A Preening Saga

Another prodigal student of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department has outshone himself in a global conference and added to the repute of the department as well as the institute. Lailesh Kumar, a Ph.D scholar working under Professor S.N. Alam, secured a mark at 8th India Singapore Symposium in condensed matter physics that was held in IIT Kanpur on the 25-27th of February.

Aimed at getting together a group of active scientists in the area of condensed matter physics and material science from India and Singapore to facilitate scientific communication and brain storming as well as foster collaborations, this symposium was also targeted to Indian researchers working in the relevant area to assess the proper directions with respect to their strengths and expertise. It allowed the conveners to showcase the advances being made in different areas and to get feedback from the peers

Leading experts from different active areas (15 from Singapore and 25 from India) were invited to deliver talks in the symposium. About 40 Ph.D. students from active research groups in India were also invited to participate and present their research work as posters.

Among them, Lailesh had presented his paper on ‘Development of Cu-Exfoliated Graphite Nanoplates (xGnP) Metal Matrix Composite by Powder Metallurgy Route’. Lailesh is also one among the 3 NITians over the nation whose paper has been chosen for the conference, the other two being from NIT Surathkal and NIT Kurukshetra. Unfortunately, due to the unavailability of the 3rd prize, he missed out being conferred to on his work regarding Graphene materials.