Executive Committee : IANCAS
President : Dr. A.V. R. Reddy
Dr. A.V.R. Reddy after completion of one year Orientation Course in Chemistry from BARC Training School during 1976-77, joined Nuclear Chemistry Section of Radiochemistry Division, BARC in 1977 and till 2008, he has been Head of the section. Later, he served as Head, Analytical Chemistry Division, BARC till superannuation on 31st May 2015. Dr. Reddy was a professor of HomiBhabha National Institute (HBNI), DAE and was a visiting professor to Mumbai University for 10 years. At present he is Prof. in Chemistry and Dean of Sciences, V.S. University, Nellore. His areas of research are nuclear fission, nuclear reactions, nuclear spectroscopy, heavy element chemistry, neutron activation analysis, speciation studies, electrochemistry and general analytical chemistry. He has more than 700 publications (journals and symposia). He has delivered a large number of invited talks in India and abroad. He is a co-author for 4 books, edited 22 compilations & books, and wrote chapters on nuclear analytical techniques in 3 books. During 1992-93, he worked in the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany on the chemistry of transactinide elements and extension of Periodic Table. Dr. Reddy worked as a technical officer in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna during 1999-2000 and a lead auditor in Chemistry, particularly for analytical techniques. Dr. Reddy visited many countries in Europe, Asia and South America to give lectures in nuclear sciences and advice on Quality assurance and quality control in Nuclear Analytical techniques and Radiochemistry. He is a member of many scientific Associations, President, IANCAS (Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists), Vice president, AEACI ( Association of Environmental Chemists of India), a fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and worked for three terms during 1996-2002 on the IUPAC commission on “Radiochemistry and nuclear analytical techniques”. He extends expertise to the collaborators from different universities in India. He was Member Secretary, Basic Science Committee, BRNS, DAE and managed a large number of projects in Physics, Chemistry, Bioscience and material sciences. He was a member, PAC (Chem), SERB, DST and now an expert member, Committee for Early Career Research (ECR) & National PDF, SERB, DST. He is on the Editorial Board of two peer reviewed international journals.
Vice-President (Head Quarters) : Dr. B.S.Tomar
Dr.B.S.Tomar, is currently Associate Director, Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, and Head, Radioanalytical Chemistry Division, BARC as well as Dean Academic (BARC) Chemical Sciences, HomiBhabha National Institute, DAE. He obtained his M.Sc. Degree in chemistry from Garhwal University, Srinagar in 1979. He joined the 25th batch of the BARC Training School in 1981 and won the HomiBhabha Prize for securing the first rank among the chemistry trainees. Subsequently he joined the Radiochemistry Division in 1982. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Bombay University in 1990 for his work on Nuclear and Radiochemical Studies on Fission of Actinides.
Dr. Tomar has worked on Nuclear Fission, Nuclear reactions, Perturbed Angular Correlation, Ion Beam Analysis and Speciation of actinides and fission products. He has 165 publications in the international journals. He has been supervising the research work of Ph.D. students as a postgraduate teacher of University of Mumbai as well as Senior Professor of HomiBhabha National Institute, DAE. So far 10 Ph.D. students and 3 M.Sc. students have completed their degree under his supervision. He was a visiting professor to Technical University Delft, The Netherlands during 2007-2008. He received the DAE, Special contribution award in 2008 and Group achievement award in 2015 for his contributions towards the strategic programme of the Department. He is the vice president of Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS) since 2015.
Vice-President (Outstation) : Prof. N.L.Das
(Advisor-Sciences, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam)
Prof.N.Lakshmana Das is the Advisor-Sciences, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. He served as Dean and Principal, GITAM Institute of Science for more than twelve years and is responsible for initiating graduate and doctoral programmes in various disciplines of Science.
