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Education

  • PhD - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1982

  • MSc (Chemistry) - Madurai University, 1977

  • BSc (Chemistry) - University of Madras 1975
     

Experience

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1997 - 1998.

  • Manager, X-Ray Structure Facility, Department of Chemistry, The University of Western Ontario, LONDON, Canada, 1989 - 1997

  • Senior Research Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. September 1987 - April 1989.

  • Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, The University of Western Ontario LONDON, Canada, 1982 - 1987.

  • Lecturer in Chemistry, Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Tamil Nadu, India, 1977 - 1978.

Awards and Honours

  • Included in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2005, 2006

  • Second Prize Safety Excellence Award for Laboratories for very good laboratory safety management, by the Office of Safety, Health and Environment, 2005.

  • ISCAS Bronze Medal, Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists, India for contributions in the field of Solid State Chemistry, 2001

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Grant Award for International Authors, 2002

  • DAAD-NUS Exchange Visit Fellowship to Göttingen, Germany, June-July, 2002

  • Recipient of the first "Kharkanawala Memorial Award", Indian Thermal Analysis Society, India, 1980


Professional Affiliations and Activities

Editorial Board

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic and Nano-Metal Compounds (A new Taylor and Francis Journal) from 2006

  • Member, International Editorial Board of Main Group Metal Chemistry - from 2003

Book and Journal Editing

  • Book, 'Frontiers in Crystal Engineering', Edward R.T. Tiekink and Jagadese Vittal (Editors), Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2006, ISBN: 0-470-02258-2.

  • J.N. Moorthy and J.J. Vittal (Special issue editors) on Coordination Polymers for the Journal of Molecular Structure. Tentative date of publication: April, 2006

Reviewer for International Journals: Refereeing about 30-40 manuscripts yearly for various journals like Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry – A European Journal, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials, Crystal Growth & Design, Langmuir, Chemical Communications, Dalton Transactions, New Journal of Chemistry, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, Journal of Molecular structure, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Polyhedron, Monatshefte fur Chemie, Solid State Sciences, Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic and Nano-Metal Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry & Applications, Coordination Chemical Reviews,  Journal of Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Journal of Inorganic & Organometallic Polymers & Materials, Austr. J. Chemistry, Acta Crystallographica Sections C & E, Journal of Chemical Crystallography, International J. of Environ. & Pollution, and Zeitschrift fuer Kristallographie.

 

External Reviewer for Grants:
  • Grant proposals for Czech Science Foundation, 2003 and 2005

  • Expert reviewer of South African Research Chairs Initiatives (SARCI) funded by the National Research Foundation, South Africa, 2006.

Member of Board of Examiners of External MSc and PhD Thesis: Bharatiar University (PhD -1999, 2001, 2002 & 2006), Bharathidasan University (PhD - 2002), Banaras Hindu University (PhD - 2002), Madras University (PhD - 2004), IIT Bombay (PhD - 2004), Adelaide University (MSc - 2001), the University of Melbourne (MSc – 2005), University of Hyderabad (PhD – 2005), IIT Kanpur (PhD – 2006), Bharathidasan University (PhD – 2006) & the Department of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine (MSc - 2003), NUS.

Other Professional Activities

  • Founder and Organising Committee member, Singapore National Crystal Growing Challenge. 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004

  • Singapore representative to the Council of Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA). From 1998

  • One of the judges, Singapore Science and Engineering Fair conducted by Singapore Science Centre, March 2005

  • One of the judges, Poster session of the 9th Youth Science Conference, Singapore Polytechnic, August 2004

  • One of the judges, "Proposal & Supervision of Scientific Research Project", SNIC and Department of Chemistry for teachers, March 2002

  • One of the Judges, "Chemistry Communications Challenge", 2001

  • One of the speakers, Science Vision, Faculty of Science, September 1999

  • Organising Committee Member, 15th SNIC Chemistry Speech Contest, 1998

  • Organising Committee Member, Mentornet Program, 1997

  • K.C. Patil, J.J. Vittal and P. Ganguly (editors) "Directory of Thermal Analysis in India 1988 89", Indian Thermal Analysis Society, 1989

  • A Member, Editorial Board of "Thermal Analysis Title Service", a quarterly periodical by Indian Thermal Analysis Society. December 1980 to January 1986

Conferences

  • A scientific committee member and chairman of the symposium, ‘New routes to inorganic materials, films and nanocrystals’ for the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, ICMAT-2007 to be held 1-6 July 2007

  • A member of the Scientific Program Committee, Singapore International Chemical Conference-4. Frontiers in Chemical Design and Syntheses (SICC-4), Singapore, December 8-10, 2005

  • Coordinator, Singapore-India Cooperative & Collaborative Chemistry Symposium (SInCCCS-3), IIT Kanpur, India, December 16-18, 2004

  • Program Committee Member, Asian Crystallographic Association meeting (AsCA04), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, China, June 27-30, 2004

  • A scientific committee member, International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2003) and 7th International Union of Materials Research Society (ICA 2003), Singapore, December 7-12, 2003

  • Chairman of the symposium, 'New Materials by Crystal Engineering Design' at ICMAT, Singapore, December 7-12, 2003

