Speakers - New & Advanced Materials
Faculty Alumni NetworkThe Indian FAN Symposium 2019 on New & Advanced Materials and Sustainable Sciences
|Speakers Profiles: New & Advanced Materials|
Prof. Bellare is a renowned expert in nanostructured materials for healthcare, biomedical devices, and electron microscopy. His research includes 3D scaffolds, regenerative medicine, hollow-fiber-membranes, stem-cell expansion, and nanomedicines across multiple systems of medicines. He is an expert in cryo-electron microscopy of soft nanomaterials. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Science, India, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, and the Electron Microscopy Society of India. He is a consultant to several industries, advisor to many Government panels and institutions, and has served on the board of directors of two companies. He has numerous publications, patents and awards. Among the recent ones are the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Government of India, Ministry of Ayush for his Nanotechnology work, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay.
His ongoing research interests are in nanostructured materials, hollow-fiber membranes and cryo-electron microscopy. The manufacture and development of new types of hollow fiber membranes has led to several papers and patents for better-performing membranes for bio-artificial organs, removal of endocrine disruptor chemicals, dyes and oil from water, and for improved flux recovery ratios in low-fouling membranes. These are based on nanostructuring additives and coatings on the hollow fiber membranes. This has also led to bio-artificial organs, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and nano-medicines. His group has built an in-house pilot plant for spinning hollow fibers of modified polysulfone with nano-additives that improves flux by over 10 times for kidney dialysis. His group has made mass-exchange modules at a lab scale and extended it to bio-artificial pancreas, liver and kidney.
Prof. Bellare has also developed an in-house cGMP facility to make a nano-structured bone graft that is extremely osteo-inductive and can repair bone defects and get completely resorbed thereby eliminating the trauma of removal surgery. A first-in-human trial is planned in collaboration with AIIMS Delhi, for which a DCGI/CDSCO dossier filing has been made.
His group’s work on nanomedicine spans all three medicinal systems: Modern (Allopathic), Traditional (Ayurvedic) and Alternative (Homeopathic). In a much-commented yet scientifically well-accepted study, they showed the nano-particle basis of super-dilute Homeopathic medicines, explaining a century-old controversy relating to Avogadro's number. His explanation of the chemical and interfacial process technologies that unknowingly underlie the manufacturing process has been an important paper in the area of nano-medicines showing the commonality between widely difference systems of medicines. He has also worked on helping pediatric cardiologists with “blue babies” by developing a device that can close holes in hearts and other defects in newborn babies. Working alongside a surgeon, Dr. Bellare’s group developed a new design of a patent ductus arteriosis closure device for minimally invasive surgery, made lab prototypes and did computer simulations to establish its superior performance.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Prof. Subramaniam worked under the supervision of Prof. T. Pradeep at Indian Institute of Technology Madras towards his Doctoral Degree in 2008, involving correlating the electronic transport and vibrational properties of nanocarbons and nanoparticle-nanocarbon hybrids. The understanding was subsequently used to develop a range of sensors. Subsequently, he worked as a postodoctroal researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Japan with Prof. S. Iijima. He was involved in developing electrically conducting composite of carbon nanotubes and copper that exhibited the highest current carrying capacity among all known materials. The science of this is currently being translated to technology for application in through-silicon-vias. In his current position at the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay, he is currently looking into the interfacial and surface science of energy-storage devices and electrocatalytic processes. He employs a combination of electrochemistry, device physics and operand vibrational spectroscopy (Raman) for ‘application-oriented fundamental’ research into various aspects of nanostructured materials. Besides peer-reviewed, high impact scientific publications and international patents, he is also a recipient of IUMRS-ICA Young Scientist Gold Award, IIjima Gold Medal and IIT Bombay Impactful Research award, to name a few.
Professor and Dean (R&D)
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Prof. Narayan worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton USA before he joined Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He has been active inthe general field of molecular/organic/polymer/bio electronics at JNCASR.Narayan’s research interests are in applied physics and materials-physics with a focus on electronic and optoelectronic processes of extended macromolecular systems and utilizing it for device development. His sustained, original and rigorous efforts over the last two decades at JNCASR, where he established a unique laboratory for this pursuit led to the early reports on plastic optical-field effect transistors, polymer solar cells and polymer light emitting diodes PLEDs. He has also contributed to research area of these soft-electronic polymers in biomedical arena where these materials have exhibited utility in tissue engineering and for vision prosthetic elements. He has developed microscopic and spectroscopic techniques specifically to understand the various optical and electrical phenomena in these low-dimensional materials. A range of novel devices and phenomena have emerged from his laboratory. His work has received international coverage (Physics World, Laser Focus World, Printed Electronics World, Materials Research Society Bulletin, Nature India). He has been regularly invited to speak at APS and MRS meetings.
His other current pursuits include developing noise measurement and scanning techniques to predict the full life cycle of photovoltaic modules.Besides this effort in pursuing fundamental aspects of organic optoelectronic device, he is keen to translate these devices and techniques to the commercial space.
|Uday Agarwal, FNAE|
Head, Pulp and Fibre Innovation Centre,
Birla Cellulose, Mumbai
|Gopi Chandran |
MANAGER-MATERIAL SCIENCE & SERVICES TECHNOLOGIES
EXTERNAL CONNECT & MONETIZATION LEADER
Gopi Chandran has been working with GE since 2000 and is currently with GE Aviation. Prior to joining GE, Gopi has worked with ACC Research & Consultancy Directorate for 5.5 years. He also worked briefly for Ashapura Minechem Limited to set-up its Mineral Research lab. Post that he worked for 15 years with GE Corporate Research Centre, Bangalore joining GE Aviation in 2015. He has been instrumental in building the Materials Characterization Lab (for corporate research) and helped build the first Materials lab for Aviation. He has over 20 years of combined industrial and research experience in diverse set of materials (phosphors, scintillators, thermal barrier coatings, etch resistant& cathode materials) with focus on innovation and technology transitions.
Proven track record of providing materials solutions to various GE businesses on transitioning technology developed in lab to plant. Gopi is the recipient of GE India Technology award for Innovation (2010) and University Gold Medal in Masters. He has 50 patents (30 in US), 20+ publications in Journals & Conferences to his credit. He is advisor to the curriculum of Masters program for Amrita & Annamalai University and Bachelors program of NIT Calicut. He is referee for Journal of Alloy & Compounds, & Optical Materials.