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NUSNNI Director awarded George E Pake Prize

09 March 2012

Prof Venkatesan (left) receiving the George E Pake Prize certificate from Prof Robert Byer, Chairman of the American Physical Society Prize Committee

NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute (NUSNNI) Director Prof Thirumalai Venkatesan has received the 2012 George E Pake Prize from the American Physical Society. Endowed by Xerox Corp, the award recognises outstanding achievements in physics research combined with major success as a manager of research or development in industry.

The Prize comprised US$5,000 and a certificate of citation for his exemplary scientific career in research, industrial leadership, and guidance of new generations of physicists in the creation of new ventures by innovation.

Prof Venkatesan is the inventor of the pulsed laser deposition process. He is among the top 100 most cited physicists (global rank of 66), having published more than 500 papers. He holds 29 patents in the area of oxides involving superconductors, magnetic and optical materials. The winner of the Bellcore Award of Excellence and the University of Maryland Graduate Board Award is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the World Innovations Forum.

Prof Venkatesan has mentored and helped many of his students start up companies and undertake entrepreneurial ventures. He founded Neocera, a company specialising in pulsed laser and electron beam deposition equipment, and has commercialised a magnetic microscope for semiconductor failure analysis used by leading semiconductor manufacturers in the world.