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.

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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.

 

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Articles from Lakshmi

Potential SARS-CoV-2 antiviral: Ionophore X-206 found to inhibit viral replication in cell cultures

Potential SARS-CoV-2 antiviral: Ionophore X-206 found to inhibit viral replication in cell cultures

SARS-CoV-2 immunity in the U.S. remains low

SARS-CoV-2 immunity in the U.S. remains low

Mollusc-derived compounds potential medicines for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases

Mollusc-derived compounds potential medicines for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases

N439K mutation of SARS-CoV-2 may be more infectious and antibody resistant than Wuhan strain

N439K mutation of SARS-CoV-2 may be more infectious and antibody resistant than Wuhan strain

Researchers develop synthetic defective SARS-CoV-2 genome that inhibits viral replication

Researchers develop synthetic defective SARS-CoV-2 genome that inhibits viral replication

SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antibodies can persist up to 200 days after symptom onset

SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antibodies can persist up to 200 days after symptom onset

Research links SARS-CoV-2 prevalence, hospital surfaces and patient microbiomes

Research links SARS-CoV-2 prevalence, hospital surfaces and patient microbiomes

Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection

Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection

How effective have COVID-19 mitigation strategies been in Australia's second wave?

How effective have COVID-19 mitigation strategies been in Australia's second wave?

Genetic variations of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in cats

Genetic variations of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in cats