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Dr Deepti Gupta

Professor

Ph.D. (IIT Delhi ) MSc, (First class first), GB Pant University of Ag. and Technology, Pantnagar (UP)

Group Specialization

  • Textile Chemistry, Apparel Engineering

Specialization

  • Textile Chemistry
  • Antimicrobial Finishing
  • Anthropometrics and garment Sizing
  • Design and Engineering of Functional Clothing
  • Product Design and Developme

Biography

Dr. Deepti Gupta is a Professor in the Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi since 2012. She completed her PhD from the same department in 1995 and joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 1997. She has more than thirty years of teaching and research experience and has published more than 100 papers in national and international journals of repute. Nine Ph.D. students have completed PhD under her guidance and four are ongoing. She has travelled widely and lectured extensively in India and abroad. She was conferred the “outstanding Alumna Award” by her alma mater in 2018.

In the field of Textiles, Dr Gupta works in the interdisciplinary areas of Surface Functionalization, Textile Processing, Finishing of textiles using Eco friendly Materials, Microbe Resistant textiles, Functional Clothing, Garment Sizing and Product Development.

Within IIT, she interacts actively with departments other than Textile Technology. She is the founding member of the Department of Design and member of the Professorial Committee of School of Information Technology at IIT Delhi.

She is currently engaged in development of Assistive products for healthcare applications and is a Founding member and Mentor to Movtrack Biomedical Pvt. Ltd., a wearable health-tech company, incubated at IIT Delhi for development of AI enabled smart clothing.
 

SPECIALIZATION

  • Specialization and Expertise
    Eco friendly Finishing of Textiles, Garment Sizing, Assistive devices, Product development.
  • Product Design and Development
    Design of textile based healthcare products..
  • Antimicrobial Finishing
    Use of natural dyes and chitosan and derivatives for multifunctional finishes on textiles.
  • Anthropometrics and Garment Sizing
    Anthropometric survey for Indian kids 4-17 years and adults 18-50 years.
  • Design and Engineering of Functional Clothing
    Principles of design of functional clothing for special applications such as Riot Protection, Disaster Management, Automobile Mechanics.

Professional Experiance

  • Dec.2012 : Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
  • Oct. 2006 - Dec.2012 : Associate Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi
  • May 1997- Oct. 2006 : Assistant Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi
  • June 1995 - June 1997 : Visiting Scientist, CIMAP, CSIR, Lucknow
  • April 1993 - June 1995 : Lecturer, Technological Institute of Textiles and Sciences, Bhiwani
  • Aug 1990 - Sept 1993 : Research Associate, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi

Administrative Experience

  • 2016 : Associate Dean, Infrastructure, IIT Delhi
  • 2012-2015 : President, Board of Recreational and Creative Activities, IIT Delhi
  • 2010-2012 : Vice President, Board of Recreational and Creative Activities, IIT Delhi
  • 2005-2010 : President Music Club, BRCA, IIT Delhi

Teaching Interest

  • Product Design and Development
    Teaching Core Course TTP 200 on Textile Product and Process Development.
  • Apparel Engineering
    Initiated teaching activity in the field of Apparel Engineering.
  • Textile Chemistry
    Teaching courses on Textile Dyeing, Printing, Preparatory Processes and Finishing at UG and PG level

Research Interest

A) Research on ecofriendly technologies
  • Compostable sanitary napkin from agro waste :
    This project aims to address the dual ecological problems of non biodegradability of SAP based sanitary napkins on one hand and the burning of crop residues in North India, that leads to large scale air pollution, on the other hand. The aim of this study is to develop technology for use of locally available agro/ bio waste products for production of sanitary napkins that are compostable. Since there is a dearth of literature and standards on properties and performance requirements of sanitary napkins, a variety of commercially available sanitary napkins were tested and characterised in terms of physical properties as well as absorbancy characteristics. Method for testing and comparing the absorbancy of core layer has been standardised. Pure cellulose has been extracted from Pearl Millet stems and characterised. Research is going on to develop the process for production of an optimum sanitary napkin from these waste materials. Student: Manisha Yadav, Research Scholar

