Mahatma Gandhi University bestowed the distinguished honour of the ‘Richard Feynman Chair Professorship’ at the School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on Dr. Robert Bruell from Germany. Honourable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. C. T. Aravindakumar conferred the Chair in an online meeting.
The lecture given by Dr. Bruell during the event mainly focused on the different separation and analysis techniques required to support the development of polymers like polyethylene and polypropylene. He conveyed that the detection of molecular features such as the composition of the polymers, their end-groups, and the microstructure of the polymers can be enhanced by attaching detectors to high-temperature liquid chromatographic instrumentation.
Dr. Robert Bruell serves as the Head of the Department of Material Analytics and Characterisation at the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, located in Darmstadt, Germany. His illustrious career has been marked by remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions to the field of chemistry, specialising in macromolecular chemistry, molecular analysis of polymers, materials science, and organometallics.
Dr. Robert Bruell’s professional journey is characterised by a multifaceted career, encompassing a number of distinguished roles, including Group Manager of Material Analytics at Fraunhofer LBF, as well as lecturing at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Wilhelm Buchner University of Applied Sciences. He was also a visiting professor at Kasetsart University in Bangkok. He is a world-renowned scientist specialising in high-temperature multidimensional liquid chromatography and polymer heterogeneity studies, as well as a global collaborator of Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas.
M.G.U. established the chair in the name of Richard Feynman, who is known as the father of nanotechnology and a Nobel laureate, to encourage study and research activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology.