Prof. C.N.R. Rao

Prof. C.N.R. Rao

“2-D inorganic analogues of graphene”

Prof. C.N.R. Rao (born on 30 June 1934, Bangalore, India) is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry. He is an author of over 1650 research papers and 50 books. He received the M.Sc. degree from Banaras, Ph.D. from Purdue, D.Sc. from Mysore universities and has received honoris causa doctorate degrees from 69 universities including Purdue, Bordeaux, Banaras, Calcutta, Sri Venkateswara, Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IISERs (Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Stellenbosch, Grenoble, Uppsala, Wales, Wroclaw, Caen, Liverpool, St. Andrews, Taiwan and Desikottama from Visva-Bharati.

Prof. Rao is a member of many of the major science academies in the world including the Royal Society, London, the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., the Russian Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences, Japan Academy as well as the American Philosophical Society. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Foreign Fellow of Academia Europaea, the Royal Society of Canada and of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is on the editorial boards of several leading professional journals and is a distinguished visiting professor of the University of California and Cambridge University.

Among the various medals, honours and awards received by him, mention may be made of the Marlow Medal of the Faraday Society (1967), Bhatnagar Prize (1968), Padma Shri (1974), Royal Society of Chemistry (London) Medal (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1985), Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1989), Blackett Lectureship of the Royal Society (1991), Einstein Gold Medal of UNESCO (1996), Linnett Professorship of the University of Cambridge (1998), Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (2000), the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society, London, for original discovery in physical sciences (2000), Karnataka Ratna (2001), the Order of Scientific Merit (Grand-Cross) from the President of Brazil (2002) and the Somiya Award of the International Union of Materials Research (2004). He is the first recipient of the India Science Award by the Government of India and received the Dan David Prize for science in the future dimension for his research in Materials Science in 2005. He was named Chemical Pioneer by the American Institute of Chemists (2005), Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the President of the French Republic (2005) and received the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, London (2006) and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2007). He received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in 2008 and was awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society (2009) and the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffmann Medal for his outstanding contributions to chemistry by the German Chemical Society (2010). He received the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize for materials research in 2011 and was Albert Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He was conferred the title Bharat Ratna in 2014. The Emperor of Japan bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Start in 2015.

Prof. Rao was Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister during 2004-2014 and past President of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He is the Founder-President of both the Chemical Research Society of India and of the Materials Research Society of India. Prof. Rao was the President of the Indian National Science Academy (1985-86), the Indian Academy of Sciences (1989-91) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1985-97). He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Science (1984-94), Chairman of the Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-89) and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet (1997-98) and Albert Einstein Research Professor (1995-99).


Prof. Mohan Edirisinghe

Mohan Edirisinghe was awarded his first degree in Materials with first class honors from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, subsequently he gained his masters (with distinction), doctorate and a DSc from the University of Leeds. He has held academic positions in several universities (Sri Lanka, New South Wales – Australia, Loughborough and Queen Mary, University of London where he held a Chair in Materials).

He was appointed to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London in December 2005. He is the Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials and has actively pursued novel advanced materials processing and forming research, publishing over 350 journal papers. His current H-index is 51 supported by over 8900 citations. He has given over 100 keynote/invited lectures, thrice in the USA in 2015-16. He has supervised over a 100 researchers and has been awarded grants to the value of over £25 million, with 41 UK Engineering & Physical Science Research Council grants including two Platform Grants, enabling him to explore novel avenues for forming biomaterials and biostructures mainly for medical engineering applications. Since joining UCL, in the last eight years, over 25 researchers have already gained their UCL PhD with his supervision. A team of 10-15 researchers support his research laboratory on (Bio)Materials Processing, Forming and Manufacturing.

Professor Edirisinghe has been a University of London professor for over 15 years now. He was appointed a Guest Professor of Sichuan University in China, the National Engineering Research Centre for Biomaterials in 2008 and The Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK made him a Fellow in 2015. In 2005, 2009 and 2013 he was the recipient of a Royal Society Brian Mercer (Innovation) Feasibility Award, an unprecedented three times. He was awarded the 2009 Institute of Materials Kroll Medal & Prize for his research on inorganic materials, 2009 (Inaugural) EPSRC-Royal Society Interface Journal prize for the best paper published from the start of the journal to 2009, the 2010 Venture Prize and the 2012 UK Biomaterials Society President’s Prize for his outstanding contributions to the biomaterials field. He is a member of many journal editorial boards including the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.


Prof. K.M. Nalin de Silva

Prof. K.M. Nalin de silva is a Professor in Chemistry at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He obtained his B.Sc.(Chemistry, First Class, 1992) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. (1997) from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has gained postdoctoral experience from University of Cambridge(1998) and Louisiana State University, USA (2005 – 2007). He has active collaborations with Centre for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) of Louisiana State University and Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA. He was also a Research and Development Consultant (2010) for Haycarb PL, Sri Lanka. Presently he is working as a Science Team Leader in Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, Sri Lanka. He was the Director of Career Guidance Unit (2002 – 2005) of University of Colombo. He won the Presidential Research Award for four consecutive years and a National Research Award presented by National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka. He was also named ‘Young Scientist of the Year’ in 2004 by the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) and NSF. He is member of the National Nanotechnology Committee at NSF for drafting the National Nanotechnology Policy of Sri Lanka and a member of the subcommittee under the National Committee for Popularization of Science, to popularize Nanotechnology in Sri Lanka. He is the recipient of Professor P.P.G.L Siriwardena Gold Medal Oration Award and Devanathan Memorial Award for research. He was also a Visiting Professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.

Prof. Morinobu ENDO

Dr. Morinobu Endo

“The applications of carbon nano-tubes for the sustainable world”

Dr. Morinobu Endo is Professor of Shinshu University (Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University, 4-17-1 Wakasato, Nagano 380-8553, Japan). His current work ranges from basic science to applications of various forms of carbons; carbon nanotubes, new forms of carbon and graphite, nano-porous carbons, graphite intercalation compounds, Li ion battery, electric double layer capacitors. After receiving a M.S. degree from Shinshu University, he obtained a Ph.D. from Nagoya University. He is the present chairman of Japan Carbon Society, and he was one of the group chairmen of Industry-University Cooperative Research Committees, No.117 JSPS (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science). He also is one of the international advisory members of “CARBON” journal.
He has been invited at many international conferences and symposium as a plenary lecturer/key-note speaker. In addition, he has joined many international conferences as a chairman, organizer and advisory board member.

Prof. R.M. Gamini Rajapakse1

Prof. R.M. Gamini Rajapakse

Senior Professor in Chemistry at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.