National University of Singapore
The central role of science & technology in securing human life is evident from the diverse measures employed by the nations around the world against the raging COVID19 pandemic, which already infected 313 million people and sadly caused 5.5 million deaths. Examples include vaccines, diagnostic tools for screening of billions of people, facemasks, anti-viral surfaces, point of care, and remote monitoring of patients.
In the post-pandemic world, the demand for smart and intelligent materials will accelerate owing to the stressful human living, aging population, unmet clinical needs, and preparedness for perceived future threats. The scientific literature on smart and intelligent hydrogels, fibers, and wearables is rapidly growing.
In the coming years and decades, humans will have access to intelligent materials, devices, and systems to perceive their own mind and manage it as per their own will. A glimpse of the emerging future may be gleaned from the Neuralink (https://www.neuralink.com/), which recently announced a neural interface or in-brain device that could potentially solve neurological challenges. Moreover, further research and innovation will enable humans to access and control external devices via thoughts. This lecture seeks to draw attention to the emerging future underpinned by intelligent materials and systems.
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair, is a leading materials researcher at the National University of Singapore as well as in the world. He is the Director of the Center for Nanofibers & Sustainability. He is regarded as the guru of electrospinning & nanofiber applications. His Google Scholar lists over 1,000 peer-reviewed journal papers with over 136,000 citations, 168 H index, and 1,146 i10 indexes. He was named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters), and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in cross-field. Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 50 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide in terms of publications, citations, h-index, and saliency. He is an elected Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; the Indian National Academy of Engineering; and the ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is an elected Fellow of International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE); Institution of Engineers Singapore; ISTE, India; Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK; and American Association of the Advancement of Science; ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers; and American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, USA. He is a senior member of IEEE, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE journal Materials Circular Economy. He is a member of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Committee of Singapore Institute of Directors (www.sid.org.sg). He is a member of UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030). He is advancing intelligent materials; and low-carbon materials. He is an Associate Editor of Advanced Fiber Materials journal and eScience journal. He is an advisor to the Singapore Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE). European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said, “Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all” in his foreword for the Springer Nature book on Circular Economy.