Nano Science Key to Green Fuel

By IBCS   |   Thursday, 07 February, 2013

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 25 : When the world’s focus is on green fuel and reduction of pollution,  nano science can play a major role in achieving this goal, a noted researcher said today.

    "India has 50 per cent shortfall in fuel and catalysis can play a role here as there are several material including forest products which can generate fuel like bio-diesel", Prof. Ajay K. Dalai of Canada’s Saskatchewan University said while addressing a two-day “National Conference on Nano-Materials as Catalysts” at the SOA University which began here on Friday.

    The Canadian government, he said, was investing one billion dollars in creating and boosting material research activities in his University as different schools were involved in multidisciplinary research as it was linked to societal benefit.

    The Conference has been organized by the Department of Chemistry of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), the faculty of engineering of the University.

    Speakers at the conference said nano materials had generated much interest because of their excellent properties suited for applications in various fields such as electronics, pharmaceutical, biomedical, cosmetic, energy and catalysis.

    Vice-Chancellor of SOA University, Prof. R.P.Mohanty, who inaugurated the conference underscored the need for a multidisciplinary approach involving physics, biology and chemistry to understand nano materials  at a basic level and how they interacted with the environment.

    Prof. T.S.Pal, Professor of IIT, Kharagpur, who also spoke, said science had taken a new turn due to nano-technology and the availability of equipment to study this science could open the way for benefit for the society.

    Prof. R.K.Mishra, Dean of ITER, Prof. Sujata Mishra, Head of Department of Chemistry at ITER and Prof. Dharitri Mishra of the same department also spoke.

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