Amit K Naskar

Amit K Naskar

Group Leader and Senior R&D Staff

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Sustainable materials
  • Carbon fibers & carbonaceous materials
  • High performance fibers
  • Polymers and liquid crystals
  • Composites and their interfacial chemistry
  • Ceramic and polymer based energy materials and electronic applications
  • Polymer recycling
  • Porous materials
  • Printable composites

Proposal Reviewer:         

  • South Carolina NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program 2014
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2015, 2017
  • US Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ACS PRF Proposal Review 2018
  • NSF Chemistry Division 2018
  • University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research-Penn State University 2019
  • US Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office, SBIR Program 2019

Edited Book:

  1. Polymer Precursor derived carbon. Editors: Naskar AK, Hoffman WP, Volume 1173, American Chemical Society Symposium Series Publication (2014). [DOI: 10.1021/bk-2014-1173].

Book Chapters:

  1. Naskar AK, De PP. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) of Rubbers and Rubbery Materials, in “Thermal analysis of rubbers and rubbery materials” De PP, Roy Choudhury N, Dutta NK. (Editors), Rapra Technology, Shrewsbury, UK (2010).
  2. Naskar AK. Thermal analysis in recycling of rubbery materials, in “Thermal analysis of rubbers and rubbery materials” P P De, N Roy Choudhury and N K Dutta (Editors), Rapra Technology, Shrewsbury, UK (2010).
  3. Ozcan S, Vautard F, Naskar AK. Designing the Structure of Carbon Fibers for Optimal Mechanical Properties, Naskar AK, Hoffman W (Editors), American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Volume 1173, Chapter 10, pp 215-232 (2014).
  4. Saha D, Renju Z, Naskar AK. Soft-templated Mesoporous Carbons: Chemistry and Structural Characteristics, Naskar AK, Hoffman W (Editors), American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Volume 1173, Chapter 4, pp 61-83 (2014).


  • Ph.D., Rubber Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 2003
  • Master of Technology, Fiber Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1998
  • Master of Science, Physical Chemistry, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India, 1996
  • B.Sc., Chemistry (Honors), Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, 1993
  • 2017 – Present    Chief Scientist, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

  • 2015 – Present    Joint Faculty Member, Center for Renewable Carbon, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Knoxville, TN

  • 2014 – Present   Joint faculty member, University of Tennessee Knoxville – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, Knoxville, TN

  • 2013 – Present   Group Leader, Carbon and Composites Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

  • 2013 – Present   Senior R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

  • 2011 – 2013        R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

  • 2008 – 2011        R&D Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

  • 2006 – 2008        Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 

  • 2002 – 2006        Post-Doctoral Researcher, NSF Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF), Clemson University, Clemson, SC

  • 2001 – 2002        Research Assistant, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada

  • 1998 – 2001        Senior Research Fellow and Doctoral Student, Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

  • 1997 – 1998        Production Engineer, Microsynth Fabrics (India) Limited, Silvassa, India

  • 1996 – 1997        Graduate Student (M.Tech.), Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, India

  • 1994 – 1996        Graduate Student (M.Sc.), Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India

  • 1994                    Production Chemist, Nicholas Piramal Limited, Indore, India

  • 1993 – 1994        Laboratory Chemist, Rama Phosphates Limited, Indore, India

  • 2018 – Present    American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 2017 – Present    Member American Chemical Society (ACS), Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division (CELL)

  • 2011 – 2013         Member Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

  • 2004 – 2010         Member American Carbon Society

  • 2003 – Present     Member American Chemical Society, Polymer Division