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

for circulation amongst its members

Volume  B 02, Number 2                                                                                    APRIL  2002

From the Editors’ Desk

Members might recall that in the last issue of the Newsletter we had informed about the availability of the Bulletin of Materials Science published by the Indian Academy of Sciences on-line in full text form. As Life/Patron members of MRSI, we are also receiving a free copy of all the issues of Bulletin of Materials Science. We had solicited the views of the members whether they would like to receive the printed version also. Indian Academy of Sciences is now asking this in a formal way. Members would have already received the option form to be filled in and sent to the Academy by 15th July 2002. Please exercise your option conscientiously so that the expenditure can be minimised.  

It is heartening to know that MRS-Africa has recently been formed. The Inaugural meeting of the newly formed society is scheduled to be held at Dakar, Senegal during December 10 -17, 2002. MRS-Africa is looking forward to the active participation from the members of MRSI.  

IUMRS Facets Vol.1 No.03 has been released. B.A. Dasannacharya and  P.S.Goyal have written an article "Facets of Materials Research using Neutrons" in this issue. The article highlights the special features of neutrons and their use in the study of Materials. It also emphasizes the need for enhanced international collaboration in this important field.

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
From  the Editor's Desk
Awards & Distinctions                       
MRSI & the Indian Academy of Sciences ( IASc )  
Highlights of R & D in  Materials Science & Technology
Interactive Form
New Members
Calendar of Events (July 2002-Oct 2003)
Bulletin of Materials Science
Students’ Projects
Materials  Research Priorities :
Prof.   R.Chidambaram                           
Subject Group on ‘ Materials for Rural Development’
Minutes of the 13th AGM
New Members




Volume B 02,  Number 3
July 2002

 The MRSI Newsletter is a quarterly update published by the Materials Research Society of India. Members are requested to contribute information of interest to Materials Science community.  Members can inform through the Newsletter, recognitions/awards received by them, changes in address, forthcoming events, and any interesting scientific/technological developments in the area of materials.  The relevant information should be sent to the following address:

MRSI Newsletter

Materials Research Society of India
IISc Campus, Bangalore 560 012


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.  MRSI congratulates them.


Report on the 13th AGM of MRSI

The 13th Annual General Meeting of the MRSI and a theme symposium on Perspectives in Materials Characterisation were held at Hyderabad from 7th to 9th February 2002. 

The inaugural session was held at the IICT on 7th February 2002.  The session began with introductory remarks by Prof. SV Subramanyam, IISc, Bangalore and Vice President-General Secretary, MRSI.  Dr KV Raghavan, Director, IICT welcomed the gathering.  Professor CNR Rao, Founder President, MRSI and Linus Pauling Research Professor, JNCASR, Bangalore, inaugurated the meeting and the symposium, and addressed the delegates.  This was followed by a lecture by the Guest of Honour Prof. R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India.  Professor D Chakravorty, IACS and President, MRSI gave the presidential address.  The session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr D Banerjee, Director, DMRL and Convener, 13th AGM-MRSI. 

The inauguration programme was followed by the technical sessions.  The first session was devoted to MRSI-ICSC lectures.  The invited lecturers who spoke were: Prof. MS Valiathan (MAHE), Prof. P Ramachandra Rao (NML) and Prof. AK Raychaudhari (IISc).  The MRSI AGM was then conducted with active participation from a large number of delegates.  MRSI medals were presented to all the winners during the AGM.  The final item on the day’s proceedings was the MRSI Honour Lecture by Prof. KJ Rao.  He delivered a lecture on ‘A Physical Chemist’s Homage to Materials Science’.

All the remaining sessions, i.e. sessions II to VI, and Poster sessions I and II were conducted at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory on 8th and 9th February.  In Sessions II and IV (Theme Symposium), Prof. S Biswas (IISc), Prof DN Bose (formerly IIT Kharagpur), Prof. P Hing (NTU Singapore) and Dr S Radhakrishnan (NCL) gave invited talks on topics related to the characterisation of rough engineering surfaces, semiconductors, functional ceramics and polymers for electronics, respectively.  The remaining presentations were by the following MRSI Medal Winners: Prof. Ashok Misra (IIT Bombay), Prof. S Ramakrishnan (IISc), Prof. Devendra Kumar (BHU-IT), Dr GS Bhuvaneshwar (SCTIMST), Mr PN Subramanian (VSSC), Dr N Ramakrishnan (RRL Bhopal), Dr SC Chaplot (BARC), Prof. V Damodar Das (IIT Madras), Prof. T Pradeep (IIT Madras), Dr Shobhana Narsimhan (JNCASR), Prof. SH Pawar (Shivaji University), Dr SV Joshi (ARC-I) and Prof. AN Kumar (IIT Delhi).  A total of about 150 posters were presented over the two days by scientists and researchers across the country representing universities and research laboratories. A technical exhibition with participation from about 10 companies ran parallel to the poster sessions.


