Dr B.L.V. Prasad, a Senior Principal Scientist and Chairman of the Physical and Materials Chemistry (PMC) Division of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, has been selected as the Director of Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru. CeNS is an autonomous research institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
Dr Prasad had his schooling and early education in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He obtained Master of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Hyderabad Central University. After two post-doctoral stints, one at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, and the second at Kansas State University, United States, he joined CSIR-NCL in 2003.
His group actively works in the general area of material synthesis and particular nanoparticles and nanoscale materials. He has published more than 125 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has eight international patents to his credit. He was invited as visiting professor by different universities in many countries, including Japan, USA, UK, France, and Germany.
Dr Prasad has been recognised with several awards that include the most recent Prof. CNR Rao National Prize for Chemical Research, MRSI-ICSC Materials Science Annual Prize for 2020, a Young Career Award from the DST Nano Mission, Bronze Medal by the Chemical Research Society of India in 2013, Raman Research Fellowship (CSIR) in 2012, Materials Research Society of India Medal in 2012, and Scientist of the Year by the NCL Research Foundation in 2009. He was also elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore) in 2014 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) in 2016.