One Day Workshop on Advanced Functional Materials

The Department of Applied Sciences, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), organised a “One day Workshop on Advanced Functional Materials-WAFM 2018” on 17th March,2018 at PEC. The workshop was aimed at fostering enhancement of knowledge through the interaction and collaboration of students, faculty, and scientists particularly amongst premier institutions of our country. More than a hundred participants from institutes of neighboring states took part in this workshop. The opening session of WAFM-2018 was chaired by Prof. Manoj K. Arora, Director PEC, who gave a motivational note on the importance of material sciences and the need of smart materials for emerging technologies. WAFM-2018 began with an excellent lecture by Prof.M.M. Shaijumon of IISER Thiruvananthapuram who talked about the recent research in material sciences. He began by exploring the emerging field of condensed matter physics, graphene and its sister materials along with the deeper physics involved in them. He introduced the latest and most efficient means of rechargeable energy storage – the lithium ion battery. His lecture was based on the exploration of microscopic interaction for the sake of smartness in functionality of targeted material. The second invited lecture was delivered by Dr. K. Asokan, Inter University Accelerator Center (IUAC), New Delhi who disclosed the importance of energetic ion beam in material sciences for the enhancement of desired properties and their optimization for technological use. Dr. S.K. Pandey, Scientist, DRDO Head quarter, New Delhi, delivered an insightful lecture which was devoted to direct conversion of stress energy into electrical signal, which can be directly implemented to supply the prototype devices without additional expenditure of electrical energy. The final lecture of WAFM was given by Dr. Anupinder Singh, GNDU, Amritsar. In his lecture, he elaborated on unconventional approaches in the construction of multifunctional devices.

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