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ChBE alumnus Dr. Animangsu Ghatak receives the S.K. Sharma Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award for 2015

Dr. Animangsu Ghatak, a graduate from the department (PhD, 2003) has been honored with the S. K. Sharma Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award for 2015 from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for his continued excellence in soft matter research particularly in the area of bio-inspired adhesion. The award medal was given to Animangsu in the Chemical Engineering Congress 2015, CHEMCON, a four-day annual flagship event of IIChE, wherein Chemical Engineering faculty from India and abroad share their knowledge and expertise for development. Animangsu also presented an invited distinguished talk on his research in this meeting.

A previous recipient of this award is Dr. Shivaji Sircar who is currently an Adjunct Professor in the department and received this award in 2004.

Dr. Ghatak received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh in 2003 under the supervision of Professor Manoj Chaudhury. Subsequently, he pursued a postdoctoral position at Cambridge University, UK and Harvard University, USA studying instability and fracture of soft materials.

He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2004 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. Dr. Ghatak has received the Young Engineer Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2006, Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2010, and has published in Science, Advanced Materials, Physical Review Letters, Proc. National Academy of Sciences, Langmuir and Soft Matter. In 2014, Dr. Ghatak was named a Gireesh Jankinath Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His research interests are in the areas of Adhesion, friction and fracture at soft interfaces, locomotion of soft objects, flow through microfluidic channels.

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