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Thirumalai Venkatesan

Professor, CQRT Director

Thirumalai Venkatesan

B.S., 1969, Indian Institute of Technology
M.S., 1971, Indian Institute of Technology
Ph.D., 1977, City University of New York and Bell Labs





2021 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

1987 & 2020 - Fellow of American Physical Society and Fellow of Materials Research Society, USA

2020 - Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Application of Physics- American Physical Society

1989 - 1990 - Bellcore Award of Excellence

1994 - 1995 - University of Maryland Graduate Board Award

2003 - Fellow of World Innovation Forum

2005 - 2008 - Honorary Guest Professor, Tsingua University, Beijing

2012 - George E Pake Prize of American Physical Society

2013 - Present - Provost Chair Professor, NUS

2013 - Academician, Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials

2014 - President's Gold Medal, Institute of Physics, Singapore

2016 - Nominated-World Economic Forum – Committee member for future advanced research

2015 & 2016 - Outstanding Alumnus Award, IIT Kanpur (2015) and IIT Kharagpur (2016




Prof. Thirumalai Venkatesan obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He then did a Ph.D. from the University of New York. Prof Venkatesan spent 17 years at Bell Labs/ Bellcore as a scientist/research manager, 17 years as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, physics at the center for superconductivity at the University of Maryland.

Thirumalai Venky Venkatesan is the inventor of the pulsed laser deposition process and is a pioneer in its application to thin films of complex oxides and related multi-component materials, which has transformed research on films/ heterostructures globally. Starting with high-quality films of high-temperature cuprate superconductors, he used this for magneto-resistive manganites, ferroelectrics, dilute magnetic oxides, oxide-photocatalysts, bioactive substrates and multiferroic heterostructures that can be integrated with silicon electronics. More recently, his work has extended to ultra-low energy memories and brain-like electronics based on organic molecular systems.

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  1. Sreetosh Goswami*, Rajib Pramanick, Abhijeet Patra, Santi Prasad Rath, Ariando, Damien Thomson, T. Venkatesan*, Sreebrata Goswami* and R Stanley Williams*, Decision Trees within a Molecular Memristor Nature, Sep. 3rd, 2021

  2. Hariom Jani, Linghu Jiajun, Sonu Hooda, Rajesh V. Chopdekar, Changjian Li, Ganesh Ji Omar, Saurav Prakash, Du Yonghua, Ping Yang, Agnieszka Banas, Krzysztof Banas, Siddhartha Ghosh, Sunil Ojha, G. R. Umapathy, Dinakar Kanjilal, A Ariando, Stephen J. Pennycook, Elke Arenholz, Paolo G. Radaelli, J. M. D. Coey, Yuan Ping Feng, T. Venkatesan, Reversible hydrogen-ion control of room temperature antiferromagnetic state in α-Fe2O3Nature Comm., 12, 1 (2021)

  3. Hariom Jani, Jheng-Cyuan Lin, Chen Jiahao, Jack Harrison, Francesco Maccherozzi, John Schad, Saurav Prakash, Chang-Beom Eom, Ariando, T. Venkatesan, Paolo G. Radaelli, Topological half-skyrmions and bimerons in an antiferromagnetic insulator at room temperatureNature, 590, 74 (2021)

  4. Xiaoxu Zhao, Peng Song, Chengcai Wang, Anders C Riis-Jensen, Wei Fu, Ya Deng, Dongyang Wan, Lixing Kang, Shoucong Ning, Jiadong Dan, T Venkatesan, Zheng Liu, Wu Zhou, Kristian S Thygesen, Xin Luo, Stephen J Pennycook, Kian Ping Loh, Engineering covalently bonded 2D layered materials by self-intercalation, Nature, 581, 171 (2020)

  5. Sreetosh Goswami, Santi P. Rath, Damien Thompson, Svante Hedström, Meenakshi Annamalai, Rajib Pramanick, B. Robert Ilic, Soumya Sarkar, Christian A. Nijhuis, Jens Martin, Sreebrata Goswami, and T. Venkatesan, A Ternary Resistive Memory Device Based on Charge Disproportionate Molecular Redox, Nature Nanotechnology (4/3/2020).