Dr. R. Mahendran

Professor and Head CENTP



Non thermal food processing technologies

Dr. R. Mahendran completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering and M. Tech in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu and Ph.D. in Food Process Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. Prior to his association with NIFTEM-Thanjavur, he worked as Production Officer in Fermentation Department of M/s. Krebs Biochemicals and Industries Ltd. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh and also worked as Scientist in TIFAC/Department of Science and Technology, Government of India at New Delhi from 2006 to 2010.

He is Professor at NIFTEM-Thanjavur and Heading of Centre of Excellence in Non-Thermal Processing, one of the unique centre in the world.

Mahendran’s research focus includes Cold plasma applications on Agri-Food, Food structure shape transformation and novel nonthermal processing on food systems. Mahendran has authored over 100 publications in reputed journals, popular articles and book chapters. He has been awarded with Dr. V. Subrahmanyan, Best Scientist Award for the year 2021 for his outstanding research contributions. He is the fellow of Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and Fellow of Institution of Engineers (IEI). Dr. Mahendran is the Life member of various professional bodies including The Institution of Engineers, AFST(I), ISTE, ISC, IIChE, ISAE and ISFE. He also serves as guest editor, editorial board member and reviewer for reputed food processing journals.

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