Sabu Thomas, PhD
Mahatma Gandhi University, India
Prof. Sabu Thomas is one of India’s most renowned scientists known for his contributions in polymer science and Nanotechnology. He is a scientist, administrator and an excellent teacher who has students all over the world. He joined Cochin University of Science and Technology to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Polymer science and Rubber Technology. He went on to complete his Ph.D at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur under the eminent guidance of Prof. S K De. After attaining industrial experience, he returned to serve his homeland, Kottayam and joined Mahatma Gandhi University as a lecturer. He has been the Visiting Professor of several institutes abroad. He currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University. Under his leadership, now the University has been ranked 713 in the world University ranking by TIMES. He has guided over 115 Ph.D students. He has received several national and International awards for best researcher and is a member of numerous scientific bodies and committees. So far, 3 universities have honored him with honorary doctorates, which include University of South Brittany, France, University of Lorraine, France and Siberian Federal University, Russia. He received a total grant of Rs. 30 crores for research funding from India and abroad and have organised 50 international conferences in the campus. He has authored more than 1,200 research publications and 150 books. He has a notable h-index of 112 and has accumulated over 60,000 citations. Recently, he has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists that has been compiled by Stanford University in the US. He figures in the list as the second best scientist in India in the field of polymer science. This year he was also selected for the DST Nanomission award 2020. He received Honorary Professorship from Siberian Federal University on May 2020. Last year he was honoured with C.N.R Rao Award Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials by Materials Research Society of India (MRSI). He was elected as the Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc)-2019. He had also won the 6th contest of “mega-grants” organized by the Government of the Russian Federation designed to support research projects implemented under the supervision of the world’s leading scientists -2017.Recently he was honored with Bailey Medal Award . In January 2021 Prof Sabu Thomas was awarded the Kairali Life time Research Award 2021 by Kerala Government.
Professor Thomas has contributed a major part of academic life for the up-gradation of Mahatma Gandhi University to an international level. Prof Sabu Thomas has contributed a lot academically and under his tremendous effort and leadership, Mahatma Gandhi University could bag Chancellor's award, NIRF ranking of 30 and “A” grade in NAAC reaccreditation. Recently Mahatma Gandhi University could win the Chancellors Award for the best Universities under his excellent leadership.
polymer science and Nanotechnology