Ajay Kumar Bansal | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Central University of Haryana | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal embarked on his academic journey with a strong foundation in the sciences and engineering. He completed his 12th grade in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths from the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer, in 1996 with a percentage of 71%. Following this, he pursued a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electrical Engineering from M.B.M. Engineering College, JNVU, Jodhpur, in 2000, achieving 68%. His commitment to further education led them to earn a Computer Diploma from CDAC, Pune, in 2002 with a commendable score of 83.8%. He continued his studies with a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Power Systems from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur, in 2007, graduating with a CGPA of 9.58. Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal concluded his formal education with a Ph.D. in Non-conventional Energy from MNIT, Jaipur, in 2014. His thesis focused on an "Efficient Hybrid Energy System for Rural Applications," highlighting his dedication to advancing energy solutions.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has built a distinguished career in academia and engineering. He began his professional journey as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Poornima College of Engineering, Jaipur, in July 2000. Over the years, he advanced to various leadership roles, including Head of Department (HOD) and Assistant Professor at Poornima College. From June 2007 to December 2009, he continued as HOD and Lecturer at Poornima College. Subsequently, he held positions as Dean and Associate Professor at Poornima Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jaipur, from December 2009 to April 2012. His expertise and leadership were further demonstrated as Director & Professor at the same institution from May 2012 to August 2018. Currently, he serve as a Professor, Ex. Dean, and Ex. HOD at Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, since August 2018, where he continue to contribute to administration and teaching.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal is renowned for his contributions in Electrical Engineering, particularly in the fields of Energy and Renewable Energy. his research focuses on the performance analysis of smart grids, the integration of renewable energy sources, and the development of advanced energy systems. He have been awarded patents for innovative solutions, including:

  • Civil Engineering Water Pump with Grid Connected Intelligent Solar System for Water Management (Patent No. 419535)
  • Inverted Vertical E Plate Bank Protection System for River (Patent No. 468510)

Additionally, he have published research on topics such as:

  • Intelligent System to Utilize Internet of Things (IoT) to Monitor Crops (Patent No. 201811013750)
  • Online Predictive Maintenance of Electric Motors Using Internet of Things (Patent No. 202231040194)

Hiswork encompasses advanced models for smart grid performance, cybersecurity in energy systems, and renewable energy integration.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has received numerous awards and honors for his exceptional contributions to the field of engineering:

  • POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA) - 2015 for the best Ph.D. thesis at the national level
  • Glory of Education Excellence Award, 2015
  • Research Excellence Award, 2020
  • National Education Brilliance Award, 2023 for being a highly effective professor in Indian education
  • SERD Sustainability Award 2024 in Indonesia

These accolades underscore his significant impact on both the academic and professional communities.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has made a substantial impact in his field through groundbreaking research and innovative solutions. His patents and research have advanced the knowledge base in smart grids, renewable energy, and water management. By integrating modern technologies like IoT into his projects, he have contributed to more efficient and sustainable engineering practices. His leadership roles in academia have inspired and guided many students and professionals in the field.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal’s legacy is defined by his dedication to advancing engineering practices and his commitment to education. his innovative patents and research continue to influence the field of Electrical Engineering and Energy Systems. Looking ahead, he aim to further explore advancements in smart grid technologies, renewable energy integration, and sustainable practices. His ongoing research and leadership will likely continue to drive progress and inspire future generations of engineers.

 

Publications

  • Article: Optimal configuration and sensitivity analysis of hybrid nanogrid for futuristic residential application using honey badger algorithm
    Authors: Bansal, A.K., Sangtani, V.S., Bhukya, M.N.
    Journal: Energy Conversion and Management
    Year: 2024

 

  • Article: Simulation of thermal comfort and energy demand in buildings of sub-Himalayan eastern India - Impact of climate change at mid (2050) and distant (2080) future
    Authors: Thapa, S., Rijal, H.B., Pasut, W., Bansal, A.K., Panda, G.K.
    Journal: Journal of Building Engineering
    Year: 2023

 

  • Article: GMPP Tracking of Solar PV system using Spotted Hyena and Quadratic Approximation based Hybrid Algorithm under Partially shaded conditions
    Authors: Kumar, P., Kumar, M., Bansal, A.K.
    Journal: IEEE Access
    Year: 2023

 

  • Article: Biogeography-based Optimization of Artificial Neural Network (BBO-ANN) for Solar Radiation Forecasting
    Authors: Bansal, A.K., Sangtani, V.S., Dadheech, P., Aneja, N., Yahya, U.
    Journal: Applied Artificial Intelligence
    Year: 2023

 

  • Review: Sizing and forecasting techniques in photovoltaic-wind based hybrid renewable energy system: A review
    Authors: Bansal, A.K.
    Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production
    Year: 2022

 

 

Giovanna Maresca | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Giovanna Maresca | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

Customs Agency and Monopolies | Italy

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Giovanna Maresca pursued her higher education with a focus on chemistry and materials science. She engaged in significant research from the outset of her career, beginning with her involvement in the project "Hyrides as high-capacity anodes for lithium ion batteries" at "La Sapienza" University of Rome. Her academic journey included synthesizing and studying electrolytic systems compatible with high-capacity hydride-based anodes, laying a strong foundation for her future research endeavors in battery technology.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Maresca has accumulated extensive professional experience through various prestigious fellowships and research grants across multiple countries:

* Chemist at Customs and Monopolies Agency (ADM), Bologna, Italy (04/18/2022 – CURRENT): Dr. Maresca currently works in this role, applying her expertise in chemistry within the regulatory framework of excise, customs, and monopolies.

* Visiting Fellow at Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland (01/05/2023 – 30/06/2023): She worked on characterizing post-mortem silicon, hard carbon, and Na-NMO electrodes through XPS and FE-SEM analyses under the supervision of Kevin M. Ryan.

* Research Grant at ENEA Casaccia, Cesano, Italy (04/03/2021 – 18/04/2022): Participated in the European project Si-Drive, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids and innovative electrolytes for lithium batteries. She worked under the guidance of Dr. Giovanni Battista Appetecchi and Prof. Sergio Brutti.

* Samsung Research Fellow at "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy (09/30/2016 – 10/30/2020): Worked on the project "Solid-state batteries using novel composite anodes" in collaboration with SAMSUNG, focusing on the synthesis and optimization of electrode composite materials. This fellowship included a period as a visiting fellow at Samsung R&D Institute Japan, studying electrode materials for solid-state batteries under the supervision of Seitaro Ito and Yuichi Aihara.

  • Research Fellow at Politecnico di Turin DISAT – Applied Science Department Technology/ENEA Casaccia, Turin, Italy (15/03/2014 – 14/03/2015): Engaged in the European project MARS-EV, working on the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids and innovative electrolytes for lithium batteries.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Maresca's research primarily focuses on the development and optimization of materials for energy storage, particularly lithium-ion and solid-state batteries. Her contributions include:

* Synthesis and characterization of innovative electrolytes and electrode materials.

* Development of high-capacity anodes and optimization of composite materials for solid-state batteries.

* Extensive chemical-physical characterization and electrochemical testing of battery components.

* Pioneering research on post-mortem analysis of battery electrodes to improve their performance and longevity.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Maresca has been recognized for her significant contributions to battery technology and materials science through prestigious fellowships and research grants. Her collaborations with leading institutions and corporations such as Samsung and ENEA underscore her impact in the field.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Maresca's work has had a profound impact on the development of next-generation energy storage solutions. Her research on high-capacity anodes and solid-state batteries contributes to advancements in electric vehicle technology and sustainable energy storage systems. Her collaborative efforts with international research institutions have also facilitated the exchange of knowledge and innovation in materials science.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Maresca's continued research and professional activities promise to further enhance the performance and safety of battery technologies. Her ongoing work at the Customs and Monopolies Agency, along with her involvement in cutting-edge research projects, positions her as a key contributor to the future of sustainable energy storage solutions. Her legacy lies in her commitment to advancing battery technology, paving the way for more efficient and durable energy storage systems in the years to come.

