Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh is the Director of the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, India and is a Professor and the Dean of Chemical Sciences, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).
Born in Quilon, Kerala, Ajayaghosh obtained his Masterâ€™s degree in chemistry (1984) and a Ph. D (1989) from Calicut University. He joined the Regional Research Laboratory, CSIR (presently CSIR-NIIST), as a Scientist in 1988. Susequently, he was the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Plank Institute for Strahlen Chemie, Germany (1994-96) and a visiting faculty to many universities and research institutions abroad.
His research contributions are in the interdisciplinary areas of organic photoresponsive materials, supramolecular chemistry, molecular self-assembly, organogels and molecular probes and sensors. He has developed a new class of functional soft materials namely pi-gels having potential applications in energy harvesting, sensing and security materials. He has developed several fluorescent probes for sensing and imaging of biological specimen. His scientific contributions are recognized with the prestegeous Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Chemical Sciences (2007), the Infosys Science Prize (2012), Â the Silver Medal of the Chemical Research Society of India (2013), the TWAS Prize for Chemistry (2013) and the J. C. Bose National Fellowship (2015). He is the first chemist to receive the Infosys Science Prize.
He has published over 160 research articles, five book chapters, filed 13 patents and supervised 25 Ph. Ds. His publications are cited over 12000 times with an average citation of 70/paper having an H-index of 56.
He is a Fellow of all the major Science Academies of India. In addition, he is an honorary fellow of the Kerala Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences. Since 2013, he serves as an Associate Editor of PCCP, a RSC Journal and a senior editor of the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. He has been in the Editorial Board of Chemistry: An Asian Journal, Chem.Photochem and Accounts of Chemical Research. He is a member of several academic and institutional bodies and a member of various selection committees.
In addition to his research responsibilities, Ajayaghosh is actively involved in the science education, science popularization, and in science awareness programmes.
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