Chemistry Nobel winner Morten Meldal has a Kerala friendtext_fields
Thiruvananthapuram: When Dr. Morten Meldal won Nobel Prize for Chemistry, another man from Copenhagen, Denmark with his roots still in Kerala jumped for joy.
Dr. Renil Manat, who is a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kerala's Mahatma Gandhi University, is a longtime associate and family friend of Dr. Morten Meldal's.
The Keralite who has roots in Kozhikode and Thalassery told IANS from Copenhagen, Denmark: "It's really a happy moment of Dr. Morten Meldal winning the Nobel prize for Chemistry with two others. I am associated with Dr. Morten Meldal for several years and it was in fact his invitation that brought me to Denmark."
Manat said that he and his family were at Meldal's home for breakfast on Sunday.
He said that Copenhagen is a hub of research in Biotechnology and Chemistry, adding that several Indian IT companies have also now set foot in Denmark.
Manat did his Chemistry graduation from Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode, and his Post Graduation from S.N. College, Kollam followed by Ph.D. from Mahatma Gandhi University under the guidance of Prof V.N. Rajashekhara Pillai, a former Chairman of University Grants Commission.
Manat is now with Carlsberg Research Laboratory (CRL) and is associated with Meldal after joining his team in CRL along with a few other scientists.
The Indian-born scientist said that Meldal has been a major support base for him ever since he landed in Copenhagen.
Manat's wife Chandini Renil is a pedagogue at European School in Copenhagen while Meldal's wife Phaedria is an entrepreneur and the family enjoys a warm relationship.
Meldal had in between opened a biotech company where Manat was also associating. However, due to some licensing issues, it has to be shut down and Manat joined back in CRL while Meldel joined the University of Copenhagen.
Meldel and Manat had developed a biodegradable packing material in 2008 and the patent for this is with the CLR. Manat is now working on innovative beer flavours and some of them are based on ayurvedic herbs.
The Kerala-based scientist also said that there are chances of Meldel would come to Kerala to attend the Kerala Science Congress which is to be held in January 2023.
IANS with minor edits