NameDr.(Mrs.) Rajni Lakhani
Date of Birth08.01.1963
E-mailrlakhani_cbri @ rediffmail.com
Present DesignationPrincipal Scientist
DivisionOrganic Building Materials
RajniLakhani

Educational Attainments

Degree / DiplomaMain SubjectUniversity/Institution with DistinctionCountryYear of Passing
B.Sc.(Hons.)ChemistryPunjab Agricultural University, LudhianaIndia1983
M.Sc.(Hons.)ChemistryPunjab Agricultural University, LudhianaIndia1985
Ph.D.ChemistryPunjab Agricultural University, LudhianaIndia1991

Specialization

a) Main Area of SpecializationPhysical Chemistry
b) Sub-area of SpecializationPolymeric composite, coatings & Polymer modified systems

Countries visited in connection with higher studies, research training, employment and other scientific assignments:

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Publications and Patents
Current Publications (2009 onwards) :

  1. Rajni Lakhani, Anupam Singh and S.P. Agarwal, “Evaluation of Performance of Concrete Surface Treatment Systems”, National Conference on Trends and Challenges in  Structural Engineering & Construction Technologies, CBRI, Roorkee, India, 11-12 Feb. 2009, pp. 543-550.
  2. Rajni Lakhani, Anupam Singh Shiwach & Subodh P. Agrawal, “A Study for Strengthening  of weak mortars by Polymeric Consolidant’’, Journal of Civil Engineering  & Construction Review, April 09,Vol.22,Issue-04, pp.52-pp.56.
  3. Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh, “Modification of Cement Mortar Using Polymer Blend’’, 6th Asian  Symposium on Polymers in Concrete, Shanghai,China, 29- 30 October 2009. pp. 539-545.
  4. Polymeric Repair Materials For Building Applications. Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh in 4th Uttrakhand State Science & Technology Congress held in Pant Nagar on 10-12 Nov. 2009.
  5. Rajni Lakhani and  K.  Jain, “Use  of  sanitary  ware  waste for making acid resistant tiles’’, International  seminar  on  Waste  to  Wealth, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 12-13 November 2009  pp.156-158.
  6. Rajni Lakhani, and Neelam Saini, “उच्‍च निष्‍पादन फर्शी टाइलों का विकास”, राष्‍टीय संगोष्ठी- 2010, Nirman Samigriya: Vision 2030, Central Road Research Institute,New Delhi, India, 12-13 May’2010, pp.36.
  7. Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh, “Preparation and characterization of polymer blend’’, International Conference on Polymer Science and Engineering: Dimensions PSE-2010, Punjab University, Chandigarh, 26-27 Nov.’ 2010, pp. 102-106.
  8. Rajni Lakhani, Anupam Singh and Lalit Kumar, “Preparation and characterization of polymer blend used as consolidant’’, International Journal of Science Technology and  Management (IJSTM), 2, issue 3, Jul. 2011, pp. 112-118.
  9. Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh, “Laboratory Studies for the evaluation of Consolidants and  Water Repellents’, New International Symposium 2011 on Adhesives & Consolidants for Conservation, Ottawa (Canada) , 17-21 Oct.’2011. Vol.19, pp. 94-95.
  10. Rajni Lakhani, Lalit Kumar and S.P.Agarwal , “Vermiculite Cement tiles for thermal insulation”, International green technology symposium, Indore, India, 31 Oct  -1 Nov.’2011.
  11. S.P. Agrawal, Rajni Lakhani, S. R. Karade, and P. C. Thapliyal, “Bio-degradable eco-pots from forest waste”, International Green Technology Symposium, Indore, India, 31 Oct -1 Nov.’2011.
  12. Rajni Lakhani, Sapna Ghai and S. P. Agrawal, “Thermal insulation tiles using vermiculite and cement”, 23rd Annual General Meeting of Materials Research Society of India, Thapar University, Patiala, India, 13-15 February, 2012.
