“Report of International Conference on Nanotechnology Addressing the Convergence of Materials Science, Biotechnology and medical Science”


International Conference on Nanotechnology Addressing the Convergence of

Materials Science, Biotechnology and Medical Science

09th-11th November, 2017


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) has organized an International Conference on Nanotechnology Addressing the Convergence of Materials Sciences, Biotechnology and Medical Science during November 9, 2017 to November 11, 2017 under the umbrella of D. Y. Patil Education Society, (Institute deemed to be University), Kolhapur, Reaccredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade (DYPU). The use of Nanotechnology phenomenon is believed to have a potential to revolutionize a wide range of scientific & biological fields. Thus we intended to foresee from this conference the possible approach of nanomaterials & nanotechnology for wide range of biomedical applications. There was overwhelming response for the conference, with more than 170 registrations from different parts of India and abroad.

The conference was supported by Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), Mumbai, Medical Council of India (MCI), New Delhi and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi. It was also sponsored by D.Y. Patil Univeristy, Kolhapur, StemRx Bioscience Solutions Private Limited, Mumbai, Metrohm India Limited, Mumbai and Eppendorf India Limited, Pune.

The conference has been inaugurated with lamp lighting by Prof. Prakash B. Behere, Vice-Chancellor, DYPU, Chief Guest Prof. Devanand Shinde (Vice-Chancellor, Shivaji University, Kolhapur), Dr. V. V. Bhosale (Registrar), Prof. C. D. Lokhande (Convenor), Prof. R. K. Sharma (Co-convenor) and Dr. Arvind Gulbake (Organizing Secretary) All the dignitaries were welcomed on dais by offering plants.

Prof. Lokhande provided the preamble of the International Conference. In his talk he emphasized the need of interdisciplinary research in today’s world. He also highlighted the progress made by DYPU in research activities.

Prof. Devnand B Shinde, Chief Guest of the conference in his inaugural address explained the future of nanotechnology for health care system. He appreciated the initiative taken by the DYPU converging the basic science and medical science. Inspiring with the initiative taken by the DYPU, Prof. Shinde had shown a keen interest to strengthen the collaborations between DYPU and Shivaji Universities (SUK). Renowned and distinguished scientists, Prof. Rudalf Houlaz, (Germany), Prof. J. H. Kim, & Prof. J. J. Shim, (South Korea), and Prof. Weng Peng Ping (Taiwan) were present on the dais. The e-Souvenir of the International Conference was released by all dignitaries on dais. “Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry” has published a special issue dedicated to Prof. C.D. Lokhande on his 60th Birthday for his tremendous contribution in the field of research in materials science. The issue was also released on this auspicious occasion.

Globalization is the key aspect for dissemination of research and this event provided a platform to globalize by signing MOUs with the world’s most prestigious universities Chonnam National University South Korea, Yeungnam University, South Korea and National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. These MOUs will be beneficial for the researchers to get experience of working with world Class Universities.

There were 17 invited talks by renowned scientists in six different technical sessions including two platform presentations and two poster presentations. The first day technical session was started with Prof. Rudolf Holze’s scientific talk. He presented the recent progress in the area of super capacitor to store energy. He had discussed the energy storage in capacitors proceeds via charge accumulation at the electrodes. Dr. Bhavin Jhankaria talked about the New Radiology Paradigm. He said, in the future, it should be possible using a combination of radiogenomics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, would be possible to estimate function at the microscopic and molecular levels using imaging modalities. I the next talk, Prof. J. J. Shim discussed about Metal oxide nanocomposites developed for energy storage (supercapacitor) and photocatalysis applications. In post lunch session, Prof. J. H. Kim had discussed his research work. He fabricated Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin film solar cell using sputtered Cu/Sn/Zn metallic precursors on Mo coated glass substrate without using a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) furnace. The fabricated Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin film solar cell shows the best conversion efficiency of 11.80%. Dr. H. M. Pathan, Dept. of Physics, SPPU University provided insights on Gratzel Solar Cells (dye sensitized solar cell). The day ended by oral and poster presentations by participants.