Dr.Lakshmana Das, a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Andhra University in 1978, is an inter-disciplinary scientist in the applied aspects of nuclear science and initiated nuclear based research in GITAM University. He has done good number of collaborative research projects with BARC. He is also the initiator to undertake scientific studies on various Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh and in other states using INAA techniques. Dr.Lakshmana Das did Post doctoral research in France, Italy and Poland. He was also a visiting faculty at University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr.LakshmanaDas’s passion for scientific research and its progress include spearheading science awareness and popularization programmes from the grass root level. He is an ardent believer of nuclear science and its applications in different facets of human life. He says that science is the only means to show the right path for all activities of human endeavor and students need to be nurtured from a tender age to develop scien
Secretary : Dr. R. Acharya
Dr. R. Acharya has developed k0-based conventional and internal monostandard neutron activation analysis (NAA) and prompt gamma NAA (PGNAA) utilizing research reactors in India and applied for non-destructive chemical quality control (CQC) of materials relevant to nuclear technology. Recently, he is engaged in R&D work on particle induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) utilizing tandem particle accelerator for quantification of low Z elements (starting from Li) in nuclear technology materials like glass, liyhium based ceramics and boron based neutron absorbers. He has obtained his PhD degree in 2000 form University of Mumbai and pursued his Postdoctoral studies from Dalhousie University, Canada during 2000-2002. He is a PhD guide of HBNI, DAE and University of Mumbai and co-guide of University of Pune in Chemistry (Science) discipline. His R&D work has been reflected in a total of 111 peer reviewed journal publications. He is a recipient of Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS’s) Dr. TarunDatta Memorial Award for the year 2003. He received the Young Scientist Award 2008 (YSA 2008) of the International Committee of Activation Analysis (ICAA) for the outstanding early-career achievement in Nuclear Analytical Chemistry. For his outstanding contributions in Nuclear Analytical Chemistry, he received “Scientific and Technical Excellence Award” of the Department of Atomic Energy for the year 2009. He is an elected member in both ICAA and the k0-International Scientific Committee (k0-ISC) and also Member/EC members of some professional bodies. Presently, he working as General Secretary, IANCAS.
Joint Secretary : Dr. D.Alamelu
Dr. D.Alamelu joined Mass Spectrometry Section, Fuel Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1995 after completion of the 38th batch OCES in Physics. She obtained her Ph.D degree from Mumbai University in 2008. Her area of research include Elemental Mass Spectrometry, Radiometric techniques, Laser based Analytical techniques, Electrochemistry, Chemometric analysis of Data. She is presently heading the Mass Spectrometry Section, FCD, BARC and is an Associate Professor of HomiBhabha National institute.
Treasurer : Dr.S.Jeyakumar
Dr. S. Jeyakumar obtained his Post graduation in Chemistry from the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Mumbai University. Currently he is Head, Complex Chemistry Section of Radioanalytical Chemistry Section, BARC, Mumbai. He is involved in the the Chemical Quality Control (CQC) of nuclear materials including plutonium bearing fuels. His area of research includes Ion Chromatography (IC), HPLC, Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and other separation techniques.
Joint Treasurer : Dr. V.C.Adya
Dr.(Mrs.)Vijayalaxmi C. Adya joined Radiochemistry Division, B.A.R.C. in 1982, presently working as Scientific Officer (F). She had obtained her M.Sc.(Anlytical Chemistry) in 1982 and Ph. D.(Chemistry) in 2003 from Mumbai University. For the past 34 years, Dr. Adya has been engaged in the quality control of nuclear fuels and associated materials for trace metal assay by atomic emission spectrometric methods. Her areas of expertise include, the recovery and purification of plutonium, americium from analytical waste using various separation procedures and also development of analytical methodologies in related fields. Dr. Adya has published more than 80 papers in National and International Journals of repute. She is recipient of DAE Excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology Group Achievement Award in 2013 for quality control of plutonium bearing nuclear fuels.
Editor : Dr. Ashutosh Dash
Dr. Ashutosh Dash is currently Head, Isotope Production & Applications Division, BARC and Professor HBNI. His areas of current research and responsibility are: radioisotope production, production and development of brachytherapy sources, development of radionuclide generators for medical applications and separation methodologies for clinically useful radionuclides. He has been actively involved in the development and application of radiolabelled molecular probes for diagnostic and therapeutic uses, especially for management of cancer. He has published over 150papers in peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of DAE Science and Technology Award.
