DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The three-day International Conference on “Nano on Energy & Water” (NEW -2107) organized under the aegis of Department of Research and Development in University of Petroleum & Energy Studies UPES concluded on saturday. In his inaugural address the Chief Guest Prof Ashok Misra- Chairman, BoG, IIT Roorkee added another dimension to Prime Ministers ‘Make in India’ theme by stressing that it is now tine that we “Innovate in India too”.
The inaugural session packed with participants which had representatives from 6 countries including France, Malaysia, South Korea, Slovenia, Bangladesh & USA along with representatives of Universities & Institutes from 18 Indian states and territories. In his address Utpal Ghosh, President, UPES shared his experiences of water scarcity in some of the global geographies. Dr S J Chopra, Chancellor blessed the gathering and encouraged them to generate a white paper post the conference which could add value to human life.
The first two plenary talks were given by Prof. Elena A. Rozhkova, Argonne National Laboratory, USA and Prof. Ritesh Agarwal, University of Pennsylvania, USA, where both the speakers have focused on the importance of nanotechnology for energy conversion and storage. The second day focused on water related research, where Indo-French Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Mukesh Kumar (Director, Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advance Research (IFCPAR)). Prof. Anthony Szymczyk, and Dr. Patrick Loulergue from University de Tennes I (France) emphasized the significance of nanotechnology for detection of water resources and purification, especially importance of nano-members for filtration of industrial waste.
Conference activities also focused on the solar-thermal energy, where Prof. Hee-Jee-Kim (Pusan National University, South Korea) focused on the commercialization of nano based solar thermal techniques comprising their market scope in India.