Speakers - New & Advanced Materials

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Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

The Indian FAN Symposium 2019 on New & Advanced Materials and Sustainable Sciences

April 2019

Speakers Profiles: New & Advanced Materials

Jayesh Bellare
Session Convener
Institute Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech., Chemical Engg., I.I.T. Bombay, 1982
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engg., U. Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A., 1988
  • Post Doc, Materials Science, M.I.T., Cambridge, U.S.A., 1990

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.

Srikanth Sastry
Session Chair
Theoretical Sciences Unit
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph. D.,1993 Boston University, in Physics
  • M. A.,1989 Boston University, in Physics
  • M. Sc.,1986 Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Physics
  • B. Sc.,1984 Bangalore University, Bangalore in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics


Srikanth Sastry is a Professor at the Theoretical Sciences Unit Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Science from National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, Bangalore University, a Master’s degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bombay, and a Master’s degree and PhD in Physics from Boston University. He has been a faculty member at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research since 1998, after postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, and Princeton University, USA, and was a Professor at the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad during 2012-14.

Srikanth Sastry's research interests have been in the area of statistical mechanics, with a focus on understanding a range of unusual and interesting properties of liquids and other soft condensed matter, which he addresses with computation as  a major tool. Some of the areas of his research activities are:  Slow dynamics and routes to structural arrest (glass transition, gelation, jamming etc) in supercooled liquids and other soft matter systems (colloids, gels, granular material), Mechanical properties of glasses and other amorphous solids, their yielding behavior and memory effects. Routes to jamming in sphere packings.  Statistical geometry of sphere packings. Anomalous thermodynamic and dynamical properties, liquid-liquid phase transitions in water, silicon and other network forming liquids. Statistical mechanics of biomolecular systems. Computational study of phase behavior, equilibrium properties, dynamics and phase transformations in disordered condensed matter. He is the author of over a hundred papers on these topics, including various invited reviews.

In addition to research, his professional activities have included teaching, training Ph D students, and the training of research scholars through advanced schools. He has served on the editorial board of Resonance, dedicated to science education, EPJE, and JSTAT, research journals in soft matter physics and statistical mechanics. He has been a visiting professor and scientist at a number of institutions, including the University of Rome, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, Nagoya University, Japan, Kyoto University, Japan, University of Montpellier, France, ESPCI, France, EPFL, Switzerland, Boston University, Arizona State University, etc. His work has been recognized through awards and fellowships such as the J C Bose National Research Fellowship, 2015, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2008, Sir C V Raman Young Scientist Award, KSCST, India 2006, Swarnajayanthi Fellowship, DST, 2003, B. M. Birla Science Prize, 2001 and the Prof. C N R Rao Oration Award, JNCASR, 2001.

C. Subramaniam
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
IIT Bombay

Education Qualification:
  • B.Sc. Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai.
  • M.Sc. IIT Madras.
  • Ph.D. IIT Madras (Integrated Ph.D.)

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.
K.S. Narayan
Professor and Dean (R&D)
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

Educational Qualifications:
  • M.Sc. (Physics) IIT Bombay,
  • PhD The Ohio State University


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.
He has spearheaded translational efforts at JNCASR over the last ten years, as the Dean (R&D), co-ordinator of Technical Research Centre – a DST, GoI initiative for commercializing inventions and President – Incharge for two and half years. Recently he has a co-founder of a startup for we have developed a versatile and customizable photocurrent imaging system, which wehave clear advantages on existing panel diagnostic-techniques based on luminescence and thermography. The evaluation procedure relies on combination of innovation in reconfigurable optics, high-speed data acquisition, big data manipulation, image processing and analytics to evaluate defects, and predict trajectory of performance levels over its lifetime. The solutions developed will assist, inter alia, solar-panel manufacturers, solar-panel installers, project-financiers and end-users/consumers, and thus, have potential to turn into a growing, profitable enterprise by providing indigenous, low-cost, advanced scientific and technological support to global solar industry.

Besides research, he has taken up administrative mantle of Dean (R&D) and initiated the culture of startups, innovation and translation activities at JNCASR, which has led to  sizable number of intrnational patents, recoginition of a National Award from Ministry of Commerce, GoI and CII/IPO, nurturing of successful startups. This activity involves a constant search for industry partners for jointly taking the many inventions forward, and provide well-defined relevant problems for the academic community.
His ability to communicate, interact and collaborate with theorists, polymer chemists, engineers, biophysicists and work on interdisciplinary problems reflects on his well-rounded scientific temper and 8aliber has led to his contributions in a wide spectrum of journals and has attracted students from different disciplines.

Uday Agarwal, FNAE
Head, Pulp and Fibre Innovation Centre,
Birla Cellulose, Mumbai
Educational Qualifications:
  • B. Tech, 1985, IIT Bombay
  • Ph.D., 1992, IIT Bombay
  • PLAM, Program in leading & managing, 2008, IIM Calcutta


Trained as a Chemical Engineer (1985, IITB), Dr. Agarwal carried out graduate and academic research/teaching at GaTech, IITB, NCL, IITD and TU/e over 20 years, before moving to Industrial R&D in manmade fibers.

He has used the approaches of modeling and simulation, and equally effectively experiments, to aid to fundamental understanding of polymer structure dependence of polymerization processes and polymer flows.  

In recent years, he has been focussed on developing and manufacturing implementation of new cost-effective products and processes in fiber industry.    

He has over 70 publications and 12 patents, and several commercialized technology developments to his credit. He is currently responsibe for a 70+ strong R&D organization for viscose fibersat Grasim Industries Limited of the Birla group.

Gopi Chandran

Educational Qualifications
  • Masters, Chemistry: University of Madras
  • Ph.D., Materials Chemistry: Indian Institute of Science
  • Material Design, Synthesis, Microstructure & Sintering of Structural Ceramics
  • GE Six Sigma Black Belt

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.