- Dr. K.L.Ramakumar
Prof. K.L. Ramakumar is Distinguished Scientist and Director, Radiochemistry & isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He joined the Organisation in 1975 after successfully completing the one year orientation course in Chemistry Discipline. He is the immediate past president of IANCAS.
- Dr. Rajesh V Pai, Fuel Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C.
Dr. Rajesh V. Pai joined Fuel Chemistry Division, through 40th batch of Training School in the year 1997 after completing his M.Sc. (Chemistry) from Cochin University of Science & Technology and obtained his PhD. Degree in the year 2013 from Mumbai University. He has been mainly associated with the development of ceramic materials for applications in nuclear technology. He has extensively studied sol-gel processing of nuclear materials. He has developed many flow sheets suitable for fabrication of nuclear fuels by sol-gel process. He has developed soft chemical routes for synthesizing technologically important materials such as perovskites, pyrochlores, layered perovskites etc.
- Dr. A.C. Deb, Fuel Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C.
Dr. A.C. Deb joined Fuel Chemistry Division in 1994 after completing 37th batch of Chemistry Training Course. He has obtained his M.Sc. degree from NEHU, Shillong. He has completed his Ph.D from IIT-Bombay in 2004 for the work Design and synthesis of spirocyclics via the Diels-Alder reaction and ring- opening cross-metathesis as key steps. He has carried out his post doctoral research work in City University of New York, New York, USA from 2009-2011. He was involved in the Solvent extraction studies of actinides like plutonium, uranium, etc. and also the Kinetic studies of actinides including different oxidation states of plutonium and uranium. Presently he is involved in the Development of technology for the fabrication of nuclear fuels by sol-gel method. He is the recipient of DAE Group achievement award 2013 for the individual contributions for successfully accomplishing the fabrication of Sphere-Pac and reference Test Fuel Pins using MOX microspheres with 53% PuO2 and Irradiation in FBTR for the first time in India. This is important milestone in the development of Sol-Gel methods for Fuel Fabrication. He has more than 40 publications and Review Articles in the reputed peer reviewed International Journals.
- Dr. AlokSrivastava
- Dr. AmritPrakash, Radiometallurgy Division, B.A.R.C.
Dr AmritPrakash after obtaining M.Sc. in chemistry from Patna University joined 32nd Batch of Training school in 1988. After successful completion of Training school he joined Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility, BARC, Tarapur where he was associated with the chemical characterization of nuclear fuels using various analytical methods. He obtained his Ph.D in chemistry from University of Mumbai in 2003. He was involved in number of process development works pertaining to analysis of various types of Mixed oxide fuels. In Tarapur, he played a key role in establishing IANCAS Chapter, Tarapur and subsequently organizing lecture series, Workshops and Theme meeting in radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. He is also an MBA in HR from IGNOU, New Delhi.
After his transfer to BARC, Mumbai in 2013, he joined RMD and presently he is Head, Process Control & NUMAC Section in Radiometallurgy Division, BARC, Mumbai, where he is associated with the process control during carbide fuel fabrication being used in FBTR. He is also engaged in certification of employees of Radiometallurgy wing of RLG and some other Divisions of BARC for plutonium handling. He has more than 90 publications in National and International journals, Symposia and conferences.
- Dr. D.D. Sood
Dr. D.D. Sood joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in 1959. He is an expert in the chemistry and metallurgy ofplutonium with special reference to plutonium-based fuels. He has publishedmore than 150 research papers. His research experience includes work at theImperial College of Science and Technology, London, during 1966, and onthe Molten Salt Reactor Concept at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA,during 1970–1972. Fifteen students have obtained PhDs under his guidance.He was the lead for nuclear materials for ‘Operation Shakti’ 1998. He hasheld the designations of Head, Fuel Chemistry Division, BARC, and Director,Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, BARC. He served as Director, Divisionof Physical and Chemical Sciences, IAEA, Vienna, during 1998–2003.He has authored or co-authored four books.