R Chidambaram

Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India

P Rama Rao

Second Vice President of IUMRS

M S Valiathan

President, Indian National Science Academy

C Ganguly  Padma Shri, 2002
R P Singh

Council Member, International Council of Materials Education

A K Kaviraj

Prof Sasadhar Ray Memorial Award 2001

Reji John

Science Invention Award for developing ‘Smart Fluid’

R W Cahn

Franklin  Award, USA 2002


P.S: Members are requested to communicate to the Editorial office about the Awards, Honours and Distinctions they have received from various agencies.


Interactive Forum

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Inaugural Address by Prof. CNR Rao, Founder President, MRSI
(delivered at the 13th AGM of MRSI at Hyderabad on 7.2.2002)

I am glad to give this inaugural talk.  Before that I have to say one or two things. We chemists do often forget that catalysts are some of the most important materials, and catalysts are somehow included under chemicals. Let me also say that in terms of tonnage, the largest quantity of any material made on earth is a chemical called zeolite.  There are various kinds of zeolites, and they are all chemicals.  Those of us in materials science consider zeolites as a marvel created by materials chemists.  So chemists are really partly material scientists.  In fact, chemistry is a materials science. I do not want to talk about that.

It is really a pleasure to talk today because it is one of those occasions where I am in a wonderful institute, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology devoted to chemistry, talking on materials.  Is it not wonderful because I am working on chemistry of advanced materials?  A chemistry institute having a materials meeting is a very good occasion indeed. I do not know whether you saw the people sitting on the dias and people sitting in the front rows.  I have some connection with each of them. The community of scientists has given this tremendous bondage amongst people, amongst scientists. In fact I see Ganguly with a big smile, and my old friend Valiathan who roughly has the same date of birth as myself and also a very young and dynamic person whom I have known almost from his student days and who is now Principal Scientific Adviser, Chidambaram. I remember the early days of IIT Kanpur when Dr. Chakravorty just started to enter academic career. K J Rao is one of my old students sitting in the front row who is going to give the Honor Lecture. It is unbelievable. I knew D Banerjee as a young child.  I used to lift him up once in a way. But I won’t try it today.  He comes from a family whom I have known and his father was a very great friend whom I have admired as one of the greatest organic chemists who was in our institute in Bangalore. Subramanyam is again a person with whom I have worked for years. 

It is really nice to be here on this occasion.  We often forget to remember how happy we are because we are doing the right thing, namely doing science and being in a scientific community.  A good scientific community is essential for the future of India. In particular a good materials science community is absolutely essential if India has to make headway in future in science and technology, industry and whatever futuristic thing one thinks about.

Following this Prof. Rao gave a technical lecture on ‘Phase Segregation and Phase Separation’

Highlights of R&D in Materials
Science & Technology

 We would like to bring out the recent developments of materials science in a capsule form to our readers.  Readers are invited to contribute to this feature.  Kindly send a brief write up of the exciting developments in any branch of Materials Science.  The write up can be an innovative idea, a novel material, a new process or even a new product.

Bulletin of Materials Science

The BMS is now available on-line in full text form at: http://www.ias.ac.in/matersci

Readers are welcome to utilize this service.  Members of MRSI who are desirous to get the printed copies of  BMS  can  make a  request to
S V Subramanyam, Vice President-General  Secretary, MRSI, Dept. of Physics, IISc, Bangalore 560 012


Students’ Projects

 MRSI will partially support upto 10 projects of students (B.Tech, M.Tech, ME, Ph.D) in the area of Materials Science & Technology under the supervision of a MRSI member.  Proposals are invited before September 30th 2002.


