The inauguration of the 6th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2021) at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur was held virtually today, February 1, 2021.
The Biennial International Conference was organised by the Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRMIST in association with Shizuoka University-Japan, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)-Taiwan, GNS Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) Science-New Zealand, University of Rome Tor Vergata-Italy, RMIT University-Australia, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)-India, Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS), Indian Physics Association (IPA), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), Indian Carbon Society (ICS)-India and Springer Nature.
The event will be held until 3rd February 2021 and is aimed at providing a platform for researchers and scientists to assess recent trends and developments in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for promising applications. Scientific sessions includes Low-dimensional and 2D materials, Surfaces, interfaces and thin films, Nanocomposites and catalysts, Multifunctional nanomaterials, to mention a few.
There will be over 70 sessions with eminent speakers from renowned international institutions such as University of California, Berkeley-CA, Tokyo Institute of Technology-Japan, The Australian National University, Canberra-Australia, University of Cambridge-UK, University of Maryland-USA, Institut für Experimental physik, Berlin-Germany and also from premier Institutes of India such as IISc Bangalore, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai, Anna University-Chennai, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)-Kalpakkam.
About 2400 participants are expected to be part of this mega event. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. D. John Thiruvadigal, Convener, ICONN 2021, SRMIST, followed by the presidential address delivered by Vice Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti. His address was focused on emerging research and development (R&D) in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Pro Vice Chancellor (Engineering and Technology) of SRMIST Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan released the proceedings of the ICONN 2021 conference.
The inaugural address was delivered by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt. of India, CV Seshadri Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. In his address, he spoke on the initiatives and schemes framed by DST, to develop R&D infrastructure in various institutions across the country through funding research projects.
Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, University of California, Berkeley, CA, announced SRM-ICONN Award of excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt. of India, CV Seshadri Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. S. Ponnusamy, Controller of Examinations, SRMIST.
SRMIST is also honouring eminent scientists with SRM-ICONN Innovation Award, SRM-ICONN Outstanding Woman Researcher Award, with SRM-ICONN Young Researcher Award. Around 300 students across India have registered for this program.