Professor Ajayan Vinu

Professor Ajayan Vinu

Global Innovation Chair Professor and Director of Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials

Prof. Vinu is currently working as a Global Innovation Chair Professor and Director of Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, Prof. Vinu was also working as a Full Professor of Nanomaterials, at the Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, Australia from 2015 to 2017. His previous employment was as a Full Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia during September 2011-2015. Before moving to Australia, he had been working as a senior researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan since 2006 after he had successfully completed two years of the ICYS fellowship at the same institute and a few years of research at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK), Germany. Although Prof. Vinu registered his PhD at Anna University, he performed most of his PhD work at the TUK, Germany (2000-2003). During these 17 years of research, Prof. Vinu has made a significant contribution in the field of nanoporous materials and their application in sensing, energy storage, fuel cells, adsorption and separation, and catalysis.

The quality of his research has been recognised with several international awards including Scopus Young Researcher Award 2014, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel award by the Humboldt Society (2010), JSPS Senior Invitational Fellow for the year 2014, Australian Future Fellowship (Professorial Level) for the year 2010, Indian Society for Chemists and Biologists award for excellence for the year 2010, Catalysis Society of India Young Scientist award for the year 2010, Chemical Society of Japan Award for the Young Scientist for the year 2008, Laureate of Khwarizmi International Award 2008, Asian Excellent Lectureship Award, and ICYS fellowship. Prof. Vinu is honoured with the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC (UK), Fellow of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), Fellow of World Academy of Ceramics (FWAC), Fellow of World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS) and Foreign Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, FFMAS.

His contribution in the field of nanoporous materials is also clearly reflected by his international ranking by Science Watch as one of the top 15 researchers in the field and has led to ca. 340 papers in high impact factor journals with ca. 15,800 citations and a H-index of 64. His research has been published in top journals like Angew. Chemie, Nano Letters, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater, Adv. Funct., Mater. Chem., Eur. J., Chem. Mater., etc. with an average of 850 citations per year. At least 40 of his papers have been cited more than 100 times (18 papers have been cited more than 200 times) and 80 papers have been cited more than 50 times. The innovative nature and commercial potential of his research is evidenced by 30 national and international patents.

He has also been invited to write several chapters by renowned publishers including Wiley, Elsevier and American Scientific. He is the Editor of Science of Advanced Materials and Australian Editor of Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and recently. Professor Vinu is in the Editorial board of several journals namely Materials Today Nano, Emergent Materials, Scientific Reports, Chemical Record, Journal of Nano Science and Nanotechnology, Current Science, etc. He has been invited to deliver presentations at numerous international conferences, workshops and seminars and chaired sessions of several international conferences. Prof. Vinu has visited institutes in more than 40 countries to deliver lectures and gave ca. 215 lectures including 33 plenary and 28 keynote lectures at international conferences as well as ca. 165 invited talks. He was also offered honorary professor position from leading universities including Hokkaido University, Japan, Yonsei University, South Korea, Kyungpook National University, South Korea, Fudan University, China, Jilin University, China, Mangalore University, India, and Anna University, India, and Adjunct Principal Researcher from Korean Research Institute for Chemical technology, Daejeon, South Korea.