Vinay Gupta (born March 31, 1972) is an Indian materials scientist and a senior scientist at the Physics of Energy Harvesting department of the National Physical Laboratory of India. Known for his studies on organic solar cells, carbon nanotubes arrays and Förster resonance energy transfer, Gupta is a former Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, for his contributions to physical sciences in 2017.[note 1]
Born on March 31, 1972 in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Vinay Gupta did his higher secondary studies under the State Education Board and earned his BSc and MSc degrees from Government College, Ajmer in 1990 and 1992 respectively. Subsequently, he enrolled for his doctoral studies at Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, securing a PhD in 1997. His post-doctoral work in Transport in 2D systems were divided among two institutions, starting with CNRS during 1992–94 and later at National Physical Laboratory of India during 1995–97. He also did post-doctoral work on Lithium battery at Kyoto University as a JSPS fellow between 1998 and 2000 and at Aichi Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2003. The same year, he moved to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Technische Universität Ilmenau to work on carbon nanotube and graphene where he stayed till 2004. His next assignment was at Kyushu University as a visiting associate professor and he returned to India in December 2007 to take up the position of the deputy general manager at Hindustan Electro Graphite, Bhopal on the New Year's Day of 2008. His stint at Bhopal lasted only a week and he went back to Kyushu University to resume his duties as a visiting faculty, a post he held for two months. In June 2008, he joined his old institution, National Physical Laboratory, as a scientist where he continues as a senior scientist. In between, he had a short stint as an Indo-US fellow at the laboratory of Alan J. Heeger, a Nobel Laureate in Physics, at the University of California, Santa Barbara from August 2012 to July 2013.
Gupta is known to have made notable contributions in the fields of organic solar cells, carbon nanotubes and Förster resonance energy transfer. His efforts are reported to have assisted in translating the science into viable technological products. His studies have been documented by way of a number of articles and ResearchGate, an online article repository of scientific articles, has listed 65 of them.[note 2] He has also delivered plenary or keynote speeches at various seminars and conferences and is the coordinator of the pre-conference workshop on Thin Film Solar Cells scheduled to be held in November 2017, in connection with the "17th International Conference on Thin Films-2017 (ICTF-17)".
Gupta has held two major research fellowships; JSPS fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1998–2000) and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2203–04). Marquis Who's Who included his biography in their 2002–03 edition and he received a certificate of appreciation from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2002. He was listed as the highest cited author by Elsevier in 2006 and he was selected as one among the top 10 scientists with the highest number of citations during the period 2010–14 by Thomson Reuters in 2015. In between, the National Academy of Sciences, India and Elsevier awarded him the NASI-Scopus Award for young scientists in 2011. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research awarded Gupta the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards in 2017.