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MRSI Newsletter
A quareterly publication of the Materials Research Society of India

for circulation amongst its members

Volume B 01, Number 1                                                                April 2001

From the Editors’ Desk

The Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) was founded in the year 1989 to promote interdisciplinary interaction amongst the scientists, technologists and practitioners of Materials Science and Technology.Over the last twelve years, it has grown in size and stature and is providing a vibrant framework for its members. In order to provide an interactive platform for exchange of information, the Newsletter of MRSI was brought out. The publication of the Newsletter was dormant for sometime. Like the Greek mythological bird Phoenix, it has taken a rebirth now to reinforce the interaction amongst the members. It will be hopefully published on a regular basis as a quarterly Newsletter. It will be brought out in the electronic as well as in printed formats. The newsletter will serve a useful purpose if members effectively contribute and nurture its growth. Editors solicit constructive suggestions and criticisms from MRSI members.


H L Bhat
R V Krishnan

For more details about the activities of MRSI, members are advised to visit the society’s website at www.igcar.ernet.in/mrsi
In this issue
President's Message
From the Editor's Desk
MRSI Council (2001-2004)
Conference Report
Awards & Distinctions
New Members
Forthcoming Conference
Calender of Enents 2001
News in Brief

President’s Message

It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that MRSI Newsletter is making its appearance after a considerable lapse of time. There have been difficulties, which have now been overcome. Dissemination of information regarding developments in materials research in the country is one of the important objectives of MRSI. With an increase in R & D activities in the materials field in academia, R & D organizations and industry MRSI Newsletter will fulfill albeit in a modest way the need of a resource base. I compliment Prof. H. L. Bhat and Dr. R. V. Krishnan - the Editors of this Newsletter and Prof. S. V. Subramanyam Vice-President General Secretary, MRSI for their untiring efforts in making this possible. I also wish all success to the members of materials community in the country in their future research efforts.

Dr. D Chakravorty
President, MRSI

MRSI COUNCIL (2001-2004)

During the Twelfth Annual General Meeting of the Materials Research Society of India its council was reconstituted.The Council of MRSI for the period 2001-2004 is as under

Founder President Prof. C N R Rao
President Dr. D.Chakravorty
Past Presidents


Dr. P Rama Rao
Prof. S K Joshi
Dr. R Chidambaram
Vice Presidents



Prof. S   Ranganathan
Dr. P Rodriguez

Dr. S K Sikka

Dr. Ashok Misra
Dr. A K Chatterjee
Vice Presidents-General Secretary Prof. S V Subramanyam
Joint Secretaries
Prof. H L Bhat
Dr.H S Maiti
Treasurer Dr. D  Banerjee
Joint Treasurer Prof. S B Krupanidhi
Editor of Publications Prof. K J Rao
Dr. C  Ganguly Dr. R V Krishnan
Prof. A K Raychaudhuri Prof. E S Raja Gopal
Dr. S Banerjee Dr.G Sundararajan

Chapter  Chairmen

Subject Group Chairmen

Bangalore Prof. T R N Kutty Building Materials Prof. T C Rao
Bhopal Prof. T C Rao Biomaterials Dr. M Jayabalan
Mumbai Dr. C K Gupta Ceramics & Glasses Dr. H S Maiti
Kolkata Prof. S P Sengupta Composites Dr. O P  Bahl
Delhi Prof. A K Raychaudri Computer Aided Design of Materials Dr. G.P.Das
Gujurat Prof. L M Manocha Electronic Materials Dr. Vikram Kumar
Hyderabad Prof. S V Suryanarayana Fracture G Malakondaiah
Jamshedpur Dr. C S Sivaramakrishnan Magnetic Materials Prof. K V S Rama Rao
Chennai Prof. U V Varadaraju Materials Characterization Dr. Baldev Raj
Varanasi / Kanpur Prof. V V P Kutumba Rao Metals Dr. P Rama Rao
Trivananthapuram Dr. P N Subramaniam Polymers Dr. S  Sivaram
Roorkee Dr. A K Jain Processing Technologies Shri S L N Acharyulu
Kalpakkam Dr. Baldev Raj Surfaces & Interfaces Prof. M.K.Sanyal
Kharagpur Prof.R P Singh Thin Films Prof. K L Chopra

