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Dr. Vijay Mannari, Ph.D.


Polymer & Coatings, Graduate Coordinator

School of Engineering

103-B Coatings Research Institute


[email protected]


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

Work Experience
December 1986 - September 1991 - Assistant Professor
September 1991 - August 1997 Associate Professor
September 1997 - present - Professor

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Professional Summary

Dr. Vijay Mannari is distinguished professor of Polymers and Coatings in the School of Engineering 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 include polymers and coatings based on renewable bio-based raw materials, sol-gel coatings, UV-cure, and water-borne coatings, and study of the structure-property relationship in polymers.

Dr. Mannari has established a rigorous research program at Coatings Research Institute of EMU with more than $ 2.35 million in research funding over the last several years. He has co-authored more than 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 1 technical book, 3 book chapters, 8 US patents, and numerous presentations. He has mentored 4 candidates through their Ph.D. degree. Dr. Mannari, a gifted instructor and accomplished researcher, is a recipient of several prestigious awards and recognition 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, Non-isocyanate Polyurethane 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

    • Synthesis and evaluation of Non-Isocyanate polyurethane polyols for heat-cured thermoset coatings, H.R. Asemani and V. Mannari, Progress in Organic Coatings, 131, (2019) 247-258.
    • Super Photo-base initiated organic-inorganic hybrid coatings by plural-cure mechanisms, Himanshu Manchanda and Vijay Mannari,  Progress in Organic Coatings, 127, (2019) 222-230.
    • Enhanced technology for electrostatic spray on non-conductive substrates and complex geometries, Atman Fozdar, Ronald Lewarchik, and Vijay Mannari, European Coating Journal, 11, 42-48, 2018.
    • Design of hybrid non-isocyanate polyurethane coatings for advanced ambient temperature curing applications, Asemani Hamidreza, Forough Zareanshahraki, and Vijay Mannari J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2018, DOI: 10.1002/APP.47266.
    • “Green” UV-LED Gel Nail Polishes from Bio-Based Materials, Forough Zareanshahraki, and Vijay Mannari, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2018, 40, 555-564.
    • Development of low VOC static dissipative coating for powder coating non-traditional substrates, Fozdar A, and Mannari V, European Coating Journal , April 2017.
    • Corrosion protection of aluminum alloy substrate with nano-silica reinforced organic–inorganic hybrid coatings, Mahshid Niknahad, and Vijay Mannari, Journal of Coatings Technology Research, 13 (6) 1035-1046, 2016.

Selected recent patents

  • U.S. Patent -10,118,986, Nov. 6, 2018:  Corrosion-resistant coatings and methods using polyepoxysilane precursors,  Vijaykumar Mannar
  • U.S. Patent 9,944,825, April 17, 2018 : Flame Retardant Textile, Subhas Ghosh, Vijaykumar Mannari, and Vikas Joshi 
  • U.S. Patent - 8,952,093, Feb 10, 2015, Bio-based Polyurethane dispersion compositions and methods. Vijaykumar Mannari
  • U.S. Patent -8900668 B-2, Dec 02, 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

  • Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Technology For Sustainable and High-Performance Coatings, Coatings Trends and Technologies, Sept. 11-12, 2018, Chicago, IL, Vijay Mannari 
  • “Green” UV-LED Gel-Nail Polishes from Bio-based Materials, RADTECH UV + EB  2018 May 7-9, 2018  Chicago, IL., Forough Zareanshahraki, and Vijay Mannari
  • Super Photo-base initiated organic-inorganic hybrid coatings by dual-cure mechanism, RADTECH UV + EB  2018 May 7-9, 2018  Chicago, IL., Vijay Mannari, and Himanshu Manchanda 
  • Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Coatings Technology For High-Performance Applications, PaintIndia Congress, March 8-9, 2018, Mumbai, India., Vijay Mannari, Nagaraj Ireni, Hamidreza Asemani, and Forough Zareanshahraki
  • Development of Acrylic-Grafted hybrid Polyurethane Dispersion, American Coatings Conference, April 10-12, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana., Diana Rodriguez and Vijay Mannari
  • Enhanced Technology for Electrostatic Spray on Nonconductive Substrates. American Coatings Conference, April 10-12, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana., Atman Fozdar, Ron Levarchik, Vijay Mannari, and Raviteja Kommineni

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

Past Grants

  • Soy-Based functional building blocks for sustainable and advanced coatings
    Sponsor: USDA-NIFA -2012
  • 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

  • 2018    RadTech - University Emerging Technology Award, 2018.
  • 2017    CTMA Technology Competition (DoD) – Finalist (National) Medallion.  
  • 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

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