Dr. Abdul Kalam S, research associate at Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy Material (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad, has been awarded Outstanding Paper for ORAL presentation on “laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for the detection of high energy materials in the near-field and standoff mode with femtosecond pulses” at the 12th International High Energy Materials Conference and Exhibit (HEMCE-2019) held at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai on 17th December, 2019.

Dr. Abdul Kalam recently earned his Ph.D. from School of Physics (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad under the supervision of Prof. Soma Venugopal Rao. He is currently working as a research associate in ACRHEM, university of Hyderabad. During his Ph.D. he worked on developing laser induced breakdown spectroscopic (LIBS) system using femtosecond pulses for the detection of energetic materials in near and standoff regimes. His major research interests lie in the field of laser matter interaction, plasma spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, and multivariate analysis. His research interests are also focused on developing approaches to detect high energy materials in trace levels in standoff mode through improving the LIBS sensitivity. Earlier, he received best oral presentation award in International symposium on plasma, IPR, Gandhinagar, in 2017 organized by PSSI (Plasma Scientific Society of India). He also received the Dr. K. V. Rao young scientist award in physics (Runner Up-II) for 2018-19 presented by Dr. K. V. Rao Scientific Society, Hyderabad for his outstanding research on standoff detection of high energy materials using femtosecond filaments.