4th Bangalore Nano inaugurated

by Agencies    Dec 08, 2011

The 4th edition of Bangalore Nano, organised by The Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka under the guidance of Vision Group on Nanotechnology, was inaugurated with a traditional lighting of a lamp by Prof. C.N.R. Rao, FRS - Chief Mentor of Bangalore Nano, followed by Shri M.N. Vidyashankar, IAS - Principal Secretary to Government, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, and e-Governance, Government of Karnataka followed by Shri Anand Vasant Asnotikar - Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology and Fisheries Government of Karnataka and Prof. Ajay K. Sood - Chairman, Conference Executive Committee, 4th Bangalore Nano, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The other dignitaries included Dr. Stuart S.P. Parkin - IBM Fellow; Director, IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science & Applications Center (SpinAps); IBM Almaden Research Center, USA and Prof. Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS, Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK.

This two day event will feature top global intellects, entrepreneurs and organisations in the field of Nanotechnology. Bangalore Nano 2011 is themed “Nanoscience and Technology at the Cutting Edge”. The International conference will be attended by over 450 delegates addressed by over 60 speakers, bringing together some of the world’s leading experts and practitioners in Nanotechnology,covering topiics such as Nano Medicine and Biotechnology; Advanced Nano Materials; Nano in Energy and Environment; Nano Electronics and Microsystems amongst others.

The Bangalore Nano National Award 2011 was presented to Dr. G Sundararajan - Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad. The previous recipients of the award were Prof. C.N.R. Rao in 2007, Prof. Dipankar Chakravorty in 2008 and Prof. Ajay K Sood in 2010.

The tradeshow at the 4th Bangalore Nano features 25 exhibitors from across the globe. Cumulatively 140 organizations from 12 countries like Russia, Germany, USA, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and Poland are participating.

The event is also showcasing 115 Posters done by Young Scientists and Researchers from Institutions like IISc, JNCASR, IITs, NCBS and international Universities.

In his inaugural speech, Prof. C.N.R. Rao said, “the little seed that was sowed four years ago is no more a small plant now. It has grown into a tree-Bangalore Nano. It is a national event now.” “Being a citizen of Bangalore and Karnataka, I am happy to take this initiative.”

He said “Nano was just an idea. For about 20 to 25 years, I was teaching the Avagadros Number at an university, IIT Kanpur. I remember telling the class on how large the number was, 6 * 10^23 ( six into ten to the power twenty three). A young boy asked the question, “Gold shines, how many minimum atoms are required to keep the gold shining?” It was a brilliant and interesting question. I researched, from 500 to 300 to 200 atoms. At 200 atoms, the gold did not shine, it was a just a metal. That one question set me into research in Nano technology.”

Prof. C N R Rao said, “Nano technology has a very big future. Four years ago, a discovery was made on Graphine. The Nobel prize for physics was awarded last year, for the research done on graphine. It is very powerful in Carbon based electronics. Graphine stores hydrogen. Initiation and mimicking of graphine could find necessary applications in the energy sector, and the environment.”

“Plants decompose water using a nano manganese and produce energy for plants. Artificial Photosynthesis, if done in labs, has tremendous possibilities in electronics. But there are several challenges in this field.” he added.

Shri M.N. Vidyashankar said, “Bangalore Nano is a key event in bringing out new ideas, top of the line global speakers, enhancing personal skills, rapid progress in devices and components. One of the main objective was to create a source of inspiration among scientists, engineers, industrialists and students. It’s a “matter of pride”. Bangalore Nano has the potential to create a multitrillion dollar market and overcome several challenges in technology oriented industries.”

Dr. G. Sundararajan, Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) received the Bangalore Nano National award for his support, contribution and commitment in the Nano field and its growth in Bangalore.

Government of Karnataka proposes to establish a state of the art Nano Park near Bangalore international airport.

Another step by the Government is an acre of land for setting up of “Nano Lab” by the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research in the neighboring premises of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development at Jakkur.

The civil works of Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology have been taken-up. The Institute is being established with funding support from Government of India under the Nano Mission at an estimated cost of Rs. 1000 million, for which Government of Karnataka has already allocated 14 acres on Tumkur Road for locating this institute.