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Vol. 33 No. 4
July-August 2011

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Materials Education

The International Symposium on Materials Education (ISME-2011) took place from 26–28 March 2011 in Yashada, Pune, India. The event was dedicated to the late Professor Rustum Roy, who founded the International Council of Materials Education (ICME) to further the cause of materials education in developed and developing countries.

Between 2006 and 2010, the ICME has organized six conferences, which were held in the USA, Singapore, Australia, Italy, and Brazil. The objective of the conference series is to popularize the subject among under- and postgraduates and young researchers and to present the latest research in materials science and nanotechnology teaching to students and researchers.
This was the first time this symposium was held in India which has a strong base of materials science and nanotechnology and one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Pune was a strategic choice of venue as it is a leading hub of the nation’s growing economy and is considered to be the higher education capital of India.

The symposium featured 21 invited lectures by experts from France, Germany, Italy, UK, USA, Japan, and India. In addition, there were 34 short lectures, mainly given by young scientists from India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. There were 58 poster presentations by young scientists, research scholars, and students from India and abroad. There were 50 participating scientists, technologists, and undergraduate and postgraduate students from industry, research laboratories, and academic institutions.

Presentations at the symposium covered a wide range of topics: soft matter, multiferroics, iron-based high-Tc superconductors, graphene, controlled and targeted drug delivery by nanoparticulates, nanomaterials synthesis by soft chemistry, surface and volume properties of nanomaterials, characterization of nanocomposites, new green bulk composites, spectroscopy of semiconductors, molecular science at surfaces, nanocomposite coatings, rheology of polymer melts in presence of nanoparticles, dendrimers and hyper-branched polymers, processing, characterization and fabrication of nanomaterials and their devices, fluorination of polymers and composites, turbulent drag reduction, and flocculation by polymers. Similarly there were lectures on materials education and integrated education in materials science for teachers at various institutions in India and abroad.

Six prizes were awarded to young scientists and research scholars for their the poster presentations.

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