Prof. Maheshwar Sharon, Retired Professor of Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Professor Emeritus CSIR, is currently heading a Nanotechnology Research Center at nsnRc, Maharashtra, India with a team of 20 research scholars working on various aspects of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. He is also the co-founder and R & D Director of Monad Nanotech Pvt. Ltd. India. He is an illustrious nanotechnologist with nearly two decades of research involvement in the field of nanotechnology that has resulted into publication of 142 papers in international journals and conferences. He has authored 4 books including “Carbon Nano Forms and Applications” published by Mc Graw Hill. He has also guided 26 Ph.D. scholars. His contribution to carbon nanomaterials is highlighted by being the first scientists in the world who used plant derived camphor and other natural sources for synthesizing novel and unique CNM viz Y-junction carbon nanofiber, octopus type fiber, spongy type nanobeads, various types of porous carbon.
He has research collaboration with renowned Nanotechnologists like Nobel Laureate Sir Harold W. Kroto, who invented the buckminsterfullerene, a spherical molecule with the formula C60; Discoverer of CNT, Prof. Ando of Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, and other eminent nanotechnologists from Japan including Prof. Soga and Prof. Umeno; Prof. Michael Neumann-Spallart from CNRS Lab Meudon, Paris, France; and National University of Singapore. He has travelled widely and participated in various International and National Conferences. He is the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of Electro-Chemical Society, and Life Member of National Academy of Science in India.
Prof. Sharon has been the recipient of several awards in recognition of his work in the field of science and technology. His has guided one student, Mr. Prakash Mahadik on the synthesis and application of carbon nanomaterials (e.g., killing of pathogenic bacteria and inhibiting the growth of cancerous cell by CNTs). Mr. Mahadik got an award in USA at the INTEL-2003 and this work was appreciated to the extent that Lincoln Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided to name one minor planet 17095 in his name.
Dr. Madhuri Sharon is currently the Managing Director of Monad Nanotech Pvt. Ltd., the first Indian Company to commercially produce carbon nano materials and conducting glasses in India. He is also the Executive Director of Nanotechnology Research Center at nsnRc, Maharashtra, India with a team of 20 research scholars working on various aspects of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. Prior to starting her own company Monad, she was Vice-President in Gufic Biosciences, and Director in Reliance Industries Ltd. of India. She is an eminent Biotechnologist with profound interest in applications of nanotechnology in medicine. Though she has served at various capacities in industries, she had started her career as an academician after completing her Ph.D. from University of Leicester, U.K. Even when she was in industry, she kept her interest in research alive by guiding 13 Ph.D. students and teaching biotechnology as an honorary teacher. She has published over 50 research articles.
She has been Adjunct Professor of University of Mumbai and is currently guiding Ph.D. students in various areas of nano-biotechnology.
She is the life member and executive member of many scientific societies. She has co-authored 4 books including “Carbon Nano Forms and Applications” published by Mc Graw Hill. Dr. Madhuri Sharon has been awarded with “Vijay Shree” and “Lok Vigyan Sanman” from Government of India in recognition of her work in the field of biotechnology.