CARVING A NICHE IN MRS, SINGAPORE : Dr. THIRUGNANAM

CARVING A NICHE IN MRS, SINGAPORE : Dr. THIRUGNANAM

Seemadri Subhadarshini | Jul 27, 2015

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Recently the Material Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S) organized the 8th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies and 16th IUMRS-International Conference in Asia together with 4th Photonics Global Conference 2015, ICMAT 2015 and IUMRS-ICA 2015 from 28 June to 03 July at Suntech Singapore. This mega event was a huge success and an evident leap in the advancement of Science and Technology. It attracted more than 2000 scientists and professors around the world who presented their in-depth research based on a wide range of themes included in the following Symposia- Energy and Energy Storage, Optical/Photonics, Polymers/Biomaterials, Nanomaterials and Devices and Functional materials etc.

The Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S) is a non-profit organization created in 1999 to promote material science not only to researchers in Singapore, but also to publicise the niche capabilities of local researchers throughout Asia. The Society is affiliated to the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).

The International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, or more commonly ICMAT, is a major biennial event organised by the Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). This year for their 8th Biennial Meeting, ICMAT in collaboration with the 16th IUMRS-ICA, together with the 4th PGC (Photonics Global Conference) ensured an exciting line-up of distinguished keynote speakers and programs to celebrate the on-going research in the field of Material Sciences.

Dr. Thirugnanam Arunachalam of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering (BM) department of NIT Rourkela made his way to Singapore to attend the above prestigious conference. He presented his exhaustive research work entitled “Drug loaded poly (vinyl Alcohol)-Cellulose Composite Hydrogels for Wound Dressing” under the theme Advanced Nano and Polymeric Materials for Biological and Health Care Applications included in the Polymers/Biomaterials Symposium.

Biodegradable and biocompatible synthetic polymers like poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) have attracted much attention for wound dressing applications. However, PVA hydrogels possesses insufficient strength and very limited hydrophilicity characteristics which restrict its use as a wound dressing polymeric material. Prof. Thirugnanam in his work incorporated standard antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and streptomycin) and natural herbals such as turmeric and Tridax procumbens plant extract in PVA-cellulose hydrogels which increased its efficiency remarkably as a potential wound dressing material.

Dr. Thirugnanam rightfully carved a niche for himself and the institute worldwide. The conference paved a way for the interaction between the NUS and Indian delegates for possible collaboration. It was an overall copacetic experience for him to meet many intellectuals and scientists with astounding ideas from all over the world.

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