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Prof. G.D. Yadav
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Prof. G. D. Yadav earned his B. Chem. Eng. in 1974 and Ph.D. (Tech.) in Chemical Engineering in 1980 from ICT (formerly UDCT). He is the vice chancellor of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai where he also serves as the R. T. Mody Distinguished Professor. He is J.C. Bose National Fellow and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds a number of patents and is an elected fellow of such science academies as Institution of Chemical Engineers, The World Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and the National Academy of Sciences, India. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to science and engineering.He is also the Chief Coordinator of the Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, and Centre for Green Technology of the University of Mumbai at Kalina Campus. Earlier, Dr. Yadav was Darbari Seth Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, and, as well as Dean, Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilisation at ICT. He has made seminal and extensive contributions to Green Chemistry and Technology, Catalytic Science and Engineering, Phase Transfer Catalysis, Nanomaterials, Nanocatalysis and Biocatalysis. He is honoured by number of fellowships and awards, including Fellowship of INSA, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK among others. He is an active consultant to a number of industries and his research is commercialized. He has published 219 original research papers in 41 different international peer reviewed journals with high impact factors, which find over 2500 citations in papers (with an h-index of 25), book/ monographs (27) and international company brochures (3). He has obtained 31 patents and developed the UDCaT series of novel catalytic materials. He has guided 55 Ph. D. (Chemical Engineering, Technology, Biotechnology and Chemistry) Dr. Yadav is associated with a number of Central Government committees like CSIR, DST, DBT, UGC, AICTE, and other professional bodies – ICMA (ICC), CPCB.

Prof. Ashok K Ganguli
Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali

Professor Ganguli is currently professor of chemistry (HAG) at IIT Delhi and is also the founding Director of Institute of Nano Science and Technology in Mohali (Jan 2013- Jan 2018). Prof. Ganguli obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit (SSCU) of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1990 in the area of Thallium based high temperature superconductors for which he got the Sudborough Medal of Indian Institute of Science. He has been a visiting scientist at Dupont Company, USA (1990-91) and a postdoctoral associate and visiting scientist at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, USA (1991-93 and 2004-05). His areas of interest are in the design of nanostructured materials for applications in water purification, solar energy conversion and microfluidic devices and also high temperature superconductivity. He has published over 250 papers and has filed five patents. He has completed successfully several research projects, including some with industries. He is a recipient of the National Award of Nano Science and Nanotechnology given by DST, Government of India, the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) medal, Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal, the C.N.R. Rao-CRSI National award, Chemical Excellence Award by Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists and the Prof. C.N.R. Rao Bangalore India Nano award given by Karnataka Govt. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India and the Asia–Pacific Association of Materials. He is currently an Associate Editor of Bulletin of Material Science and has been Member, Editorial Board, Ind. J. Chem. A and J. Chem. Sci.

Prof. Josef Jampilek
Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

Josef Jampilek completed his Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Charles University (Czech Republic) in 2004. In 2004-2011, he worked in expert and managerial posts in the R&D Division of the pharmaceutical company Zentiva (Czech Republic). Prof. Jampilek deepened his professional knowledge at the Medicinal Chemistry Institute of the Heidelberg University (Germany) and at multiple specialized courses in the field of organic and analytical chemistry, clinical drug trial, QC/QA, GxP for R&D of drugs, etc. In 2009, he became an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno (Czech Republic). In 2017, he became a Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Comenius University (Slovakia) and a Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the same faculty. He is an author/co-author of more than 30 patents, more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 7 university textbooks, 18 chapters in monographs and many invited lectures. He also received several awards for his scientific results, e.g., from Aventis, Elsevier, Willey and Sanofi. The research interests of Prof. Jampilek include design, synthesis and structure-activity relationships of heterocyclic compounds as anti-invasive agents and photosynthesis inhibitors. He is also interested in ADME, drug bioavailability, pharmaceutical analysis and solid-state analytical techniques.

Prof. Bansi D Malhotra
Delhi Technological University, Delhi

Dr B.D. Malhotra received his PhD from the University of Delhi, Delhi in 1980. Dr Malhotra has published 250 refereed papers in international journals, has filed 10 patents, and has edited/co-edited books on biosensors, organic nano-composites and polymer electronics. His research papers cited widely (Citations>6300) carry an h-index of 44. Prof. Malhotra is a reviewer of several international journals and has supervised 21 Ph.Ds, several M.Tech/MSc students for research and mentored more than 20 Post Doctoral Fellows till date. Prof. Malhotra has established the internationally recognized Department of Science & Technology Centre on Biomolecular Electronics at the CSIRNational Physical Laboratory,New Delhi India. He is a recipient of the National Research Development Corporation Award 2005 for invention on ‘Blood Glucose Biochemical Analyzer’ and is a Fellow of both the Indian National Science Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, India and Academician of Asia Pacific Academy of Materials( APAM). His current research activities include Nanobiomaterials, Biosensors, Ordered Molecular Assemblies, Conducting Polymers, Langmuir-Blodgett Films, Selfassembled Monolayers, Nano-Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering and Biomolecular Electronics. Prof. Malhotra is currently a Professor & Head of the Department of Biotechnology, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India.