B) Textile Chemistry
  • Surface functionalization and multifunctional finishes using natural materials :
    In general it’s a challenge to bind any chemical, particularly a natural polymer on textiles. Surface functionalization using physical methods such as irradiation with plasma or UV excimer lamp brings about physico chemical modifications in the textile at nano level, without affecting the bulk properties. A variety of finishes have been developed using natural materials which have been attached durably on cotton, wool, silk and polyester to create multifunctional effects.
  • Sericin for finishing of textiles :
    The project is aimed at reducing heavy water pollution caused by discharging of silk degumming liquor containing large quantities of sericin, soap and alkali into the waste waters. Sericin- also a protein, has excellent oxygen permeability, cell protecting and antioxidant action, moisture regulating ability, protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation and wound healing properties. Thus the product can be used to create value added multifunctional textiles. This will provide an additional source of income to the poor silk reelers and higher profits to silk processors. While conventional methods of sericin extraction make use of soap and alkali, in our lab., a greener and cleaner method was developed for extraction of sericin using Infra red laboratory dyeing machine and water. Higher yield of sericin was obtained at lower temperature and time of treatment. A protocol was proposed for characterization of extracted sericin in terms of physical and thermal properties, morphology, protein quality, structure and molecular weight. Polyester fabric could be imparted properties such as enhanced wicking, moisture regain, antistat, anti ultraviolet as well as anti oxidant ( anti ageing). Wool fabric was rendered shrink proof by imparting a sericin coating on UV irradiated fabric. Scaling up of the technology for commercialization is going on.
  • Antimicrobial finishes using chitosan :
    Chitosan is another highly bioactive waste by product of the shell fish processing industry. Being polycationic in nature, chitosan exhibits strong antimicrobial properties. Application of a high molecular weight polymer on textiles poses several challenges. Studies were conducted to produce low molecular weight derivatives of chitosan and modification of chitosan was carried out to develop durable finish for cotton.
  • Studies on natural dyes :
    In situ coloration of wool in a range of durable shades was carried out using potato juice and catechol. Curcumin could be durably attached to polyester textiles that were pretreated with UV radiation of 172 nm to create medical fabrics. Natural dyes were extracted from various plant sources and shade optimization done on natural and synthetic fibres. Mechanism of dyeing of textiles with plant dyes was established through theoretical studies. Technology for dyeing coir fibre with natural dyes was transferred to Coir Board. Series of workshops was conducted to train carpet weavers of India in the technology of dyeing carpet wool in deep and consistent shades.
C) Bacterial abundance on hospital textiles

Hospital textiles are known vectors of infections in a healthcare facility, yet very little is known about their role in spread of infections. In a series of studies, surveillance data for the number and nature of microbes present on nurses’ white coats has been generated and correlated with fabric properties. Understanding the mechanism of microbe- textile interactions can lead to design and selection of hospital fabrics which can minimise the adhesion, growth and transfer of microbes through textiles. This can work as an effective and affordable infection control strategy for India.
Student: Priyanka Gupta, PhD; Swati Varshney, Research scholar


