Free Energy, Cheap Solar, The Smart Grid Revolution with Professor Ravi Silva of Surrey University

Posted by – August 14, 2019

Ravi Silva is the Director of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Heads the Nano-Electronics Centre (NEC), which is an interdisciplinary research activity at Surrey University. The ATI has over 150 active researchers working on multidiscipline programmes with the NEC being a major research group within the institute. He joined Surrey in 1995. Ravi’s secondary education was in Sri Lanka, after which he joined the Engineering Department at Cambridge University for his undergraduate and postgraduate work. He was a recipient of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship while at Cambridge and member of Clare College.

His research has resulted in over 600 presentations at international conferences, and over 550 journal papers, Over 17,000 citations (Google Scholar), and a Google H-factor of 66. In 2002 he was awarded the Charles Vernon Boys Medal by the Institute of Physics, and in 2003 he was awarded the IEE Achievement Award.In 2003 he was also awarded the Albert Einstein Silver Medal and Javed Husain Prize by UNESCO for contributions to electronic devices.In 2003 the largest EPSRC Portfolio award for £6.68M was awarded to Prof. Silva and his team on Integrated Electronics which examined nanoscale design featrues on the optical and photonic device properties. In 2004 by a SRIF award for £4M to set up a Nano-Electronics Centre for multidisciplinary research was awarded and allowed the enhancement of nano-bio activities via the EU Sensation and EU Carbio programme.

In 2005, the Nano-Electronics Centre was a finalist in the Emerging Technologies category of the IEE 2005 Awards for Innovation in Engineering.In 2007, Prof. Silva was the runner-up of the “Times Higher Education Young Scientist of the Year”, and “Most Entrepreneurial Scientist 2007, United Kingdom”, by UKSEC and Science Alliance of the Netherlands. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2007.In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

Since 2005 he has worked with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka to establish nanotechnology as a vehicle from which to create wealth for the nation that will allow for poverty alleviation in the country. By introducing high technology in to the manufacturing base in Sri Lanka he has spearheaded a drive to introduce innovation and competitiveness in to the industrial sector within the country. Prof. Silva was on the advisory board of Imprimatur Ltd and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) of Sri Lanka. He spent the year 2008 acting as an Advisor to the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology in Sri Lanka, and helped set up the Sri Lanka Institute of NanoTechnology (SLINTec) and the Nano-Science Park NANCO (private) Ltd. He acts as an advisor to both these activities and sits on the director board.

Prof. Silva was also a member of the Electrical and Electronic Panel (UoA24) for the Research Assessment Exercise (2003-2008) RAE2008, EPSRC Nanotechnology Task Force and sat (2007-2010) on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Technology Opportunities Panel (TOP). In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences Sri Lanka. He is a panel member in Engineering for the REF2021.

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Filmed at the Nanotexnology Thessaloniki 2019 conference (, all my videos from this conference to be in this playlist: (this playlist will eventually contain all 38 videos I filmed at the conference, to be published about 1 per day over one month) coverage sponsored by HOPE-A ( Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association and OET Organic Electronic Technologies ( sponsored by the Cornet project (GA: 760949) which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Call NMBP-07-2017