Plenary Speakers

Prof. Mark S Wrighton

Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Chancellor Wrighton received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1972. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of West Florida in 1983 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Florida State University in 2007. Wrighton started his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1972 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was Head of the Department of Chemistry from 1987-1990 and became Provost of MIT in 1990, a post he held until the summer of 1995 before moving to WUSTL as chancellor. Wrighton is the author or co-author of more than 300 articles published in professional and scholarly journals, and he holds 14 patents. Professor Wrighton was a presidential appointee to the National Science Board (2000-06), which serves as science policy advisor to the President and Congress and is the primary advisory board to the National Science Foundation.
Research Interests: Transition metal catalysis, photochemistry, surface chemistry, molecular electronics, and photoprocesses at electrodes. Principal objectives of his research have been to elucidate the basic principles underlying the conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels and electricity, to discern new catalysts and ways of making them, to understand chemistry at interfaces, and to provide the knowledge base for development of new electro-chemical devices.

Dr. Anil Kakodkar

Ex-Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India
Ex-Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre , Mumbai

Anil Kakodkar is an Indian nuclear scientist. Dr Kakodkar was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India. He was the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai from 1996-2000. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, in 2009. Apart from playing a major role in India's nuclear tests asserting sovereignty, Kakodkar champions India's self-reliance on thorium as a fuel for nuclear energy. He joined the Reactor Engineering Division of the BARC and played a key role in design and construction of the Dhruva reactor, a completely indigenous technology. He was a part of the core team of architects of India's Peaceful Nuclear Tests in 1974 and 1998. Further he has led the indigenous development in India's Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor Technology. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and served as its President during 1999-2000; Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, India. He is a member of the International Nuclear Energy Academy, Honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation and Council of Advisers of World Nuclear Association

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Pratim Biswas

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Prof. Pratim Biswas is the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and Chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1985, and his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1980.Professor Biswas is also the Director of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environment Partnership (MAGEEP) and a member of the Steering Committee for I-CARES (International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability). As Chair of the Department, with the faculty he has developed a strategic vision that has led to the growth of a high quality and very productive department.
Research Interests: Aerosol science and engineering, nanoparticle technology, energy and environmental nanotechnology.

Prof. Colin R. Pulham

University of Edinburgh, UK

Prof. Colin Pulham graduated with a DPhil. in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Since 2008 he has been the Director of Teaching in the School of Chemistry. He is a member of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) at Edinburgh and has research interests in the study of the effects of high pressure on molecular compounds such as pharmaceuticals, energetic materials (explosives, propellants), fuels, and lubricants. He was awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science in 2005 and the Tam Dalyell Prize in 2011.
Research Interests: Study of the effects of pressure on molecular compounds such as pharmaceuticals, energetic materials (explosives, propellants), fuels, and lubricants. Cocrystallisation of energetic materials with other compounds.

Prof. Vijayamohanan K. Pillai

Director, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India

Prof. Vijayamohanan K. Pillai is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof. Pillai's research work of more than 20 years is primarily focussed on batteries, fuel cells, bio-electrochemistry, electrochemical sensors, chemically modified electrodes, anodization, electro-deposition, electro-organic synthesis, etc. Dr. Pillai has more than 220 research papers and 20 patents to his credit. He is a recipient of many presitigious awards including Medals of the MRSI and CRSI. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Affiliate Member of the IUPAC. He is also in the editorial boards of several prestigious journals. In addition to CSIR - CECRI, Prof. Pillai recently assumed additional charge as Director, CSIR - NCL.
Research Interests: Materials Electrochemistry, Modified Electrode, Polymer electrolyte Fuel cells, Batteries and ultracapacitors, Graphene quantum dots.

Theme Speakers

Prof. Rizwan Uddin

University of Illinois, USA

Prof. Rizwan Uddin is the professor in University of Illinois, USA. He did his M.S and PhD from University of Illinois. He was executive committee member of Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of American Nuclear Society from 1998-2001. He is the Associate Head for Academic Programs in University of Illinois since 2013. His primary research interest is in nuclear power. He got the engineering council award for excellence in advising in 2009. His three students are the recipient of ANS’ Mark Mills Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation.
Research interest: Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Nuclear Reactor Theory, Virtual Reality, Computational Biology.

