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Jamshedpur, August 6: Prof P Ramchandra Rao Memorial Lecture was organised today on the “Transitions between the liquid, glassy and crystalline states in metallic alloys” at CSIR-NML on virtual platform. The programme was jointly organised in collaboration with Prof. N.P. Gandhi Memorial Metallurgy Trust, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc and the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur.
The lectures in this series are delivered in honour of Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao (21.03.1942–10.01.2010), a distinguished and highly decorated materials scientist who pioneered research in rapid solidification, metallic glasses, quasicrystals, and biomimetics, the first at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT (BHU) and later at NML-Jamshedpur. He served as Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (1992-2002), Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University (2002-05), and Vice Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (2005-07).
The programme began with the welcome address delivered by Prof. Sunil Mohan, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He extended thanks to all the participants and the chief guest.
Prof. N.K. Mukhopadhyay, IIT (BHU), Varanasi introduced the keynote speaker, Prof. A.L. Greer, who obtained his B.A. (1976) and PhD (1979) degrees in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge. His current research interests are in metallic glasses (principally their wide range of structure and their mechanical properties), nucleation in condensed systems, chalcogenide phase-change materials for computer memory, and grain refinement (experimental studies and modelling) in the solidification of alloys, particularly aluminium alloys.
Furthermore, Prof. A.L. Greer, of the University of Cambridge, delivered the lecture. He has nicely explained the fundamentals of the transitions between the liquid, glassy, and crystalline states in metallic alloys. His lecture was thought-provoking for the participants.
At the end of the program, a vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vikas Jindal, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He said this memorial lecture has dual advantage in that we remember the renowned personalities of the world as well as enhance our knowledge base. More than 150 participants were present from India and abroad. He has expressed thanks to all the participants, who attended the programme on the virtual platform.