An eminent chemist, S. Ramakrishnan received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After a two-year postdoctoral stint at the Corporate Research Laboratory of Exxon Research and Engineering Company at Annandale, New Jersey, he joined the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry in 1990 at IISc. Before taking up the Deputy Directorship of the Institute, he served as Chairperson of the Division of Chemical Sciences.
Ramakrishnan’s research interests are in the areas of highly branched polymers, self-assembled polymerizable systems and conformational control in synthetic polymers. His research accomplishments have won him several honours, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, DAE Outstanding Young Researcher Award, JC Bose Fellowship and Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Bombay. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Chemical Communications, one of the flagship journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is also on the Editorial Board of Macromolecules (ACS) and Polymer Chemistry (RSC).
Jayant M. Modak obtained his PhD from Purdue University, Indiana. After a one-year stint at the University of California-Irvine as a postdoctoral fellow, he joined IISc in 1989. Here, he initiated a research programme in the area of bioprocess engineering with an emphasis on modeling, optimization and control of fermentation processes and advanced oxidation technologies for waste-water treatment.
Modak has served as the Chief Executive of the Society of Innovation and Development and Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Cell at IISc. He has also served as an Independent Director on the Board of Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited. Modak is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. He is a recipient of the P. C. Ray and Amar Dye Chem awards of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, the C. V. Raman Award of Karnataka State, and the Biotech Process Development award of the Department of Biotechnology, India.
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