Professor B.V.R. Chowdari is currently working as the Executive Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) – India Research Initiatives and also the Global Enterprise for Micromechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4). His current administrative responsibilities include fostering scientific relations between NUS and premier Indian Universities/Institutes in addition to administering the Secretariat of GEM4. He is also the Professor of Physics at NUS and Guest Professor at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China. Earlier, after having obtained a PhD degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, he served in various capacities at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and the University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Professor Chowdari’s research interests lie in condensed matter physics and materials chemistry. His current research focus is on the development of materials for applications in lithium ion batteries. He has published more than 175 research papers in various peer-reviewed international journals and trained 18 students for their PhD degrees. He is currently serving on the editorial board of a number of International scientific journals. He is also a member of the International Scientific Committee or Chairman of the Organizing Committee for more than 25 International Conferences.
He is currently serving as the President of the Asian Society for Solid State Ionics, Materials Research Society of Singapore, and President-elect of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). As the President of these professional societies, he has been associated with the organization of the last 11 Asian Conferences on Solid State Ionics and 5 International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT). He has also edited 14 books. In recognition of the success of the ICMAT series and the impact it has created worldwide in bringing together people from a large number of countries, Professor Chowdari has been conferred the title Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of France. He has also been awarded the Long Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore.