Nanotechnology- Emerging Issues and Applications
The National Seminar on “Nanotechnology- Emerging issues and Applications” was organized on 26th February ’2018 by Telangana Academy of Sciences in association with Department of Microbiology, St. Pious X Degree & PG College for Women. The seminar is intended to bring awareness about the emerging field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.. The response to the seminar was overwhelming. Altogether 300 participants 15 different colleges and universities have attended the seminar.
The seminar began with a welcome note by Mrs Pritha Ghosh, the host for the seminar, followed by the prayer session followed by lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries, Rev. Sr. Vellangini, Principal, gave a brief profile of the institution. Dr. C. P. Vardhani, Hyderabad District Cordinator,Telangana Academy of Sciences, gave the significance of the seminar. The programme was inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr. Ch.Mohan Rao, Former dIrector CCMB,Former president, TAS, Guest of Honour, Prof. Katta Narasimha ReddyPresident, Telangana Academy of sciences. Dr. Mohan Rao congratulated the organizers for choosing a sensible theme of contemporary importance and highlighted the importance of Nanotechnology. His address gave insight into the concept of Nanotechnology and how scientists have taken a cue from biological nanoparticles in synthesizing nanoparticles.
Prof. Katta Narasimha Reddy, Guest Of Honour, Hon Secretary, TAS. Enlightened the work done by Telangana Academy of Sciences in the rural areas. He shared the idea of collaborative work with different colleges/institutions. He talked about the chronological development and contribution of various scientists and the discoveries that were useful in defining nano particles.
As a token of gratitude mementos were presented to all the dignitaries and Mrs. Sreedevi, the organizing secretary gave vote of thanks and the inaugural session came to an end with the break for High Tea.
The first lecture was given by Prof. Kalagadda Venkateshwara Rao , H.O.D., Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad. Spoke on the topic: Nanoparticles and Their Applications , His lecture gave information about the changes that take properties that take place in materials when they are made into naomaterials and an overview of their applications
Dr. P. K. Khanna, Head Department of Applied Chemistry, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune. Enlightened the audience on the Synthesis and antimicrobial properties of Nanoparticles, synthesis using edible oils, their characterization using Plasmon resonance, photoluminescence and XRD and their antibacterial properties.
The third speaker Dr. Pratyay Basak, Senior Scientist, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology spoke on the TOPIC: Nanostructuring Materials: Realizing Morphology, Control and Exploring Potential Applications. He spoke on nanomaterials synthesis using Titanium, Zinc oxide and their diverse structures, their uses in harvesting light,sensor for environmental monitoring, diagnostics, stem delivery etc.
Then it was followed by a address on Nanotoxicology: An Emerging Societal Issue by Prof. V. Sesha Srinivas, Head, Department of Biotechnology, Sreenidhi Institute of Science & Technology, Hyderabad. His talk focused on the adverse effects and toxicity that can be caused by extensive use of nanomaterials as their use is becoming widespread.
The last speaker of the seminar Dr. Amith Asthana, Principal Scientist, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology.in his talk on “ A facile and affordable laboratory method of enhancing Raman Scattering” gave insight into the preparation of paper microfluidic devices their advantages and characterization using Raman spectroscopy.
The valedictory session was at 4.30.pm. The Report of the seminar was given by Dr. Vindhya Vasini Roy, Co-Convener of the seminar. The participants were awarded certificates. The Vote of thanks was given Dr. S. Sreedevi Organizing secretary of the seminar.