Ansal University, Gurgaon, a private university with strong international collaborations dedicated to providing advanced trans-disciplinary education, has inaugurated a two-day International Conference on Nanotechnology: “Lessons From Nature and Emerging Technologies” today. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. It involves the synthesis and application of ideas from science and engineering towards the understanding and production of novel materials and devices for human welfare. Prof. A. Ganguli, Institute of Nano Science and Nanotechnology, Mohali was the Chief Guest and Prof Sudharsan Kumar, CFEES Lab, DRDO delivered the keynote address at the inaugural ceremony. The conference also saw the launch of the University’s International Journal –Ansal University Business Review.
Speaking on the occasion Dr CS Nagpal, Vice Chancellor, Ansal University, Gurgaon said, “We are proud to host the International Conference on Nanotechnology which will provide a platform for interdisciplinary communication, cooperation and projects to participants from science and industry from both India and abroad. Nanotechnologies have huge potential in areas as diverse as Healthcare, Information Technology and Energy sectors. Government and business across the world have started using Nanoscience and Technology in their development. So, this is the right time for India to initiate its resources in Nanotechnology for industry, academic institutions and biomedical healthcare in order to raise awareness of the opportunities and risks of this emerging science.”
Prof AK Ganguli from Institute of Nano science and Technology, Mohali gave a talk on controlling the size, assembly and shape of nanostructures using micro emulsions for energy and environmental applications. In his talk, he gave real life examples of nanostructures in nature. He discussed how the shape and size of nanostructures are important. He explained the application of nanostructures in water splitting, photo catalysis and photovoltaic. He also emphasized the importance and development of nanotechnology in cancer research.
Prof. Sudarshan Kumar, an outstanding scientist and Director from DRDO gave a talk on emerging trends in nanotechnology and DRDO initiatives in nanotechnology. He explained the importance of nanotechnology in diagnostics, cosmetics, drug delivery, material structures, mechanical behavioral and devices. He explained the development of Nanotechnology in DRDO and emphasized how biosensors are used for the detection of pathogens and how the Nanotechnology can be used for defensive and civic applications.
The conference is being attended by eminent academicians like Prof BR Mehta, IIT (Delhi), Prof F Gourbilleau, Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, Dr D Kanjilal (IUAC, New Delhi), Prof. S Ghosh, JNU (Delhi), Prof S Annapoorni, Delhi University, Prof Deshdeep Sehdev, IIT (Kanpur), Prof Nedra Karunaratne, (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), Kameron Pugh (Tarleton State University), Prof Shahab Uddin (IIU, Malaysia) and others. As a part of the conference, research scholars from different institutions of India and abroad will also make oral and poster presentations of their research work with the best sessions being awarded.