From left to right: Dr. D. John Thiruvadigal, Dean of Sciences, Faculty of Physics and Nanotechnology, Dr. Gridhar U Kulkarni, Director, Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Bangalore, Prof. Kasmir Raja, Executive member of ISCA, Chennai Chapter, & Dean of Research, Dr. C. Preferencial Kala, Head of the department, faculty of Physics and Nanotechnology, and Dr. Alagiriswamy A A, Treasurer, ISCA, Chennai Chapter
The one-day special talk on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, entitled “Doing Nanotech: Invent, Translate & Succeed” was successfully organized by the Indian Science Congress Association, Chennai Chapter. The influential talk was delivered by the educational expert, Dr. Gridhar U Kulkarni, who has been serving as Director at Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Prof. U.R. Rao Road, Jallahalli, Bengaluru - 560 013. With the active participants of more than 160, the key driving force to organize this talk with the joint hands/co-host of the faculty of Physics and Nanotechnology, at well-equipped MBA seminar hall, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur-603203 has multifaceted values on addressing the focal theme of “unreached the reached” especially to the young researchers, and those who look for the strategies towards market-driven commercialization processes.
The objectives of the special talk were to provide insights of nano concepts, to identify the contextual influences of functional requirements to the value-added products, and to discuss the possible approaches for formulating of market/readiness level indicators (MLI/RLI). The feedback of the participants from distinct departments confirmed that the special talk was appreciated as well as that there is a compelling need for practical concerns and for more employable opportunities towards understanding nano market.
The special day was structured with an invocation, following with the introduction of the speaker, keynote address and enhanced interactions with the invited speaker. At the outset, the brief introduction about the speaker was given by Dr. Abhay A Saghade, Research Associate Professor, Faculty of Physics and Nanotechnology, Research Institute, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, and he shared some of the experiences with the early works had done with him. Prof. Kasmir Raja, Executive member of ISCA, Chennai Chapter, and Dean of Research, SRM Institute of Science and Technology provided the keynote address. In his initial address, he mentioned about the historical developments of ISCA and highlighted a few objectives of Science and Technology policies.
Prof. Giridhar U Kulkarni initiated his lecture with the revisited fundamental concepts of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology along with few cited examples. The highlights of the talk were related to the historical developments of quantum mechanics, concepts of nanoworld and its dimensional properties, fascination of integration of collective properties of nanoscale materials such as size-dependent properties leading to quantum confinements, growth of era of nanotechnology fields, perspectives of understanding from nanomaterials-to-synthetic procedures-to-nano-driven products, along with the day-to-day functional requirements of current employers’/latest applications.
The phrase of famous American theoretical physicist, Sir Richard Phillips Feynman, known for his work in the path of “Miniaturization Alone Is Not Nano” has been revisited. The educational expert has introduced the new concepts of market/readiness level indicators (MLI/RLI) and addressed the societal needs/roadblocks of commercialization towards nano market.
Thanks to him for the dissemination of his research expertise to the ambient audience that pertaining to the latest developments of ultrafast sensors’ response/recovery time, nanofiber as mesh electrode, skin-based Velroc (contemporary idea to nanoproduct), devised guidelines to the physical fitness programmers while dehydration after exercises along with the case studies.
At the closure of the post-morning session, Dr. Alagiriswamy A A, Treasurer, Chennai Chapter, & Asst. Prof. (Sr. Grade.), Faculty of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, gave the formal vote of thanks. To further, while voting the favour of Chennai Chapter’s lines-of-actions, he expressed the concerns at what the speaker called the lack of concerns as technology roadblocks and maintaining that the views of young minds were side-lined.