  13. Rajni Lakhani, Ashok Kumar, Prof. S.K.Bhattacharyya, Sapna Ghai, “Low Cost Construction Technology for Cold Climate: Case Study Ladakh Region’’, International Journal of Science Technology and Management, 3, issue-1, April 2012,pp.77-84.
  14. Sapna Ghai, Rajni Lakhani, and S. P. Agrawal, “A review on consolidants for repair of deteriorated structures’’, New Building Materials & Construction World, 2012, pp. 190-196.
  15. Rajni Lakhani, Sapna Ghai and S. P. Agrawal, “Development of energy efficient material from vermiculite”, Emerging Trends of Energy Conservation in Buildings (EECB), CBRI,Roorkee, India, 1-3 Nov. 2012, pp.10-15.
  16. S.P. Agrawal, B. M. Suman, and Rajni Lakhani, “Comparative Studies on Different Methods for Thermal Conductivity Measurements”, Emerging Trends of Energy Conservation in Buildings (EECB), CBRI,Roorkee, India, 1-3rd Nov. 2012, pp.04-09.
  17. Rajni Lakhani, S.P.Agrawal, Sapna Ghai and R.K.Saxena, “ऊष्मा रोधन हेतु वर्मिक्यूलाइट सीमेंट टाइलें’’, भारतीय वैज्ञानिक एवमं औद्योगिक अनुसंधान पत्रिका, Vol 20, issue -II, Dec.’2012,pp.246-250.
  18. Rajni Lakhani, Sapna Ghai and S. P. Agrawal, “Studies on Polymer Blend for the protection of Concrete Structures.”, Polymers on the Frontiers of Science and Technology, Punjab University, Chandigah, India, 21-23rd Feb’ 2013.
  19. S.P. Agrawal, Rajni Lakhani, “Biodegradable Nursery pots using forest waste”, International Conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee, India, 22-24 Feb.13.
  20. Ashok Kumar, P.S.Chani, Rajesh Deoliya, Rajni Lakhani, “Comparative Assessment of Energy Requirements and Carbon Footprint for Different Types of Building Materials and Construction Techniques”, Emerging Trends of Energy Conservation in Buildings (EECB), CBRI,Roorkee, India, 1-3rd Nov. 2013, pp. 63-71.
  21. Rajni Lakhani and Priyanka Tomar, “Studies on the polymer blend for Repair Applications’’, New Building Materials & Construction World, ’ 2013. Vol.19,issue-8,Feb.’14. pp. 144-147.
  22. रजनी लखानी एवमं प्रियंका तोमर, “कोटा स्टोन अपशिष्ट द्वारा फर्शी टाइलो का विकास तथा उनके विभिन्न भौतिक गुणधर्मो का अध्ययन”, भारतीय वैज्ञानिक एवमं औद्योगिक अनुसंधान पत्रिका, 22, June 2014, pp.41-45.
  23. Rajni Lakhani, Rajesh Kumar and Priyanka Tomar, “Utilization of stone waste in the development of value added products: A state of the art review’’, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review, Vol.7, Issue 3, Aug.’ 2014, pp 180-187, ISSN: 1791-2377.
  24. Rajesh Kumar, Rajni Lakhani, Priyanka Tomar and Shahnawaz Khan, “Potential Use of Kota Stone Waste in the Production of Value Added Products”, Proceeding of MRSI- AGM, Jaipur, Feb. 9-11, 2015.
  25. Rajni Lakhani and Rajesh Kumar, “Effective Utilization of Limestone Slurry Waste as Partial Replacement of Sand for Non-structural Cellular Foamed Concrete Blocks”, Proceedings of International Conference on Sustainable Structural Concrete, La Plata Argentina ,Sept. 15-18, 2015.
  26. Rajni Lakhani and Rajesh Kumar, “Use of Kota Stone Slurry Waste in the Development of Non-Load Bearing Cellular Foamed Concrete Blocks”, Proceeding of International Seminar on Emerging Building Materials and Construction Technologies, BMTPC, New Delhi, India, March 21-22, 2016.
  • Publications previous to 2009:
  1. Expanded polystyrene composite door shutters-an alternative to wooden door shutters, K.K.Asthana, Rajni Lakhani and L.K.Aggarwal,Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 475-480, 1996.
  2. Epoxy / Phenolic  Interpenetrating  Polymer  Network (IPN) – a  Versatile ProtectiveCoating  for  Civil  Engineering   Applications  in  Aggressive Environment,  K.K.Asthana and Rajni Lakhani, European Federation of Corrosion (Euro-Corr 98), Netherland, Sept.,1998.
