Dr. Suryanarayanan worked as a Nuclear Physicist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Bombay. and then at the CNRS Bellevue Laboratories, France. After obtaining D.Sc., he worked in the IBM New York and later in BHEL India where he created a Material Research Laboratory. From 1995 onwards, he has been working at the University of Paris. He has made seminal contributions in the field including the discovery of a material whose resistance diminished by a factor of one million when a magnetic field was switched on. He is also associated with French Industry and the Chitra Tirunal Institute in Trivandrum in developing the diamond-like carbon coating for human artificial heart valve applications.