Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Dr Santanu Basak is currently working as a scientist at the Chemical and Biochemical Division of the Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), part of the Indian Council of Agricultrural Research (ICAR) of the Government of India's Ministry of Agriculture. For the last decade, he has been working on the exploration of biodegradable plant products of the Indian subcontinent on the different value additions (antimicrobial, sun protective, natural coloration with special emphasis on fire retardant efficacy, etc.) of natural fibre made materials.
His main expertise lies in exploring the different wastages of plant bio-macromolecules in the field of the fire retardancy of natural fibre made materials. He and his research group are dedicated to working to reveal the chemistry (component identification, etc.) of different biodegradable plant materials by different modern characterization techniques. Connected to the field of fire retardancy, he also has industrial experience on the application of commercial chemicals to textile material surfaces, as well as expertise on the industrial applications of composite materials made from biodegradable plant products. Very recently, Santanu has also been exploring different nano-based metal oxides for the thermal stability of textile materials.