First Virtual Symposium on “Recent Trends in Chemical Science”

The Department of Chemistry of IIT Bhilai in association with the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) local Chapter, Chhattisgarh organized a Virtual Symposium on “Recent Trends in Chemical Science” on February 6, 2021. Chief Guest, Director of IIT Bhilai, Prof. Rajat Moona highlighted the importance of Chemistry in modern times during the inaugural session, while Prof. Kallol Ghosh of CSRI Chhattisgarh Chapter, briefly introduced the functions of CRSI. During the symposium, the experts discussed the advantages of chemical technologies in the development of drugs, sensors, soft material, carbon dioxide activation, and supramolecular polymers and their research experiences in the various cutting-edge trends in chemical sciences.

During the first technical session Prof. V. K. Singh, an eminent scientist from IIT Kanpur, discussed the importance of quality teaching and professional development while Prof. Ashwini Nangia explained the importance of pharmaceutical cocrystal for the design and development of new drugs. Prof. Uday Maitra from IISC Bangalore shared his research experience on the development of inexpensive paper-based photoluminescent sensors for the detection of antioxidants in green tea.

During the second technical session, Prof. Tapas Kumar Maji from JNCASR explained the use of polymer hydrogels for the production of hydrogen from water. H2 fuel, also known as green fuel, will potentially reduce pollution related issues if produced on a large scale, which is still a challenge that requires advanced research. With the increase of such alternative fuels, there will be a definite reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels, coal, etc., which are known to be the primary causes behind greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Addressing the session, Dr. Swadhin K Mandal from IISER Kolkata explained the effective chemical methods to convert the carbon dioxide into useful chemical products. He also said that these methods could be used to reduce the release of carbon dioxide from the industries into the environment. The concluding talk was by Prof. Subi J. George from JNCASR who shared his research development on supramolecular polymers to mimic enzymes.

The scientists broadly advised the participants to develop chemical technologies for the betterment of society. The workshop was well attended by students, faculty, and academia who were introduced to the concept and application of chemical sciences.

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