Dr. S. Ravichandran, Associate Professor in Chemistry from School of Mechanical Engineering, Lovely Professional University has presented a talk on “Better Living Through Nanotechnology” in a National Conference on Recent Advances in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology organized by St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai on March 6-7, 2019. The main focus of the conference aims to bring scientists, researchers, scholars, and students to discuss and share their experiences and research results in all aspects of Nanoscience and Technology. This conference provides a common platform for young budding scientists and researchers to showcase their research findings and to motivate them towards high-quality research.

The conference was attended by more than 600 delegates including policymakers, regulators, administrators, technical experts and medical professionals from Government organizations like IITs. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Francis C. Peter, Vice Chancellor, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education, Chennai who delivered the presidential address. Other dignitaries present during the conference included Dr. P. T. Raghuram, Senior Scientific Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore, Dr. R. Jayavel, Coordinator, Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai, Dr. T. B. Suneetha, Associate Professor in the Department of Bio-Technology, Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore and Dr. A. Thangaraj, Department of Bio-Technology, Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai. The convener Dr. Sayeeda Sultana, Professor & Head, Department of Chemistry, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education, Chennai highlighted the importance of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology for the use of human society. The experts, research scholars & students deliberated over two days on the various aspects of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in the presence of Dr. S. Ramabadran, Professor in Chemistry, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education, Chennai.

Nanotechnology represents the pillars that hold up our sustainable future.  Nanoscience refers to implementing the vast potentials of Chemistry for reducing the damage done to the environment around us. The experts and researchers deliberated over two days on the various problems caused due to air pollution and the ways for prevention, mitigation, and management. It was felt that an overall integrated strategy needs to be developed for the country on priority basis mortality due to air pollution has doubled in the last two decades and half of it shows up as a heart attack.

Chemistry is really very helpful to us as its applications are used worldwide for several purposes. We cannot really imagine a world without chemistry and its applications such as medicines. When we modify materials at their atomic and molecular level, some very unusual and useful properties are generated. Since the dimensions of atoms and molecule are in nanometers, this technology is called nanotechnology. The resulting materials are called Nanomaterials. Nanomaterials can be used for a wide variety of things, ranging from the purification of water to wrinkle-free fabrics to curing cancer. Nanotechnology being a relatively newer branch has originated and represents the pillars that hold up our sustainable future. It is clear that many industries and research of many academics recognize the significance of Nanotechnology. Since Nanotechnology is an emerging technology and India has an abundant skilled workforce, India can aim to become a global leader in Nanotechnology. We should now concentrate on Nanotechnology which refers to reducing or stopping the damage done to the environment around us. Dr. S. Ravichandran has presented a brief description of the principles and importance of Nanotechnology to solve the current issues of our country for a better living.

Dr. S. Ravichandran, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Lovely Professional University, the HOS (SME) Dr. Gurpreet Singh and the HOD Prof. Ashish Kumar for their encouragement and constant support.