Dr. Elaprolu Narsimha Rao, Research Associate of (Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials (ACRHEM), School of Physics, University of Hyderabad (UoH) working under the supervision of Prof. M. Durga Prasad, School of Chemistry, UoH has been awarded with the best paper award and outstanding presentation of the paper titled “Orientation Dependence of Mechanical Sensitivity of β-5-Nitro-2,4-Dihydro-3H-1,2,4-Triazol-3-one(NTO): A High Pressure Study” in 13th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits-2022 organized by High Energy Materials Society of India Chandigarh-Delhi Chapter in association with Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory(TBRL), Chandigarh at TBRL Ranges, Ramgarh, Panchkula, Haryana, India during 26th-28th May 2022.

Dr. Elaprolu Narsimha Rao

This work highlights the pressure induced plane projections of the directional dependence of various polycrystalline properties in (100), (010) and (001) crystal planes and reveals the mechanical anisotropy versus impact, friction sensitivity correlations of β-5-Nitro-2,4-Dihydro-3H-1,2,4-Triazol-3-one (NTO). He is currently working on a DRDO project that aimed to develop a new theoretical model for the quantitative estimation of the impact sensitivity of HEM’s.

Dr. Elaprolu Narsimha Rao graduated in 2019 with Ph.D under the supervision of Dr. G.Vaitheeswaran, Associate Professor, School of Physics, UoH. His thesis was on “Structure-Property Correlation Studies of Carbonate Fluorides and Metal-Organic High Energy Materials” for NLO and THz detection applications. He has authored 11 research publications in reputed international journals like “The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ACS Omega, RSC Advances, Journal of Solid-State Chemistry” …etc. He finished his M.Sc in Physics with Electronics specialization from SR&BGNR Govt Degree and PG College-Khammam, Affiliated to Kakatiya University Warangal, Telangana. Since his joining at ACRHEM in 2010, he has been actively involved in exploring the structure-property-sensitivity correlations of various non-centrosymmetric HEM’s, non-linear optical (NLO) materials, and Topological Insulators at molecular and solid-state levels using Density Functional Theory (DFT) approaches.