By Roydon D'Souza, Team Mangalorean
Pics by Suresh Vamanjoor & Anup Chacko
Mangalore, December 14, 2010: The inaugural of the three day International Workshop on Applications of Nanotechnology to Energy, Environment and Biotechnology was held in the Eric Mathias Hall of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore today, 14th December 2010 at 9:30 am.
Dr. V. S. Acharya, Hon. Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of Karnataka was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Joseph Rodrigues – Rector of St. Aloysius College Institutions presided over the function. Dr. K. V. Rao, International Advisory Committee, Rev. Dr. Leo D’Souza, Convenor Nano EEB, Dr. A. M. Narahari, Registrar of Evaluation at SAC, Fr. Swebert D’Silva – Principal of St. Aloysius College and Prof. Narayan Bhat Coordinator Nano EEB were also present on the dais.
The programme began by a prayer song lead by the college choir. Fr. Swebert D’Silva welcomed the guests and the gathering. He said that it was for the first time in the history of the college that such a mega international event on nanotechnology was organized in the college.
Fr. D’Silva called upon everyone to promote new ways of thought and imagination. We need to educate the people who have the ability to transform, specially the poor, he added.
Fr. Leo D’Silva enlightened the gathering about the theme of the seminar. He said that research in nanotechnology requires the understanding of diverse areas of science. He talked of a need to bridge the gap between related work in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine.
The guests inaugurated the three day International seminar by lighting the lamp. Later, Dr. A.M. Narahari introduced the chief guest Dr. V.S. Acharya to the gathering.
In his inaugural address Dr. Acharya recalled some of the incidents that fuelled his interests in such events. He said that he has come here with curiosity to learn things as a student, “I am unprepared and I have come here to listen to the talks a good student”.
Speaking about the nanotechnology, Dr. Acharya said “like every new technology, nanotechnology is still in its initial stages; it’s a long term process, this technology is going to transform the world and in turn going to affect every other technology and it will be inseparable from mankind”.
Later, the conference digest was released by Prof. K.V. Rao. The conference digest contains the abstracts and presentations of the speakers; the book is edited by Dr. Shasi Kiran Nivas and Dr. Ronald Nazareth.
The inaugural programme concluded with the word of gratitude; the vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Narayan Bhat, Coonvenor Nano EEB.
When physicist Richard Feynman gave a lecture on the theme ‘There is plenty of room at the bottom’ to describe the process of manipulating individual atoms and molecules to build and operate another proportionally smaller set, he would not have envisaged the importance of nanotechnology would attain. Today, nanotechnology has been heralded as one of the fastest developing technologies that will redesign the future of many other technologies, products and markets. There is an increasing realization amongst policy makers and the scientific fraternity that challenges pertaining to clean energy, environment and biotechnology can be specifically answered through the applications of nanotechnology. Immense research is being done in this direction in laboratories all over the world. Concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials and their potential effects on the global economy have also opened up intense debate.
This conference would not only provide participants a platform to present their work, but also serve for exchange of ideas with leading experts in the field and constitute the formation of a global research network.
Topics to be covered at the three day workshop will include Metamagnets, Chemical sensors for environmental monitoring, Nanoscience for biotechnology, Nano and environmental chemistry, Nanostructured cellular technology (wood, natural materials), Chemical processing for functional nanomaterialsTailoring and patterning novel materials at a nanoscale, Nanoscience and environmental issues, Mechanically alloyed nanomaterials, Nano films on metal oxide surfaces, Surface modification of carbon nanotubes with metal nanocrystals, Synthesis, characterisation and applications of semiconductor nanoparticles, Applications of atomic layer deposition (ALD) in nanofabrication and Synthesis of nanomaterials using femto second lasers.
International and national speakers going to present papers in the workshop include:
• Prof Dr K V Rao, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
• Prof Dr Juan Munoz, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
• Dr Lyubov Belova, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
• Prof Dr Lars Berglund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden
• Prof Dr Kannan Krishnan, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
• Dr M Krishna Kumar, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Singapore
• Prof Dr Joseph Delhalle, University of Namur, Belgium
• Prof Dr Zineb Mekhalif, University of Namur, Belgium
• Mr Praveen Martis, University of Namur, Belgium
• Dr. José Gonzalo, Institute of Optics, CSIC, Madrid, Spain.
• Prof. Maresi Nerad Univ of Washington, Seattle USA
• Dr Raju Raghurama, Honeywell Research Labs, Bangalore
• Dr R.V. Upadyay, Charotar University of Science & Technology, Gujarat
• Prof Dr Prafulla K. Jha, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar
• Dr M. Sivakumar, Amrita University Coimbatore
• Mr Saravan Kumar, Amrita University Coimbatore
• Dr S F D’Souza, BARC, Mumbai
• Dr Shashi Kiran Nivas, St Aloysius College, Mangalore
• Dr. Anand Narayan, Selco-India
In addition young researchers will be presenting papers on their research work. More than 100 delegates consisting of researchers, teachers, representatives from industry, PG students of physical and biological sciences from many Universities and colleges from all over the country have registered.