Bhubaneswar, Dec 20 (LocalWire): In the backdrop of nanomaterials playing an important role in generating sustainable energy, making the environment cleaner and decreasing carbon footprint through various processes, experts from across the world gathered here to discuss the recent discoveries in the field.
Professors, scientists and research scholars from different countries joined the deliberations at the three-day international conference on ‘Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Sustainability’ organised here at a private deemed to be university.
Nanomaterials have been performing a vital role in biomedical engineering applications such as targeted drug delivery and fabrication of biological gadgets, Prof Kulamani Parida, director of Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNSNT) and convenor of the conference, said.
Prof Parida said the demand for clean and renewable energy have spurred research for development of novel hybrid functional nanomaterials.
‘Photocatalysis is one of the green techniques by which nanomaterials can convert solar energy into clean hydrogen energy by splitting water, help in sequestration of carbon dioxide into fuel and decomposition of harmful organic and inorganic pollutants,’ he said.
The inaugural ceremony of the conference was addressed by Prof Sourav Pal, Director of Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata and Prof B R Sant, former Scientist in-charge of the CSIR Polytechnic Centre, Hyderabad.
The subjects being discussed at the conference include new designs and protocols for nanomaterial synthesis, structural, optical and electronic characterization of nano-structured materials, designing nanomaterials for production of energy, environmental applications and synthesis of chemicals, nanomaterials for solar cell application and conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals.