NML to host international mechanochemistry meet

Written by States Bureau | Jamshedpur | Updated: Nov 29 2008, 08:10am hrs
National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), a Council of Scientific & Industrial Research organisation engaged in metal-related researchs, is holding the sixth international conference (INCOME2008) on mechanochemistry and mechanical alloying here on December 1-4.

Initiated by the International Mechanochemistry Association, this is for the first time that a conference of the INCOME series is being held in India. The previous conferences were held in Koasice (Slovakia), Novosibirsk (Russia), Prague (Czech Republic), Braunschweig (Germany) and Novisibirsk in 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006, respectively.

According to the NML deputy director & head--business development & monitoring division, Swatantra Prakash, developments in the field of mechanochemistry were taking place rapidly in terms of basic science, range of applications and their impacts.

"While significant advances that call for periodic reviews are taking place in each of the application areas such as smart mechanochemistry, pharmaceuticals, etc, the need for cross-fertilisation of concepts and ideas is increasingly becoming apparent," said Prakash.

The four-day global meet is therefore expected to throw lights on all facets of mechanochemistry, including the basic science, its application in various areas and newer developments & devices.

Nanochemistry and mechanical activation have come a long way and have evolved as frontier areas of research and application.

Notable developments in terms of scientific understanding and application in diverse fields, encompassing all facets of metallurgy--metal extraction, alloying, traditional & advanced ceramics processing, paints, pigments & dyes, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, utilisation of wastes, and energy & environment--have taken place during the last three decades.

There have also been developments in terms of characterisation techniques of activated solids, quantification and control of activation processes and mechanical activation devices for specific needs.

Around 80 delegates and speakers from 24 countries and 200 delegates from India will participate in the conference.

There will be an exhibition of state-of-the-art milling devices and characterisation equipment during the conference. M Senna, president of the International Mechanochemistry Association, will deliver the conference lecture.