Dr. D.K. Aswal has taken over the charge of Director, CSIR- CEERI, Pilani with effect from 06th March 2019 maintaining lien with his position as “Outstanding Scientist” at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, Mumbai. Dr. Aswal, during 2012-2015, has also served as Secretary, Atomic Energy Education Society (AEES), Mumbai, which is an autonomous institution under DAE.
Dr. Aswal joined BARC through the training school batch of the year 1986 (i.e. 30th batch) after completing M.Sc. in Physics (Gold medalist) from Garhwal University in 1985. He obtained Ph.D. in Physics from Mumbai University and subsequently carried out post-doctoral research work at Research Institute of Electronics, Hamamatsu, Japan. He is a condensed matter physicist of international repute and has made several outstanding contributions in the areas of molecular electronics, physics of organic films and their applications, thermoelectric power generators and gas sensors. He has edited three books, contributed 20 book chapters, published over 250 peer reviewed journal papers, filed three patents and secured the trademark of Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravys (BND) – the Indian Certified Reference Materials.