Dr (Prof.) S. Anantha Ramakrishna, Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has been appointed Director of CSIR-CSIO (Central Scientific Instruments Organisation) Chandigarh. He joined his duties on 27 July 2020.
His research interests include Photonic properties of nano- and micro-structured materials, Development of metamaterials and plasmonic surfaces for applications at infra-red to optical frequencies, Negative refractive index, near-field imaging using negative index and plasmonic materials. In 1995, he obtained his post-graduate, MSc (Integrated) Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and in 2001 secured PhD from the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. During March 2001-April 2003, he was at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London for Post-doctorate. Before joining CSIR, Dr (Prof.) S. Anantha Ramakrishna was Professor in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in the Department of Physics.
Besides being awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award he has also been awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship, INSA Young Scientist Medal and Homi Bhabha Prize. Known for his specialisation in Optics and Condensed Matter Physics he has also made fundamental contributions in the field of metamaterials, and in developing new forms of anisotropic photonic materials. He has also held the post of Adjunct Faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali; Visiting Professor, Nanophotonics and Metrology group, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland; and Invited Professor, Institut Fresnel, Universite Aix Marseille-I, France. He has a rich array of publications and honours to his credit.