Monday, December 20, 2004

A Nano Passage to India

US expert calls for more joint efforts with Indian scientists
Workshop begins, will identify niche segments, R&D areas, academic and industrial partners (Express News Service)

    THOUGH the United States prefers better ties with Pakistan when it comes to international diplomacy, it’s Indian brains that the Americans praise in the context of science and technology. Eminent scientist Dr Thomas Weber, representing the US-based National Science Foundation (NSF), on Sunday called for further collaboration between Indian and American scientists in the edge cutting research areas of nanoscience.

    Speaking at a three-day Indo-US workshop on ‘Collaborations and Networking in Materials for 2020’ at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Dr Weber acknowledged the contribution of Indian scientists in advanced research.

    ... The workshop will identify niche areas, locate various R&D, academic and industrial partners in both countries who could be active partner in this important initiative.

    Delivering the keynote address on ‘Novel Chemical Routes to Nanomaterials,’ Prof C N R Rao, honorary president, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore corroborated how Indians have continuously contributed in the vital areas of US science and technology.

    Interestingly, he said though there was much talk about nanoscience these days, the first gold nanocrystal was made by Michael Faraday in 1857. Rao also gave a glimpse into the world of nanocrystals. He cited the examples of how gentle chemistry has contributed to the world of nanotubes and nanowires. In the presidential address, Prof V S Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi listed many undergoing programmes between the two countries. More here

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