The Fifth Biennial International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN-2019) was organized by Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur, in association with Shizuoka University-Japan, GNS Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) Science-New Zealand, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)-Taiwan, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL)-India, Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). The conference is aimed at providing a platform for researchers and scientists to assess recent trends and developments in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for promising applications. Scientific Sessions of the conference includes Nanostructures materials and thin films, Nanoelectronics, Nanosensors and NEMS, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Nanomagnetism, to mention a few.
More than 90 scientific sessions were held with eminent speakers from renowned international institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - USA, Shizuoka University - Japan, University of Rome Tor Vergata - Italy, Kyung Hee University - South Korea, Russian Academy of Sciences - Russia and also from premier Institutes of India such as IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL). The total number of participants at the conference were about 2000. SRMIST also honoured eminent scientists Dr. Yasuhiro Hayakawa, Professor, Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University, with SRM-ICONN Life Time Achievement Award for Research Promotion, Dr. C. Nithya, Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Woman Scientist, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy with SRM-ICONN Outstanding Woman Researcher Award and Dr. D. Mallikarjuna Rao, Scientist D, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, with SRM-ICONN Young Researcher Award. In order to encourage young researchers best research awards for poster presentations were presented by Springer Nature Nano.
The conference welcome address was delivered by Dr C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director (Engineering & Technology), SRMIST, India, followed by a note on the conference by Dr D. John Thiruvadigal, Convener, ICONN 2019. Dr T.P Ganesan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Development) addressed the initiatives taken by SRMIST in raising research standards in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
A special address was delivered by Prof. Richard W. Seigel, Founding Director, US National Science Foundation, USA on Nanoscience research developments across the world. Padmasri Prof. Ajay K Sood, President, INSA, New Delhi, delivered the inaugural address on elevating research in the field Nanoscience to meet international standards. Dr R. Balasubramanian, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs), SRMIST and Dr N. Sethuraman, Registrar, SRMIST, offered the felicitation and the inaugural function was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr S. Ponnusamy, Controller of Examinations, SRMIST.