Professor Ganapati D. Yadav ranks among the preeminent engineers and academicians in India. He is internationally recognized by many prestigious awards, fellowships and honours for his seminal contributions to education, research, innovation and development of clean and green technologies. He has provided inspiring academic and professional leadership to the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and Catalysis Society of India, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. He is one of the highly decorared and accomplished engineer-scientists in India, having won several awards and accolades. Apart from education and research, his passion for Sanskrit, Vedas, Etimology, Philosophy and literature stands him apart. He writes poetry in Marathi and English and the Institute’s official song in Marathi is penned by him.
His leadership has seen phenomenal growth of the ICT which is rated as the best in chemical engineering and technology ranked among the top five in the world with several awards. He has received numerous honours and distinctions for his innovative contributions to green chemistry and engineering, catalysis science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology and energy engineering. He has supervised 80 doctoral students and 88 masters students, and has authored over 316 original research papers in 68 cross-disciplinary international peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 71 patents and has authored 3 books. He has h-index of 43, i100 index of 11, i50 index of 47 and i10 index of 160 with over 6800 citations. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), among others. He has been honoured by the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology with its prestigious Jagdish Chandra Bose National Fellowship and is the only active university faculty member in the state of Maharashtra to be elected as Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. He was bestowed with the D. M. Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award of Indian Chemical Council as well as the Dr. B. P. Godrej Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) (2013). The Indian Speciality Chemical Manufacturers Association (ISCMA) and PSN College of Engineering TN has bestowed the Best Researcher awards for 2012. The Indian Chemical Council has now conferred upon him Life Time Achievement Award and gold medal for 2014. Other notable international recognitions bestowed upon him include the Fellowships of The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK and The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK; the Canadian Catalysis Foundation’s Cross-Canada Lectureship Award; the University of Amsterdam’s John van Geuns Lectureship; the Park Reilly Distinguished Speakership of the University of Waterloo; the Johansen Crosby Visiting Professorship in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University; the Distinguished Asian Visiting Scholar at Purdue University; Visiting Professorship at the Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; and Adjunct Professorship at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is elected Chairman of APCAT-7, the Asia Pacific Conference on Catalysis, and is also on governing council of APCAT, the confederation of catalysis societies from Asia Pacific region. He is a member, International Advisory Board, The State Key Laboratory for Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, The Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In India, Prof, Yadav has been awarded with prestigious honours such as: IIT-Roorkee’s Khosla National Award; Dr H.L. Roy Memorial Lecture (2008) IIChE, RPG Life Sciences’ Padma Vibhushan Prof. MM Sharma Medal and Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award of IIChE; Institution of Engineer’s Eminent Engineer Award; Ashland Padma Vibhushan Prof. CNR Rao Medal & Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award; Best Teacher Award of the Government of Maharashtra; Dr. Anji Reddy Innovator of the Year Award; Dhirubhai Ambani Oration Award- IIChE-Reliance Industries Ltd (2014), Anna University’s National Award for the Most Outstanding Academician; and VASVIK Foundation Award for Excellence in Research in Chemical Sciences and Technology.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has published a Festschrift of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (Vol. 53, No. 49, December 10, 2014; in his honour to highlight his immense and exceptional research contributions and bestowed upon him special professional service award in March 2015 (http://pubs.acs.org/toc/ iecred/current# GanapatiDYadavFestschriftEditorial ).The ACS has also elected him to the editorial board of its new journal, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. He is Founder President Elect of ACS India International Chapter. He has served/been serving on editorial boards of international journals of considerable repute such as Applied Catalysis A:Gen, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A:Chem, Catalysis Communications, RSC Green Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Current Catalysis, Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, Advanced Porous Materials.
Prof. Yadav’s contributions to development of the Chemical Engineering profession in India are incomparable. During his tenure as President of the IIChE in 2001, he reinvigorated the body by incorporating 51 national awards through endowments. He also serves as Director of the Asia-Pacific Confederation of Chemicals Engineering Institutes. He has also been a member or chaired several national and international committees of GOI ministries and autonomous bodies such as MHRD, DST, DBT, UGC, AICTE, CSIR, FICCI, CII, the PSA’s on Green Chemistry, the Planning Commission’s Pan India S&T Committee, and the Government of Maharashtra’s Rajiv Gandhi S&T Commission Peers Group, Maharashtra State Innovation Council. He was also the member of the DST’s Special Peer Review Committee for Evaluation of Reports on the Bhopal Gas Disaster, and has led two delegations of Indian scientists to South Korea and Germany. He is Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-CSMCRI, and member of RC of IICT Hyderabad and NIIST Trivandrum. He has served as a member of Selection Committees of directors of some of the well known CSIR labs and as Chairman, Advisory Council of DST-National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT-Madras. He is a member of Maharashtra Innovation Council and has chaired the Expert Committee to prepare a report on ‘Analysis of vacancies in professional courses and remedial action plan in 2014’. He is also a member of UGC’s Steering Committee on Universities with Potential for Excellence. He has developed a museum and hall of fame on ‘Chemical Sciences and Engineering and its Impact on Modern Society’ in the ICT with support of industry.
Prof. Yadav is also a vociferous advocate of the chemical sciences and industry in the print and on radio and television. He has been championing the rejuvenation of the chemical industry through adoption of sustainable clean and pollution-free technologies. He has traversed the world to give over 480 lectures including prestigious award lectures, keynote addresses and plenary lectures.