Lakshmi Supriya

Lakshmi Supriya

Feature Writer

B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering

Lakshmi Supriya got her BSc in Industrial Chemistry from IIT Kharagpur (India) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech (USA). She has more than a decade of global industry experience working in the USA, Europe, and India.

After her Ph.D., she worked as part of the R&D group in diverse industries starting with semiconductor packaging at Intel, Arizona, where she developed a new elastomeric thermal solution, which has now been commercialized and is used in the core i3 and i5 processors. From there she went on to work at two startups, one managing the microfluidics chip manufacturing lab at a biotechnology company and the other developing polymer formulations for oil extraction from oil sands. She also worked at Saint Gobain North America, developing various material solutions for photovoltaics and processing techniques and new applications for fluoropolymers. Most recently, she managed the Indian R&D team of Enthone (now part of MacDermid) developing electroplating technologies for precious metals.

Lakshmi has extensive experience in material characterization, project conception and planning, and taking a concept from the initial phase to successful pilot level manufacturing, including statistical process control for manufacturing processes. All this experience included significant contributions to intellectual property with several issued and pending patents.

Along with her corporate work, Lakshmi started editing and proofreading technical articles around 5 years ago, and has been both a freelancer and contract editor. Along the way, a short workshop on science journalism sparked her interest in science journalism and science writing.

She has been a freelance science journalist and science writer since 2016 and has written for publications such as The Wire, Science, and New Scientist. She chooses to write about anything interesting, curious, and quirky. The topics she has written about include climate, environment, physics and chemistry, biology, and technology. When she is not working, her time is devoted to her family that includes two little children, reading, and traveling.

 

Articles from Lakshmi

Solar irradiation inactivates SARS-CoV-2 and other human coronaviruses, finds study

Solar irradiation inactivates SARS-CoV-2 and other human coronaviruses, finds study

More evidence that mixing COVID-19 vaccines may help elicit a robust immune response

More evidence that mixing COVID-19 vaccines may help elicit a robust immune response

Can COVID-19 waves be predicted using early warning signal indicators?

Can COVID-19 waves be predicted using early warning signal indicators?

UK study finds SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in domestic cats and dogs

UK study finds SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in domestic cats and dogs

Study associates higher antibody titers with naïve B cells post-mRNA vaccination

Study associates higher antibody titers with naïve B cells post-mRNA vaccination

Study investigates difficulty swallowing in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Study investigates difficulty swallowing in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Researchers reanalyze COVID RECOVERY trial data on tocilizumab

Researchers reanalyze COVID RECOVERY trial data on tocilizumab

Higher levels of antibodies from COVID-19 mRNA vaccine compared to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection

Higher levels of antibodies from COVID-19 mRNA vaccine compared to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection

Coronaviruses identified in two species of Sri Lankan bats

Coronaviruses identified in two species of Sri Lankan bats

Single-dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine reduces symptom duration

Single-dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine reduces symptom duration