Vasant R. Choudhary

National Chemical Laboratory, India

Vasant R. Choudhary was born on January 1, 1944. He earned his B.S. (1965), M.S. (1967), and Ph.D. ( 1972) degrees from Pune University, Pune, India. After he earned his Ph.D. degree, he worked in Chemical Engineering Division of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (India). After about 30 years of research at NCL, which spanned diverse areas such as heterogeneous catalysis, energy efficient processes, chemical reaction engineering, fine chemicals and green chemistry, he retired as Scientist-G (Director’s Grade Scientist) in December, 2003. Since then he has been working as a Emeritus Scientist/NASI Sr. Scientist at NCL, Pune. His research has encompassed frontier areas of catalysis research such as zeolites and meso-porous materials, energy efficient methane conversion (syn gas production, combustion), lower alkane upgrading, green/environmental chemistry, and direct H2O2 synthesis. His pioneering work on methane partial oxidation and oxy-steam-CO2 methane reforming processes received worldwide acclaim and provided a strong impetus to the field of energy efficient syn gas generation. He has published over 400 research papers. He is one of the most cited scientists in India with over 7000 citations (h-index: 41). His innovative research has led to over 40 US/World patents and several Indian patents. He has guided over 30 Ph.D. students, and over 60 M.S., M.Tech. students on various research projects. He is on the Editorial board of Catalysis Communications and has served as a member of the advisory board of ChemCatChem and Recent Patents on Catalysts. He is a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Science Academy (INSA). He is also an honorary Fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. His honors/awards include the Vasvik Research Award in Chemical Sciences and Technology (1993), Eminent Scientist Award from the Catalysis Society of India (2000).

Biography Updated on 27 August 2012

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