Dr Nishad Fathima Nishter

Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute

Areas of Interest:

Leather science and technology, biophysical studies of collagen, value added materials from waste, smart chemicals .


Leather science and technology, collagen based biomaterials

Consultancy Areas:

leather .


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Law Enforcement Agencies

Major Professional Contributions:

Understanding the stabilization of collagen and effect of small molecule interaction with collagen has been one of the key areas of research as it has relevance not only to leather industry but also for biomedical applications of collagen. One of the long standing and unresolved issues in theory of tanning is gaining insights into the changes in water structure in collagen and hydration during crosslinking. A deeper insight into the structural organization, solvation and dynamics of water has been gained.
Presently, there is growing need in the leather sector to improve the value realization of leathers made and also to address the environmental concerns. Processes for enhancing the value realization and methodologies to manage solid waste have been developed. Development of smart leathers will enhance the value realization tremendously.

Professional Experience:

  • Scientist B 2002-2005
  • Scientist C 2005-2009
  • Senior Scientist 2009-2012
  • Principal Scientist 2012 onwards


leather, collagen,biophysical studies, smart chemicals, solid waste.


Contact Information


Chemical Laboratory
Central Leather Research Institute
Chennai-600020, Tamilnadu
Fax: +91 44 24912150
Tel: +91 44 24437188

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  • B. Tech 1999 Anna University GPA: 9.47
  • M. Tech 2001 Anna University GPA: 9.90
  • Ph.D 2010 Anna University


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Recipient of SERB Woman Excellence award-2013
  • Recipient of INAE Young Engineer Award-2012
  • Recipient of IEI Young Engineers Award-2012-2013
  • Recipient of INSA medal for Young scientist in Engineering Sciences -2011
  • Recipient of DAAD short term fellowship 2006-2007

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2012

Year of Birth: 24th January 1978