Conference Report

12th AGM of MRSI
The Twelfth Annual General Meeting was held at Science city, Kolkata during January 31 to February 2, 2001.  The meeting was organized by MRSI, Kolkata Chapter under the convenorship of Prof M K Sanyal. The following Awards were presented at the AGM.
Distinguished Materials Scientist of the year Award-Prof. S Ranganathan, IISc, Bangalore.
MRSI-ICSC Superconducitivity & Materials Science Annual Prize – Dr. S K Sikka, BARC, Mumbai & Dr. D Banerjee, DMRL, Hyderabad.
Distinguished Lecturership Award-Dr. P Rodriguez, DRDO, Delhi
A theme symposium on ‘Materials Research in Industries’ was held as a part of the AGM. Medal lectures were delivered by 15 eminent scientists and technologists. 92 Posters were presented.  The AGM also had the business meeting of MRSI members.  The Council of MRSI was reconstituted.  Six Honorary members were elected. The AGM was successful both in the scientific content and organization.

APAM-India Chapter: 4th Meeting

The Fourth Meeting of APAM India Chapter was held on the 30th Jan 2001 afternoon at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata. Prof. S K Joshi, President APAM India Chapter welcomed the participants.  Prof. C N R Rao, Past President of APAM addressed the gathering highlighting the need to develop strong Materials Science base in the country. This was followed by two 30 minutes talks, one  by Dr. S. Banerjee of BARC, Mumbai (Phase transformation in Zirconium based alloys) and the other by Dr. Vikram Kumar of SSPL Delhi (Current transport in organic light emitting diodes). There was lively discussion during and after the talks.  In the end Prof. S V Subramanyam, Secretary General of APAM proposed the vote of thanks.

Awards & Distinctions Conferred on Members

 We are happy to report that the following members of Materials Research Society of India have received awards and distinctions shown against their names by various bodies.  MRSI congratulates them and wishes that many more will follow.

Prof. C N R Rao: Karnataka Ratna (2001)
Prof. P Rama Rao: Padma Bhushan (2001)
Dr. R A Mashelkar: Padma Bhushan(2001)
Dr. V K Aatre: Padma Vibhushan (2001)
Dr. Krishnadas Nair: Padmashree (2001)
Dr. T Ramasami: Padmashree (2001) &
                           Bhasin Award (2000)
Prof. P Ramachandra Rao: Bhasin Award
Dr. T Ratnaswamy: Padmashree (2001)


We are sad to report that Prof. Jack W Christian  died  on  February  27, 2001, at his   desk at  Oxford, fittingly working on the almost completed second volume of the second edition of his magnum opus, “Solid State Phase Transformations. In spite of a debilitating illness that began twenty years ago, he remained an active and committed scholar.  Those who were fortunate to interact with him and be his friends will remember him as deeply knowledgeable, exceedingly kind, generous   with    his  time  and  ideas, and fully involved. His fortitude was amazing. Prof. Christian was an Honorary Member of MRSI, He will be dearly missed.  MRSI condoles the demise of Prof Christian.

New Members
Enrolled between January 1 and March 31 2001
honorary members

Sunil K Sinha (H0139)
Prof. Sunil Sinha
Assoc. Div. Director
Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory,
9700 S. Cass Avenue

Argonne, IL 60439 USA
Granquist C G (H0137)
Department of Materials Science
Uppsala Universitet
Box No. 534, S-75121

Uppsala, Sweden
Jain S C (H0138)
IMEC, Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Koichi Niihara (H0141)
The Institute of Scientific & Indl Research (CSIR),
Osaka University

8-1, Mihogaoka, Ibaraki,
Osaka 567-0047

Akihisa Inoue (H0140)
Institute for Materials Research
Tohuku University

Chowdari BVR (H0142)
Dept. of Physics
National University of Singapore


life members

Sharma M K (LMB490)
Materials Technology Division
Electrical Research & Development Association
P B No. 760, GIDC, Makarpura
Baroda 390 010

Prasad V (LMB491)
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012

Ashok Kumar (LMB492)
Department of Physics
Tezpur University
Assam 784028

Rajesh Ramchandra Patil (LMB493)
Instittute of Science
R T Road, Civil Lines
Nagpur 440001

Amita Chandra (LMB494)
Department of Physics
University of Punjab


Chacko Jacob (LMB497)
Materials Science Centre
Indian Institute of Technology

Khragpur 721 302

Ravikumar N V (LMB495)
Max Plank Institut fuer Metallforschung (MPI)
Heisenbergstrasse 5, D-70569


