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Prof. C. N. R. Rao Lecture on “Advanced Nano-materials for Clean Energy, Environment, and Health”

The institute organized a Prof. C. N. R. Rao Lecture on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on 26 September 2019. Its details are as follows:


Title:   “Advanced Nano-materials for clean energy, environment, and health”

Speaker:  Prof. Ajayan Vinu


(Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials, The University of Newcastle, Australia)

Day & Date:    Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time:      5.00 pm

Venue:     Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, VMCC, IIT Bombay, Powai



Innovative approaches to translate basic nanomaterials research into real-world products are critical for our future. Nanotechnologies can deliver successful energy, environment and health solutions - such as converting carbon dioxide into clean fuel with only sunlight and water, developing innovative devices for energy storage and conversion, and designing next-generation drug delivery systems for cancer treatment. In this talk, I will present the development, capabilities, and current and future applications of nanotechnology for various fields including clean energy generation and carbon capture. Much focus will be given on the design of novel advanced nanoporous architectures for the next generation clean energy storage and conversion system with the easily available resources including sunlight, water, and CO2. At the end of the talk, I will present how nanotechnology can be effectively utilized for advanced drug delivery systems for cancer treatment.


About the Speaker:

Prof. Vinu is currently working as a Global Innovation Chair Professor and Director of Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, Prof. Vinu was also working as a Full Professor of Nanomaterials, at the Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, Australia, and a Full Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia during September 2011-2017. Before moving to Australia, he had been working as a senior researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan since 2006 after he had successfully completed two years of the ICYS fellowship at the same institute and a few years of research at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK), Germany. Although Prof. Vinu registered his Ph.D. at Anna University, he performed most of his Ph.D. work at the TUK, Germany (2000-2003). During these 20 years of research, Prof. Vinu has made a significant contribution in the field of nanoporous materials and their application in sensing, energy storage, fuel cells, adsorption and separation, and catalysis. The quality of his research has been recognized with several international awards including Medal, Chemical Research Society of India 2018, SPARC award 2019, CNR Rao Lectureship award 2019. Medal and KY NIEM CHUONG Award 2018, Scopus Young Researcher Award 2014, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel award by the Humboldt Society (2010), JSPS Senior Invitational Fellow for the year 2014, Australian Future Fellowship (Professorial Level) for the year 2010, Indian Society for Chemists and Biologists award for excellence for the year 2010, Catalysis Society of India Young Scientist award for the year 2010, Chemical Society of Japan Award for the Young Scientist for the year 2008, Laureate of Khwarizmi International Award 2008, Asian Excellent Lectureship Award, and ICYS fellowship. Prof. Vinu is honored with the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC (UK), Fellow of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), Fellow of World Academy of Ceramics (FWAC), Fellow of World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS), Fellow of Asia-pacific Academy of Materials (FAPAM) and Foreign Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, FFMAS. His contribution to the field of nanoporous materials is also clearly reflected by his international ranking by Science Watch as one of the top 15 researchers in the field and has led to ca. 375 papers in high impact factor journals with ca. 17,800 citations and an H-index of 70. His research has been published in top journals like Angew. Chemie, Nano Letters, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater, Adv. Funct., Mater. Chem., Eur. J., Chem. Mater., etc. with an average of 1000 citations per year. At least 45 of his papers have been cited more than 100 times (20 papers have been cited more than 200 times) and 85 papers have been cited more than 50 times. The innovative nature and commercial potential of his research are evidenced by 30 national and international patents. He has also been invited to write several chapters by renowned publishers including Wiley, Elsevier, and American Scientific. He is the Editor of Science of Advanced Materials and Australian Editor of Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and recently. Professor Vinu is in the Editorial Board of several journals namely Materials Today Nano, Emergent Materials, Scientific Reports, Chemical Record, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Current Science, etc. He has been invited to deliver presentations at numerous international conferences, workshops, and seminars and chaired sessions of several international conferences. Prof. Vinu has visited institutes in more than 40 countries to deliver lectures and gave ca. 215 lectures including 33 plenary and 28 keynote lectures at international conferences as well as ca. 165 invited talks. He was also offered honorary professor position from leading universities including Hokkaido University, Japan, Yonsei University, South Korea, Kyungpook National University, South Korea, Fudan University, China, Jilin University, China, Mangalore University, India, and Anna University, India, and Adjunct Principal Researcher from Korean Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea