Under the ongoing collaboration on Research and academic activities between Hindustan University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Hindustan University has organised the Indo–Sweden CleanEnergy Symposium with the theme “Materials for Energy Harvesting and Storage”. The primary objective of the Symposium is to bring together experts working in the area of energy harvesting and storage and take stock of the developments and plan the future research in this area.
Hindustan University has established a High Performance Computing Facility to carry out quantum level simulation work with the aim of modulating the electronic and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials. This facility will be accessible for researchers and faculty working in the area electronic structure simulation from any where in India or abroad.
The Indo-Sweden clean energy symposium was inaugurated by Prof. Borje Johansson, Professor, Dept of applied material Physics of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, The inaugural function was presided over by Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, Hindustan University and Dr. S. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Hindustan University welcomed the gathering.
In the presidential address the Chancellor addressed about the importance of carrying out research in harvesting energy from renewable sources particularly solar energy and also the need for developing technologies for storing the solar energy. She also mentioned that after the inauguration of the centre in 2011 by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president of India, the Centre for Clean Energy and Nano Convergence has made significant research contributions and added many research facilities.
Prof. Borje Johansson during his inaugural speech highlighted the contributions of CENCON towards clean energy and also spoke about the importance of materials research in overcoming the issues of global warming, environmental pollution etc., He highlighted the importance of theoretical physics in developing new materials for meeting the challenges of the future.
Prof. V. Ramakrishnan, Director, Indian Instiute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Trivandrum inaugurated the high performance computing facility established at CENCON, Hindustan University for carrying out studies on the materials. Prof. Rajeev Ahuja Professor from Uppsala University delivered his talk on Materials for lithium and sodium batteries: a Material science point of view. More than 100 participants from different institutions located in South India attended the Symposium. A hands on Workshop on Synthesis and characterisation of Nanomaterialsis also was organised for the benefit of scholars.
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