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Amit Naskar

Materials Science & Technology Division, ORNL


Dr. Amit K. Naskar is a senior research staff member and leader of the Carbon and Composites Group in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Materials Science & Technology Division. His areas of research include carbon fibers, alternative carbon precursors, sustainable polymeric materials, and composites. Dr. Naskar is the lead inventor of the ORNL’s technology for conversion of polyolefin fibers into carbon fibers, sustainable polymer formulations for composites, and tailored carbon morphology for energy storage, adsorption of functional molecule, and controlled release applications. Dr. Naskar, a native of India, earned his Ph.D. in Rubber Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Prior to joining ORNL, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Clemson University, SC. He has published 35 articles in refereed journals and books, and has numerous abstracts in conference proceedings and an issued US patent.


Carbon fibers and carbonaceous materials


Ceramic and polymer based energy materials

Composites and renewable resource materials

High performance fibers

Polymer recycling

Polymers and liquid crystals

Porous materials

Printable composites


Saha D, Warren KE, Naskar AK.* Soft-template-synthesized mesoporous carbon for oral drug delivery, Carbon (10.1016/j.carbon.2014.01.005) (in press).

Saha D, Li Y, Bi Z, Chen J, Keum JK, Hensley DK, Grappe HA, Meyer HM, Dai S, Paranthaman MP, Naskar AK.* Studies on supercapacitor electrode material from activated lignin-derived mesoporous carbon, Langmuir 30(3), 900-910, 2014.

Saito T*, Perkins JH, Vautard F, Meyer HM, Messman JM, Tolnai B, Naskar AK.* Methanol fractionation of softwood kraft lignin: impact to the lignin properties, ChemSusChem 7(1), 221-228, 2014.

Saito T, Perkins JH, Jackson DC, Trammel NE, Hunt MA, Naskar AK.* Development of lignin-based polyurethane thermoplastics, RSC Advances 3, 44, 21832-21840, 2013.

Saha D, Payzant EA, Kumbhar AS, Naskar AK.* Sustainable mesoporous carbons as storage and controlled-delivery media for functional molecules, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5 (12), 5868–5874, 2013.

Younker JM,* Saito T, Hunt MA, Naskar AK, Beste A. Pyrolysis pathways of sulfonated polyethylene, an alternative carbon fiber precursor. Journal of the American Chemical Society 135(16), 6130-6141, 2013.

Saito T, Brown RH, Hunt MA, Pickel DL, Pickel JM, Messman JM, Baker FS, Keller M, Naskar AK.* Turning renewable resources into value-added polymer: development of lignin-based thermoplastic. Green Chemistry, 14 (12), 3295-3303, 2012. [Featured in the outer front cover of the issue] 

Hunt MA, Saito T, Brown RH, Kumbhar AS, Naskar AK.* “Patterned functional carbon fibers from polyethylene”. Advanced Materials, 24(18), 2386-2389, 2012. [Featured in the back cover of the issue]

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