Dr. Chinnappan Baskar is a Visiting Professor, Pattimura University, Ambon, Indonesia, and Former Director (Officiating) of THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology Tehri, Constituent Institute of Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He was Professor and Founding Director, Research and Development Center, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, India; Brain Korean 21 (BK21) Research Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology, and Co-researcher in Energy and Environmental Fusion Technology Center, Myongji University, South Korea. He worked as Director (Academic Affairs), Dev Bhoomi Group of Institutions, Dehradun, Uttarakhand; Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India. He received PhD in Organic and Materials Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore; M. Sc. Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research interests include Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Conducting Polymers, Green Chemistry and Engineering, Biomass Conversion; Biodegradable Polymers, Green Materials, Smart functional Materials, Solid Waste Management, Sustainability and Circular Economy. He has published several research papers in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He has Korean Patent and Singapore Patent on his credit. He was invited to attend and deliver lectures/seminars in international and national conferences & workshops, and faculty development programs. He has been a Chief Guest, Session Chairman, Advisory Committee, Scientific Committee, and Convener for many national and international conferences and workshops. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board member and referee for many international chemistry, materials science, biotechnology and energy journals. He was a member of Research and Development Committee for up-to-date progress of PhD Students in Chemistry at Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun. He has been the examiner for PhD & M. Phil thesis at various universities and institutes. He has a great passion for teaching. He taught various courses in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Retro-synthesis, Green Chemistry, Stereochemistry, Research Methodology, Biomass Conversion, General Chemistry, Engineering Chemistry for postgraduate, PhD and undergraduate students. He has received the "Teaching Excellence Award" from THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology; Distinguished Academician Award from Pentagram Research Center (P) Ltd, India and award for "Excellent Institute for Promoting Hydropower in Uttarakhand" in 2nd National Uttarakhand Education Summit & Awards 2015 by CMAI Association of India.
Dr Baskar is the Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Green Materials, Springer Nature Singapore. He was the Editor of Biomass Conversion: The Interface of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Materials Science (Springer-Verlag, 2012); author of Engineering Chemistry text book (Wiley India, 2012); co-author of Stereochemistry text book (Narosa Publishing House, Indian Edition, 2014 and Alpha Science International Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014), and co-author of Systematic Nomenclature of Organic Compounds text book (IK International Publishers, Delhi, 2015; Dreamtech Press and Wiley India, 2019). He was the Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Chemistry Letters, a journal of Taylor & Francis Groups, United Kingdom. Dr. Baskar is an author of YSB Foundation, Public Charitable Trust, Uttarakhand, India.
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair is among the top five impactful authors at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as in Singapore. NUS ranked among the top five best global universities for engineering in the world. He is among the top 500 highly cited researchers in the world. He is the Director of Center for Nanotechnology & Sustainability; and Circular Economy Taskforce Chair. He is a member of Extended Producer Responsibility Advisory Committee of National Environment Agency (NEA), Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE), Singapore. He is a member of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee of Singapore Institute of Directors. He is a member of Enterprise Singapore/ ISO Committees on ISO59020/TC323 Circular Economy and WG3 on Circularity. He Chairs the Sustainable Manufacturing TC at the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES); and a member of standards committee of Singapore Manufacturing Federation. He is a member of Singapore Standard Council working group on circular economy and circularity of materials. His book on Circular Economy received 2021 Springer Nature China New Development Award. European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said "Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all". He co-authored a book 'Sustainability for Beginners'. He is a member of UNESCO's Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda. He also advises the World Bank. He is honored with the Excellent Presentation Award by the ICWMT (International Conference on Waste Management and Technology) 2021 initiated by Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and UNEP. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy - Sustainability. He is an Associate Editor of eScience journal. He is an opinion contributor to the Springer Nature Sustainability Community. He teaches ME6501 Materials and Sustainability course. He also mentors Integrated Sustainable Design ISD5102 project students. Google Scholar shows 2,000 articles with 129,000 citations, 164 h-index, and 1084 i10-index for his sustained publications over the past three decades. Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 50 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide based on Saliency, publications, citations, and H-index. He is named among the World's Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters), and World's Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics). He is an Impact Speaker at the University of Toronto, Canada Low Carbon Renewable Materials Center (https://www.lcrmc.com/). He is a judge for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for the Global Prosperity. He advises technology companies with sustainability vision such as TRIA, Green Li-Ion, InfraPrime, Volt14 and AntePlastics. He is a Vice-President of Asian Polymer Association. He is a Founding Member of Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore, PRAS, and Chairman of Plastics Recycling Center of Excellence, PRCOE. His senior academic leadership roles include University Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Institute of Singapore. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); AAET; Singapore Academy of Engineering; and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received PhD from University of Cambridge, UK; & the GMP from Harvard University, USA.