- Shri M.K. Saxena, Radioanalytical Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C.
Shri M.K. Saxena joined BARC in 1988 after successful completion of OCES from 31st batch of BARC Training School. Recently he is heading Trace Elements Analysis Section of Radioanalytical Chemistry Division, BARC. He has expertise in various instrumental techniques for chemical quality control of nuclear materials.
- Dr. P.C. Kalsi
Dr. P. C. Kalsi after obtaining his M. Sc. (1972) and Ph. D. (1976) degrees in Chemistry from J&K University, Jammu, joined there as a Post Doctoral Fellow of CSIR. He joined the Radiochemistry Division of BARC in February 1978 as Scientist-C. His areas of research include Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors (SSNTDs), Destructive and Non-destructive assay techniques for nuclear materials accounting and Thermal analysis of solids and polymers. He has over 200 publications to his credit in journals and symposia. He was deputed to Russia in October 1982 for attending an International Workshop on Nuclear Materials Accounting conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is life member of many scientific associations and was the Vice-President of Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists (ISCAS). He has organized many Symposia/workshops in the field of Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors and Solid State Chemistry. He has also edited the Proceedings of the Eleventh and Seventeenth National Symposia on Thermal Analysis (THERMANS 98 &THERMANS 2010) and Book of Abstracts of National Symposium and Conference on Solid State Chemistry and Allied Areas (ISCAS 99).He was nominated as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Delhi for a period of three years from 2011-14. He retired as Scientific Officer- H from the Radiochemistry Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai. He was a recognised Ph.D.guide of Mumbai University and HBNI, a Deemed University of DAE. He guided three students for Ph. D. and two students for M. Sc. Degrees. He has evaluated many research projects of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), BRNS, AERB and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. He has also evaluated many Theses for the award of Ph.D.
- Dr. P.K. Pujari, Head, Radiochemistry Division, B.A.R.C.
Dr P.K. Pujari joined the 28th batch of BARC Training School after completion of MSc (Chemistry) from IIT, Delhi. He received HomiBhabha medal as topper of the chemistry Discipline in 1985. Subsequently he joined the Radiochemistry Division and has been specialising in positron annihilation spectroscopy and its applications. He has developed a state of the art positron laboratory at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). . He has received T.D. Memorial young scientist Award (1997), Japan Society for the promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship (1998-2000), DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator Award (2008) and HomiBhabha Science and Technology Award (2008). He has been a visiting professor to Osaka university and has been elected as the Chairman, International committee of Positron and Positronium chemistry. Currently he is a Senior Professor at the HomiBhabha National Institute and Head of Radiochemistry Division, BARC.
- Dr. Pradeep Kumar, I3F, B.A.R.C.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar is from 34th batch of BARC training school. He graduated from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (1988)and obtained M.Sc. in chemistry with specialization in environmental chemistry from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra in 1990. He obtained Ph.D. from Mumbai university in 2006. He did Post Doctorate from Orlean University, France during 2009-2011. He joined Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility, Tarapur in 1991 after successful completion of BARC training school . He developed non-destructive assay techniques and successfully applied during the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication for Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS). In 2002, He was transferred to fuel chemistry division where he carried research and development work on inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). At RACD, he carried out research work on supercritical fluid extraction. He is pioneer in the field of supercritical fluid extraction. Also at RACD, he was associated with nuclear material accounting (NUMAC). He is recognised guide for Ph.D. for HomiBhabha National University (HBNI). Three persons are pursuing Ph.D. under his guidance. Currently, he is section head of chemical quality control section at integrated fuel fabrication facility. He has translated IANCAS bulletin “Nuclear Reactor” into Hindi. He has around 80 publications in peer reviewed journals and seminars.
