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- Magadh University chemistry faculty member to feature on list of 500 greats in thermal analysis

Chemistry teacher at Magadh University Ranjit Kumar Verma will figure on a list this year honouring 500 scientists in the field of thermal analysis.

Publication house Springer will release the second edition of Who is Who in Thermal Analysis this year. The book that comes under Springer’s Hot Topics in Thermal Analysis series will feature scientists who matter in the fields of thermal analysis, including nano technology, materials science, food science, chemical science and physical science.

Verma told The Telegraph on Tuesday he had been selected on the basis of outstanding publication activity in thermal analysis, professional activity and awards. Verma’s work has been published in several international compilations, including Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry.

Imre Miklos Szilagyi and Gyorgy Liptay, the editor and consulting editor of Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, respectively, recently informed Verma of the decision to include him in the list of the 500 greats in the field.

Both editors are associated with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, department of inorganic and analytical chemistry.

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry is also a publication of Springer. The house publishes over 2,200 research journals and nearly 1.5 lakh titles of standard and reference books.

In the email sent to Verma on December 30 last year, Szilagyi and Liptay said: “We turn to you because we would like to introduce you in this book, as an outstanding researcher in thermal analysis. The selection of candidates was done by the regional and associate editors of Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. It was based on the outstanding publication activity in thermal analysis, professional activity, awards, etc. The book will be published by Springer this year in the Hot Topics in Thermal Analysis series.”

The first edition of Who is Who in Thermal Analysis was published in 2004. Two hundred and forty scientists figured in the list. Ten years later, Springer has planned to include 500 scientists in the book’s second edition.

Verma has published breakthroughs in lowering the temperature requirements for nanotisation of chromites, aluminates, ferrites that proved to have notable photoluminescence, magnetic and electrical abilities.

In 2013, Verma also led a team of international scientists, including Lauri Niinisto (former chairman, inorganic and analytical chemistry, Helsinki University, Finland), David Devraj (thermal analysis scientist, Florida), John O. Hill (thermal analysis scientist, University of Melbourne) and Subhash Mojumdar (nano technology, composite material scientist in Canada) to formulate a model curriculum for postgraduate teaching in thermal analysis and calorimetry across the globe.

Verma’s works have also been published in Chemists (USA) and Journal of Materials Education (USA).

In 2012, the scientist became the first Indian to be inducted into the executive committee of International Confederation of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, a world academic body. He was elected secretary of the organisation for 2012-16 in Japan.

It is a UN affiliate professional body, which grants affiliation to regional thermal analysis societies and works towards standardisation and nomenclature of this branch of science across the globe.


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