Dr. Rajender S. VARMA
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Position: Senior scientist in the Sustainable Technology Division at US Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Specialization: Greener Synthesis of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites and their Applications in Catalysis and Sustainable Remediation of Hazardous Pollutants
At the NANOCON 2014 conference Dr. Varma will deliver the invited lecture at the thematic session B focused on Catalysis via Nanoparticles: Magnetically Recoverable Nano-catalysts in Benign Media.
Education and Career Accomplishments:
Dr. Raj Varma, obtained his Ph.D. from Delhi University in 1976. He holds a doctorate in Natural Products Chemistry from Delhi University. He did his B.Sc. from Punjab University & M.Sc. from Kurukshetra University. He did his postdoctoral Fellow from Robert Robinson Laboratories, University of Liverpool, England. After postdoctoral positions at Robert Robinson Laboratories, University of Liverpool, UK, he was a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine, a project manager at Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES), Senior Scientist at Houston Advanced Research Center, and Research Professor at Sam Houston State University prior to joining as senior scientist in the Sustainable Technology Division at US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999.
He has over 40 years of research experience in management of multi-disciplinary technical programs ranging from natural products chemistry and nanomaterials, to development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using microwaves, ultrasound and mechanochemical mixing. Dr. Varma’s area of expertise includes development of environmentally benign synthetic methods and chemical protocols, greenersynthesis of Nanomaterials & Nanocomposites and their applications in catalysis and sustainable remediation of hazardous pollutants (e.g. contaminated sites & streams using nanoscale zerovalent iron, mercury from coal-fired power plants, sulfur from diesel oil, etc).
His long term goals are to contribute broad expertise in chemistry to evaluate novel and safer environmental protocolsand its impact in human health and environmental sciences.
He is on advisory board of several international journals and has been awarded 12 US Patents, published ~360 peer-reviewed papers, numerous books, book chapters & encyclopedia contributions.