 

Notable Publications

Improved Compatibility of α‐NaMnO2 Cathodes at the Interface with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes 2024

Outstanding Compatibility of Hard-Carbon Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries in Ionic Liquid Electrolytes 2023 (1)

Silicon‐Based Composite Anodes for All‐Solid‐State Lithium‐Ion Batteries Conceived by a Mixture Design Approach 2023 (5)

Sodium-Conducting Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: Electrochemical Stability Investigation 2022 (8)

Sn/C composite anodes for bulk-type all-solid-state batteries 2021 (9)

 

 

 

 

Dong Yang | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Prof. Dong Yang | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics , Chinese Academy of Sciences | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Prof. Dong Yang began his academic journey in Chemical Engineering and Technology, earning his B.S. from Inner Mongolia University in China (2004-2008). He furthered his education with a Ph.D. from the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, where he focused on clean energy and catalysis (2008-2014).

Professional Endeavors

After completing his Ph.D., Prof. Dong Yang engaged in several significant research positions. He began as a postdoc at Shaanxi Normal University, working in the School of Materials and Science from July 2014 to June 2017. He then continued his postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from July 2017 to July 2018. Following this, he served as an Assistant Research Professor at Pennsylvania State University, contributing to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from August 2018 to July 2022. Since July 2022, Prof. Yang has been a professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, a prestigious institute in China.

Contributions and Research Focus

Prof. Yang's research interests lie primarily in the field of chemical physics, with a particular emphasis on catalysis and clean energy. His work includes a significant number of publications, with over 130 papers and 12,389 citations, reflecting his substantial contributions to the scientific community. His research has addressed critical issues in catalysis, materials science, and energy solutions, aiming to develop sustainable and efficient technologies.

Accolades and Recognition

Prof. Yang's extensive research and numerous publications have earned him recognition in the scientific community. His high citation count and prolific output demonstrate his influence and the impact of his work in the field of chemical physics and materials science.

Impact and Influence

Prof. Yang's work has had a significant impact on the development of clean energy technologies and advanced materials. His research has contributed to the understanding and innovation of catalytic processes, which are crucial for sustainable energy solutions. His influence extends to both academic and industrial applications, driving advancements in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As a professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Prof. Yang continues to advance his research and mentor the next generation of scientists. His legacy is built on his contributions to clean energy and catalysis, and he is poised to make further advancements in these critical areas. His future work is expected to continue addressing global energy challenges and contributing to sustainable technological solutions.

 

Notable Publications

Enhanced performance of carbon-based perovskite solar cells driven by N, N′-bis-(3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4 hydroxyphenyl) propionyl) hexanediamine 2024

Perovskite photovoltaic interface: From optimization towards exemption 2024 (2)

Mechanical Durability and Flexibility in Perovskite Photovoltaics: Advancements and Applications 2024 (3)

Facilitating Electron Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells Through Tailored SnO2 Film Composition 2024

Flexible photovoltaic micro-power system enabled with a customized MPPT 2024

 

 

Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Chungnam Nationan University | South Korea