- Dr. VeenaSagar
Dr.(Mrs.) VeenaSagar joined Radiochemistry Division, BARC in 1975. She obtained her M.Sc (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) from Mumbai University. Her field of research was solution chemistry of actinide elements > especially ion-exchange and solvent extraction studies. She has also contributed to the FBTR fuel development programme. She has extensively worked on the non-destructive analysis of nuclear materials.
She is associated with IANCAS since 1993 in various capacities. She is the former Treasurer of IANCAS. She was involved in organization of 13 IANCAS-BRNS National workshops on “Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes”. She also has immensely contributed in arranging more than 200 one-day Workshops in schools and colleges. She is a life member of Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) and had participated in conducting the Indian National Olympiad examinations in the capacity of Examiner/Observer on behalf of the National Steering Committee for Indian National Olympiad set up by D.A.E. and HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. She was also involved in the organization of International Chemistry Olympiad held in India in the year 2001.
Dr.VeenaSagar has translated the book “Nuclear Materials” by Dr. D.D. Sood in Marathi, for IANCAS. She has contributed articles related to Life Science and Environment (जीवविज्ञानआणिपर्यावरण) for Kumar Vishwakosh, an encyclopedia in Marathi published by Government of Maharashtra. She was also entrusted the job of translation of documents related to US-India Nuclear Agreement in Marathi by DAE. She was involved in DAE-Marathi VidnyanParishad Joint Lecture Programme at various places in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa and delivered 11 lectures. For her extensive work in the field of science communication, she was awarded INS Science Communication Award in 2013.
After retirement from B.A.R.C. in 2012, she is associated with Atomic Energy Retirees’ Welfare Association and serving the association as Treasurer since 2014.
- Prof. R.K. Hemakumar Singh
Manipur University, Manipur
- Prof. KiranMangaonkar, Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai
Dr.KiranMangaonkaris Principal of Guru Nanak Khalsa College which is amongst the most reputed educational institutions in Mumbai, run by ShiromaniGurudwaraPrabandhak Committee, Amritsar, Punjab. He is also the Honorary Director, National Facilities for Bio-Pharmaceuticals (NFB), State-of- the-Art facilities for Advance Research in Molecular Biology and the Honorary Director, Guru Nanak Institute of Research and Development (GNIRD) offering innovative & Job-oriented Post graduate programs. His 32 years of experience in research and academic field coupled with his administrative experience of over 10 years has helped him to steer Guru Nanak Khalsa College amongst the top educational institutions in Mumbai (NAAC grade “A” with CGPA score 3.54). Dr. Mangaonkar has launched pioneering initiatives by way of academic programs, initiated partnerships with Universities/organizations across the country while connecting across communities ranging from Corporate India to Rural India. Under his leadership, Khalsa College has the distinction of getting prestigious grants from Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, Star College Grant from Dept. of Bio-Technology, Govt. of India College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) awarded by University Grants Commission (UGC).
Effective change requires systemic policies and solutions. Beyond his role at Khalsa College, he has been actively contributing by closely working with universities and educational authorities at the State and National levels. He was the Governor’s (Chancellor’s) Nominee on the Senate of University of Mumbai and also on the selection committee of Dr BabasahebAmbedkar Technology University. He was Chairman of Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences at NMIMS University. Member of Ad-hoc Board of Studies in Bio-Analytical Sciences at University of Mumbai.He has previously held various leadership positions as the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, International Symposium SESTEC (2012) in collaboration with IANCAS & BRNS, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. He was Coordinator, Refresher Course in Chemistry, Academic Staff College, University of Mumbai (2003), Visiting Faculty, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai (2005). He has been Chairman, Local Organising Committee, NUCAR-2009, International Symposium in collaboration with BARC (DAE). He also served as Member of Education Innovation Committee, Indian Merchants Chamber (2009).
All these have made it possible in bringing about reforms in science education as well as leverage the same in other spheres of his work.
His research interest made him focus upon developing research potential among his students and he has guided Thirty four (34) candidates for Ph. D. degree in Chemistry under University of Mumbai and One (1) under NMIMS deemed-to-be-University. His valuable insights in his subject have made him publish more than 71 Research publications in National & International journals.