​NTU Singapore materials scientist B.V.R. Chowdari receives the Silver Jubilee International Medal from the Materials Research Society in India


Dr B.V.R. Chowdari, a materials scientist at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has been awarded the Silver Jubilee International Medal from the Materials Research Society of India (MRSI).

The award recognises Dr Chowdari’s outstanding efforts in materials sciences research, and his illustrious career in grooming and connecting scientists around the world since 1986.

The Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) is a professional interdisciplinary institute founded in 1989. It has over 4,000 members, and aims to enhance and develop the field of materials sciences and engineering in India and beyond.

Dr Chowdari received the prestigious award on 11 February 2020 from Professor S. B. Krupanidhi, President of MRSI, at the 2nd Indian Materials Enclave and 31st Annual General Meeting of MRSI, held at The Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute in Kolkata, India.

On receiving the award, Dr Chowdari said, “I am truly honoured to be receiving this award, and more importantly, this is a true international recognition for NTU’s efforts in putting the university and especially Singapore, in the global materials sciences community. This award will continue to motivate me to work further to the best of my capacity.”

One of his notable achievements include being invited into Singapore Tourism Board’s exclusive Conference Ambassador Programme in 2006, for his efforts in expanding the materials science field in Singapore and nurturing research and industry collaboration across multiple sectors.

A passionate engineer with a strong interest in developing innovative materials for energy storage, Dr Chowdari had published around 300 scientific papers that generated over 20,000 citations; an achievement which made him one of Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers in 2018. At present, he is also the President of the Materials Research Society of Singapore, Chairman of the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) series, and an editorial board member at multiple international journals.

Dr Chowdari strongly believes that there is never an endpoint for research excellence and scientists should always strive to push the boundaries regardless of their achievements. He said, “It is always a challenge to stay at the top. One must not take anything for granted and continue to work hard to ensure the torch of scientific enquiry remain bright, which will also inspire young scientists to follow suit.”

An award-winning scientist, Dr Chowdari’s previous accolades include the title of “Officer in the Order of Academic Palms” conferred by the French Government; Honorary Fellow of the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences; Outstanding Science Entrepreneur award by the National University of Singapore; elected member of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific; and lead academician and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials. He is also an Honorary Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh in India.

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