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri's academic journey began with a strong foundation in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering. He completed his Bachelor of Technology at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India. His passion for energy storage technology led him to pursue a combined master's and doctoral course at Chonnam National University, South Korea, where he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. His thesis, titled "Rapid fabrication and evaluation of high-energy cathodes for Sodium-Ion Battery," laid the groundwork for his future research endeavors in the field of energy storage.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Vaiyapuri's professional career is marked by significant contributions to the field of material chemistry and energy storage. He began his career as a Processing Engineer at Micropack Pvt Ltd in Bangalore, India, where he honed his skills in process control and development. His journey in academia and research took a major leap when he joined Chonnam National University as a Postdoctoral Researcher, leading the Engineering Research Center grant, the biggest research grant in South Korea. He later joined MEET - Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology in Germany, working on high-energy-density and safe zero-Co Li-Ion batteries using non-critical raw materials and green processes. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Chungnam National University, South Korea, leading a team in the BK-21 research grant for future batteries.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Vaiyapuri's research focuses on the design and implementation of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, and aqueous-ion batteries. His expertise encompasses various aspects of battery fabrication and characterization, including material synthesis, electrochemistry, and advanced battery analysis. He has developed high-energy inorganic cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries and aqueous-ion batteries, contributing significantly to the advancement of energy storage technology. His innovative approaches include the development of a new synthesis method for high-energy polyanion cathodes for sodium-ion batteries and the establishment of patents for novel cathode materials.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his career, Dr. Vaiyapuri has received numerous accolades and recognition for his contributions to the field of energy storage. Notably, he was awarded the Best Poster Award at the 2020 Virtual MRS Spring/Fall Meeting & Exhibit for his work on aqueous rechargeable Zn-Ion batteries. His research has been presented at prestigious international conferences, including the 4th International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems in Macao, China, and the 6th International Symposium on Advanced Electromaterials in Jeju, South Korea.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Vaiyapuri's work has had a profound impact on the field of energy storage, particularly in the development of eco-friendly energy storage devices and high-energy cathodes for sodium-ion batteries. His innovative research has led to the improvement of energy efficiency and cost reduction in battery materials, contributing to the sustainability and advancement of energy storage technologies. His mentoring and leadership in guiding master's and Ph.D. students have also played a crucial role in shaping the next generation of researchers in the field.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Vaiyapuri's legacy is marked by his relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence in material chemistry and energy storage. His contributions have paved the way for future advancements in battery technology, with a focus on sustainability and efficiency. As he continues to lead and inspire research in the field, his future contributions are anticipated to drive significant breakthroughs in energy storage solutions, further cementing his position as a pioneering researcher in material chemistry.

 

Notable Publications

Two in one: The use of hexagonal copper sulfide (CuS) nanoparticles as a bifunctional high-performance cathode and as a reinforced electrolyte additive for an all-solid-state lithium battery 2024

Decoding the Manganese-Ion Storage Properties of Na1.25V3O8 Nanorods 2024 (1)

Pentlandite Compound-Anchored CuSCN as a Stable Electrocatalyst in Highly Alkaline Solutions 2024

Na3VMn0.5Ti0.5(PO4)3/C with active Na+ hopping sites for high-rate and durable sodium-ion batteries 2023 (7)

Exploring low-cost high energy NASICON cathodes for sodium-ion batteries via a combined machine-learning, ab initio, and experimental approach 2023 (6)

 

 

Kamal Bhujel | Physics and Astronomy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Kamal Bhujel | Physics and Astronomy | Best Researcher Award

