Keynote Speaker

Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna

Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna

FREng, Everest Chair,
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Speech Title: Future Directions of Materials

Abstract: For millennia, thousands of materials have been sourced, synthesized, developed and employed in the service of humans. Scholars grouped them to denote their historical significance, and to provide cumulative knowledge of enabling scientific principles and advances. Poly-disciplinary approach, which draws upon advances in diverse scientific fields, sets the stage for imagining future directions of materials, i.e. Living / Intelligent Materials and Sustainable Materials.

Sustainable materials foster a healthy living environment via circular economy and reduction of associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, wastage, and resources depletion. They are purposely designed & selected with lower environmental footprint and social costs, and higher circularity while satisfying the cost as well as functional requirements. In other words, the sustainable materials are friendly to the Earth’s ecosystem and human health with high circularity performance. Living / intelligent materials are capable of sensing and processing external signals as well as internally generated signals, and produce optimized responses & behaviours. Shape memory materials, smart materials, piezoelectric materials, photoelectric materials, thermoelectric materials, smart hydrogels, and cells & microorganisms incorporated materials are examples to name a few.

This lecture seeks to describe and discuss the principles of sustainable materials as well as living materials while siting case studies and examples.

Biography: Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair is a world-renowned poly-disciplinary scholar at the National University of Singapore, NUS (; He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also an elected Fellow of ASMInternational, ASME, FBSE, and AIMBE, USA; and IMechEand IoM3, UK. His publications to date have received 177 H-index and 153,804 citations. He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters); and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in cross-field (Clarivate Analytics). Stanford University C-score ranks him among top six impactful researchers of the world in materials, biomedical engineering, and enabling & strategic technologies. He is the Director of Center for Nanotechnology and Sustainability. He served as NUS Dean of Engineering and University Vice-President of Research Strategy, which are ranked among the world’s top ten and twenty, respectively.