Dr. Srinivas Mettu is a chemical engineer by training (B. Tech, M. Tech, and PhD in Chemical Engineering) with expertise of working in applied (Xerox Research USA) as well as fundamental research environment (IIT Kanpur, Lehigh University, The University of Melbourne and RMIT University). Dr. Mettu worked on multiple projects during his stint at Xerox Research on developing novel printing technologies and nano-micro structured print surfaces. After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Dr. Mettu worked on many projects related to food engineering such as flavour encapsulation for chocolate, emulsion formulations for water encapsulation in low fat chocolate.
While in Australia, Dr. Mettu got funding support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 3 Grand Challenges Explorations awards (GCE) to work on projects such as (’Edible Microballoons for Nutrition Enhancement’), cellulosic biomaterials for bioreactors (’Novel Radial Gradient in Fibrous-Bed Bioreactors with Cellulose Hydrogel’) and cellulosic and protein-based biomaterials for producing biodegradable sanitary pads (’Eco-Bio Sanitary Pads to End Period Poverty’).
Dr. Mettu is currently working in collaboration with industry partner to explore the use of hydrogel bioreactors (fermenters) to produce beneficial probiotic bacteria (Gut Microbes) mixture (artificial stool) to be used as Faecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) to treat gut dysbiosis and other gastrointestinal infections
Development of Biodegardable Sanitary Pads from Natural Biopolymers
Development of Biodegardable Tissue Adhesives from Natural Biopolymers and Biomimetic Proteins
Bioprocessing, Process Principles, Process System Design, Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Physical Chemistry, Colloids and Surface Science, Numerical Methods, Thermal and Non-Thermal Food Processing, Rheology and Food Biophysics, Food Engineering. Computer Modelling for Engineers (MATLAB, COMSOL, Ansys-FLUENT etc)
Bioprocessing, Fermentation, Probiotics Productions and Encapsulation, Food Engineering, Colloids and Surface Chemistry, Ultrasonic Processing, Emulsions, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Biopolymers and Biomaterials