Maldives’ Ambassador inaugurated two-day International Science Conference ‘RAFAS-2019’ at LPU


Jalandhar: School of Chemical Engineering and Physical Sciences at Lovely Professional University (LPU) is organising two-day International Conference “Recent Advances in Fundamental and Applied Sciences” (RAFAS-2019) at the university campus. Her Excellency, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to India, Ms Aishath Mohamed Didi inaugurated the mega science conclave. Remembering her earlier career as a teacher, H E Ambassador Ms Aishath expressed appreciation for the mammoth conference and wished great outcomes through it for the socio-economic development of global society. She is the first ever female Ambassador accredited to India to represent the Maldives.

Near 100 top researchers, scientists and experts from academia and industries across the globe are participating in the conference to share their innovative ideas during various keynote, invited, oral and poster sessions. Conference aims to deliberate on latest research and new technologies to address local and international scientific challenges. Congratulating the organizing team and all participants, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal invoked all to keep updated and abreast of innovative happenings around in the realms of all type of sciences and technologies.

During Key-note session, Prof Dino Jaroszynski from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK), talked about ultra-short duration electron bunches. He informed that these bunches are potential sources of X-Ray radiation. So, these could be useful as next generation tools to scientists for applications requiring ultra-short probes. Chief Scientific Officer from Sweden, Dr Hans-Jürgen Federsel suggested that there is a need to develop sustainable and greener processes in order to address excessive generation of waste, and recent advances in the field of bio-catalysis.

Talking about the requirement of an alternative, green and sustainable energy, Dr Dai-Viet N Vo from Vietnam’s Nguyen Tat Thanh University suggested about “Syngas”- CO and H2 Mixture. He holds that it has been regarded as economically viable and eco-friendly energy carrier to replace petroleum based resources. Sharing about many facets of Carbon, Dr Nishith Verma from IIT Kanpur held that many features of carbon are for the adsorptive or catalytic removal of common air and water pollutants. Similarly, Prof Dr Ram Mohan from Illinois Wesleyan University (USA) discussed about environment friendly organic synthesis using ‘Bismuth (III)’ salts, which are remarkably non-toxic, non-corrosive and relatively inexpensive.

Head of the School, Dr Ramesh Thakur informed: “With massive participation from foreign & Indian universities, IITs, Bhabha Atomic research Centre, Central Drug Research Institute, CSIR, NITS and more; the conference is structured to provide an ideal environment for young researchers as well as established practitioners to promote discourses regarding new advances in every facet of science and technology.” Prof Dr Rekha shares that the focus of the conference is on basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Thousands of LPU students in these fields are interacting, discussing with think-tanks and deliberating on interesting research based themes.

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