Thayumanavan Awarded Chemical Research Society of India’s Medal of Honor

Thai Thayumanavan, left, accepts the Chemical Research Society of India’s Medal of Honorfrom society president, Professor Sourav Pal of Bombay’s Indian Institute of Technology at the society’s annual meeting at Punjab University on Feb. 4.
Thai Thayumanavan, left, accepts the Chemical Research Society of India’s Medal of Honor from society president professor Sourav Pal of Bombay’s Indian Institute of Technology at the society’s annual meeting at Punjab University on Feb. 4.

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, chemistry, received the Chemical Research Society of India’s (CRSI) Medal of Honor at a ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting at Punjab University in Chandigarh, India, on Feb. 4. The medal is given for outstanding contributions to chemical sciences by scientists of Indian origin working outside of the country.

He says, “It is always a pleasure to be recognized for your contributions to science. It is a special privilege when it comes from the country where I got my childhood education and early exposure to the sciences.”

Thayumanavan was specifically recognized for his contributions to the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanomaterials. His research group has used fundamental supramolecular chemistry to design innovative nanomaterials, which have found use in a broad range of applications, from renewable energy to biomaterials. His recent innovations has led to a new start-up company called Cyta Therapeutics, of which he is scientific co-founder.  

The CRSI was established in 1999 as part of 50th anniversary of India’s independence. Its main objectives are to recognize, promote and foster talent in chemistry and chemical sciences and to improve the quality of chemical education at all levels.