Materials Research Priorities

Prof. R Chidambaram
Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India

Past President, MRSI

(delivered at the inaugural session of 13th AGM of MRSI at Hyderabad on 7.2.2002)

Prof.  C.N.R. Rao, Founder President of MRSI and, may I say, father figure to the Society, who has retained his tremendous enthusiasm for research as we saw just now, Prof. Chakravorty, Dr. Raghavan,  Dr. Dipankar Banerjee, Prof. Subramanyam, distinguished materials scientists who have come for this meeting and friends, I thought that, in  the brief time that has been given to me, I shall say a few things about what  I consider as materials research priorities for India.  Dr. Banerjee – not Dipankar but our own brilliant Srikumar Banerjee – and myself are now editing a book on Materials Research. It has got a little delayed because the receipt of a couple of  articles got delayed.  If you look at the subjects which have been covered, it is fascinating to see the excellent quality of the work that is going on in India in a variety of fields.   We are looking both at the current scenario and the future projections.  One thing is clear.  More attention is needed to get technology pay-offs for India from the efforts that we are putting in.

Now one can divide the materials research work into areas though, of course, the boundaries are not   sharp between basic research and applied research.  In the  field of materials research, you need advanced facilities, you need advanced analytical equipment for materials characterization.  Unless you have well characterized samples, all  data and results that you get  become practically useless.   This happened, for example, in the early days of high-Tc superconductors.  Basic research is important, it is a cultural necessity.  Any  civilized country must provide an opportunity for its highest intellects to work on problems of their choice.  Applied  research is also necessary to catalyse indigenous technology growth.  Research instrumentation has to be developed and there is weakness here.  Of course, there are exceptions. A great deal of instrumentation has been developed in the Department of Atomic Energy and some other  laboratories and institutions.  You  heard just now how Prof. CNR Rao’s  group built the 15-tesla magnet for his magneto-resistance studies.  But our instrumentation efforts are inadequate.

Frontier areas of basic research are often decided by the technology imperatives of developed countries.  They have already reached a high level of technology development.  They want to carry out research to reach even higher technology levels.  Of course, we must be in these areas, pursuing them as basic research and also as an investment for future  - or, if possible even  current- technology development.     At the same time, we should look also at the problems which are of immediate relevance for our own country.

Let me come now to the Synchrotron Radiation Sources (SRSs) which we are building for the first  time in India at the Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore.  Building an  SRS is like building a nuclear reactor.   It requires not one technology but a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.  For building a  reactor you need reactor physics, water chemistry, reactor engineering, control instrumentation and a range of other engineering disciplines.  In a similar way, for building an electron accelerator, an electron storage ring, it requires knowledge of high vacuum, RF  systems, high voltage, beam dynamics and other disciplines.  The first electron storage ring INDUS-I, which gives vacuum ultra-violet and soft x-ray radiation is already functioning and INDUS-2, which is a 2.5-GeV  ring with insertion devices and  will give hard x-ray radiation,  will be completed next year.  INDUS-2 will have a couple of dozen beam lines.  Here we have a lacuna.  Eight of the beam line instruments are being built by BARC and CAT and a couple by IUC-DAEF.  But not enough people are coming forward from the University system to build beam-line instruments, though there are excellent scientists in the country who would want to do basic research with the instruments once they have been built.  We should examine what difficulties are holding them back from participating in instrumentation development  and remove those impediments.  Of course, it is  time-consuming to build a  beam-line equipment  or any other advanced experimental equipment.  But, unless we do that in a big way, we will not be able to catch up, as Prof. CNR Rao said, with the countries abroad.

If I come to applied research, a very successful example is the nuclear materials development programme.  Dr. Ganguly is here, one of the few  persons who has worked with all kinds of nuclear fuel – plutonium, uranium-233, natural uranium, enriched uranium.  In applied materials research also, you need advanced facilities, advanced analytical equipment.  In addition, you must  also have production facilities and all this leads to indigenous technology development.  The nuclear materials development programme is not an isolated piece of development.  You have to develop fuel,  you have to develop cladding material, you have to develop fuel assemblies and test them for quality.  You have to make the whole programme  consistent with the reactor’s objectives.  Dr. Rodrigues is here, who did a great deal for the development of fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam, which is the second stage of  our nuclear power programme.  Here we need mixed plutonium-uranium fuels,  thorium-based fuels, breeding ratios have to be estimated.  In applied materials research, we have been successful in specific advanced mission-oriented areas.