  3. Polymer Modified  Concrete  in  Civil  Engineering  Applications – A Review, K.K.Asthana and Rajni Lakhani, Civil Engineering & Construction Review, India, Vol. 11, No.12, pp.52-56, Dec., 1998.
  4. A  Novel Interpenetrating  Polymer  Network  Coating  for  the  Protection of Steel Reinforcement   in   Concrete” , K.K.Asthana,L.K.Aggarwal and Rajni Lakhani, Cement  &   Concrete  Research, USA , Vol.-  29, pp.-1541-1548,1999.
  5. Methodology for the Conservation of Monuments and Heritage Buildings (Material Issues), J. of Conservation of Cultural Property, 2000.
  6. Epoxy phenolic IPN coating for concrete and reinforcing steel, L.K. Aggarawal, K.K.Asthana and Rajni  Lakhani, Indian Concrete Journal on Repair and Rehabilitation, pp.114-119, 2000.
  7. Water  proofing  in buildings – problems and solutions,  K.K.Asthana and Rajni  Lakhani,  journal of New building Materials and construction world Vol.8, Issue 10, pp.8-14, April 2003.
  8. Bhawano mein paryog ke liye uchh Nishpadan Farshi Tile, Kaushal Kishore Asthana, Rajni  Lakhani,  Rajesh Saxena, Bhartiya Vaigyanic avom Udhyogic Anusandhan Patrika, Varsh 11, Ank 2, pp 156-159, December 2003.
  9. Development   of  Polymer  Modified  Cementitious (Polycem)  tiles  for flooring K.K.Asthana and  Rajni Lakhani,  Construction and Building Materials, UK, Vol. 18, pp.639-643, 2004.
  10. Polymer  Composites  as Building Materials, K.K.Asthana, Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh, Journal of New building materials and construction world, N.Delhi, Vol. 11 Issue 4, Oct.2005.
  11. Evaluation of repair materials: Issues & method, Karade S.R., Lakhani Rajni & Asthana K.K. Journal of New building materials and construction world, N.Delhi, Vol.11, Issue 8, Feb.’06.
  12. A State of Art on factors Inducing Deterioration of Concrete, Anupam Singh, Rajni Lakhani & K.K. Asthana, Journal of New Building Material and Construction World, Vol.2,  Issue-4,  pp 164-173, Oct.’ 2006.
  13. A Review on Polymer Modified  Cementitious System for Civil Engineering Application, Anupam Singh & Rajni Lakhani.  Journal of Civil Engineering & Construction Review, Vol.19, No.10, pp 33-39, Oct 2006.
  14. A study for Strengthening of weak mortars by Polymeric Consolidant, Rajni Lakhani, Anupam Singh Shiwach & Subodh P. Agrawal, Journal of Civil Engineering & Construction Review, Vol.22, Issue-4, pp. 52-56, April 2009.
  15. New Plastic Composite Panel – An Alternative to Wood, K.K.Asthana, Rajni  Lakhani  presented in a seminar held at RRl Bhopal on 11-12th March 1993.
  16. EPS Composite – as wood substitute, Rajni Lakhani K.K.  Asthana, and L.K. Aggarwal, presented in VII All India Meeting of Women in Science, Roorkee, 1996.
  17. EPS Composite – as substitute for Wooden Door Shutters, K.K.  Asthana, Rajni Lakhani and L.K.Aggarwal, presented in National Seminar on New Materials andTechnologies at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 24th July 1998.
  18. Epoxy phenolic Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) – A Versatile Protective Coating for Civil Engineering Applications in Aggressive Environment, K.K. Asthana, Rajni Lakhani presented in European Federation of Corrosion (EURO-CORR 98), Netherland, Sept.1998.
  19. Methodology for the Conservation of Monuments and Heritage Buildings (Material Issues), presented in Strategy and Methodology for Conservation of Heritage Buildings and Monuments organized by CBRI Roorkee, 4-5th April’2002.
  20. Puratatv Atihasic Dharoharon par  Pariyavaran  Pardhushan ka kuparbhav avom Sanrakshan. Kaushal Kishore Asthana, Rajni  Lakhani presented in a seminar on   Bhawan Nirman   Samigri Udhyogon se  Paryavaran   Pardhushan   avom Niyantran organised by CBRI in New Delhi on 24th April’2003.
  21. Innovative   Polymer   Building Materials   and   their applications in Buildings K.K.Asthana,  Rajni Lakhani and L.K.Aggarwal in a seminar onIndian Habitat & Infrastructure, Need for Innovative Approach organised atCBRI, Roorkee on 25-26 Sept.’2003.
  22. Polymer modified cementitious (PMC) systems for building applications, Rajni Lakhani, K.K.Asthana and Anupam Singh presented in  5th Asian Symposium on Polymer in Concrete to   be held in Chennai on 11-12 Sept.’06 (Published in Proceeding Vol.1, pp-235-242).
  23. Alternative Repair Materials for  Building Applications, Rajni Lakhani, Ridhi Kaushik and Anupam Singh presented in, National Seminar on Modern Trends in Architectural & Civil Engineering Practices, on 23-24 Nov’07.
  24. Polymers in Construction Industry: A Vision for the 21st Century,  Anupam S. Shiwach & Rajni Lakhani, presented in CTric● 2008- National Seminar on Current Trends in Chemistry at Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, Kerala, 18-19 Jan’08.
  25. A study for strengthening weak mortar by polymeric consolidants/ water repellents Rajni Lakhani & Anupam S. Shiwach, published in proceeding of 19th AGM of MRSI on “Material for Hostile Environment” in Thriuvananthpura, 13-16 Feb’08.
  26. Polymer Blend and Alloys and Its Applications by Ridhi Kaushik and Rajni Lakhani presented in International Conference onAdvances in polymer Technology APT’08 in Cochin University of   Science & Technology, Cochin, Kerala,  25-27 Sep’08.
  27. Modification of Epoxy Polymer by Addition of Thermoplastics,  Anupam Singh Shiwach & Rajni Lakhani, presented in International Conference on Advances in Polymer Technology, APT 2008, at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala,  25-27 Sep’08.
  28. Modification of Cement Mortar Using Polymer Blend, Anupam Singh & Rajni Lakhani, presented in 6th Asian Symposium on Polymers in Concrete October 29-30, 2009 in Shanghai, China.
  29. Use of sanitary ware waste for making acid resistant tiles, Rajni Lakhani and H.K.Jain in international seminar on Waste to Wealth, in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 12-13 Nov 2009.
  30. Polymeric Repair Materials For Building Applications. Rajni Lakhani and Anupam Singh in 4th Uttrakhand State Science & Technology Congress held in Pant Nagar on 10-12 Nov. 2009.
  31. Evaluation of Performance of Concrete Surface Treatment Systems by Rajni Lakhani, Anupam Singh and S.P Agarwal presented and published in proceeding of National Conference on Trends and Challenges in Structural Engineering and Contruction Technologies in CBRI on 11th –12th , Feb, 2009.
  • Tech. Reports: 35 No.
  • Scientific Books / Book Chapters:Articles:

An article on “Strategies for the restoration of heritage buildings with innovative active compatible materials” , K.K.Asthana and Rajni Lakhani, published in a book entitled,”Studies in art & archeological conservation” (in commemoration of Dr. B.B. Lal Chief Archeological Chemist)  Agam Kala Parkashan, published in 2004.

  • Patents filed / granted: 01 No.
  • Processes Developed:  14 No.
  • Process Under Utilization: 03 No.

Awards and Distinctions (including fellowships of the learned societies):.

Name of AwardAwarded byAwarded forYear
CBRI Foundation Day awardDirector CBRIBest Technology award to IPN coating2000
Professional Experience:
Twenty six years