A workshop on Nanotechnology, aiming to discuss practical aspects of nanotechnology relating to biomedical, industrial and computational applications, opened today at Cyber Tower 1, in EbAne Cyber-city.
The two-day workshop is organised at the initiative of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), a department operating under the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India, the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research of the University of Mauritius, and the University of Technology, Mauritius.
Several local stakeholders, including academics, researchers and representatives of public and private sector are attending the event so as to gain knowledge and develop an appreciation for the role nanotechnology in shaping the future.
Presentations are highlighting the status of nanotechnology research in Mauritius. Discussions during the five scheduled sessions are focusing on the following: Basic Aspects on Nanotechnology; Nanolithography and Device Fabrication; Computational Methods Applied to Nanotechnology; Nanotechnology Contributions in Drug Design and Delivery; New Generation 2D Nanomaterials; and Nanotechnology and the Food Sector. Resource persons identified through the JNCASR are from: the Institute of Nanoscience and Technology, Mohali; the Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials, SASTRA University, Thanjavur; the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Bangalore; and the JNCASR.
Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
It is during an American Physical Society meeting at the California Institute of Technology in December 1959, that the ideas and concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology started with a talk entitled ‘There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom’ by renowned physicist Richard Feynman, long before the term nanotechnology was used.
Source: Republic of Mauritius