Prof. Jagdish Narayan is the John C. Fan Family Distinguished Chair in Materials Science and Engineering Department of North Carolina State University, USA.
Prof. Narayan did his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur in 1969 and subsequently did his MS and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1970 and 1971 respectively. He is internationally known for his pioneering contributions in laser annealing and pulsed laser deposition, defects and interfaces, domain matching epitaxy for novel thin-film heterostructures across the misfit scale, and creation of new materials with unique properties. His research on defects and interfaces focuses on the structure-property of thin-film heterostructures, needed for improved and novel solid-state devices. His most recent research pertains to diamond and c-BN based thin film heterostructures for next-generation high-power and high-frequency devices, including the discovery of Q-carbon and Q-BN and direct conversion of carbon into diamond and h-BN into c-BN at ambient temperatures and pressures in air. He has published over 500 archival journal papers, 48 US Patents, and 9 edited books, which have over 35,000 citations. Prof. Narayan has received the highest honors from the State of North Carolina (North Carolina Science Award), UNC System (O. Max Gardener Award), and North Carolina State University (Holladay Medal). His other honors include NAE, NAI and NAS-I, ASM International Gold Medal, Acta Materialia Gold Medal, TMS RF Mehl Gold Medal; and Fellow MRS (Inaugural), Fellow APS, Fellow AAAS, Fellow TMS, and Fellow ASM International. He is also the winner of six R&D-100 Awards, widely recognized as "Oscars of Innovation". Prof. Narayan is also the recipient of the prestigious IITK Distinguished Alumnus Award of 1998.