- NanoSparX Competition for students aimed at solving social causes; cash prize, mentorship and funding opportunities for top two ideas-
- Poster Award Winners get Rs. 20,000/- Cash prize-
-Exhibitors showcase Latest Technologies in Nanotechnology and Nano Sciences-
- International Participation from 8 countries -

Bengaluru 3rd March 2020: The 11th Edition of Bengaluru India Nano which witnessed around 3000 footfalls over two days, drew to a close today. The conference, which was attended by 750 delegates had 40 speakers deliberated across 15 sessions witnessed thought provoking talks by eminent scientists and professors on various aspects of nanotechnology and nano sciences including agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, pollution and food processing. All speakers echoed the common sentiment that nanotechnology is poised to be the next big thing in the future. The final day also witnessed the presentation of awards in two categories namely Poster Awards and NanoSparX Awards. The poster awards provided a unique opportunity for scientists, technocrats and research scholars to share their innovations and research in nano science and nanotechnology to the industry, research centres and potential investors. The NanoSparX awards gave students an opportunity to present innovative solutions based on nanotechnology to solve social problems. Bengaluru India Nano witnessed international participation from Germany, USA, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Korea, New Zealand and Brazil.

A total of 165 posters from 90 institutes like IITs, IISc, JNCASR, NITs., CeNS, CENSe, IISER, ICAR, IIFT, Manipal Institute of Technology, University of Agricultural Sciences etc. were display at Bengaluru India Nano 2020. The following were recognised as winners of the poster awards from 210 applications received. These winners were awarded a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 20,000/-:

Subhadeep Mitra, IIT Kanpur for Paper Based Biosensors for Early Detection of Oral Cancer from Salivary Biomarkers

Nagendra Kulal, Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research Transition for Metal doped CeO2 nanorod as efficient catalyst for the direct carbonylation of glycerol with CO2

Ramesh Chandra Sahoo, Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences for Role of Transition Metals in Layered Double Hydroxides for Differentiating the Oxygen Evolution and Nonenzymatic Glucose Sensing        

Rashi Agarwal, IIT, New Delhi for Nano metal oxide based moisture management finish for Poly(ethylene terephthalate) fabrics

Supriya S, Centre for Nano-Materials and Displays, BMS College of Engineering for Cost Effective Pd/CNS catalyst from biowaste based porous carbon nanospheres: A boon to the pharma industry    

Sujit Kumar Guchhait institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali, for Extraction of Nanostructures Material from Gaseous Effluents Responsible for Environmental Pollution     

Ashish Nadar Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, for Evaluating the Reactivity of BiVO4 Surfaces for Efficient Electrocatalytic H2O2 Production: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study         

Ananya Sah, IIT Bombay, for Nanostructured Carbon Florets as Scavenger of As3+, Cr6+, Cd2+ And Hg2+ For Water Remediation        

Ankit Kumar, ICAR-NBAIR Bengaluru, for Detection of Pheromones and Kairomones in a Cotton Farming Land through nanosensor    

Indrajit Mondal, Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, for SnO2 coated large area Aluminium micromesh as low-cost transparent conducting electrode for liquid crystal-based smart window         

The NanoSparX awards were presented to the following winners. Both winners will be given a cash prize, mentorship and funding opportunities to take their ideas to the next stage. Mentorship will be imparted by IISC, Bengaluru faculty, Prof. Rudra Pratap, Prof. Akshay Naik, Prof. Prosenjit Sen and Prof. Chandorkar.

Sharad Kumar Yadav - IIT Madras for Blue Energy Generator to create a better level of renewable energy using membrane technology.

Pratap Kumar C - Jyothy Institute of Technology for innovative multi-functional nano-coatings for better sanitation and water management.

The Malhotra Weikfield Foundation NanoScience Fellowship Awards was presented to Mr. Tathagata Paul Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Mr. Sumit Saha, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Mr. Vikash Kumar Ravi, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Mr. Mohd. Monis Ayyub, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, and Ms. Nadeema Ayasha, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. The Karnataka DST Nanoscience Fellowship Award was presented to Mr. Manas Ranjan Sahu Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. Exhibitor Awards in the category Interactive & Best Managed was won by Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Exhibitor Awards in the category ‘Content & Information’ was won by Hind High Vacuum Company Pvt. Ltd and Exhibitor Awards in the category ‘Innovative Display’ was won by Saveer Matrixnano – Tekna Inc.

The prestigious Prof. C.N.R Rao Bengaluru INDIA NANO Science Award 2020 was awarded to Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru for his outstanding contribution to nanotechnology. The Bengaluru India Nano Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Sandip Patil, Founder Director, E-Spin Nanotech, Kanpur.

The first plenary session on the final day, was addressed by Prof. Luis M Liz-Marzan, Ikerbasque Professor and Scientific Director, CIC biomaGUNE, Spain who lectured on “Biomedical Applications of Plasmonic Nanomaterials’. The second plenary was delivered by Prof. Wolfgang L Parak, Universitat Hamburg, Germany on the topic, “Fate of inorganic nano particles in the context of biology’. Other sessions during the day included “Lab to market – Nano Innovation’, ‘Nano in Agriculture’, ‘Nano in Medicine’, ‘Nano in Manufacturing (Industry Interface) and “Poster Interactive Session’.

Bengaluru India Nano 2020 featured a dedicated session for students titled ‘Nano for the Young’ which was attended by around 1000 students from various technical institutes and colleges. The session was addressed by Prof. Navakanta Bhat, Prof. M. Eswaramootrhy and Prof. Arnidam Ghosh and was chaired by Prof. A K Sood, Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Science and Chairman Conference Executive Committee, 11th Bengaluru India Nano. Prof. Navakanta Bhat, Professor and Chair, Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru in his enlightening lecture on ‘Lab on Palm and Nose on Chip: Opportunities in Future” spoke on how the focus of technology today has shifted from micro scale to nano scale. He said that this has enabled very powerful hand held smart devices whose computation and storage capabilities beats the supercomputers of yesteryears. He said that science and technology has become increasingly interdisciplinary and with the scale shifting from micro to nano, sensor chips will be the key drivers in the years to come. Quoting an example, he said that nanotechnology allows one to do multi-modal sensing techniques, which means that it is possible to do multiple tests using a single handheld device. Prof. M Eswarmoorthy, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bengaluru in his talk titled “Nanostructures in catalysis: success and challenges” spoke about the relevance of nanostructures in several important catalytic reactions and highlighted their successes and challenges. Prof. Arindam Ghosh, Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru who spoke on “New electrical and structural effects in multicomponent van der Waals heterostructures’ outlined new physical phenomena in multiple domains ranging from electronic, optoelectronic to thermoelectric properties that emerge as a result of van der Waals heterostructure of two-dimensional materials.

Exhibitors from reputed institutes and industry including Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering (CeNSE), IISC Bengaluru, Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru, IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Institute of Nano Science and Technolgy Mohali, Karnataka Science and Promotion Socitey (KSTePS), Nano Mission, Government of India and Visvesvaraya Technological University to name a few showcased a range of innovative solutions and products. Some of the innovative products using nanotechnology on display included smart windows, self-generated catalyst for odour removal, photonic crystal biosensor chips, photoreactors for dye degeneration and the like.

Bengaluru India Nano 2020 is supported by Picosun, Indian Oil Corporation and Visvesvaraya Technological University.



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