D) Design of Functional Clothing
  • Design of Protective Gear for Indian motorcyclists :
    Motorcycling as a sport as well as a means of commuting is growing at a rapid pace in India. With the growing use of motorcycles, the number of accidents involving the same is also increasing at an alarming rate. Protective clothing use worldwide has been shown to reduce the incidence of injuries in motorcyclists. Indian weather and use conditions pose a unique challenge for clothing designers. Very little data is available on the ergonomic, physiological and social needs of Indian motorcyclists. This study addresses the subject in a holistic manner and adopts the “user oriented approach” for design of motorcyclists’ clothing. A detail survey of motorcycle riders across the country has been conducted to assess their habits, preferences and requirements from clothing. Kinematic analysis was employed to study the typical body postures of a motorcycle rider. It is well established that a static 2D anthropometry fails to accurately capture the dimensions of complex 3D human form and conventional patterns produced by 2D flat pattern methods fail to factor in the change in body shape and size during extreme postures. Hence patterns designed by these methods yield poorly fitting garments. Therefore in this study, virtual, 3D human body models were developed in selected dynamic poses using 3D body scanners. Kinematic patterns for jacket and trousers were designed and fit assessment was also carried on the 3D form using 3D softwares. Garment prototypes will be developed and evaluated by users for comfort, performance and aesthetics. Finally, the study will propose a step-by-step protocol that meets the triad of requirements namely protection, comfort and aesthetics for design of motorcyclists’ clothing using advanced technologies. The proposed approach can subsequently be applied to design any type of functional clothing for specific requirements.
    This work is being carried out in collaboration with Prof Sybille Kryzwinski of TU Dresden.
    Student:Kanika Jolly, Research Scholar
  • Assistive clothing :
    There is a huge unmet need in the form of therapeutic clothing, designed especially for the Indian population. Products that are suitable for hot weather conditions, are comfortable and affordable are generally not available. I have been working in this area for the past four years mainly through design projects given to B.Tech. students. Some projects have been awarded under SURA or DISA grants. Several products have been developed and are in various stages of development- trials, prototyping or commercialization.
  • a) Mamma Pod :
    Assistive device for Kangaroo mother care jacket for low birth weight babies. Indian Patent filed -3948/DEL/2015. Technology Transferred for commercialisation to M/s Vista Furnishing Pvt. Ltd., Noida in November, 2018.
  • b) Wearables for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder :
    The project amalgamates design and technology to provide innovative solutions for children suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorder through wearable products. It explores the various possibilities in the areas of textiles, medicine and technology with design interventions that can provide future directions with regard to autism in the Indian context. Some of the products developed are as follows: Weighted compression vest
    The vest provides controlled proprioceptive input (body awareness) to the kid with deep pressure and balanced weight. Clinical trials show that the effect helps to calm and reassure the oversensitive child and decreases their hyper-responsiveness and has a therapeutic effect. Clinical trials completed by AIIMS.
    Student- Nishtha Gupta, B.Tech.
  • c) Physiogaming glove :
    An electronic Glove for rehabilitative compliance of autistic kids was designed. It was aimed to improve the motor coordination in kids aged 7-14 years suffering from cerebral palsy and similar conditions. We developed touch sensors using conductive silver fabric, which detected the finger pinching exercise. Later connected the glove as a controller to a self-developed game and embedded a seamless flexible waterproof circuit inside the glove by using e-textiles and Arduino Lilypad. The Project was awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA), 2017 by Industrial Research and Development Unit, IIT Delhi.
    Student: Sahil Kargwal, B.Tech.
E) Design of functional fabrics
  • Fabrics for Indian Army Uniform :
    Under the project, fabrics have been developed that may be used for summer wear uniforms of Indian Army soldiers. By selective yarn and weave combinations, it has been possible to achieve an improved balance between mechanical and comfort properties required for army uniforms. Porject carried out in collaboration with Shingora Industries Ludhiana. Student: Shivam Gupta , MTech. (2017-2019) 2. Athleisure fabrics Investigation of fibre, yarn and fabric structural parameters for development of fabrics having high-wicking property, moisture management property, thermal conductivity and insulation. Student:
    Shashank Chauhan, MTech. (2017-2019)
  • Structure property studies on elastic knitted fabrics for pressure garments :
    Pressure garments generate pressure on human limb. The amount of exerted pressure ranges in between 10-46 mmHg. The present study includes, the effect of different parameters affecting pressure generation behavior of the pressure garment on body. Single jersey circular knitted fabrics with inlay elastic yarn were prepared in varying input tension and linear density of inlay yarn. The effect of both the parameters on pressure generation was reported. The garment fit was varied at different levels and pressure generation on body was reported. The effect of body curvature and compressibility was also studied. The comfort characteristics of the fabrics at relaxed as well as extended state were investigated. A model has been proposed considering all the parameters to predict the pressure generation on human limb. The study is useful in engineering pressure garments.
    Student : Moumita Bera, Phd.
  • Structure property studies on plated knits for sportswear :
    Student: Yamini Jhanji, PhD
F) Anthropometry and garment sizing

 The problem of quantifying and classifying human body shape, for size chart development, in a country as large as India, is highly complex. The group has been researching the problem of body size chart development for Indian ready made garment industry. A large data base of body measurements of Indian men, women and children has been generated and analysed using various mathematical methods to understand the dimensions of Indian men and women.

Other Activities

  • Industry Workshop on Garment sizing
    Industry Workshop on Garment sizing 15th of February, 2008, IIT Delhi.
  • Industry Workshop on Garment Sizing
    10th of March, 2007, IIT Delhi.

