Ashish Lele

Chief Scientist and Chair-Polymer Science Engineering Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

Areas of Interest:

Polymers, rheology, polymer processing, PEM fuel cells, associating polymers, biodegradable polymers.


Chemical engineering, polymer science and engineering, polymer rheology and processing, hydrogen PEM fuel cells

Consultancy Areas:

Plastics, synthetic and natural polymers, rheology and processing of polymers.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs

Major Professional Contributions:

Leading large technology development program on PEM fuel cells in PPP mode.
Developed and licensed three technologies.
Consultant to large polymer manufacturing and processing companies.
Published 65 research papers in international peer reviewed journals.
Filed 9 patent disclosures, 5 patent applications; three US patents granted.

Professional Experience:

  • Scientist
  • Polymer Science and Engineering Division
  • CSIR-NCL from 1993 till present.
  • Have risen through the ranks from Scientist to Chief Scientist and Chair of Division.


polymers, rheology, processing, PEM fuel cells, hydrogels, polylactic acid.


Contact Information


Polymer Science and Engineering Division
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory
Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Pune - 411008
Tel: 020 2590 2178 EM:

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  • Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (B.Chem.Eng.), ICT (formerly, UDCT), Mumbai, 1998
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, USA, 1993
  • Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK, 2001


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Infosys award
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award
  • Fellow INAE and IAS
  • INSA Young Scientist Award
  • CSIR Young Scientist Award

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated IV: Chemical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2006

Year of Birth: 1967