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* Professor Ashok Kumar Mishra completed his Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the University of Delhi in 1980 and received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1985. After a stint in Sambalpur University as a faculty member, and in Gunma University (Japan) as a Monbusho Fellow, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1992. He was a JSPS Visiting Scientist in Gunma University, Japan during 2002-2003. He was the Dean Academic Research at IIT Madras during 2015-21. Currently he is working as an Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras.

* Prof. Mishra is a Fellow of the ‘National Academy of Sciences, India’. Awards received by him include ‘CRSI Bronze Medal’ from the Chemical Research Society of India, ‘Acharya P C Ray Memorial Award’ from Indian Chemical Society and ‘Prof W U Malik Memorial Award’ from The Council of Chemists.

* Prof. Mishra works in the general area of Physical Photochemistry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy. He has an active research group. So far, he has guided 27 Ph.D. students, 34 M.Sc. students, and 6 M.Phil students. He has published about 227 research papers, reviews, and monographs, and has 3 patents.