Awards & Distinction

  • 2019 - Member, Board of Studies, Anna University, Chennai
  • 2018 - Outstanding Alumna Award, GB Pant Univ. of Ag. & Tech., Pantnagar
  • 2018 - Member, Board of Studies, PSG Tech. Coimbatore
  • 2017 - Member, Board of Studies, KCT, Coimbatore
  • 2014 - Expert, ASTM International Committee Week Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2013 - Expert, Korean agency for Technology and Standards, Seoul , S Korea.
  • 2012 - International Expert at Origin Africa conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa.
  • 2011 - 2016 – Member Research Advisory Committee, Central Silk Board, Bangalore.
  • 2010 - Invited Guest Editor, Special Issue, IJFTR , on ‘Functional Clothing’.
  • 2006 - Visiting Professor, ENSAIT, France under Asia Link Program.
  • 1994 - 1996 - Visiting Scientist, CSIR, CIMAP, Lucknow.
  • 1989 – UGC NET Fellowship
  • 1985 - Seth Tulsidas Kilachand Award for securing highest marks.
  • 1984 - 1986 - ICAR, Junior Research fellowship
  • 1984 - Silver medal for securing second position in Graduation.
  • 1980 - 1984 - Bursary scholarship

R & D Projects

Sponsored R&D projects completed as PI :

  • Sericin Based value added Finishes for Medical Garments and Sportswear, DBT, 2011-2015, Rs 34 lacs.
  • An IT Based Model for Developing Optimised Body Measurement Charts from Anthropometric Data, Ministry of Information Technology, 2005-2008, Rs. 15.39 lacs.
  • Investigations On Protective Properties Of Natural Dyes And Chitosan Derivatives For Development of Multifunctional Textiles, DBT, 2004 – 2007, Rs 30 lacs.
  • Standardization of Process of Extraction of Odour-free Shikonin from Ratanjot by Supercritical Carbon-dioxide, 2006-2008, DBT, Rs 31 lacs.
  • High Performance Clothing and Specialty Textiles

    Principal investigator: P. K. Banerjee
    Co. Investigator: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: FIST of DST
    Start Year: 2001
    End Year: 2005

  • Technology Development for Dyeing and Printing of Coir with Natural Dyes

    Principal investigator: M. L. Gulrajani
    Co. Investigator: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: Coir Board
    Start Year: 2001
    End Year: 2003

  • Skill and Technology Upgradation in Dyeing of Natural Dyes among the Weavers of Sikkim

    Principal investigator: M. L. Gulrajani
    Co. Investigator: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency:
    Start Year: 2000
    End Year: 2003

  • Investigations On Protective Properties Of Selected Natural Dyes And Chitosan Derivatives For Development Of Multifunctional Textiles

    Principal investigator: Deepti Gupta
    Co. Investigator:
    Sponsoring Agency: Department of Biotechnology
    Start Year: 2004
    End Year: 2007

  • An IT Based Model for Developing Optimised Body Measurement Charts from Anthropometric Data

    Principal investigator: Deepti Gupta
    Co. Investigator:
    Sponsoring Agency: Department of Information Technology
    Start Year: 2005
    End Year: 2008

Consultancy

  • Advice on Discoloration of PVC Coated Cotton Fabric

    Consultant Incharge: Deepti Gupta
    Co. Consultants:
    Sponsoring Agency: Shri Durga Polycot Industries
    Start Year: 2007
    End Year: 2007

  • Advice on Plant Layout and Material Flow in the Finishing Unit

    Consultant Incharge: Deepti Gupta
    Co. Consultants:
    Sponsoring Agency:
    Start Year: 2007
    End Year: 2007

  • Setting up of a Pilot Scale Plant for Manufacture of Natural Dyes

    Consultant Incharge: M.L. Gulrajani
    Co. Consultants: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: Coir Board, Alleppey
    Start Year: 2007
    End Year: 2009

  • Material and Chemical Analysis of Sisal for Comparative Benchmarking

    Consultant Incharge: V. K. Kothari
    Co. Consultants: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: Uttaranchal Bamboo and Fibre Development Board
    Start Year: 2005
    End Year: 2005

  • Training programme on Dyeing of Carpet Wool and Silk with Natural Dyes

    Consultant Incharge: M.L. Gulrajani
    Co. Consultants: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: UNDP
    Start Year: 2003
    End Year: 2004

  • Proposal to set up a Centre for Imparting Training in Modern Methods of Dyeing Cotton and Silk Yarns in AP

    Consultant Incharge: M.L. Gulrajani
    Co. Consultants: Deepti Gupta
    Sponsoring Agency: NHDC Limited
    Start Year: 1998
    End Year: 1999

Publications

Summary of Research Output :

  • Book authored: 1
  • Books edited: 4 (+1 ongoing)
  • Book Chapters: 5 (+1 ongoing);
  • Research Papers: 100
  • Poster presentations in conferences / symposia: 11
  • Presentations in conferences: 36
  • Invited Lectures: 30
  • Completed Sponsored projects: 7
  • Industrial consulting projects: 7
  • Workshops (including QIP/CEP) organized: 12
  • Patents filed: 2
  • Copyrights filed:2
  • M.Tech.projects: 28 completed (+4 ongoing)
  • Ph.D: 9 completed (+4 ongoing)

Publications :

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Top Ten Publications in Last Ten Years :

  • Manisha Yadav, RS Rengasamy and Deepti Gupta, Characterization of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum) waste, Carbohydrate Polymers, Jan. 2019, Accepted for publication. (IF-5.158).
  • Gupta P, Bairagi N, Priyadarshini R, Singh A, Chauhan D, Gupta D, Bacterial contamination of nurses' white coats after 1st and 2nd shift, American Journal of Infection Control (2017), 45, 86-88. (IF-1.995).
  • Gupta P, Bairagi N, Priyadarshini R, Singh A, Chauhan D, Gupta D, Bacterial contamination of nurses' white coats made from polyester and blend fabric, Journal of Hospital Infections (2016), Vol- 94, 92-94, doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.05.016. (IF - 2.544).
  • Deepti Gupta, Harshita Chaudhary & Charu Gupta, Sericin - based polyester textile for medical applications, The Journal of the Textile Institute (2014), Vol 106 (4), (IF- 0.722).
  • Gupta D, Agrawal A, Chaudhary H, Gulrajani M, Gupta C, Cleaner process for extraction of sericin using IR, Journal of Cleaner Production (2013) 52,488-494. (IF-3.59).
  • Ahmed Kerkeni, Nemeshwaree Behary, Anne Perwuelz and Deepti Gupta, Dyeing of woven polyester fabric with curcumin: effect of dye concentrations and surface pre-activation using air atmospheric plasma and ultraviolet excimer treatment, Coloration Technology (2012) 128, 223-229. (IF-1.179).
  • Kerkeni, D. Gupta, A. Perwuelz, N. Behary, Chemical Grafting of Curcumin at Polyethylene Terephthalate Woven Fabric Surface Using a Prior Surface Activation with Ultraviolet Lamp, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 120, 1583–1590 (2011). (IF-1.6).
  • Deepti Gupta and Somes Bhaumik, Antimicrobial treatment for Textiles, Indian Journal of Fibre and Textile Research, Vol. 32, June (2007) 254-263. (IF-0.634).
  • Deepti Gupta & Adane Haile, Multifunctional Properties of Cotton Treated with Chitosan and Carboxymethyl Chitosan, Carbohy. Polymers, 69 (2007) 164–171. (IF -5.158).
  • Rajni Singh, Astha Jain, Shikha Panwar, Deepti Gupta and SK Khare, Antimicrobial activity of some natural dyes, Dyes and Pigments, Vol. 66 (2) Aug. 2005, 99-102. (IF- 3.966).
  • Deepti Gupta, Sudhir K Khare and Ankur Laha, Antimicrobial properties of natural dyes against Gram-negative bacteria, Coloration Technology, 120, 2004, 167-171. (IF-1.179).

Startup Company :

  • 2018 - Founder member and Mentor for ‘Movtrack’ incubated at FITT at IIT Delhi for development of motion sensing garments.

Assistive Devices/Products Developed :

  • 2017 -  Prototype of Physiogaming Glove for children suffering from cerebral palsy
  • 2017 - Compression jacket with pressure control for children with Autism
  • 2016 - Weighted Compression vest for children with Autism.
  • 2015 - Mama Pod- Assistive Garment Facilitating Kangaroo Mother Care, Indian Patent filed- 3948/DEL/2015. Technology Transferred for commercialisation to M/s Vista Furnishing Pvt. Ltd., Noida in November, 2018.
  • 2011 - Flexible extension Board- Patent filed 1163/DEL/2011.

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