Dr. Rajiv Borah

I have been associated with materials science research since my M.Sc. days. Since then, I have been working on developing various functional materials for possible applications in range of biomedical applications such as biosensors, tissue engineering and wound healing. My primary research interests include Material Science, Biomaterials, Neural Tissue Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Currently, I have been working primarily in Inspire Faculty research project entitled “Development of Hybrid Electroactive Biomaterials for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration”. The work focuses on various strategies to develop aligned/microchannel structured electroconductive nerve guidance channels mimicking the microstructures of peripheral nerve for electrically stimulated nerve regeneration.

In another aspect, my research also aims to develop implantable/wearable energy harvesting device such as triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), which can be integrated with electroconductive biomaterial scaffold for faster nerve regeneration in order to replace conventional 220 V power source.

Apart from primary research, I have been working in a collaborative extramural research on Nanobiotechnology entitled “Layered double hydroxides nanostructures for topical delivery of RNAi for sustained protection against plant viruses” with IIT Guwahati. I have been also associated in a SERB funded research project “Development of conducting polymer-graphene-metal oxide ternary nanocomposites for supercapacitor applications” in collaboration with Dakshin Kamrup College, Mirza, Kamrup.

I have been working as a team member in research activity undertaken by Seri-Biotechnology Laboratory to develop a nanoparticle-based immune booster to combat viral infection in Muga silkworm, Antheraea assamensis Helfer.

Academic Qualification:

  • Ph.D. in Physics from Department of Physics, Tezpur University in 2018
    (Thesis Title: Synthesis and Surface Functionalization of Conducting Polymer Nanostructures for
    Biomedical Applications; Supervisor: Late Prof. Ashok Kumar, Department of Physics, Tezpur University)
  • M.Sc. in Nanoscience & Technology from Department of Physics, Tezpur University in 2013
  • B.Sc. in Physics from Darrang College (Gauhati University) in 2011

Professional Experience:

  • DST-Inspire Faculty since October, 2019 at IASST Guwahati
  • DST-Inspire Faculty at Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati (2018-2019)
  • Intuitional Post-doctoral Fellow at Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati (March, 2018-September, 2019, Supervisor: Prof. Biman B. Mandal)

Professional Recognition/ Award/ Prize/ Certificate, Fellowship received:

  • Inspire Faculty Award by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in 2018.
  • Intuitional Postdoctoral Fellowship by IIT Guwahati in 2018.
  • Best Poster Award at National Conference on Chemical Physics (NCCP-2017), organized by Department of Physics, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India.
  • 2nd prize in poster presentation at Institute of Physics (IOP) Summer School on nanoScience@Surfaces, organized by IOP, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, August 1-4, 2016.
  • Newton-Bhabha Short term PhD Placement Award by British Council, UK and Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to conduct part of Ph.D. research for six (6) months in United Kingdom in 2016.
  • DST-Inspire fellowship by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India since 2014 to 2018.
  • Gold Medal (1st Class 1st in M.Sc. Nanoscience & Technology) from Tezpur University in 2013.
  • Anundoram Borooah Award for 1st Class Star marks in HSLC examination in 2006.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (In refereed International Journal):

  1. Namita Ojah, Rajiv Borah, Gazi Ameen Ahmed, Manabendra Mandal, Arup Jyoti Choudhury; Surface modification of electrospun silk/AMOX/PVA nanofibers by dielectric barrier discharge plasma: studies of physiochemical properties, drug delivery and in-vitro biocompatibility, Progress in Biomaterials, 2020, PIBM-D-20-00029 (Accepted). IF: 5.00
  2. Rajiv Borah, Jnanendra Upadhyay, and Kalyan Acharjya; Functionalized polyaniline:chitosan nanocomposites as a potential biomaterial, Materials Today: Proceedings, 2020, MATPR12073 (Accepted). IF: 1.09 (DOI: 10.1016/j.matpr.2020.01.583)
  3. Jnanendra Upadhyaya, Trishnamoyi Das, Rajiv Borah, Kalyan Acharjya; Electrochemical performance evaluation of Polyaniline nanofiber and polypyrrole nanotubes, Materials Today: Proceedings, 2020, MATPR-D-19-03471 (Accepted). IF: 1.09 (DOI: 10.1016/j.matpr.2020.01.370)
  4. Rajiv Borah, Ganesh C. Ingavle, Susan Sandeman, Ashok Kumar and Sergey Mikhalovsky; Amine functionalized electrically conductive core-sheath MEH-PPV:PCL electrospun nanofibers for enhanced cell-biomaterial interactions, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2018, 4(9), 3327-3346. IF: 4.152
  5. Rajiv Borah, Ganesh C. Ingavle, Susan Sandeman, Ashok Kumar and Sergey Mikhalovsky; Electrically conductive MEH-PPV:PCL electrospun nanofibers for electrical stimulation of rat PC12 pheochromocytoma cells, Biomaterials Science, 2018, 6(9), 2342-2359. IF: 6.183
  6. Rajiv Borah and Ashok Kumar; Fluorescence enhancement of glutaraldehyde functionalized polyaniline nanofibers in presence of aromatic amino acids, Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2016, 61, 762-772. IF: 5.88
  7. Ashok Kumar and Rajiv Borah; Effect of plasma irradiation on biocompatibility and cell adhesion of polyaniline/chitosan nanocomposites towards Hep G2 and PBMC cells, Advanced Materials Proceedings, 2016, 1(2), 146-155. IF: 1.46
  8. Rajiv Borah, Ashok Kumar, Manoj K. Das and Anand Ramteke; Surface functionalization induced enhancement in surface properties and biocompatibility of polyaniline nanofibers, RSC Advances, 2015, 5(60), 48971-48982. IF: 3.119
  9. Rajiv Borah, Somik Banerjee and Ashok Kumar; Surface functionalization effects on structural, conformational, and optical properties of polyaniline nanofibers, Synthetic Metals, 2014, 197, 225-232. IF: 3.286


  1. Rajiv Borah, Jnanendra Upadhyay, and Birru Bhaskar; “Trends in Stimuli Responsive Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering” In Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine-From Basic Concepts to State of the Art Approaches, Chapter 9, 2020, Springer Nature, UK (In press).
  2. Rajiv Borah and Ashok Kumar; “Enhanced Cellular Activity on Conducting Polymer: Chitosan Nanocomposite Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Application” In Polymer Nanocomposites for Advanced Engineering and Military Applications, pp. 150-189, 2019, IGI Global, USA.
  3. Rajiv Borah, “Synthesis and modification strategies of conducting polymer based nanostructures for biomedical applications” In Advances in Materials Design and Applications, pp.1-38, ISBN: 93-82661-63-8, 2017, Indo American Books, New Delhi, India.


Biman B. Mandal, Dimple Chouhan, Bibrita Bhar and Rajiv Borah; Silk fibroin-Aloe vera composite matrices for wound healing, Indian Patent Application No.  201931004617, February, 2019.

  1. Project Title: Development of Hybrid Electroactive Biomaterials for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Funding agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India; Duration: 2018-2023; Sanctioned amount (in Rs.): 35 Lakhs; Status: Ongoing
  2. Project Title: Layered double hydroxides nanostructures for topical delivery of RNAi for sustained protection against plant viruses              Funding agency: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India; Duration: 2020-2023; Sanctioned amount (in Rs.): 41.9 Lakhs;  Status: Approved

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Interested M.Sc./B.Tech. students for internship may contact through e-mail at rajivb6007@gmail.com/rajiv.borah@iasst.gov.in