Institute Chair, Professor and Principal Investigator, Center of Nanosciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
The Infosys Prize 2010 for Engineering and Computer Science is awarded to Ashutosh Sharma in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the fields of surfaces and interfaces, adhesion, pattern formation, nanocomposites, materials science, and hydrodynamics, which have practical applications in such areas as energy storage, filtration, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and optoelectronics.
His current research interests include intersections of mechanics, materials and manufacturing on micro and nano-scales with emphasis on self-organization and instabilities; nano-patterning and functional multiscale interfaces for applications in energy, environment and health.
Scope and impact of work
Professor Ashutosh Sharma is an engineering scientist whose work lies at the intersections of chemical and materials sciences and engineering, physics, and nanotechnology. The focus of his work lies in probing how chemical and physical properties of surfaces, interfaces and materials, especially at atomistic and nanometer length scales, influence the evolution of structure and patterns. Professor Sharma has conducted very elegant and quantitative experiments in combination with theory and simulation that have provided critical insights into how structures form, their stability and their properties which, in turn, address important connections between chemical synthesis and function.
The research he conducted has important use in such diverse application areas such as energy storage, filtration, micro- and nano-scale functional devices and optoelectronics. His work provides an excellent illustration of how research at the intersections of traditional disciplines can provide scientific and engineering discoveries of practical significance.
Citation By The Infosys Prize 2010 Engineering And Computer Science Jury
Professor Ashutosh Sharma has made scholarly scientific contributions in the broad areas of nanoscale surface pattern evolution, instability, and the dynamics of thin liquid and solid films and soft matter. These scientific studies have provided fundamental contributions to the fields of surfaces and interfaces, adhesion, structure evolution, nanocomposites, and hydrodynamics.
Professor Sharma's work also has important applications in energy storage, filtration, micro-electro-mechanical systems and optoelectronics. His research carried out entirely in India, has combined elegant experiments with theory and simulation, and has been widely published and cited in major international journals.