Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay
BRIDG Research Specialist
Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay joined BRIDG in August 2017 as a Research Specialist to oversee research grants and funding. As a joint appointee with the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida, he is responsible for identifying and bringing in federal and industry funds in areas that align with BRIDG capabilities and support the UCF College of Engineering’s research areas of interest.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay’s experience includes inventions in nanomaterials, catalysis, coating systems, ceramics, surface wettability, hemostatic formulations, biomedical applications and antimicrobial bandages through 11 U.S. and international patents, as well as their technological transitions through joint ventures with Tier 1 and Fortune 500 companies. He has won and managed more than ten SBIR/ STTR federal awards as a principal investigator funded by the DOD, NASA, OSD, and DOE through Phase I and Phase II contracts worth approximately $6.5 million.
Prior to joining BRIDG, Dr. Mukhopadhyay served as the Vice President of Operations at HygraTek, LLC in Ann Arbor where he oversaw R&D, technology transition, contracts, intellectual property for projects related to super-repellent and icephobic coating technologies and membranes for oil-water separation having niche applications, and developed SUREPEL™ repellent systems. Dr. Mukhopadhyay also spent time at Materials Modification, Inc. (MMI) in Fairfax, VA as their Senior Scientist where he was instrumental in successfully developing SILVAMAT™ burn bandage and GRO-KLOT™ wound treatment technologies. From 2009-2010, Dr. Mukhopadhyay was a Research Scientist at EonCoat LLC where he led a team in developing inorganic, “green and eco-friendly” EonCoat™ corrosion resistant coating systems.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay holds a Ph.D. degree from the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India, where he was awarded the prestigious CSIR doctoral fellowship from the government of India. He completed his postdoctoral training at Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina in composites, nanomaterials and catalysis. Dr. Mukhopadhyay is highly cited for his research, and he is the author of multiple publications in high impact, peer-reviewed international journals. For his contributions in catalysis and nanomaterials, Dr. Mukhopadhyay was awarded the Young Scientist Prize at the 12th International Congress on Catalysis in Granada, Spain.