Dr. R. Mahendran

Professor and Head CENTP


Non thermal food processing technologies

Dr. R. Mahendran is Professor and Head of Centre of Excellence in Nonthermal Processing at National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) - Thanjavur. He has acquired graduation in B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) and M. Tech (Industrial Biotechnology) from SASTRA University, and Ph.D. in Food Process Engineering from Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. Prior to his association with NIFTEM-Thanjavur, he worked as Production Officer Krebs Biochemicals and Industries Ltd. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh and worked as Scientist in Department of Science and Technology, Government of India at New Delhi from 2006 to 2010. Dr. Mahendran joined in NIFTEM-Thanjavur in 2010 and presently heading the department, Centre of Excellence in Nonthermal Processing, one of the unique centres in the world.

Dr. 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 apart from 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 and received “Best Whole Grain Researcher - South Asia - 2023 Award” from Whole Grains Research Foundation, Canada.

Presently, he is Associate editor in the journal of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, serving as editorial board member in Journal of Food, Journal of Food Process Engineering and Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. He also served as guest editor for the special issues in Journal of Food Process Engineering, Journal of Food Process and Preservation, International Journal of Food Science and Technology, and Frontiers in Sustainable food systems. 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.

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