Professor Nair is the Dean of Research to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and also the Director of Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine (ACNSMM), Health Sciences Campus. Dr. Nair received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1976; Master of Science (1978) and Doctor of Engineering Science (1983) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University, New York, USA. He joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA, in 1985 where he has since taught and conducted research in the area of composite materials. In 2006, he joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. He heads initiatives in the applications of Nanotechnology to Medicine and Energy areas. Areas of research include nanomedicine, tissue engineering, surface modification of materials, and uses of nanomaterials in photovoltaics, supercapacitors and batteries.
In 1986, Dr. Nair received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Ronald Reagan for research in composite materials. He is a recipient of numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, USA, and from the industry in materials research. He received the MRSI Medal in Feb 2009 for outstanding contributions in the field of Materials Science. He is the recipient of the Prestigious National Research Award from the Government of India in 2011 for research in Nanosciences. Dr. Nair received the impressive C N R Rao India Nanosciences Award 2014 for outstanding contributions in Nanotechnology Research and Development in India.