Dr. Illa Mani Pujitha


Dr. Illa Mani Pujitha


Assistant Professor

Room No

112C, MME Department

E-mail Id

pujitha@nitt.edu, seethapuji@gmail.com


Field(s) of Specialization

Energy storage Batteries, Bacterial Cellulose, Solid-State Electrolytes, Carbon Nanomaterials


Employment Profile

Job Title Employer From To
Assistant Professor NIT Tiruchirappalli Oct 2022 Present
Institute Postdoctoral Fellow IIT Bombay July 2021 Oct 2022
Adhoc Faculty NIT Calicut Feb 2021 May 2021
Postdoctoral Fellow IIT Hyderabad Dec 2021 Feb 2021

Academic Qualifications

Examination Board / University Year Division/ Grade Subjects
Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad 2020 - Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering
M.Tech Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad 2020 8.96 (out of 10) Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering
B.Tech RGUKT-NUZVID 2015 9.1 (out of 10) Distinction Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Awards, Associateships

Year of Award Name of the Award Awarding Organization
2015 Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award SRISTI and National Innovation Foundation India
2017 Best Poster Presentation Award International Conference on Advances in Polymer Science and Technology
2017 Research Excellence Award IIT Hyderabad


Year of Award Name of the Fellowship Awarding Organization From (Month/Year) To (Month/Year)
2021 Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship IIT Bombay 07/2021 10/2022

Workshops/ Symposia/ Conferences/ Colloquia /Seminars/ Schools

Date (s) Title of Activity Level of Event (International/ National/ Local) Role (Participant/ Speaker/ Chairperson, Paper presenter, Any other) Event Organized by Venue
2017 Conference International Paper Presenter Asian Polymer Association Delhi India
2018 Conference International Paper Presenter Carbon MEMS Hyderabad India
2019 Conference National Paper Presenter Association of Carbon Materials Delhi India
2020 Conference International Speaker ACS Philadelphia USA

Membership of Learned Societies

Type of Membership (Ordinary Member/ Honorary Member / Life Member ) Organization Membership No. with date
Student Member Asian Polymer Association 0383

Academic Foreign Visits

Country Duration of Visit Programme
United kingdom 08/2016-09/2016 Student exchange

Publications: (A) Refereed Research Journals:

Author(s) Title of Paper Journal Volume  (No.) Page numbers   Year  
Ruchira Nandeshwar, Mani Pujitha Illa , Mudrika Khandelwal, Siddharth Tallur Enzymatic degradation of bacteria cellulose derived carbon nanofibers (BC-CNF) by myeloperoxidase (MPO): Performance evaluation for biosensing. Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X 12 100252-100262. 2022  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Kalyani Peddapapannagari, Siju Cherikkattil Raghavan, Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal In situ tunability of bacteria derived hierarchical nanocellulose: current status and opportunities Cellulose 28 10077–10097 2021  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal Catalytic Graphitization of Bacterial Cellulose derived Carbon Nanofibers for Stable and Enhanced Anodic Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries Materials Today Chemistry 20 100439-100441 2021  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Anil D Pathak, Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal Bacterial Cellulose-Polyaniline Composite derived Hierarchical Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon Nanofibers as Anode for High Rate Lithium-Ion Batteries ACS Applied Energy Materials 3 8676-868 2020  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal Tuning the Physiochemical Properties of Bacterial Cellulose: Effect of Drying Conditions Journal of Materials Science 59 12024–12035 2019  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Mudrika Khandelwal, Chandra S. Sharma Modulated Dehydration for Enhanced Anodic Performance of Bacterial Cellulose Derived Carbon Nanofibers ChemistrySelect 4 6642–6650 2019  
Mani Pujitha Illa , Mudrika Khandelwal, Chandra S. Sharma   Bacterial Cellulose-Derived Carbon Nanofibers as Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries Emergent Materials 1 105–120 2018  
  Shital Yadav, Mani Pujitha Illa , Tulika Rastogi, Chandra S. Sharma, High Absorbency Cellulose Acetate Electrospun Nanofibers for Feminine Hygiene Application Applied Materials Today 4 62-70 2016  

(C) Books & Monographs

Author(s) Title of Book/Monograph Name of Publishers Year of Publication ISSN/ISBN Number
Mani Pujitha Illa, Shiva Kalyani Adepu, & Mudrika Khandelwal Nanocellulose Materials In Micro and Nano Technologies Elsevier 2022 9780128239636