Ashutosh Sharma is the Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India since January 09, 2015. He is Institute Chair Professor at the Department of chemical engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He is the founding Coordinator of DST Thematic Unit of Excellence on Soft Nanofabrication and Chairman of Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. He is best known for his pioneering research work in the areas of colloids, thin film, interfaces, adhesion, patterning and in the fabrication and application of self-assembled nano-structures.

Ashutosh Sharma (born 1961 in India) is an Institute Chair Professor and C V Seshadri Chair Professor at the Department of chemical engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He is the founding Coordinator of DST Thematic Unit of Excellence on Soft Nanofabrication and Chairman of Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. He is best known for his pioneering research work in the areas of colloids, thin film, interfaces, adhesion, patterning and in the fabrication and application of self-assembled nano-structures. Ashutosh Sharma got his B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India in 1982. Sharma graduated with master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and three years later obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, where he worked with Prof Eli Ruckenstein. He is an elected fellow of prestigious societies such as the Academy of Sciences for the Developing WorldIndian National Science AcademyIndian National Academy of EngineeringIndian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India. In 2002, he received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in engineering sciences for his "original pioneering contribution to the understanding of the behaviour of thin films and other highly confined nanoscale systems". In the next year, he was awarded Herdillia Award by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. Again, in 2007, he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. And in the year of 2010, Infosys Science Foundation have awarded him with Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science for his "scholarly scientific contributions in the broad areas of nanoscale surface pattern evolution, instability, and the dynamics of thin liquid and solid films and soft matter".

He was a member of the editorial board of Chemical Engineering Science from 2007 to 2010. Prior to it, he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2000-2002) and Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2006-2008). Then, from 2011 to 2013, he was in the editorial board of Nanomaterials and Energy journal. From 2012 to 2014, he served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Micro - and Nano-Manufacturing. From 2013 to date, he has been serving as an Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces journal. He was appointed as the Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India on January 9, 2015. He is also a recipient of the 2008 TWAS Prize.

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