  • Coordinator, Singapore-India Cooperative & Collaborative Chemistry Symposium (SInCCCS-2), IIT Bombay, India, November 7-8, 2003

  • Organizer, Singapore-India Cooperative & Collaborative Chemistry Symposium (SInCCCS-1), Singapore, December 3-4, 2002

  • Member, Scientific Program Committee, Singapore International Chemical Conference-2. Frontiers in Chemical Design and Syntheses, Singapore, December 18-20, 2001

  • International Program Committee member, 3rd Conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association conference, AsCA98, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October, 13-15, 1998


Invited Talks and Chairing Scientific Sessions

  • Invited speaker at the 9th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences (EuAsC2S-9)"Innovations in Chemical Biology at the Bridge of Eurasia" in September 9-13, 2006,  in Antalya, Turkey.

  • Keynote Speaker, 37th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry ((ICCC-37), Cape Town, South Africa, August 13-18, 2006.

  • Second MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials, Materials Research Society (MRS) of Singapore & Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore, January 18-20, 2006

  • 6th Frontier Science Symposium, Faculty of Science, NUS, Singapore, November 8-9, 2005.

  • One of the Plenary speakers and a scientific session chair, 4th National Symposium and Conference on Solid State Chemistry and Allied Areas, Goa University, Goa, India, December, 1-3 2005

  • Northern Illinois University, USA, June, 2005

  • MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials, Materials Research Society (MRS) of Singapore & Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore, August 6, 2004

  • 6th Asian Crystallography Meeting (AsCA04), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, China, June 27-30, 2004

  • First Chemistry - IMRE Joint Symposium 2002, September 10, 2002

  • Also chaired a scientific session, National Conference & Symposium on Solid State Chemistry and Allied Areas (NCSCA 2001), IIT Kanpur, India, December 6-8, 2001

  • Chaired a scientific session, Singapore International Chemical Conference II - Frontiers in Chemical Design and Synthesis, Singapore, December 18-20, 2001

  • Microsymposium, Crystal Engineering at the IV Meeting of Asian Crystallographic Association, IISc, Bangalore, India 18-21 November 2001

  • 30th Annual Session of the Institute of Chemistry, represented Singapore National Institute of Chemistry and gave an invited talk, Columbo, Sri Lanka, June 20-21, 2001

  • University of Hyderabad, University of Madras, IITs at Chennai and New Delhi in November and December 2001

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, London (North India Section), University of Delhi, Delhi, India, December 11, 2001

  • The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, August 11, 2000

SERVICE

Administrative Responsibilities and Services to NUS

  • Manager, X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory 1997-2005. Managing the facility with a Research Technologist and a part-time X-ray crystallographer. Providing my service and expertise to more than 16 staff members of the Chemistry Department and many academic institutions outside Singapore

  • Chairman, Graduate Committee, 2003- 2005

  • Member, Faculty Research Committee, from 2005

  • Advisor, Americas Sections, Undergraduates Exchange Program, International Relations Office, NUS, from 2005

  • Member, Graduate Committee, from 1997

  • Member, the Executive Committee for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, from 2003 - 2005

  • Co-chair Safety and Space Committees, 2005

  • University Thesis Examiner. NUS MSc & PhD Theses examined since 1997

  • Oral Examination Committee. NUS PhDs since 1997

  • Chairman, PhD Oral Examination Committee, 2003-2005 chaired more than 50 oral exams

  • A member of the Safety, Security & Health Committee. From 2001

  • Deputy Chairman, Teaching Assistantship & Support, 2001 - 2005

  • Promoting NUS-Chemistry: Talks on "Opportunities for Graduate Studies in Chemistry at NUS" in Colombo, Sri Lanka (June 21, 2001) and several leading universities in India including Bangalore University, University of Hyderabad, University of Madras, Anna University, Delhi University, Indian Institute of Technology at Chennai, Kanpur and New Delhi in November and December 2001, to advertise NUS Chemistry department and to attract the best students in India and Sri Lanka

  • Interviewed postgraduate students for the Graduate School of Science, in India, August 1998

  • Academic Mentor, Faculty of Science since 1997

At the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 1982-97 

  • Member, Instrumental Services Committee and a member of X-Ray Committee, 1994-1997

  • Member, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, UWO, 1995-1997

  • One of the Judges, London and District Science and Technology Fair. 1991-1996

  • One of the Judges, Bruce Regional Science & Technology Fair, 1995 & 1996

  • One of the Judges, Annual Chemistry Challenge at the Chemistry Department, UWO, 1994

  • Volunteer for Western Discovery Days, 1994-1996

  • One of the Founders, India Cultural Association of London, Canada in 1986 and Treasurer in 1990-92

  • Program Coordinator, Producer and DJ for the radio program "Bharath Geeth Maala", CHRW Radio Station, University of Western Ontario, 1983-85

  • Secretary, Indo-Canadian Students Association at the University of Western Ontario, 1983-84

 At the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1978-82

  • A Member, Organizing Committee for the Students' Seminars of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, 1980-1981.

  • Student Representative, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Department to the Students' Advisory Council, IISc, 1978-1980.

 

 

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