Prof. Thirumalai Venkatesan
Prof. Thirumalai Venkatesan obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He then did a Ph.D. from the University of New York. Prof Venkatesan spent 17 years at Bell Labs/ Bellcore as a scientist/research manager, 17 years as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, physics at the center for superconductivity at the University of Maryland.
Prof. Venkatesan spent 17 years at Bell Labs / Bellcore as a scientist/research manager, 17 years as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics at the Center for Superconductivity at the University of Maryland. In 2008, he founded the Nano Institute at NUS Singapore where he is the provost chair professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, MSE and NGS departments, and the Director of NUS Nano Science and Nano Technology Institute (NUSNNI). He was also the founding director of the surface modification lab at Rutgers University.
In 2008, he founded the Nano Institute at NUS Singapore where he is the provost chair professor of electrical and computer engineering, physics, MSE and NGS departments, and the director of NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute (NUSNNI). He was also the founding director of the surface modification lab at Rutgers University.
Prof. Venkatesan pioneered the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) process in its application to thin films of complex oxides and related materials, which has transformed research on multi-component films/heterostructures globally. Starting with high-quality films of high-temperature cuprate superconductors, it has since been used to make magnetoresistive manganites, ferroelectrics, dilute magnetic oxides, oxide-photocatalysts, bioactive substrates and multiferroic heterostructures that can be integrated with silicon electronics.
Prof. Venkatesan has made and continues to make seminal contributions in all these areas and his current research interest spans oxides for electronics, memory, photonics, energy, and health. He has published over 650 papers in refereed journals, has over 30 patents, and is an ISI highly cited Physicist (ranked 66 globally in 1989) with over 33,500 citations (h-index of 94 as per Google Scholar). He has graduated over 45 Ph.D's, 30 Post Docs, and over 30 undergraduate students. He and his team over the years have generated research funding in excess of 100 Million US dollars. Prof Venkatesan is the winner of the George Pake Prize of the American Physical Society (2012), IPS President's gold medal, Bellcore Award of Excellence, University of Maryland Graduate Board award. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, World Innovation Forum, an honorary guest professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and academician of Asia-Pacific academy of materials.
Prof. Venkatesan was a member of APS physics policy committee in Washington DC (2003-2005), Vice-Chair and Chair of Forum on industry and applications of physics (FIAP) at APS, a member of greater Washington-Baltimore Indian CEO society, the advisory board of University of Maryland (MD) incubator and its board of visitors. He has organized numerous symposia in the area of oxides, with APS, MRS, ICMAT, ICYRAM, SPIE, co-founded the international workshop on oxide electronics with Koinuma and Kawasaki and is an organizing committee member of IUMRS, ICMAT (2011-2015) Singapore and MRS 2016.
Achievements and Honors
- Fellow of Royal Society, UK, 2021
- Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2015 by IIT Kanpur.
- George Pake prize of the American Physical Society.
- IPS President's gold medal.
- Bellcore award of Excellence.
- The University of Maryland graduate board award.
- Fellow of the American Physical Society.