Ranjit K. Matthan, Ph.D, Polymer Consultant

Dr. Matthan has been associated with the development of natural rubber and rubber based industries manufacturing in South Asia since the 1970s, having introduced technically specified natural rubber into India during this time. He is an active promoter of natural rubber throughout India and South Asia and has advised leading national and international companies and research bodies including the government of India, the Malaysian Rubber Research and Development Board, Asian Development Bank, Industrial Development Bank of India, Revertex (Malaysia) as well as many private companies engaged in latex production and manufacturing. Dr. Matthan has presented and published over 50 scientific and technical papers on natural rubber and lattices and is an invited speaker at several international conferences including the International Latex Conference held each year in the USA.

He currently serves as a Director for KA Prevulcanised Latex Ltd, Nagercoil, India. He is a member of the Governing Councils for All India Rubber Industries Association, Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association, Indian Rubber Institute and Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Scheiffelin Leprosy Research and Training Institute. In 2006, he was awarded the 1005-2006 K.M. Philip Gold Medal and Award for outstanding contributions to the development of the Indian Rubber industry and Human Resource Development through Education and Training in India.

Dr. Matthan holds an undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India and he earned his Ph.D in Polymer Chemistry from the National College of Rubber Technology, London, England, where he was the first Ph.D student of Dr. D.C. Blackley whose books and high polymer lattices and emulsion polymerization are the industry standard references.