There has been some debate in recent literature between conventional science vs. strategic science.  Personally I do not see a sharp border between the two.  Take my own area of high pressure physics.  High pressure as a parameter is fascinating.  If you heat a material,  by the time it expands by 10%, it has melted.  But you can squeeze a material to half its volume and more, and still do experiments at room temperature or at other temperatures.  You can do under  isothermal conditions or you can send shock waves inside. Shock waves inevitably heat the material,  along with compressing it.  We started working on transition metals because Shri C.V. Sundaram brought a paper from Cambridge by Pettifor, who  said that here the phase stability is decided by d-band occupancy.  As you know, if you squeeze a material, the bands expand and there could be an s-d electron transfer  and a phase transition can take place. We have played around with phase  transition pressures; you  can add  vanadium to titanium, for instance, and bring down the transition pressure.  Now, one could call this phase transition study as conventional science.

We have worked on rare earths and on actinides.  Thorium is a 5f metal and if you want to get a good Equation of State (EOS) for thorium and the right  pressure for its  transition, you must study the broadening of the  5f-band.  This can be very exact  using the density  functional method and a powerful computational resource.  My colleagues have published papers on this in Physical Review.  You could call  this conventional science.  But when we work on plutonium, which is a few atomic numbers up the periodic table and do the same thing, you could  call it strategic science.  If you want to predict exactly the yield of a fission weapon, you must know exactly the EOS of plutonium and uranium.  So, where does conventional science  end and strategic science begin? So my feeling is that when we are doing materials research – or, for that matter, any kind of research – we should  not get  too worked up about such semantic boundaries between basic research vs applied research, small science vs big science, etc.

We should also forget about what the institutional attachment of a scientist is  and concern  ourselves only about the  quality of his research.  I remember the days many years back when I and  Milan Sanyal  were  trying to get our group into the collaborative access team for  building a beam-line instrument for the Advanced Light  Source at Argonne.  The potential members of the team were the Brookhaven National Lab, Argonne National Lab, a U.S. University and  BARC.  While the design discussions were going on,  institutional affiliation did not concern anybody.  We were willing to build a part of the instrument at our cost.  Incidentally,  the reason we got out of the project was that the question of paying for the maintenance of the beamline came up.  Imagine having to continuously pay a fraction of the salaries of two American  technicians for maintaining the beamline!

Why do we do materials research?  If someone tries to  understand and find out the  behavior of materials  just from the  point of view of acquiring knowledge we don’t have to ask why the study is being done – only  about the quality of the work. .  But if the work is  articulated as being related to technology development, the  linkage to Indian industry has to be established early.  What is the purpose of  technology development, in general?  Creating national wealth; improving quality  of life, particularly in rural areas; and enhancing national security! And  here comes the question  of technology foresight.  This is different from technology forecasting.  If you ask if human cloning will work or will DNA computing become practical and look at it purely from a scientific and technological angle, that is forecasting.  But add to it assessment from an economic, social, environmental and (in the case of human cloning) ethical points of view, it becomes technology foresight.  Technology foresight analysis helps to decide  what are the critical technologies  for a country at any point of time.  You would get different answers, depending on   whether you are from USA or from India.  We can do this for all materials – related  technologies.    So  when you   talk of technology , you have to consider how it feeds into the Indian system.  Are there Indian  industries which are ready to take over the development of these technologies, or how they should be helped to do so?  This was what was done for the nuclear materials – related technologies.

Let me close with one last thought.  In my new assignment as Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, it has become very clear to me that rural development-related technologies must be given the highest priority.  Two thirds of Indians live in villages .  Increase in agricultural  productivity through use of known science and technology in the poorest rural parts of the country can take the people  living there above the poverty line.   Beyond that agriculture productivity can have limits, unless simultaneously we can  create  jobs outside the primary farm and related sectors. And this is being done in the Tenth Plan.  Value addition by food processing, for instance!  The other kind of technologies which can be developed with rural areas in mind  can also become important, for adding value and for creating  new job opportunities.  In fact, sometime I am going to suggest to Prof. Subramanyam and Prof. Chakravorty  that MRSI should have a new subject group on rural development-related materials. I feel  many of us can improve the materials which rural artisans and agriculturists  use.  TIFAC, which is a part of the Department of Science & Technology has done some interesting work on use of coir,  bamboo  etc. and Prof.  Ramachandra Rao  showed me recently in NML a simple device to remove drudgery from the work of a blacksmith.  So we can contribute to materials and materials processing   technologies related to rural development.  MRSI  over the years has  grown from strength  to strength in a way even I did not    expect when Prof. CNR Rao started it and we should also now see how much we can contribute to rural development.

