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Role of Smart Materials discussed at National Conference

Smart Materials will play an integral part in the innovations and advancements of existing technologies of the 21st century. This was the conclusion of the two-day National Conference on ‘Smart Materials- Advances in Research and Techniques’ held at Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences in November 2015.

The conference based on the topic which has far reaching impact in today’s world was attended by over 150 delegates from across the country. The main focus of the conference was to discuss the latest development in the field of material science.

Smart materials are designed materials that have one or more properties and can be significantly changed in a controlled fashion by external stimuli, such as stress, temperature, moisture, pH, electric or magnetic fields. Some important applications of smart materials are in aerospace, mass transit, automotive, computer and other electronics devices, civil engineering and medical application.

Prof Vinod Kumar Gupta, Former Professor at IIT Roorkee and Ex-Vice Chancellor of Dr. RML Awadh University was the Chief Guest for the conference. He emphasized that development of smart materials calls for integration of basic and applied science such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, Physics and engineering and bioinformatics.

“The trend of yesteryear to work in isolation will not yield much headway if India is to become a forerunner in this new era of development of innovative materials by reorganizing the polymers. We need to conduct research according to the needs and requirements of the country and the environment and not blindly follow what the western world was doing,” said Prof Gupta.

Other prominent speaker, Prof Ravi Kumar, an expert in antenna technology discussed about the potentials and the challenges of the emerging field of Spintronics which is modern alternative of electronics where one makes use of the spin of the electron instead of its charge. With its application in magnetic random access memory, hard disc drives (HDDS) and magnetic sensor, spintronics is seeing major research activity that hopes to bring multitude enhancement in computer memory and processing.

Dr. Imran Ali, Professor at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, spoke on the future and consequences of smart materials.  He spoke on the potential hazards of the nanoparticle related research and the need to create a set of regulation for its usage.

Expressing concern over the dwindling number of students opting for science, Prof. PK Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, said, “We need to encourage science as a career in youngsters. Young scientists should apply themselves in order to do innovative research if they have to make a mark for themselves.”

A book containing abstracts was also released on the occasion followed by presentation of research work on smart materials by the researchers in the way of poster presentations.