Dipankar Chakravorty (LMB498)Indian Association for theCultivation of Science

Calcutta 700 032

Mahesh N S (LMB499)
No. 42/81, "Bharadwaja'
III Cross, Chelur Palya
Magadi Road

Bangalore 560 023

Subba Rao T (LMB501)
Dept.of Physics
Sri Krishnadevaraya University
P G Centre

Kurnool 518 002

Gurnam Singh (LMB502)
Head, Beam Dynamics Section
Centre for Advanced Technology

Indore 452 013

Garimella Jagannath Prasad
Alloy Fuels Section
Nuclear Fuels Group

Mumbai 400 085

Satpathy K K (LMB496)
Kalpakkam 603 102



annual members

Sabdar Aman Chowdhury (AMB486)
196, Raaj SC Mullick Road

Kolkata 700 032

Kakoli Das (AMB487)

196, Raja S C Mullick Road
Kolkata 700 032

Anushree Roy (AMB500)
Dept. of Physics
Indian Institute of Technology

Kharagpur 721 302

Forthcoming Conference
International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies
1-6 July 2001, organized by
Materials Research Society ( Singapore)

Materials and Materials Technology are now recognized as the key areas for the development and growth of nations’ economies.  In order to discuss recent advances made in  science, engineering and technology of many of the newly invented solid state devices and related materials, the Materials Research Society (Singapore) is organizing the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2001).  About 1500 participants are expected to attend this conference.  It will be the first time that such an important interdisciplinary conference focusing on materials and advanced technologies is being organized in Singapore. The conference will consist of 10 plenary lectures of which 5 are from Nobel Laureates and 16 symposia on materials perspectives, future research directions and education.  Each symposium will have invited, oral and poster presentations.   In addition, 5 public lectures are planned for the benefit of conference participants and the community at large.

The organizers of ICMAT are offering considerable incentives to Indian participants attending the conference in terms of waiver of 50% of registration fee and in addition free accommodation to student participants.  It is expected that a large contingent of Indian Materials scientists would be participating in this important meeting. For further details please contact :

Dr. B V R Chowdari                                              
Department of Physics                                          
National University of Singapore                           
Singapore 119260, Singapore            

Tel. (65) 874 2956/874 1975

Fax: (65) 777 6126/777 2393


April 11-12 Clean Room India Dr. Harsh
Solid-state Physics Laboratory
Lucknow Road, Delhi 110 054
Phone : 3917314 , Fax: 011-3913609/3984285
E-mail : harsh/sspl@ssplnet.org
April 11-12 Short Course on-
Fabrication and Packaging of MEMS and RELATED MICROSYSTEMS
Prof. S Mohan*   &Prof. A Selvarajan+
*Dept of Instrumentation, Dept. of ECE+, IISc
Bangalore 560 012
Phone: 3601143/3092985*
Phone: 3092852/3092283+
Fax: 080-3600683/3600085
Email: smohan@isu.iisc.ernet.in
April 26-27 National Workshop on Advances in Materials Processing Dr. V Rao
Convenor, AMPRO –2001
NML, Jamshedpur 831007
Phone: (0657) 271752. 271709-14 Ext. 2152
Fax : (0657) 270527, E-mail : veerao@usa.net
April 26-27 National Seminar on Challenges of the new IPR Regime and Need for new Strategies for R & D and Management P.N Subramanian
Convenor SEM- 2001, Replace, ISRO, Vattiyoorkavu P. O,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 013
Phone : 0471- 360051, Fax : 0471 – 361114
May 3-5 Fifth APAM Topical Seminar
"Materials and processes for power electronics devices"
Prof. F.Kuznetsov, & Prof. Lasseev
For correspondence:
Marina Kosinova
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS
3 Acad, Lavrentjev Pr, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
Fax: 73832 34 4489, Email: marina@che.nsk.su
June 7-9 SixthAPAM Topical seminar on building materials Prof. V.Fedorov
For correspondence:
Marina Kosinova
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS
3 Acad, Lavrentjev Pr, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
Fax: 73832 34 4489,Email: marina@che.nsk.su
June 19-22 XXXI National Seminar on Crystallography (NSC-2001) M V Hosur
Secretary, NCS-2001
Solid State Physics Division, BARC
Trombay, Mumbai-400 085
Fax : (022) 5505151/5519613
July    1- 6 International Conference on   ’Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT-2001) Prof. BVR Chowdari
Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119 260, Singapore
Tel. (65) 874 2956/874 1975,
Fax: (65) 777 6126/7772393
July 12-14 Perspectives of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science Prof. K Chattopadhyay
Dept of Metallurgy , IISc, Bangalore 560 012
Phone: 3092678,Fax. 3600683/3600085
Email: kamanio@metalrg.iisc.ernet.in
August 5-11

Eighth International Conference on Composites Engineering

Dr. David Hui
University of New Orleans, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, New Orleans LA 70148, USA
Phone: (504) 280 6652,Fax: (504) 280 6192
Email: dhui@uno.edu/
August 27-29 Seventh APAM topical seminar "Semiconductor materials for thermoelectric and photovoltaic devices’ Prof. V.Zemskov & Prof. F.Kuznetsov
For correspondence:
Marina Kosinova
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS
3 Acad, Lavrentjev Pr, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
Fax: 73832 34 4489,
Email: marina@che.nsk.su
August 26-30 Workshop on International Collaboration and Networking, IUMRS-ICAM 2001, Cancun, Mexico Prof. R P H Chang or
Kimberly Bartlett
Materials Research Institute, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, 60208. USA
Phone: (847) 467-7613
Fax :(847) 467-672
September 5-7 National Symposium on Science & Technology of Vacuum and Thin Films Prof. S. Mohan Convenor
Dept of Instrumentation, IISc
Bangalore 560 012
Phone : 91-80-3601143/ 3092985
Fax: 91-80-3600683,

E-mail: smohan@isu.iisc.ernet.in
September 12-14 Workshop on Complete Cycle Characterization of Materials Dr. Baldev Raj, Convenor, Director, Materials, Chemical and Reprocessing Groups, IGCAR, Kalpakkam-603102
Phone : 0091-4114-88518/ 80234
E-mail: dmg@igcar.ernet.in
October 19-20 National Carbon Conference INDO-CARBON 2001 Prof. L M Manocha
Department of Materials Science, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar 388120
Email: lalitmanocha@vsnl.com
November 18-21 Asian Crystallograhhic Association IV Meeting (As CA’01) Prof. M R N Murthy
Secretary Ac Ca’01,
Molecular Biophysics Unit
IISc,Bangalore 560 012
Tel: 3092458,
Email: mrn@mbu.iisc.ernet.in
November 29- 1 Dec First Conference on Asian Consortium for Computational Materials Science (ACCMS-1) Dr. G P Das Dr. U Waghmare
Convenor, ACCMS-1 JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore 560 064
Fax: 91-22-8462766,
E-mail : accms@jncasr.ac.in
December 11-15 X International Workshop on the Physics of Semi-conductor Devices

Mr. P. K. Basu
Solidstate Physics Laboratory
Lucknow Road, Delhi 110 054
Phone: 2942041/3968930,
Fax: 011-3913609/3984285
Email. dir/sspl@ssplnet.org / vkmr@vsnl.com

December Eighth Topical Seminar on Material Data Network

Prof. Hwang, Prof. L.J. Chen
For correspondence:
Marina Kosinova
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS
3 Acad, Lavrentjev Pr, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
Fax: 73832 34 4489. 
Email: marina@che.nsk.su

Date to be Finalized Asian Academic Seminar

Dr. P Rama Rao
Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad Central University P.O, Gachi Bowli
Hyderabad 500 046
Phone: 040-3010121,Fax. 040-3010367
Email: prr@uohyd.ernet.in

Members are requested to give information about the Conference / symposia / workshops they are organizing well in advance so that they can be inserted in the “calendar of events

News in Brief

  • MRSI has a new Chapter in Kharagpur.The Chapter wasofficially inaugurated on 3.2.2001by Prof. S V Subramanyam, VicePresident-General Secretary of the Society. Prof. R P Singh of IIT, Kharagpur is the chapter President.
  • Devastatingearthquake   thatstruck Bhuj and surrounding areas in Gujarat is unparalleled in terms of loss of human life and property.The MRSI was quick to rise to the occasion.A sum of Rs. 114500/- (Rs. One lakh  as contribution from MRSI and Rs. 14500/- collected at Council and AGM at Kolkata) has been sent to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, New Delhi.
MRSI Newsletter
Volume B 01, Number 1
April 2001

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