An international symposium was held in Coimbatore, India, to impart knowledge about Sustainable Development Goals and the role of chemistry in their achievement
About 160 participants including students, scholars and faculty members got exposure to the Sustainable Development Goals and role of chemistry in achieving those goals, especially the third goal and seventh goal. They have learned the basics and methods underlying computational chemistry. They have used computational chemistry software to draw, view molecules and calculated the properties of molecules. They came to know about the “Magnetic Cooling”. They understood “Gold Based Next Generation Cancer Therapeutics”.
The International Symposium on “Chemistry for Sustainable Energy and Medical Applications – II”, held 5 September 2023, is a programme conducted in continuation to a 2022 programme. In 2023, the programme aims to impart knowledge about Sustainable Development Goals and the role of Chemistry in confirming that along with Basic Sciences. It started with Prayer song by Ms. Meena, II B. Sc., Chemistry followed by the welcome address by C. Mesha Shree, III B. Sc., Chemistry. Then V. Gopika, III B. Sc., Chemistry introduced the chief guest Dr. Kuppusamy Arumugam, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wright State University, Ohio, USA to the symposium attendees. Then the chief guest delivered a lecture on the “Gold Based Next Generation Cancer Therapeutics” explaining the basics underlying this rapidly growing area of science. Students listened to his talk and interacted with the expert and clarified their doubts.
Softwares to Build Molecules
Session-II started after the tea break with the resource person introduction by R. Aishwarya, III B. Sc., Chemistry. She introduce Dr. V. Vasumathi, (RA – IISc Bangalore, PDF – Portugal) Assistant Professor, PG & Research Department of Physics, Holy Cross College, Trichy to the symposium attendees. Then Dr. V. Vasumathi delivered a lecture on “Computational Modelling and Simulation” how to use chemistry softwares for the construction of molecules and to view the molecules. Then she explained the role of chemical physics in attaining the SDG goals. Students listened to his talk and interacted with the expert and clarified their doubts.
Session III started after lunch break with the resource person introduction by B. Abirami, III B. Sc., Chemistry. She introduced Dr. M. Kumaresavanji, (Ph.D., Brazil, PDF–Portugal) Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Nanomaterials Laboratory, National College, Trichy to the symposium attendees. Dr. M. Kumaresavanji delivered a talk on “Magnetic Cooling” which is important one when you consider the sustainable energy. He explained the science behind the magnetic cooling and its applications to the society. Students listened to his talk and interacted with the expert and clarified their doubts.
Session IV starts with the students presentations about role of chemistry in attaining sustainable development goals. They presented their results from project work. They explained their vision about SDG on account of International Year of Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development. Finally with the vote of thanks followed by National Anthem, the programme was concluded.