Prof. G.U. Kulkarni
JNCASR, Bangalore

G. U. Kulkarni is a Professor, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, JNCASR and Director at CeNS, Bangalore. He received his PhD at Indian Institute of Science in 1992 and has held visiting/adjunct positions at Cardiff, Tokyo, TASC-INFM, Trieste; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; Purdue etc. His present research interests are focused on new strategies in synthesis of nanomaterials, nanopatterning and nanodevice fabrication including of molecular systems. His recipes emphasize the importance of simple design, near ambient working conditions, solution based processing as well as low cost instrumentation. His group strives to translate nanoresearch finding into affordable technology.

Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar
IISC, Bangalore

P. S. Anil Kumar obtained a doctorate in Physics in 1998 from the University of Pune. He was a Dutch Technology Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Twente, in The Netherlands until 2000. Then he moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Microstructural Physics, Germany with a Max-Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship, and, subsequently, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. He joined the Department of Physics of the Indian Institute of Science in 2004. His research interests are in Spintronics, Magnetic Nano-structures, Magnetotransport in Metallic Multilayers and Oxides, Topological insulators, Magnetic properties of ultra-thin ferromagnets etc.

Prof. Shantikumar V Nair
Center for Nanosciences, Kochi

Professor Nair is the Dean of Research to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and also the Director of Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine (ACNSMM), Health Sciences Campus. Dr. Nair received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1976; Master of Science (1978) and Doctor of Engineering Science (1983) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University, New York, USA. He joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA, in 1985 where he has since taught and conducted research in the area of composite materials. In 2006, he joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University), India. He heads initiatives in the applications of Nanotechnology to Medicine and Energy areas. Areas of research include nanomedicine, tissue engineering, surface modification of materials, and uses of nanomaterials in photovoltaics, supercapacitors and batteries. In 1986, Dr. Nair received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Ronald Reagan for research in composite materials. He is a recipient of numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, USA, and from the industry in materials research. He received the MRSI Medal in Feb 2009 for outstanding contributions in the field of Materials Science. He is the recipient of the Prestigious National Research Award from the Government of India in 2011 for research in Nanosciences. Dr. Nair received the impressive C N R Rao India Nanosciences Award 2014 for outstanding contributions in Nanotechnology Research and Development in India.

Prof. Vijaymohanan Pillai
CECRI, Karaikudi

Prof. Vijayamohanan K. Pillai assumed charge as Director, CSIR-CECRI on April 24, 2012. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Pillai's research work of more than 20 years is primarily focussed on batteries, fuel cells, bio-electrochemistry, electrochemical sensors, chemically modified electrodes, anodization, electro-deposition, electro-organic synthesis, etc. Dr. Pillai has more than 220 research papers and 20 patents to his credit. Under his guidance, 17 students have received Ph.D. degrees. He is a recipient of many presitigious awards including Medals of the MRSI and CRSI. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Affiliate Member of the IUPAC. He is also in the editorial boards of several prestigious journals. As the helmsman at CSIR-CECRI, Dr. Pillai strives to make the institute an internationally renowned place for electrochemistry. In addition to CSIR - CECRI, Prof. Vijayamohanan K Pillai held the additional charge as Director, CSIR-NCL from 01/06/2015 to 29/02/2016.

Prof. Jatindra Kumar Rath
IIT Madras, Chennai

Dr. Jatindra Kumar Rath, after obtaining Ph.D in defect solid state at I.I.T. Madras joined Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 1995 as “researcher” and later full tenured Assistant Professor in the research group Physics of Devices, a part of the section Nanophotonics, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University. He has over 25 years of experience in thin films silicon materials and solar cells. He has published more than 250 papers in International journals and conference proceedings. His h-index stands now at 28 at Scopus. Under his supervision 17 students have obtained Ph.D degree. In addition he has supervised a number of Masters and Bachelors projects. He has successfully obtained and supervised many Dutch national and European projects on thin film solar cell research and technology development. His main research interests are; fabrication of advanced materials, such as nanocrystalline silicon and quantum dots by very high frequency PECVD using in situ plasma and growth diagnosis tools, transient and dusty plasmas, multijunction and heterojunction solar cells, solar cells on nano- and micro-textured cheap plastics, quantum dot and intermediate band gap solar cells, light trapping and transparent conductive oxides. He has worked closely with various industries and developed technologies (Helianthos roll-to-roll solar modules, Flexible solar cell on cheap plastics/security papers, Extremely large sized 5.7m2 solar cell modules, Silicon Heterojunction cells, Impermeable Thin Film Encapsulation for Lighting, Displays and Solar Cells etc). From 2012 he was the group leader of the “Physics of Devices” group of Utrecht University at Phillips High Tech. Campus, Eindhoven. From May 2016, he has joined as visiting Professor at Dept. of Physics, I.I.T.M, Chennai.