Dr. Shikha Baskar is a Principal Investigator of SYST-DST Project, Chemistry and Bioprospecting Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. She obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry and M. Sc Chemistry from the Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India and received post-doctoral training at Myongji University, South Korea. She has worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Lovely Professional University, Punjab; Associate Professor of Chemistry and Dean (Academic Affairs), GRD Institute of Management and Technology, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, India; Guest Faculty, Faculty of Pharmacy and Women Institute of Technology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand Technical University. Her current research interests include synthetic organic chemistry, green chemistry, ionic liquids, biomass conversion, biodegradable polymers and bioplastics. She is the Section Editor of Encyclopedia of Green Materials, Springer Nature. She was the Co-Editor of Biomass Conversion: The Interface of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Materials Science (Springer-Verlag, 2012); co-author of Engineering Chemistry text book (Wiley India, 2012); and co-author of Systematic Nomenclature of Organic Compounds text book (IK International Publishers, Delhi, 2015; Dreamtech Press and Wiley India, 2019). She was the Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry Letters, a journal of Taylor & Francis Groups, United Kingdom.
Dr Rashmi Sharma is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. She received her PhD from University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan and M. Sc Biotechnology from the University of Roorkee (Presently known as Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee). She is a recipient of Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2004); and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Fellowship (1993-1995). She has worked in LABINDIA Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon (as Senior Scientist); Ocimum Biosolution Ltd, Hyderabad (as Lab Manager); and Amity Institute of Biotechnology (AIB), Noida (as an Assistant Professor). Currently, she is associated with Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division, State Science and Technology Programme and National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) Division of DST for developing and disseminating appropriate S&T interventions for societal need and communicating science to society. She has published several research papers in international journals. She is member of several Departmental and Ministerial Committees and is a prolific speaker at National and International Conferences, Seminars Workshops and All India Radio. She was honoured with Women Scientist Empowerment Award at National Conference sponsored by National Commission of Women, awarded Amity Outstanding Women Award on International Women Day (2019); honoured with SHERO by Biostandups in 2018 and was Star of the Department, Ocimum Biosolutions (2008).
Dr Amutha Chinnappan received her PhD degree in organic nanomaterials using ionic liquids for energy applications from Myongji University, South Korea in 2013. She then worked as a BK21 Postdoctoral Fellow until 2015, and after that became an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Department of Energy, Science and Technology, Myongji University. She is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Nanofibers & Nanotechnology, National University of Singapore. She has published 75+ peer reviewed scientific research articles in reputed international journals with high impact factors and large number of citations 1626 with h index-22 (Google scholar). She has been invited to attend and deliver lectures/seminars in international and national conferences & workshops. She has received many awards and accolades for her research work. She has received Brain Korea 21 Plus (BK21+) Postdoctoral Fellowship in South Korea; Excellence Award for outstanding achievements and exemplary performance as a Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Energy Science and Technology, Myongji University, South Korea; and Best Research Paper Award 2013 for outstanding performance in Ph.D, Myongji University, South Korea. She was Co-Advisor in The New Nano Advisory Board-Springer Nature. Her current research interests include green chemistry, circular economy, plastic recycling, conducting cables/ wires, smart textiles, wearable/flexible electronics, and ionic liquid-based functional nanomaterials for energy applications. She is the Section Editor of Encyclopedia of Green Materials, Springer Nature. She was the Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry Letters, a journal of Taylor & Francis Groups, United Kingdom.
Dr. Rashmi is a Senior Scientist at Chemistry and Bioprospecting Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India and presently working as Professor & Head, Department of Basic Science at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, India. She has received doctorate degree in Natural Product Chemistry from Chemistry Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India. She is a recipient of prestigious Daiko Foundation Fellowship, Japan and completed her post doctorate from Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan in 2009. Her research interest is focusing on Phytochemical investigation of medicinal and aromatic plants, essential oils, fatty oils, biopesticides and value addition of waste biomass into biodegradable entities. She has been conferred by Scientist Assistance Programme (SAP) Award from International Union of Forestry Research and Organization (IUFRO), Vienna, Austria and Young Scientist Awards by National Scientific organization, India. She has worked on a number of international and nationally funded research projects and developed green technologies/products. She has been and granted patent as well. She has authored/co-authored more than sixty research papers that reflect her research interests in diversified field of natural product chemistry. She is honorary member of professional societies.
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