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Melbourne-based Indian Australian professor Vipul Bansal was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the oldest chemistry society in the world, formed in 1841. Bansal is the first Indian-origin person to be selected as a fellow of the RSC in the past 14 years, after Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan’s appointment in 2009.
“Professor Bansal’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of research leaders and translating nanotechnologies from bench to bedside is truly inspiring. With over 200 highly cited publications and a track record of mentoring successful PhD candidates, Professor Bansal’s journey from India to Australia showcases his dedication to nanobiotechnology and materials chemistry,” said the RSC.
In a LinkedIn post, Bansal, who currently serves as the director of Sir Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) acknowledged and thanked the supporters of his research journey. “Research has been great fun so far, and I won't change a single bit if I am asked to re-live my past 20 years. Thank you!” his post read in part.
The RSC’s first president was dialysis inventor Thomas Graham. The society currently has 112 honorary fellows. Individuals distinguished in the science or profession of chemistry are admitted as honorary fellows by the trustees.