Kizhakeyil Lukose Sebastian
Prof. Sebastian's academic record is an excellent one. He did his Bachelor of Science (special degree) from the University of Kerala and his Master of Science from the University of Calicut. He stood first in the university when he completed his undergraduate and post graduate studies. In 1976 he received his PhD in chemistry from IISc.
After completing his PhD Prof. Sebastian joined the Calicut University as Reader and Lecturer. He started working as a Professor in the Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1984. He has been Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science ever since 1996.
He is one of the leading theoretical chemists of India working on the applications of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics in chemistry and chemical physics. The topics studied include molecular devices, nanotechnology and surfaces, molecular ratchets, equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of polymers, biophysical chemistry and chemical dynamics. Prof. Sebastian has authored more than 90 papers on various aspects of theoretical chemistry, chemical physics and polymer physics.
Apart from his research work he also teaches at various levels, including undergraduate students.
Awards and Honors
- Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy.
- Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in Chemical Science by the Government of India.
- Swadeshi Sastra Puraskar (1996).
- J. C. Bose National Fellowship by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) (2008-2013).
- Amrut Modi Chair Professor in the Chemical Sciences Division of Indian Institute of Science (2008-2011).
His research topics include path integral representation of Fractional Brownian motion, ring closing opening dynamics in polymers, first passage time calculation in phase space, energy transfer between molecule and graphene, quantum coherence etc. He introduced what is known as the kink mechanism for the translocation of long chain molecule through a nano-pore. In other words Kramers problem for the long chain molecule.
- K. L. Sebastian, , Understanding chemical phenomena using Statistical and Quantum Mechanics
- K. L. Sebastian, The Development of the Concept of Atoms and Molecules