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Dr. Vijay Mannari


Polymer & Coatings, Graduate Coordinator

School of Engineering Technology

201 Sill Hall



Ph.D. Chemistry, Sardar Patel University, India 1997
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Professional Summary

Dr. Vijay Mannari is Distinguished Professor of Polymers and Coatings in the School of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University. He has more 25 years of combined experience in academia, applied research and leadership in industrial R&D. His research interests includes polymers and coatings based on renewable bio-based raw materials, sol-gel coatings, UV-cure and water-borne coatings, and study of structure-property relationship in polymers.

 Dr. Mannari has established a rigorous research program at Coatings Research Institute of EMU with more than $ 2.15 million in research funding over the last several years. He has co-authored more than 45 publications in juried journals, 1 technical book, 3 book chapters, 5 US patents and numerous presentations. He has mentored 4 candidates through their PhD degree. Dr. Mannari, a gifted instructor and accomplished researcher, is recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions for his outstanding teaching, research, and professional service. 

Interests and Expertise

Design and synthesis of polymers for CASE applications, coating formulation, coatings based on bio-based and "green" materials, Sol-Gel technology, water-borne & UV-cure coatings, novel cross-linking chemistry.


PC-500 Polymers & Coatings Tech.-I
PC-501 Polymers & Coatings Tech.-I Lab.
PC-582 Advanced Coatings Formulation
PC-540 UV-Cure Coatings

PC-503 Advanced Polymers & Coatings Lab

Selected Publications

  • Stretching the Limits: Six Sigma Reaches New Heights When It's Applied in a Coating Materials Lab, Senthilkumar Rengasamy, Christopher Kluse, and Vijay Mannari, Six Sigma Forum Magazine 08/2014; 13(4):15-24.
  • Air-drying bio-based polyurethane dispersion from cardanol; Synthesis and characterization of coatings Patel Chintankumar J, and Mannari Vijay, Progress in Organic Coatings (2014), 77(5), 997-1006.
  • Vijay Mannari, Rengasamy, S., Hydrophobic and Oil-resistant coatings based on advanced green polyurethane dispersions, J. Applied Polymer Science, 2013.
  • Novel Organic-Inorganic hybrid nanocomposite coatings by UV-initiated sol-gel process Scott Zavada and Vijay Mannari RadTech Report, Dec. 2012, Vol.27, No.4.
  • Intelligent polymeric surfaces through molecular self-assembly, Goel, Achin; Joshi, Ravi G.; Mannari, Vijay Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, vol.6, 2, 123-133, 2009.

    Selected recent patents:

  • U.S. Patent - 8,952,093, Feb 10, 2015, Bio-based Polyurethane dispersion compositions and methods. Vijaykumar Mannari
  • U.S. Patent -8900668 B-2, Dec02, 2014. Corrosion resistant coatings and methods using polyureasil precursors, Vijaykumar Mannari
  • U.S. Patent - 8,764,851 B2,Ghosh, Subhas; and Mannari, Vijaykumar, to Eastern Michigan University Antimicrobial fabrics made using sol-gel/N-halamine chemistry, and methods of making same, July 01, 2014.

Selected Presentations

  • High functionality soy-based sustainable polyols for high solid coatings for metals, Chintankumar Patel and Vijay Mannari
    Metal Protection Through Coatings Technology Conference, September 16-17, 2014, Baltimore, MD.
  • Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Conversion Pretreatment for Corrosion Protection of Metals, Mahshid Niknahad and Vijay Mannari
    Metal Protection Through Coatings Technology Conference, September 16-17, 2014, Baltimore, MD.
  • Bio-based functional building blocks for sustainable and advanced coatings, Vijay Mannari, Chintankumar Patel, Chung-Hsuan Cheng, Senthilkumar Rengasamy
    ACS 248th National Meeting, San Francisco, 10-14 Aug., 2014
  • Bio-based building blocks for advanced photo-cure coating systems, Vijay Mannari, Chintankumar Patel, Chung-Hsuan Chen, Ali Kiamanesh, and Wenyin Li, RadTech UV & EB Conference, May 12-14, Rosemont, IL, USA.
  • Advanced Innovative Coatings for Energy Efficient Buildings, Vijay Mannari, International Conference on advanced materials for energy efficient buildings, Feb 13- 15, 2013 (Invite Keynote Lecture).
  • Water-borne UV-curable Coatings Based on Renewable Materials, Vijay Mannari and Senthilkumar Rengasamy,
    RadTech UV/EB 2012 Conference, Chicago, IL, Apri-30 – May 02, 2012.
  • Sustainable polymeric binders for coatings: Combining bio-renewable materials and advanced cross-linking chemistries. ACS Fall 2011 National Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO, Aug. 28- Sept.1, 2011, Invited Speaker.
  • Industrial products with bio-based materials, International Conference on Natural Products, Castres, France, May 24-27, 2011. Keynote speaker

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Chemical Society
American Coatings Association
Detroit Society for Coatings Technology
Phi Kappa Phi


Active Research Grants

  • Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Platform for Sustainable and Advanced Rain-Erosion Resistant Coatings
    Sponsor: SERDP - 2016
  • Soy-Based functional building blocks for sustainable advanced coatings
    Sponsor: USDA-NIFA -2012

Past Grants

  • Development of novel bio-based polyols and their derivatives for low VOC coatings
    Sponsor: USDA-NIFA - 2009

Research and Commercialization Grants

  • Commercialization of chromate-free sol-gel pretreatments – 2011, 2012
    Sponsor: Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIIE)

  • Polyurethane dispersions based on soybean oil (soy-PUD) for high bio-based content coatings - 2012
    Sponsor: Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIIE)

Awards and Patents

  • 2013 Eastern Michigan University “Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award”
  • 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry Governors Award
  • 2008 John A Gordon Best Paper Award -FSCT
  • 2007 Teaching Excellence Award EMU
  • 2006 Chartered Scientist qualification - The Science Council
  • 2004 Election as Fellow of Oil and Color Chemists Association (OCCA), UK

Additional Information

Personal website 

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