Subject Group on :

Materials for Rural Development

We are considering the formation of a Subject Group on ‘Materials for Rural Development’.  This will cover Building & Irrigation Materials, Materials for Tools, Clay Materials, High yielding & resistant seeds, Natural & Synthetic Fertilizers, Water-Conservation, Storage & Optimum consumption, Solar Energy Converters, etc.  Suggestions on possible activities and for the formation of a core group are most welcome.

S V Subramanyam

Minutes of the 13th Annual General Meeting of MRSI

 The Thirteenth Annual General Meeting of Materials Research Society of India was held on Thursday the 7th February 2002 at 6 PM at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad.  285 members attended the meeting. Prof. D Chakravorty, President, MRSI extended a hearty welcome to all the members and the invitees. He thanked Dr. D Banerjee, Director, DMRL and Treasurer, MRSI for the excellent arrangements for the Council Meeting and AGM.  

 The Vice President-General Secretary presented the Annual report of MRSI for the year 2001.  A brief summary of the Secretary’s report has already been printed in the MRSI Newsletter, issue B 02, Number 1, January 2002.  Other aspects of the report are given below.

§    The APAM India Chapter held its meeting at Hyderabad on 7th February 2002. Prof. CNR Rao stated in his address that APAM-India Chapter and MRSI should jointly hold a meeting, preferably at the next AGM on strategies for giving impetus to R & D in the area of Materials Science. Dr. G Sundararajan and Prof. S B Krupanidhi delivered talks on ‘Dynamic indentation behaviour of Metallic Materials’ and ‘Nanoscale Ferroelectric Structures’ respectively.

§    The Paper titled ‘Non-equilibrium Solidification of Undercooled Droplets during Atomization Process’ by Prashanth Shukla, R K Mandal and S N Ojha, Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 has been adjudged the best paper published in Bulletin of Materials Science during the year 2001, [BMS, Vol 24 (5), p.547].

§    The Statement of Accounts for the year 2000-2001 and the Provisional Statement for 2001-2002 upto December 2001 were presented at the AGM.

§    The DSIR SIRO recognition has been received for the year 2000-2001.  Application has been made for the year 2001-2002.

§    MRSI will partially support upto 10 projects of students (B.Tech, M.Tech, ME, Ph.D) in the area of Materials Science & Technology under the supervision of MRSI members.  Proposals are invited before 30th September 2002.

§    The MRSI has received a grant of Rs. 1 lakh from DAE under the Grant-in-Aid Scheme for the year 2001-2002.  Our sincere thanks to the DAE for this.

§    The MRSI has received a contribution of Rs. 50,000/- from the organizers of ACCMS-1.  The MRSI is grateful to them for this contribution.

§    The Council of MRSI has decided to set up a Travel Fund for the purpose of participation of MRSI members in International Conferences such as IUMRS, MRS, APAM, ACCMS.

§     The following scientists have been elected as Honorary Members to MRSI for the year 2002.

Prof. Yoshiuki Kawazoe (Japan)
Dr. A L Greer (U K)
Prof. Martin Jensen (Germany)
Dr. M A Subramanian (USA)

§     The 14th Annual General Meeting of MRSI to be held at Mumbai during February 11-13, 2003 would be organized by Dr. S Banerjee and Prof. Ashok Misra.  The 15th Annual General Meeting of MRSI is scheduled to be held at Varanasi during 2004.

§     There is a proposal for the formation of a Chapter at Nagpur and this proposal has been accepted

§    The Chapter of MRSI at Pune is under formation.  The entire procedure is expected to be completed shortly.

§    A Subject Group on ‘Materials under High Pressure’ is under formation.  Dr. S K Sikka would be the Chairman of this Group.

International Travel Fund

MRSI has set up a ‘Travel Fund’ for the participation of MRSI members in international conferences such as IUMRS, MRS, APAM, ACCMS.  Further details will follow.