Prof. Subramaniam C
IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Professor C. Subramaniam graduated with an Integrated Ph.D. from IIT Madras in 2008. His doctoral thesis focused on electrical transport properties and vibrational spectroscopy of nano materials for development of sensors. Subsequently he joined National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Japan as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. Here his research involved development of highly conductive composite materials with high current carrying capacity as electrically conductive electromigration resistant circuits for applications in VLSI AND integrated chips. He has also held position as a partnership researcher in an industrial consortium TASC, Japan before joining as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry IIT Bombay in July, 2014. His research interests are lie in the field of one dimensional and two dimensional nanomaterials with particular emphasis on electrical and spectroscopic properties for device applications. He is also the recipient of several awards such as Young Science Gold Medal from the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and Iijima Medal from Fullerene-Graphene-Nanotube Research Society.

Dr. Tai Boon Tan
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Tan Tai Boon graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2015 with a Ph.D. degree in Food Technology. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the study of nanoemulsion and nanodispersion systems, with emphasis on emulsifiers and preparation methods. Dr. Tan is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, UPM. He is in charge of various research and consultation projects related to the area of food nanotechnology. To date, he has authored and co-authored 14 scientific papers, with 12 published in Q1 journals, 1 in a Q2 journal and 1 in a Scopus-indexed journal. Dr. Tan’s research interest is in the area of food nanotechnology, with special focus on emulsion-based encapsulation and delivery systems.

Prof. Soumitra Satapathi
IIT, Roorkee; University of Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Soumitra Satapathi is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics and Joint Professor of Nanotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and Visting professor of Physics at University of Massachusetts, USA. He received his PhD and M.S. in Physics from University of Massachusetts, USA in 2012 and 2010 respectively. Subsequently, he worked as research associate in Harvard University, USA with Prof. Robert Langer and at Tufts University, Boston, USA with Prof. David Kaplan before joining IITR. His current research interests include materials science and optics at nanoscale. Prof. Satapathi is recipient of several national and international awards. He has received the prestigious Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy (BASE) Award, 2016 from Govt. of India and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum. He received prestigious DST DAAD PPP fellowship, 2016 to jointly work with University of Bayeruth, Germany and Indo-Belgium Fellowship, 2018 to work with KU Leuven, Belgium. Prof. Satapathi has received the prestigious Max Planck Director Award, 2018, the highest academic award given to young Indian scientist by Max Planck, Society. In accreditation of his research contribution to the energy field, Govt. of India has selected him as young scientist delegate to represent the energy policy and research ecology in Hangzhou, China in BRICS meeting, 2017. He served as the Board of Directors at Haiti Development Board, USA and also the member of different national committees. He has been nominated as the member of National Academy of Science. His research work on Jamun based solar cells was identified as “top ten technological breakthrough” under 40 for 2017 by times group and second highest read science article in The Hindu. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA, the apex body of energy research in the world has proposed to call the natural dye based solar cells as “Satapathi Cells” from 2018. Prof. Satapathi has published many high impact journal papers and patents. He is the founder and CEO of “Lab X”, the personalized nanotechnology instrumentation start-up. Apart from mentoring undergraduates and graduate students, he is also actively involved in popularizing science in various forums.

Dr. Bhalchandra Kakade
SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Chennai

Dr. Bhalchandra Kakade is currently working as Associate Professor at SRM Research Institute, SRM Institute of Science & Technology, India. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan during 2008–2012 after his doctoral degree at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (University of Pune), India (2003-2008). His research work is primarily focused on low temperature fuel cell catalysis, especially oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and methanol electrooxidation (MOR), catalytic corrosion and durability, composite polyelectrolyte membranes, membrane electrode assembly (MEA), ordered metallic nanoparticles. He has also expertise in carbonaceous nanomaterials and their nanocomposites, layered-double hydroxides, noble metal-free materials (BN, graphene, doped systems, brownmillerites etc) for facile proton/electron transport systems, CO conversion catalysts, materials electrochemistry and so on. Dr. Bhalchandra has more than 50 research papers and 7 patents to his credit. He is currently mentoring 5 PhD scholars and guided more than 25 graduate and undergraduate students for their dissertation. He has also attracted external research funding from government agencies like DST-SERB and MNRE along with Industrial grants from Titan (Tanishq).

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