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NML Jamshedpur: Workshop on Materials Energy and Sustainability

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Jamshedpur, Jan 21: The National Academy of Sciences (NASI), Jharkhand Chapter, in collaboration with the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML), Jamshedpur, has organised a one-day “Workshop on Materials for Energy and Sustainability” on January 20, 2023. The programme was organised in hybrid mode.

A welcome address to the audience was delivered by Dr Avanish Kumar Srivastava, Director, CSIR-NML, through online mode, and discussed the workshop’s theme and its relevance to society. The objective of this workshop is to bring together experts and discuss new opportunities and challenges for the development of sustainable energy materials. Materials for energy and sustainability are aligned with the UN’s SDGs on affordable and cleaner energy, and industry-innovation infrastructure, with responsible production and consumption.

Dr Neeraj Kumar, Executive Secretary, NASI, Allahabad region, participated in the workshop online and discussed the role of NASI and its mission for disseminating the importance of science to the general public. He appreciates the role of the Jharkhand Chapter, which is currently functioning under the chairmanship of Dr Arvind Sinha, Chief Scientist & Advisor Management, CSIR-NML.

Further, the workshop begins with the lighting of the lamp by today’s chief guest, Dr Karunesh Kumar Shukla, Director, NIT, Jamshedpur, along with other dignitaries present on the dais.

Dr R.K. Sahoo, Chief Scientist at CSIR-NML, speaks briefly about the workshop’s theme and its importance to India’s perspective for the development of low-cost energy.

Dr Sandeep Ghosh Choudhary, Chief Scientist, briefly introduced the chief guest of the function through his academic and societal achievements.

Dr K.K. Shukla, today’s chief guest, delivered his keynote address to the audience about the workshop topic, ” Materials Energy and Sustainability.” Emphasized the current needs of society and will be helpful to decrease the demand for conventional sources of energy, which is being currently met through fossil fuels. To reduce hydrogen emissions in the atmosphere, we must focus on the development of non-conventional energy sources, such as solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy and tidal energy. We should concentrate on developing materials that can be sustained energy demand, similar to how electronic vehicles can store power for an extended period. His speech was thought-provoking for the participants of the workshop.

Dr Arvind Sinha, Chairman of the NASI, Jharkhand Chapter, requested that science temperament should be developed in society. Apply science as a tool to inculcate a scientific temperament to develop and achieve the goal. Communicate the message of the usefulness of science and its application to the common man, whether they belong to an urban or rural region for wider dissemination.

The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr Sandeep Ghosh Chaudhary. He heartily appreciated all the team members for the successful execution of the morning session.

After the morning session, a series of four presentations on the theme was arranged in online mode. The speakers were Dr Pralay Maiti, IIT BHU, Varanasi, and the topic of the presentation was “Sustainability in the Energy Sectors Using Polymers.” Dr Basab Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur, presented a paper on “Energy Storage in e-Mobility.” Dr Mamoni Dash, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, presented on “Polymers as Biomaterials,”, Dr Srabanti Ghosh, CGCRI, Kolkata, presented on “Surface Engineering of Functional Nanostructures for Hydrogen Generation.”

The event is envisaged to deliberate on the various frontiers of material types, properties, structures and their applications in energy generation, storage and sustainability. Further, the programme was followed by a poster presentation.

A large number of AcSIR students, postgraduate students, SRFs, JRFs, and PDF fellows attended the workshop and gained a preliminary understanding of the topics.

The programme was concluded with a valedictory speech delivered by Dr Sandeep Ghosh Choudhary, Chief Scientist. He expressed his sincere thanks to the organisers of the workshop team for accomplishing this national event.

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