Lovely Professional University had invited leading Indian Scientists, who are globally acclaimed for their pioneering contributions by hosting an important scientific event.
The Advanced Research Group (CSRG) & LPU School of Chemical Engineering and Physical Sciences organized the event. The initiative of celebrating science proved potentially adding to the visibility of research activities being conducted at the LPU campus.
The visiting scientists included Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, Prof. Sourav Pal; Director, CSIR–CSMCRI, Prof Amitava Das; Director (Former), CSIR-CECRI, Prof Vijayamohanan Pillai; and, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CDRI, Prof Sanjay Batra.
Professor Sourav Pal has been recognized with several awards and honors for his contribution, including the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in Chemical Sciences and JC Bose Fellowship. Touching the topic ‘Innovation in Research & Education: Challenges & Opportunities’, Dr. Pal emphasized that science is usually curiosity-driven and is interdisciplinary in nature. He also pointed out that the barriers of traditional disciplines are breaking down. Taking the examples of materials and biology, Dr. Pal also stressed that problem-solving in scientific endeavors needs interdisciplinary expertise.
Director of Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) India, Dr. Amitava Das talked about molecular assemblies for predictive responses. In between, he talked about ‘melatonin’ hormone secreted by ‘Pineal Gland’ in animals, which regulates sleep and wakefulness. Similarly, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Prof Sanjay Batra shared his research interests in the development of compounds for neglected diseases and more.
Scientist & Former Director CSIR- CERI (Central Electrochemical Research Institute), Tamil Nadu, Dr. Vijayamohanan Pillai shared his expertise in Electrochemistry and talked about Polymer Electrolyte, Fuel Cells, and Lithium-Ion Batteries, the transformation of Carbon Nanotubes to Nano ribbons etc. Prof Pillai also enlightened the audience with the story of the origin of the periodic table, especially on the eve of the International Year of Periodic Table.