Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng

TitleDirector, Center for Nanotechnology & Sustainability, National University of Singapore

Professor PE Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair ( is among the top four researchers at the National University of Singapore, and among the top six researchers of Singapore ( NUS ranked among the top ten best global universities for engineering in the world. He is among the top 500 highly cited researchers in the world. Highest professional distinctions include an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is also an elected Fellow of American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS); ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME); American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE); Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE and Institution of Materials, Minerals & Mining, IoM3, UK; ISTE, India; and International Union of Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE). He is senior member of IEEE. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and the GMP training from Harvard University, USA. Among numerous recognitions he received are: IIT Madras Distinguished Alumni Award; Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship; UK Cambridge Nehru Fellowship; Springer Nature-China New Development Award, Honorary Everest Chair of Nepal; CUT Honorary Engineering Doctorate, South Africa; APA Distinguished Researcher Award, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies President award- Global Visionary; Global Engineering Dean’s Council Ambassador; ASEAN Outstanding Engineer Award; Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award. Thomson Reuters identified him among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. His Google Scholar shows ~ 2,000 articles, over 127,551 citations, 164 H-index, and over 1076 i10-index. Clarivate Analytics recognized him among the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in the world in materials science and cross-fields categories. Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 50 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide based on saliency, publications, citations and h-index ( He is regarded as the guru of electrospinning and nanofibers ( and

His academic leadership includes NUS’s Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Director of NUS International Relations Office; Founding Director of NUS Bioengineering; Founding Co-Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Institute. As a founding Chairman he championed the establishment ~ $100 million Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He served as a board member of several national organizations, policy institutes, and tertiary education institutions. He received Long Service Medal- Pingat Bakti Setia during Singapore National Day Awards 2021. He founded the Global Engineering Deans Council while serving as the Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Educator Societies (IFEES). He is a member of World Bank Advisory Group for the India Tertiary Education NEP Dialogue Analytical and Advisory work (ASA). He authored the book The Changing Face of Innovation. He is a founding member of Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore, PRAS (, and Chairman of Plastics Recycling Center of Excellence (PRCOE). He is the Circular Economy Taskforce Chair at NUS ( He is a member of Extended Producer Responsibility Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore. He is a member of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee of Singapore Institute of Directors ( He is a member of Enterprise Singapore’s and ISO’s Committees on ISO/TC323 Circular Economy and WG3 on Circularity. He also the Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing TC at the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES); and a member of standards committee of Singapore Manufacturing Federation ( He is a member of Technical Committee for Circularity of Materials, Environment and Resources Standards Committee, Enterprise Singapore (ESG). He is an advisor to the MSE-National Environmental Agency’s CESS events, (;; He is an organizer of MRS Materials Circular Economy symposium ( He co-authored a book ‘Sustainability for Beginners”. He is an advisor to the World Bank. He is a member of UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda ( His book on Circular Economy ( received 2021 Springer Nature: China New Development Award. European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said “Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all”.

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