Two Days Workshop on Advanced Functional Materials (WAFM-2020)

TEQIP III sponsored two days workshop on “Advanced Functional Materials (WAFM-2020)” was organized ONLINE by Department of Applied Sciences, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) from 25-26 July, 2020. More than 200 participants from various institutes registered for the workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar with an idea of providing deep understanding into the knowledge of functional materials and their device applications like energy harvesting, supercapacitors, ferroelectrics, green energy cooling ad device fabrication for military, space and defense applications.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Raja Ramanna Fellow, PEC in the presence of Prof. Harminder Kaur, Head, Dept. of Applied Sciences, Dr. Sanjay Batish, Coordinator, TEQIP-III. Prof. A.K. Grover appreciated the efforts of course coordinator and the organizing committee for the eminent speakers from IITs, DRDO labs etc. to deliver the talk on different aspects of materials science. He further share his experience on functional materials during his tenure at TIFR, Mumbai.

On day 1, Dr. Suvankar Chakraverty from INST Mohali, deliver the talk on Quantum materials and technology: Berry's phase, SdH oscillation, Planner Hall effect with covering very basic points about magnetoresisitance and  hall effect. Then, Prof. Ashish Garg, IIT Kanpur deliver his talk on defect chemistry in oxides and effect on oxide properties, with covering the types of defects. Dr. M.M. Shaijumon, IISER Trivandrum ,deliver the talk on electrochemical capacitors: recent advances. He further emphasized on the latest development of hybrid supercapacitor to meet future energy requiremnets

On day 2, Dr. Praveen, ARDE Pune, deliver his lecture on energy storage and defence applications of piezoelectric materials and the challenges while fabricating these devices for space and military applications. Dr. Prateek ,IIT Kanpur, delivered his lecture on nanostructured composites of ferroelectric and polymer phases for high energy storage applications. Dr. O.P. Thakur, SSPL New Delhi, delivered his talk on ferroelectric ceramics processing and optimization with details on processing techniques and device applications of these materials in military applications. Dr. Gyaneshwar Sharma, TD College, Jaunpur delivered his talk on ferroelectric applications in green cooling and ambient energy renewal. He concluded his talk with emphasis on utilization of these materials for refrigeration processes.

After the last session, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar expressed gratitude to Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi, Director, Prof. A.K. Grover, Raja Ramanna Fellow, Prof. Harminder. Kaur, Head Applied Sciences, Dr. Sanjay Batish, TEQIP coordinator, Sh. Sushil Kumar for technical support, invited speakers, participants and the whole team working for the organization of this event.

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