Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

Chair of the Circular Economy Taskforce, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is the Chair of the Circular Economy Taskforce at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked as the number one university in Asia and among the world’s top 10 engineering and technology universities.

He is a member of Enterprise Singapore NMC on ISO/TC323 on Circular Economy. He is an advisor to the Singapore National Environmental Agency’s CESS events (;; He is the Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy ( He is an editorial board member of NATURE Scientific Reports. He is a co-organizer of NSF, USA sponsored conference on materials and circular economy and sustainability (; and Singapore-Germany conference on sustainable plastics ( He chairs the Future of Manufacturing Group, Institution of Engineers Singapore.

His senior academic leadership roles include NUS University Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of NUS Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Founding Co-Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative, NUSNNI; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He co-founded a successful international organization- the Global Engineering Deans Council, GEDC ( He advices universities, corporations and governments around the world (

He is an elected Fellow (Academician) of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and the TGMP from the Harvard University, USA. He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds by Thomson Reuters, and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Cross-Field by Clarivate Analytics for consecutive ten years. A European study placed him among the only 500 researchers with H index over 150 in the history of science and technology ( His over one thousand SCI journal papers and eight authored books received ~116,000 citations and 151 H-index.

He is an Impact Speaker at University of Toronto, Canada’s Low Carbon Renewable Materials Center ( His research interests include innovations in sustainable materials and evaluation of circularity of materials via life cycle assessment ( He teaches eco-design and life cycle engineering as a part of Materials for Engineers course. He co-teaches Master’s Degree (MSC) Integrated Sustainable Design, ISD program. Students are mentored on reimagining and enhancing circularity of Sungei Kadut Industrial Estates.

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