Dr. B. L. V. Prasad an alumnus of the University of Hyderabad, and Chair, Physical and Materials Chemistry Division of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) has been appointed as the Director of the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru. CeNS is an autonomous research institute under Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The Centre is engaged in materials research at all relevant length scales. Specifically, the current activities are focused on a variety of metal and semiconductor nanostructures, liquid crystals, gels, membranes and hybrid materials.

Dr. B. L. V. Prasad

Dr. Prasad completed his M.Sc. (Chemistry) at the University of Hyderabad and laterobtained Ph.D. from the university in 1997 working on the molecule based magnetic materials and theoretical understanding of spin coupling in conjugated and non-conjugated organic radicals under the supervision of Prof. T. P. Radhakrishnan, former Dean School of Chemistry. He started working in the area of nanomaterials during the two post-doctoral stintsat Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH), Japan,followed by Kansas State University (KSU), USA. At NCL his group is working on novel methods to prepare metal nanoparticles, nanoparticle and molecular self-assemblies and their applications. He is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice Chancellor congratulated Dr. Prasad on his appointment as the Director of DST-Censand wished him all the best on behalf of the University of Hyderabad.

(Contributed by: Research and Innovation Office, University of Hyderabad)