Special Correspondent

Meet on `Smart materials and recent technologies' begins

TIRUPATI: The two-day national conference on `Smart materials and recent technologies' got off to a lively start in the SV University here on Thursday with A.K. Bhatnagar, CSIR Chair Professor, School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, delivering the keynote address. He said nanomaterials and nanostructures had now become the most investigated areas in the field of material science because of their new properties to suit varied industrial applications, besides being a subject of extensive interest for basic studies.

Space exploration

In his power-point presentation, he noted that development of new structures has become imperative to meet the needs of the information/computer technology, space exploration, communication and consumer-related products with special emphasis on compactness had increased speed and storage capacity.

Stating that the possibility of having a material that would become superconductor at room temperature still remained a dream, Bhatnagar said that as for magnetic materials, a limit was approaching beyond which it might not be possible to improve upon. He said the School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, was currently working on silicon films (metal-induced crystalisation), BST films, magnetic films and superconducting films. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) technology, an area of study in his laboratory, was set to `radically transform' the whole electronic industry.