Mizoram University | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Kamal Bhujel's academic journey began in Darjeeling, India. He demonstrated academic excellence from a young age, achieving the third rank in his district during his secondary education at St. Alphonsus School. He continued his higher education at Vidyasagar Metropolitan College, Calcutta, earning a Bachelor of Science in PCM. His academic pursuits culminated in a Master of Science in Physics from Sunrise University, Rajasthan, and a Bachelor of Education from WBUTTPEA. Dr. Bhujel's commitment to education and learning is further evidenced by his completion of a PhD in Physics from Mizoram University, under the supervision of Prof. R. Thangavel, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of lead-free perovskite films for photovoltaic applications.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Bhujel's professional career spans several roles in education and research. He started as a part-time teacher at Ramakrishna Higher Secondary School in 2016 and later joined Don Bosco High School in Mirik. He has guided numerous M.Sc. and M.Tech/B.Tech students in their research projects and has been instrumental in preparing students for competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE. His expertise extends to Vedic mathematics and psychological counseling, addressing students' mental health. Dr. Bhujel is also active in promoting educational systems like the International Baccalaureate and Montessori education. He has organized numerous science outreach programs and educational workshops in Darjeeling and other parts of West Bengal.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Bhujel's research is primarily focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanorods, and quantum dots. His work on lead-free perovskite solar cells, both inorganic and organic, highlights his commitment to developing sustainable energy solutions. He has explored various materials for hole and electron transport, including NiO and TiO/ZnO with doping, and has been involved in fabricating thin-film solar cell devices. His research contributions are documented in several published papers, covering topics like the properties of spin-coated zinc oxide thin films and the role of NiO thin films in perovskite solar cells.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Bhujel has been recognized for his academic and research contributions throughout his career. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences, such as the Mizoram Science Congress and the International Conference on Material Science. His research has been published in reputable journals like Materials Today: Proceedings and Applied Physics A. Additionally, he has authored a book, "Prasfutit Aawazharu," a collection of contemporary Nepali poems.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Bhujel's influence extends beyond academia into community engagement and education. He has been a life member of the Indian Science Congress Association and actively participates in organizations such as the Gorkha Himalayan Science Society and the Breakthrough Science Society. His outreach efforts have included science programs in rural areas, enhancing scientific literacy and interest among young students.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Bhujel's legacy is marked by his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and education. His future contributions are poised to impact the fields of nanomaterials and renewable energy significantly. As he continues to mentor students and engage in cutting-edge research, Dr. Bhujel's work will undoubtedly inspire future generations of scientists and educators. His ongoing projects and collaborations with institutions like IIT-Bombay and NEHU-Shillong promise to yield further advancements in material science and solar energy research.

 

Notable Publications

Cu-doped NiO thin film's structural, optical, and electrical properties and its negative absorption behaviour in the Infra-Red region. 2024

Effect of ZnO nanoparticles on the Judd–Ofelt and radiative parameters of Sm ions in sol–gel silica matrix 2024

 

Mr. Mukesh Kumar | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Mukesh Kumar | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

IIT Ropar | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Mukesh Kumar embarked on his academic journey with a distinction in B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from MCE, Bihar, followed by an M.Tech. from IIT Ropar. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Ropar, his educational excellence reflects in consistently high percentages throughout his academic career.

Professional Endeavors

Kumar's professional career has been marked by significant roles at IIT Ropar. Starting as a Junior Research Fellow, he contributed to government projects focused on hydrogen storage and fuel cell systems. Progressing to a Senior Research Fellow, he spearheaded indigenous designs for hydrogen storage cylinders.

Contributions and Research Focus

His research revolves around the critical design aspects of failure-resistant high-pressure vessels for hydrogen storage. His involvement in developing compressed hydrogen-fuel cell integrated systems for light-duty vehicles showcases his dedication to practical applications in alternative energy.

Accolades and Recognition

Kumar's academic achievements are commendable, including multiple successes in GATE, BCECE, and GBTU exams. His work on hydrogen storage tanks earned him recognition and an award at the 11th Chandigarh Science Congress for his oral presentation.

Impact and Influence

His impact extends beyond academia. He served as a Teaching Assistant, sharing knowledge in various mechanical engineering disciplines. His hands-on experiences in laboratories, exposure to advanced material characterization techniques, and involvement in industry-academic collaborations have shaped his multidimensional expertise.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Kumar's legacy lies in his contributions to the development of hydrogen storage technologies and fuel cell systems, vital for sustainable energy solutions. His teaching roles and commitment to external expert sessions at educational institutions indicate a focus on knowledge dissemination and nurturing future talents. In the future, Kumar is poised to continue making strides in the field of alternative energy sources, specifically in hydrogen-based technologies. His blend of academic rigor, practical experience, and a commitment to innovation foretells a promising trajectory towards a sustainable future.

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Application of Filament Winding Technology in Composite Pressure Vessels and Challenges: A Review 2022 (76)

Finite Element Modeling of a Pressure Ulcers Preventive Bed for Neonates 2022 (1)

Design and Testing of Pressure Ulcers Preventive Bed for Neonates in Neonatal Intensive Care Units 2023