Kesava Rao obtained degrees in chemical engineering from IIT Madras (B.Tech, 1977), and the University of Houston (M.S., 1979; Ph.D., 1982). He was a lecturer at Princeton University from 1982 to 1983, and has been a faculty member in the chemical engineering department at IISc since November 1983. His research interests are (a) granular flow, and (b) treatment of drinking water (primarily defluoridation).
Professor Biman Bagchi is internationally known in the area of physical and bio-physical chemistry, particularly in chemical dynamics and relaxation phenomena. Many of his papers have made large impact in science arena. He obtained his PhD from the Brown University, Rhode Island, USA and carried out post doctoral work both at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland, USA. He has been in the Advisory Editorial Boards of many journals, including JCP (AIP) , JPC (ACS), CPL (Elsevier) and Chem Phys (Elsevier). He has received many accolades, like Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, 7th GD Birla award, Goyal Prize and TWAS Prize in Chemistry. He is an elected Fellow of four major academies. Presently he is serving as Dean, Faculty of Sciences, IISc, Bangalore.
In his academic career, Professor Bagchi published more than 430 papers in reputed journals. He also authored two well-known monographs published by the Oxford University Press (NY) and Cambridge University Press (UK). And a third major text on Statistical Mechanics is in the process of getting published. He has authored 21 major review articles that are partly pedagogical and influenced generations of physical and theoretical chemists. Journal of Physical Chemistry (ACS) brought out a Festschrift in 2014 (August) to felicitate Prof. Biman Bagchi on his 60th birthday.
Balaji Jagirdar obtained his M.Sc. from IIT-Bombay in 1989 and his Ph.D. degree from Kansas State University in 1994, both in Chemistry. He had a year-and-a-half stint as a postdoc at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 1994-’95 before returning to India in October 1995. He joined the faculty of the Department of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry at IISc, Bengaluru.
His research interests include the activation of small molecules using organometallic compounds, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and materials for hydrogen storage and generation. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions (RSC).
P. S. Anil Kumar obtained a doctorate in Physics in 1998 from the University of Pune. He was a Dutch Technology Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Twente, in The Netherlands until 2000. Then he moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Microstructural Physics, Germany with a Max-Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship, and, subsequently, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. He joined the Department of Physics of the Indian Institute of Science in 2004. His research interests are in Spintronics, Magnetic Nano-structures, Magnetotransport in Metallic Multilayers and Oxides, Topological insulators, Magnetic properties of ultra-thin ferromagnets etc