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Talk on Nanoengineering: The Harder Path Beyond Nanoscience.

April 18, 2017

Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative) organises Talk on Nanoengineering: The Harder Path Beyond Nanoscience
Prof. Rudra Pratap
Professor, Centre for Nano Science & Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Chair and Moderator

Prof. Srikanth Sastry
Professor, Theoretical Sciences Unit,
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

About the topic
Nanotechnology has occupied the center stage of scientific research globally for almost two decades, with so many eureka moments reported from all over the world. The euphoria is now showing clear signs of transformation into sobriety with even some occasional expressions of cynicism. Has the field lived up to the hype that has been created? Whether or not nanotechnology has delivered according to our expectations, it seems to be the only area of research in several decades that has its tentacles in almost every sphere of human endeavour. It is not surprising because nanotechnology explores new properties and processes at the most fundamental length scales. Translating all that we have found or understand at these small length scales into something that is readily usable is a completely different challenge — the challenge of nanoengineering.


Observing new properties, finding new phenomenon, and showing how something works in a lab with numbers displayed on extremely expensive and bulky lab equipment attached to the sample, is one thing; creating a product based on those studies that meet both performance and affordability expectations is quite another. The two are poles apart with generally a gap of several orders of magnitude in effort and investment standing in between.

Making nanoengineered products that are robust, reliable, and affordable is by far the biggest challenge that engineering has ever faced in the history of human society. Prof Pratap illustrate these difficulties with examples that will bring out generic challenges to the fore. He will also touch upon India centric problems of ecosystem that pose significant problems for nanoengineering.

Prof. Rudra Pratap
Dr. Rudra Pratap is a Professor and the Founding Chairperson of the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), and an associate faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Prior to joining IISc in 1996, he taught at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, for two and a half years. He has been at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, since 1996. He was also an invited professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, during 2004-2005.

His research interests include MEMS and NEMS, vibroacoustics, nonlinear dynamics and mechanobiology. He has published more than 150 papers in journals and international conferences. He has several MEMS patents to his credit. He is a member of the Vision Group on Nanotechnology of Karnataka State and a member of the Working Group on Nanotechnology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and the Journal of the Institute of Smart Structures and Systems (ISSS). He is recipient of the M. Hetényi Award from the American Society of Experimental Mechanics and VASVIK Award for Industrial Research. Dr. Pratap is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science

Prof. Srikanth Sastry
Prof Sastry is a Professor at the Theoretical Sciences Unit Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. His research interests have been in the area of statistical physics, with a focus on understanding a range of unusual and interesting properties of

liquids and other soft condensed matter, such as glass forming liquids, glasses, gels, colloids and granular matter, which he addresses with computation as a major tool.

Friday, 21st April, 2017 at 6.30 PM (Tea will be served at 6.00 PM)

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

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