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A Symposium Of Revolutionary Ideas: CPCM 2020

Dec 25, 2020|4 minutes

Mohit Kumar

Anujit Jena

Aditi Golchha

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

-Albert Einstein

We live in a material world. Following the industrial revolution, metals have formed the forefront of technology, and they have stayed there ever since. It is often said that material science is the foundation upon which today’s technology is based, and real-world applications would not be possible without them. On the same lines, the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, NIT Rourkela successfully organized the Conference on Processing and Characterization of Materials (CPCM-2020) from 18th – 20th December 2020.

Owing to the safety concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was conducted online over MS Teams. Team Monday Morning got the opportunity to cover the entire event. Read on to get a vivid account of the same.

CPCM - 2020

CPCM aimed to provide an opportunity for the exchange of research work, ideas and insights among notable scientists, eminent personalities from the field of research, faculty and students for the betterment of society. The theme of the conference included foremost topics of interest like Materials Processing, Advanced Materials, Surface Engineering, Sustainable Energy Materials, Computational Methods and Material, Materials Characterisation, Composites, Defence Materials, Waste Utilisation and Corrosion and Environmental Degradation of Materials. Papers dealing with design, research, development studies, experimental investigations, theoretical analysis and fabrication techniques relevant to the application of materials in various assemblies, ranging from individual components to complete structure, were presented at the conference.

Prof. Animesh Biswas (Director, NIT Rourkela) was the patron of the conference. The chairperson of the conference was Prof. A. Basu (HOD, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering). Prof. S. Pal served as the convenor along with Prof. A. Patra as the co-convenor. Prof. S. N. Alam discharged the duties of the treasurer. They were assisted by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who worked earnestly to make the online conference a success.

There were eight plenary talks, nine keynote talks, and seventy contributory paper presentations in the CPCM 2020. At the conference, eminent personalities from the field of Materials Science and Engineering like Dr G. Padmanabham (Director, ARCI, India), Prof. B. S. Murty (Director, IIT Hyderabad, Professor, IIT Madras, India), Prof. Indranil Manna(Vice-Chancellor, BIT Mesra, Ex-Director IIT Kanpur, CGCRI Kolkata), Prof. Douglas Spearot (Professor, University of Florida, USA), Prof. Kantesh Balani (Professor, IIT Kanpur, India), Prof. Amitava De (Professor, IIT Bombay, India), Prof. Chuang Deng (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Canada) and Dr Saurav Kundu (Chief of Process Research, Tata Steel) enriched the knowledge of participants by their plenary talks.

Day-1 (December 18th, 2020)

The conference commenced with the inauguration ceremony which took place precisely at 9:30 AM in the presence of Prof. S.K. Patel (Dean Academics), Prof. A. Basu, Prof. S. Pal and Prof. A. Patra. The host of the event was Amlan Das, PhD Scholar. The inauguration ceremony began with the lamp lighting.

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Prof. S. Pal welcomed all the dignitaries, faculty members and participants to the conference. He highlighted the purpose of the conference and emphasized the significance of research in these difficult times, hoping that the participants would gain substance from the event. Prof. A Basu started with a brief introduction of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He further talked about the changes that had been brought to improve the quality of research. He stated that everyone in the department had been striving continuously for its development**. Prof. S.K. Patel** reflected on the legacy of the Department and how it has been a leading figure in the field of innovation. He appreciated the efforts and wished them luck for their future endeavours.

The abstract book was released by the dignitaries. Finally, Prof. A Patra offered the vote of thanks to all faculty members, staff members, student volunteers and the NIT Rourkela management. He implored the participants to take full advantage of the event.

After the completion of the inauguration ceremony, a couple of plenary talks were delivered. The first plenary speaker Prof. Indranil Manna was introduced by Prof. A. Mallik. He is the Vice-Chancellor of BIT Mesra and a professor at IIT Kharagpur. He has also served as director of IIT Kanpur and CGCRI, Kolkata. The second plenary speaker was Dr G. Padmanabham. He was introduced by Prof. A. Patra. He is the director of ARCI, India.

Following this, the first session for the contributory talk was held for which Prof. K. Dutta served as the Session Chair.

The post-lunch session began with the third plenary talk by Prof. Amitav De, Professor, IIT Bombay. He was introduced by Prof. S. Pal. Following this, the second session for the contributory talk was held. It was chaired by Prof. D. Chaira. After the completion of the second contributory talk, Dr Madhumati Mandal was introduced by Prof. S. Pal. She is a Research Engineer, Institut Jean Lamour, CNRS – University of Lorraine. She delivered the first keynote talk on Microstructure and mechanical behaviour of the heat-affected zone inline pipe steels.

The second keynote speaker, Prof. Jatin Bhatt was introduced by Prof. S. Pal. Prof Bhatt serves as Associate Professor, VNIT Nagpur. Prof. Bhatt delivered his talk on Micro indentation studies on HPT processed bulk metallic glass. The last event of the day was a plenary talk by Prof. Douglas Spearot, Professor, University of Florida. Prof. Spearot delivered his talk on Modeling Plasticity in Metals at Atomistic and Mesoscopic Length Scales.

Day-2 (December 19th, 2020)

The second day of the conference commenced with a Plenary talk by Prof. B.S Murty(Director, IIT Hyderabad), after Speaker Introduction by Prof. S.N Alam. It was followed by next Plenary talk by Prof. Kantesh Balani (IIT Kanpur) on Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy where he explained Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is inherent to characterizing microstructures of both conventional and fascinating nanomaterials. With meagre sample preparation and its inherent high depth of field has become a very attractive proposition for imaging fractured surfaces.

Next, Keynote talk on Process optimisation in Melting and Forging of Superalloys was delivered by Mr G.V.R.Murty ( Retd. General Manager MIDHANI, Hyderabad) where he presented the case study about Superalloys, which are heat resistance alloys of nickel, iron-nickel, and cobalt which can be used at high temperatures.

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This was followed by Keynote Talk by Prof Anish Karnakar (Asst. Prof IIT Roorkee) on the Study on the formation of various dual-phase structures in thermo-mechanically tailored HSLA steel. The first half ended with a Contributory talk chaired by Prof. A. Basu.

The second session of day 2 began with a keynote talk Ductile iron: the emerging engineering material by Prof. Sudipta Sen (NIT Rourkela) followed by a Contributory talk session by Prof. S.K Sahu. It was followed by the final keynote talk of the day by Prof. Snehansu Pal followed by contributory talk chaired by Prof. R.K Prusty.

DAY-3 (December 20th, 2020)

The third day of the conference started with Plenary talk 8 by Dr Sourav Kundu (Tata Steel), after Speaker Introduction by Prof. A. Mallik: The speaker stated how the Steel industry is responsible for More than 8% of India’s GHG emissions and enlisted methods for reduction in emissions. Next, Keynote talk 7 on Deformation twinning in fcc metals: an atomistic perspectivewas delivered by Prof. Amlan Dutta, Assistant Professor, IIT Kharagpur, following Speaker Introduction by Prof. A. Mallik.

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This was followed by Contributory talk: Session 6 Chaired by Prof. K. K. Mehta and Keynote talk 8 by Prof. Anshuman Patra, Assistant Professor, NIT Rourkela after Speaker Introduction by Prof. A. Mallik. Investigation of microstructure, mechanical behaviour of nano-Al2O3, Cr2O3, TiO2 dispersed Mo alloys formed the basis of the talk.

The first half ended with a Contributory talk chaired by Prof. S. N. Alam, involving the investigation of Failures in Marine Propellers

Keynote 9 by Mr S. Hazra (Tata Steel), based on Next Generation Ironmaking and Future Research Directions, with speaker introduction by Prof. S. Pal, started the second half of the conference. Moving on, next in line were two sessions of Contributory Talks was chaired by Prof N Yedla and Prof. S. Pal, respectively. They comprised talks about different technologies and research ideas.


Valedictory Session was hosted by Amlan Das, PhD scholar. Prof. S Pal (Convenor) was introduced by the host, who provided a detailed recapitulation of the conference. He introduced the faculty members and thanked the working committee for their continuous support. Next, the host guests and participants to speak a few words. Prof S Sen, Prof Archana Mallik spoke about the success of the event and hailed its meticulous management. Prabodh Padhee, NIT alumnus expressed his delight at the functioning of the event.

The audience was then introduced to IIM Rourkela Student Chapter through a video. They were also treated to the wonderful scenery of NIT Rourkela and Rourkela through videos.HOD of the department, Prof. Anindya Basu spoke shortly on the conference details and mentioned that they will put up a better show in future.

Prof. Anshuman Patra (Co-convenor) thanked the faculty members and student team for the success of the event. He also stated that the event was well managed within such a short time. Prof. S N Alam (Treasurer) said that he was impressed by the conference's output. The talks consisted of many distinguished figures. Quality research was presented. Overall he felt it was better than an offline conference.

Looking Back

The CPCM 2020 conference shared an insight into the recent research of materials science and engineering as well as cutting edge technologies, which gains immense interest with the colossal and exuberant presence of adepts, young and brilliant researchers, and talented student communities. The aim of some thematic sessions was to bring together, a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers from all over the world to present and exchange break-through ideas relating to the innovation in material science and technology. The conference becomes an effective platform for providing interaction between computational scientist/researchers and experimental scientist/researchers of the materials engineering domain as a good number of computational materials science/engineering researcher paper presentation was there.

Expressing his contentment on the success of the conference Prof. A. Basu told Monday Morning:

The main objectives of the conference was to bring people together to share their work and get the good scientific outputs published in a volume for other people, inspiring the young researchers by the experience of the established researchers. We are happy to have delivered all these. The publication will be out next year.
Organising the conference in an online mode is way smoother as compared to conventional ways. We were apprehensive only about the number of participants as it was initiated late due to the sad demise of the late Prof. Samarjit Sarkar. To our surprise, the participation was huge and surpassed all our expectations.

The convenor of CPCM 2020, Prof. S. Pal was feeling elated as he told MM:

Being the convener, I take great pride to thank all the great scientists, academicians, and young researchers and students for making the Online Conference on Processing and Characterization of Materials (CPCM 2020) successful by their gracious presence and active participation.Our department has been organizing the conference every year in the month of December since 2011 and the conference has become well known among material scientists and academicians.
I want to convey my regard and thank from the bottom of my heart our honourable Director, Prof. A Biswas (the esteemed Patron) and respected Head of the Department, Prof. A. Basu (the esteemed Chairman) for always extending the necessary kind support to organise CPCM 2020.

It was an excellent meeting with great scientists from different countries around the world, sharing new and exciting results in Metallurgical and Materials Science and Engineering field.Theconference played an effective role in creating more intuitive minds among students and young researchers. The intuitive mind can bring real sense innovations.

The entire event was a huge success, which reverberated the dedicated efforts of everyone involved.
Team MM wishes the entire Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department the very best for its future endeavours.

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