The Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhilai in association with the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) local Chapter, Chhattisgarh organised a Virtual Symposium on “Recent Trends in Chemical Science” on Saturday. IIT Bhilai Director Professor Rajat Moona was the chief guest of the symposium and he highlighted the importance of Chemistry in modern times during the inaugural session, while Professor 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 Professor V K Singh, an eminent scientist from IIT Kanpur, discussed the importance of quality teaching and professional development while Professor Ashwini Nangia explained the importance of pharmaceutical cocrystal for the design and development of new drugs. Professor Uday Maitra from IISC Bangalore shared his research experience on the development of inexpensive paper-based photo luminescent sensors for the detection of antioxidants in green tea.
During the second technical session, Professor 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 Professor 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.