Staff Reporter

"Priority must be accorded for patenting the inventions"

TIRUCHI: Academics sought substantial government support for carrying out large-scale researches in nanoscience and nanotechnology at the valedictory of the `International Conference on Nanomaterial and its Applications-ICNA 2007' at the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi, on Tuesday.

Having established progress in nuclear, space, computer and communication technologies, the country was poised to witness significant growth of nanotechnology that breaks the barriers between science and technology, said the Institute Registrar T. Surya Kumar. Offering felicitations, he informed that every year the United States and the European countries were spending one billion Dollars and one billion Euros respectively for nano-initiatives.

Delivering the valedictory address, the Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University P. Marudamuthu urged researchers to be imaginative and creative for making new inventions in the field, adding that utmost priority must be accorded for patenting the inventions. He honoured the three winners of poster-presentation event with prizes.

Presiding over, the Director, M. Chidambaram, said that such conferences would provide the participants insights into inter-disciplinary research, and a rich experience of interacting with experts. He wanted all other departments to organise international conferences focussing on inter-disciplinary research. N. Sulochana, Head, Department of Chemistry and ICNA Convenor; and G. Venkatesa Prabu, Assistant Professor, spoke.

The conference that brought together eminent scientists and researchers from Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Sri Lanka and South American countries was inaugurated by G.D. Yadav, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Mumbai University.

The topics

Pradeep K. Srivastava from the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, made an interesting presentation on `Nanotechnology: The Technology of the Future,' using science cartoons, and K. Tennakone of Sri Lanka delivered a lecture on `Dye-sensitised semi-conductor nanostructures for conversion of solar energy.' Min Joon Yoon of Korea explained the optoelectronic properties of nanostructured materials.

While Suresh Valayaveetil of the Department of Chemistry, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, National University of Singapore, spoke on bio-materials and polymers, Ajayan Vinu of the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan, provided insight into `Development of novel mesoporous materials with tunable pore diameters and their applications.'