Nano-technology begins to pay back to society

Nano-technology (NT) has started to fulfill the promises it had made while still in infancy.

Results on the possibilities of NT, coming from around the world, show that it would provide many solutions to everyday problems, said John S Preston, professor, department of engineering physics, McMaster University, Canada, here on Wednesday.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the first Indo-Canadian Symposium on Nano-Science and Technology, held at Prof CNR Rao Rostrum at National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore.

“Many different devices will be deployed to generate electricity sustainably as a variety of technologies can be developed to address the energy problem using NT,” he said.

G U Kulkarni, dean-academic, chemistry and physics materials unit on nano-science at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, noted the ‘paradigm shift’ in the technology in a period of just three years.

He said the developments were occurring at a rapid pace and will revolutionise health care, material sciences and digital electronics.

S R Subba Rao, president, NIE, noted the progress achieved in micro-electronics in a span of few decades. “The future belongs to nano-fabrication, bio-computing, molecular computing and quantum computing,” he said.

G L Shekar, principal, NIE, pointed out that the technology will influence a wide range of products and processes with far reaching implications to the Indian economy.
Nano-technology will cause the next industrial revolution, he said.

More than 24 papers on modern developments and research in nano-sciences will be presented at the two-day symposium.

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