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Multidisciplinary Workshop on Nanomaterials at S. H. College, Tirupattur


By KUMPILUVELIL Louis
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Chennai, Mar. 10. A mind-blowing encounter with the small, small world of nanomaterials! And the occasion was a CSIR-sponsored one-day multidisciplinary workshop on the ''Role of Nanomaterials in Energy and Environmental Sectors'' at Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, to mark the National Science Day, on 28 February. The Workshop focused on imparting basic knowledge about nanomaterials and their potential applications in science and technology.
The event was organized by the Department of Physics in collaboration with the recently launched Fr. Abraham Panampara Research Centre (APRC) of the Sacred Heart College. Director of the Research Centre, Fr. Dr. C. M. Varghese SDB, delivered the keynote address. Fr. Panampara was the first Indian Principal of the College.

The workshop brought together, on a single platform, a number of eminent scholars and experts from various fields to share their views and expertise. Dr. Francis P. Xavier SJ, Director, Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET), spoke on the ''Importance of energy and environment'' while Dr. G. Sekaran, Chief Scientist and Head, Environmental Technology Division, CLRI-CSIR, gave a stimulating lecture on ''Advanced Industrial Waste Water Treatment'', an area of research very much related to textile and leather industries. Dr. Sekaran invited the young researchers to join hands with industries and contribute to both science and society.

Eminent Professor Dr. B. Viswanathan, Director (NCCR), IIT, Madras, generated great interest among the students and scholars with his stimulating presentation on  ''Fuel Cells in Alternate Energy''. Dr. L. John Kennedy, Assistant Professor, VIT University, Chennai Campus, exposed the role of ''Nanomaterials in supercapacitor applications'', while . Dr. J. Ms Judith Vijaya, Assistant Professor, Catalysis and Nanomaterials research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Loyola College, Chennai, spoke on the role of ''Nanomaterials in Photocatalysis''.

Speaking on the significance of the workshop, the organizing secretary Prof. Fr. Theophil Anand SDB said it was an occasion to expose the students and the research scholars to the latest developments in the area of nanomaterials and to highlight the multidisciplinary nature of today's developments in science and technology.

The National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 each year to mark the discovery of the ''Raman effect'' by Indian physicist, Sir C. V. Raman, on 28 February 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.  He was the first Asian and first non-White to receive any Nobel Prize in the sciences. Before him, another Indian, Rabindranath Tagore, had received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
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