.S., Minh, P. H., Minko, S., J., Nguyen, T., Sharma, S. (2019). Preparation of Core-sheath Nanoyarn via Touchspinning and its Application as Wearable Piezoelectric Nanogenerator, ,Journal of Textile Institute.

Lee, B. J., Daubenmire, S., Lee, E., Saremi, R., Rai, S., Liyanapathiranage, A., Sriram, T. N., Mandal, A., Sharma, S. (2019). The optimization of novel nanocellulose gel-reactive dye coating for textile applications. Colourage, 32-41. 

Gao, H., Minh, P. H., Wang, H., Minko, S., Locklin, J., Nguyen, T., Sharma, S. (2018). High-performance flexible yarn for wearable piezoelectric nanogenerators. Smart Materials and Structure, 27(9).. 

Morgan, C.J. and Sharma, S. (2018). Peltier effect in cotton fabric treated with doped nanocellulose. AATCC Journal of Research, 5(4): 1-6. 

Jones, A., Pant, J., Lee, E., Goudie, M.J., Gruzd, A., Mansfield, J., Mandal, A., Handa, H., Sharma, S. (2018). Nitric oxide-releasing antibacterial albumin plastic for biomedical applications. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 106(6): 1535-1542. 

Kim, Y., McCoy, L.T., Lee, E., Lee, H., Saremi, R., Feit, C. Hardin, I.R., Sharma, S. Mani, S., Minko, S. (2017). Environmentally sound textile dyeing technology with nanofibrillated cellulose. Green Chem., 19(17): 4031-4035. 

Jones, A., Mandal, A., and Sharma, S. (2017). Antibacterial and drug Elution Performance of Thermoplastic Blends. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 26(1): 132-144. 

Jones, A. and Sharma, S. (2017). Surface and degradation properties of thermoplastic blends from albumin and zein-based plastics. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134(13), 44646. 

Jones, A. and Sharma, S. (2016). Thermoplastic blends from albumin and zein: plastic formation and mechanical properties including modeling. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 24(4): 309-317. Banerjee, A., Singh, M., Das, K., and Sharma, S. (2016). Study of biodegradable polyesters from algal sources for use in future textile fiber applications. AATCC Journal of Research, 3(1): 1-6 01. 

Jones, A., Mandal, A., and Sharma, S. (2015). Protein based bioplastics and their antibacterial potential. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(18), 41931.

Ronda, S. R., Parapudi, P. L.C., Vemula, S., Tumma, S., Botlagunta, Settaluri, V.S., Lele, S., Sharma, S., and Kandala, C. (2014). Optimization of medium components using orthogonal array for γ-linolenic acid production by Spirulina platensis. The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 31(10), 1839-1844.

Ronda, S. R., Kethineni, C., Parupudi, L.C.P., Thunuguntla, V.B.S.C, Vemula, S., Settaluri, V.S., Allu, P.R., Grande, S.K., Sharma, S., and Kandala, C.V. (2014). A growth inhibitory model with SOx influenced effective growth rate for estimation of algal biomass concentration under flue gas atmosphere. Bioresource Technology, 152, 283-291. 

Sharma, S., and Luzinov, I. (2013). Whey based binary bioplastics. Journal of Food Engineering, 119(3), 404-410. 

Sharma, S., Zeller, M. A., Hunt, R.W., and Jones, A. (2013). Bioplastics and their thermoplastic blends from Spirulina and Chlorella microalgae. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(5), 3263-3275. 

White, E.V., Seppala, J.E., Rushworth, P.M., Ritchie, B.W., Sharma, S., and Locklin, J. (2013). Switching the adhesive state of catecholic hydrogels using phototitration. Macromolecules, 46(22), 8882-8887. 

Sharma, S., Zeller, M.A., and Jones, A. (2013). Thermal, mechanical, and moisture absorption properties of egg white protein bioplastics with natural rubber and glycerol. Progress in Biomaterials, doi: 10.1186/2194-0517-2-12. 

Sharma, S. and Cao, J. (2013). Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for anti-counterfeiting innovative fibers. ISRN Textiles,  

Sharma, S., Sivasankari, V., Pattathil, S., and Kandemkavil, S. (2013). Analyses of cell wall glycans using glycome profiling in two commercially important lignocellulosic fiber raw materials. Journal of Textile Science and Engineering, doi: 10.4172/2165-8064.S1-001. 

Sharma, S., Zeller, M.A., and Hunt, R.W. (2013). Sustainable bioderived polymeric materials and thermoplastic blends made from floating aquatic macrophytes such as “Duckweed.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 127(1), 375-386. 

Sharma, S., and Luzinov, I. (2012). Water aided fabrication of whey and albumin plastics. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 20(3), 681-689. 

Sharma, S., and Kim J.R. (2012). The development and comparison of bio-thermoset plastics from epoxidized plant oils. Industrial Crops and Products, 36(1), 485-499. 

Sharma, S., and Cao, J. (2011). In vitro study of synthetic prosthetic meshes for inguinal hernia repair. AATCC Review Journal, 11(6), 52-59. 

Sharma, S., and Kim, J.R. (2011). Acaricidal activities of clove bud oil and red thyme oil using microencapsulation against house dust mites. Journal of Microencapsulation, 29(1), 82-91. 

Sharma, S., and Luzinov, I. (2011). Ultrasonic curing of one-part epoxy system. Journal of Composite Materials, 45(21), 2217-2224.

Sharma, S., Hodges, J.N., and Luzinov, I. (2008). Biodegradable plastics from animal protein co-products: Feathermeal, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 110(1), 459-467.



Sharma, S., Asheghali, D., Minko, S, Yadavalli, N.S., Gao, H., Methods and devices for multi-layer nanofibers. (2018). US Provisional patent application No.: 62/672,416.  

Kim, Y., Sharma, S., Minko, S. Launderable conductive fabric with nanocellulose protective coating.  (2017). US Provisional Patent application No. 62/375,981. 

Minko, S., Sharma, S., Hardin, I., Luzinov, I., Daubenmire, S. W., Zakharchenko, A., . . . Kim, Y. S. (2016).   Textile dyeing using nanocellulosic fibers.  (US Patent Application # US 20160010275 A1). 

Sharma, S., Mandal, A., Jones, A. (2016). Protein-based bioplastics and methods of use.  (US Patent Application # US20160289449 A1). 

Sharma, S., Zeller, M.A., and Hunt, R.W. Macrophyte-based bioplastic. (US Patent Application # US13/594,680, and the PCT Application # PCT/US12/52380).

Whatley, B.R., Wen, X., Luzinov, I., Sharma, S. Protein based materials, plastic albumin devices and related methods. (US Patent Application # US13/905,726).

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