29 August, Hyderabad
Indian Institute of Technology- Hyderabad (IIT-H) Professor Chandra Shekhar Sharma has been chosen for the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2017. Prof Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, has been recognized for contributing significantly in the areas of electrospun nanofibers, nanostructured carbon materials and nature-inspired functional surfaces. They have a wide range of applications in important domains such as energy storage, environmental remediation and healthcare.
The NASI as part of its Platinum Jubilee Year in 2005 constituted the NASI Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award to recognize outstanding scientific contributions of young scientists (under the age of 35 years) in the areas of Physical/Chemical and Biological Sciences. This year, this award was given to 17 young scientists across the country. Dr Chandra Shekhar Sharma is one of the three awardees for Engineering Sciences, a statement from IIT-H said here today.
Prof Sharma and along with his team has recently developed electrospun nanofibers- based female hygiene product using biodegradable polymer. Commercial sanitary napkins add non-biodegradable petroleum-based Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) into their absorbent core, which can have adverse health hazards apart from environmental problems in safe disposal of sanitary pads after use. Prof Sharma’s team have eliminated the use of these SAPs by using material which has properties like high surface area and porosity for nanofibers.