Dr. Murali Sastry is currently (2006) Chief Scientist, Tata Chemicals Ltd., Mumbai. He had earlier served as a Senior Scientist at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
Dr. Murali Sastry received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from IIT Madras in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (1988-89) and at Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy (1989-91). He was a Visiting Faculty at University of Maryland (1998-99) and Visiting Scientist at CNRS, Orsay, France (2001-03).
Dr. Murali Sastry is the author of over 300 peer reviewed international publications and eight chapters in books. He is the Editor (Nanomaterials) of Materials Research Bulletin and is the member of editorial board of a number of journals. He has been granted five patents and has filed for another 13 patents.
Dr. Murali Sastry is the recipient of a number of awards including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences (2002), Materials Research Society of India Medal (2003), Chemical Research Society of India medal (2001), and CSIR Young Scientist award in Physical Sciences (1993). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Maharastra Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Murali Sastry is an internationally recognized nanotechnologist with a rich background in different aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. His work on interfacing nanomaterials with biologicals, development of new strategies for nanomaterials synthesis and assembly as well as fresh approach to bio-mineralization have won international acclaim.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, IIT Madras conferred on him distinguished alumni award.in 2006.