The second day started with technical session by the talk of Prof. R. G. Sonakavade, SUK. He discussed the effects of ionizing radiations on oxide thin films prepared for supercapacitor and its possible applications in Radiation Industry. Dr. Deepak Dubal, Adelaide University, Australia discussed Self-sustainable energy storage technology for wearable/implantable medical electronics. He has developed flexible solid-state supercapacitors (FSSCs) by designing new electrode materials, novel polymer gel-electrolytes and unique cell designs. The work provides an innovative approach for developing new self-sustainable energy storage technology and self-powered wearable electronics. Dr. T. P. Gujar from University of Bayreuth, Germany, spoke about the key properties of perovskite for making a device with great photovoltaic performance and the key issues of perovskite solar cells for stable, reproducible, and high-performance CH3NH3PbI3-based solar cells. Dr. D.S. Dhawale from Qatar highlighted on Solar Water Splitting on NiFe LDH/Ta3N5 Photocatalyst. He developed highly efficient and robust earth-abundant based water oxidation catalyst and its synergistic interfacing with a visible light-harvesting semiconductor material to produce hydrogen and oxygen from direct solar energy and water. His work described the general and simple scalable approach which provides a promising route for rational design of variety of photocatalysts for solar water splitting.

The post lunch technical session started with Dr. Meghnad Joshi’s lecture on Tissue engineering in DYPU. His aim is to generate autologous organs or tissue for transplantion. The technology helps to overcome the shortage of organs or tissues available for transplantation. The collaborations in centre for interdisciplinary research and surgeons and physicians from D Y Patil Hospital aim to develop new approaches to tissue regeneration, repair and replacement. The second talk was by Dr. Anjali Shiras from NCCS, Pune. She talked on Generation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-lines using non-coding RNA based Strategy. She reported a novel strategy for generation of pluripotent stem cells from differentiated human cells that could have wide range applications in regenerative medicine.

The day ended by oral and poster presentations by participants. Overall 139 posters and 36 oral presentations were completed during two days.

The third day technical session started with scientific talk by Prof. Pin Peng from Taiwan. His talk was on Mass analysis of intact bacterial particles and biomarkers for bacterial identification. He introduced novel and simple method to measure the masses of intact single bacterial and viral macroions using laser-induced RF plasma (LIRFP) ionization coupled with charge detection quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry (CD QIT-MS). Prof. Prakash Diwan, from Belgavi, spoke about Responsible nano-science innovations and its impact on nano-health. He said with the use of nanotechnology, scientists hope to prevent illness, quickly diagnose, control and treat disease with fewer side effects, and creates better medical aids such as more compatible prosthetics. Nanoparticles and nanosurfaces made of nanostructures are used in many areas of healthcare research. The session ended with a talk by Prof. Sanjay K Jain, from Dr. H.S. Gour Central University Sagar, who gave glimpses on Potential Nanopaticles for Colon Targeted Drug Delivery. He said that the site specific drug delivery to colon can reduce the incidence of systemic side effects as drug releases close to target site i.e. colon and very less amount will reach to systemic circulation.

The post lunch session started with talk of Dr. Pradeep Mahajan, Stem Rx, Mumbai, highlighting the applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine. He said the mesenchymal stem cells present with unexplored properties in transplantation immunobiology and can contribute significantly towards evolution of newer therapeutic avenues in organ replacement. Prof. K.D. Sonawane, SUK delivered his talk on role of tRNA hypermodified nucleosides in human diseases: A molecular modeling approach. The structural significance of these modified bases at molecular level could improve the understanding about the decoding efficiency of tRNAs to recognize proper codons in human mitochondrial as well other diseases.

Prof. S.H. Pawar was the chief guest for the valedictory function. Dr. Gulbake, organizing secretary presented a report on three days international event. After that the best oral and poster presentation awards were announced. The best three oral and poster presenters were awarded each with prize money of INR 3000, 2000 and 1000, respectively which was sponsored by Prof. C.D. Lokhande Endowment Charity Trust.

Lastly Prof. C.D. Lokhande, convenor proposed vote of thanks to all dignitaries, students, researchers and committee members.

Overall, the conference provided a platform for young researchers for interactions with world renowned scientists and experts in their fields. The conference was successful.



Organizing Secretary                                                                                               Convenor