Dr S Venugopal Rao of the Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy materials (ACRHEM) at University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been named winner of the NASI-SCOPUS award in Physics for the year 2013. Out of the 48 applications received only five were short-listed for the award. Dr. Venugopal Rao is the only one selected for his contributions in establishing a world class experimental setup and for excellent publications with high citations.

The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) in Allahabad is the oldest of the three scientific academies in India. It is founded in the year 1930, with the objectives to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them. In recent collaboration with Elsevier, publishers of numerous scientific journals and books, NASI have introduced the NASI-Scopus Award for young scientists. The philosophy of the Scopus Awards program is to celebrate science, and this has been emphasized over the years through the awards that have been given where winners are selected after a fairly rigorous process.



Venugopal Rao


Dr. Venugopal came to ACRHEM in 2007 from IIT-Guwahati, where he had joined the Physics department after a postdoc in Scotland. His doctoral work was at the UoH, on Incoherent Laser Spectroscopy for the measurement of ultra-fast relaxation times and third order nonlinearities in a variety of organic molecules.

The Elsevier Scopus Awards, started in 2005, recognize and reward the talent, knowledge and expertise of young scientists around the globe in a variety of disciplines. Currently, 15 countries have participated in the award, each marked with an event co-organized by Elsevier with prestigious national consortia, funding body or society. Traditionally, these academic groups nominate an award committee to recognize scholarly output, citations, and prestige of their region’s outstanding researchers across a range of subject areas. Publication and citation information provided by Scopus helps the committee to assess country-wide research strengths and rising talent.