I hold post-graduation in Physical Metallurgy from the IIT-Roorkee. I carry three years of industrial experience as a production engineer; one and a half year of teaching experience as an Assistant Professor; over three years of research experience in the field of nanoparticles and nanopropellants; and have also had my papers published in leading journals. The initiatives I have undertaken in nanoparticle research has deepened my capacity to work on demanding interdisciplinary projects and honed my technical skills considerably. This has also helped me to commit to a research-based career in nanotechnology with a focus on graphene technology.
As I see it, graphene, the strongest material ever explored, would herald the next tech-revolution with its unique properties and the immense scope of applications in the fields of photonics, energy conversion & storage, electronics, defence, aerospace, structural manufacturing and life sciences. The monoatomic-layer graphene isolation was such a revolutionary technique that the researchers who mechanically exfoliated it won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. These Nobel laureates are closely associated with the research at Cambridge Graphene Centre. The Centre has a stellar reputation for its accomplished faculty, superior laboratory facilities and knowledge-driven campus atmosphere.
My pursuit of research has secured me an MRes+PhD position at the prestigious Cambridge Graphene Centre. However, the doctoral admission offer made by the University is subjected to self-financing, which for the entire course of four years sums up to be around INR 2,00,00,000/- ( US$286,000/- approx).
I hail from a remote part of Karnataka with a middle-class background, wherein my father is a retired school teacher. My earnings are meagre to manage our expenses. Unfortunately, my economic condition wouldn’t allow me to secure any means to pay for the combined cost of the university fees and the living expenses. I wonder if there are any avenues by which your esteemed organization can fund my studies. I shall be ever indebted to your kind and earnest support.
I am grateful for your kind consideration.
Santhosh Kumar Laxmanappa,
National Centre for Combustion Research & Development,
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, Chennai – 600036