Iris Nandhakumar has graduated from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1991 with a first class Dipl.-Chem. (MSc in Chemistry) degree. She also holds an MPhil degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory and gained her Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the University of Southampton, School of Chemistry in Scannning Probe Microscopy. She has held several post-doctoral positions in the UK (University of Southampton) as well as in the USA (University of Georgia Athens and University of California Irvine). In 2001 she was appointed as the Merck lecturer in Materials Science in the Schools of Chemistry and Physics.
Iris is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as the Institute of Physics. She has given many invited guest lectures at international conferences such as Gordon conferences or MRS meetings. She is a Member of the European Evaluation Panel for Framework 7.