Dr. Satishchandra B. Ogale


Prof. Satishchandra B. Ogale is the chief scientist in national chemical laboratory, Pune. He did his and PhD from Poona University. He was Senior Research Scientist in University of Maryland, USA from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder member of Materials Research Society of India. He got the “Dr. N. S. Sathya Murthy” award of the Indian Physics Association and the Department of Atomic Energy for Experimental Physics, 1987 and the “Sir C. V. Raman Prize” of the Hari Om Trust and the University Grants Commission, India, for Experimental Research, 1994.
Research interest: Metal Oxides, Nanomaterial for solar energy and optoelectronic applications.

Prof. S. Sampath

IISc., Bangalore

Prof S. Sampath is currently the professor in Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science. The main focus of his research is to understand interfacial properties involving novel materials and modified surfaces. Recently he got us patents in Composition of electrode material in the form of a coating and a process thereof and Low cost electrochemical disposable sensor for measuring glycated hemoglobin.
Research Interests: Transition metal nitrides, carbides and chalcogenides, Organic thin films (SAMs and LB films), Exfoliated graphite, graphene oxide and graphene, Nanostructured materials, Deep Eutectics - Molten electrolytes.

Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar

Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar is the Associate Director for Science of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati. As the Director of the Sustainable Technology Division until Jan 9, 2004, he was the primary spokesman of EPA's R and D on clean technologies, pollution prevention and sustainability. He directed research, both intramural and extramural on tools and methods for pollution prevention, cleaner process technologies, and demonstration and verification of cleaner technologies.
Research Interests: Sustainability of industrial processes and membrane technologies.

Dr. V. V. N. Kishore

TERI, Delhi

Dr. V.V.N. Kishore did his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, Waltair. After that, he persued his M.Tech.and PhD from IIT Kanpur. His area of expertise is under Renewable energy. He was former professor and head at Department of Energy and Environment, TERI. He was visiting fellow at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and visiting Professor at the UK Open university. He is a renowned member of ASME, AIChE, ACS and Fellow of World Technology network. He got “Dr. K.S. Rao Memorial Award” of SESI(Solar Energy Society of India) in year 2001. He has many books and publications under his name.
Research Interests: Solar energy, Biomass, Distributed power generation.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Daniel Abraham
Argonne National Lab, USA

Dr. Mitch Anstey
Sandia National Labs, USA

Prof. Palani Balaya
National University of Singapore

Prof. Parag Banerjee
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Dr. Seemita Banerjee
BARC, Mumbai

Dr. Rajendra Nath Basu

Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya
Monash University, Australia

Prof. Sayan Bhattacharya
IISER, Kolkata

Prof. Gautam N. Yadama
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Dr. Guy Ankonina
Technion, Israel

Prof. Debajyoti Das
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur

Dr. J. Harper

Prof. Tushar Jana
University of Hyderabad

Prof. Priya Johari
Shiv Nadar University, UP

Dr. N. Kalaiselvi
CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi

Prof. Rasit Turan
Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Prof. Praveen Linga
National University of Singapore

Mr. Jagrat Mankad
Aditya Birla Science & Technology Co. Ltd., India

Prof. Gavin Walker
The University of Nottingham, UK

Prof. Craig Froome
The University of Queensland, Australia

Prof. G. P. Das
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur

Prof. Chin Pan
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Srivastava
CSIR-NPL, New Delhi

Dr. N. Rajalakshmi
CFCT-ARCI, Chennai

Dr. M. M . Shaijumon
IISER, Thiruvananthapuram

Prof. Neeraj Sharma
University of New South Wales, Australia

Prof. Brian Sheldon
Brown University, USA

Prof. Raj N. Singh
Oklahoma State University, USA

Prof. Anurag K. Srivastava
Washington State University, USA

Mr. Kumaravel Jothi
Semyung India Eenterprises Pvt. Ltd, Chennai

Prof. Sagar Mitra | Prof. Balasubramaniam Kavaipatti
Organizing Secretary, ICAER 2015,
Department of Energy Science And Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Mumbai, India
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