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“Research needed to tap alternative energy sources”

Need-based: S. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, speaking at Gandhigram Rural Institute on Saturday. — PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN
Need-based: S. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, speaking at Gandhigram Rural Institute on Saturday. — PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

: Research students in chemistry should develop an ideal material that would tap abundant solar energy effectively in order to meet the growing demand for energy. Massive research should be taken up in this direction to tap alternative energy sources, said S. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

He was addressing the inaugural session of ‘International Year of Chemistry' celebrations at Gandhigram Rural Institute at Gandhigram on Saturday.

If chemists and researchers could develop materials to tap solar energy, such a development will be a sustainable and an environmentally-friendly one.

The development should convert the solar energy into chemical or electrical energy because such mechanism will bring in social change also, he added.

“Everyone in the country should get a chance to utilise required quantum of energy to enjoy a decent life. At that time, consumption of energy will multiply several folds. But the existing energy will be insufficient to achieve it,” he said.

Sustainable utilisation of energy sources was need of the hour.

But researches on chemistry, which were taking place in the country, were not necessary to Indian context.

“We need to work on more research that is relevant to Indian context,” the scientist pointed out.

Expressing grave concern over sharp depletion of potable water sources, Dr. Ramakrishnan said water pollution was the biggest challenge for the country.

It should be tackled efficiently.

Role chemists were more important in this field.

In his special address, Vice-Chancellor SM Ramasamy said that chemists and geologists should work together in predicting natural disasters like earthquakes.

He appealed to researchers in the field of chemistry to develop sensors that would predict and alert earthquakes in advance to enable people to move to safe places or take precautionary measures.

The chemists' brains could be welded with scientific brains in other disciplines to help people live peacefully and tackle natural disasters with ease.

Alagappa University Professor Sanjiv Kumar Singh and others spoke.

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