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Azher Majid Siddiqui (LM B160)
Materials Science Group
Nuclear Science Centre
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Ramakrishnan S (LM B162)
Dept. of Inorganic&Physical
Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore 560 012

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Bengal Engineering College (D.U)

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Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Chennai 600 036

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Applied Chemistry division
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Defence Metallurgical Research
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Polymer Science Unit
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College of Ceramic Technology
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Kolkata 700 010

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Research & Development Division
Tata Steel

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Analytical Chemistry Division
National Metallurgical Laboratory

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R & D Division
Tata Steel

Jamshedpur 831 007

Tel: 0657-47414
Email: schat@jsr.tatasteel.com
Arun Kumar Singh (AM B014)
Q. No 7/1, Mandir Path
Bhatia Basti, Kadma

Jamshedpur 831 007

Tel (Res) : 0657-30095
Email: arunkumar_jsr@yahoo.com
Sujoy S Hazra (AM B015)
151, Old Professional Flats
I.C Road, Bistupur

Jamshedpur 831001

Tel: 0657-847419
Fax: 0657-271510
Kiran Gupta (AM B016)
C/o National Research &
Technology Consortium (NRTC)
# 15, Sector-3

Parwanoo 173 220 (H.P)

Tel: 01792-33675
Fax: 01792-34107
Email: guptakiran5@hotmail.com
Parag Chandrakant Waghmare
(AM B017)
Thin Films Lab
Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering
& Materials Science, IIT, Powai

Mumbai 400 076

Tel: 022-5767645
Email: parag@ee.iitb.ac.in





April 1-5 2002 2002 MRS Spring Meeting Materials Research Society
Member Services
506 Keystone Drive
Warrendale PA 15086-7573, USA
Tel: 724-779-3003, Fax: 724-779-8313
Email: info@mrs.org
June 5-7 2002 Ninth Apam Topical Seminar  on Semiconducting Materials for  Thermoelectric Devices and Solar  Power  Engineering Dr. Valery Shalimov
IMET RAS, 49, Leninsky Prospect
Tel: (7-095) 135 96 08
Email: shalimov@ultra.imet.ac.ru 
June 10-14 2002 The 8th International Conference on Electronic Materials
Prof. Jianhua CHENG, C-MRS
Tel: 86-10-68944280
Fax: 86-10-68428640
Email: cmrssec@public.bta.net.cn
June 27-30 2002 Mokhosoev  Memorial Seminar. Ulhan - Ude, Russia
For more details contact :
Marina Kosinova, Email : marina@che.nsk.su
July 9-12 2002 Silicon Crystals and Films Growth and Lattice Defects- Silicon-2002 Novosibirsk, Russia
For more details contact :
Marina Kosinova, Email : marina@che.nsk.su
July 14-19 2002 Computational Modelling and Simulation of Materials,
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Corso, Mazzini, 52
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August 2002 APAM Networking Meeting on Nano Materials Taiwan
(details will be given later)
August 10-13  2002 1st International Conference on Materials Processing for Properties and Performance (MP3)
10th Annual Conference of Institute of Materials (East Asia)-Materials in Nanotechnology
Dr. K A Khor
Symposium Organizer
School of Mechanical & Production Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639 798
Tel: 65 790 5526
Fax: 65 791 1859
Email: mkakhor@ntu.edu.sg
September 25-28 2002 DAE-BRNS Symposium on Applications of Plasma, Laser and Electron Beams in Materials Processing Dr. A K Das
Power Beams & Materials Processing, PBAMP 2002
Laser and Plasma Technology Division
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay
Mumbai  400 085
Tel: 022-5593823, Fax: 022-5505151/5519613
Email: akdas@magnum.barc.ernet.in
October 21-25 2002 21st International Conference on Nuclear Tracks in Solids
Convenor, 21st ICNTS Secretariat
Nuclear Science Centre
Post Box 10502, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi 110 067
Tel:  011-6892601/3, 6896639
Fax: 011-6893666
Email: icnts21@nsc.ernet.in
Website: www.nsc.ernet.in/conf/icnts21
November 25-28 2002 Seventh Apam Topical Seminar on
Multilayered Structures And Coatings
Prof. Zeng Dechang
Institute of Materials Science & Technology
Dept. of Mechano-Electronic Engineering
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou 510640, China
Fax: +86-20-87111312 or 87111317
Email: medczeng@scut.edu.cn
November 27-29 2002 Seventh International Symposium on Advances in  Electrochemical Science and Technology
Dr. R Pattabiraman, Secretary
Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science & Technology (SAEST)
Central Electrochemical  Research Institute
Karaikudi 630 006
Tel: 4565-427550-559 (10 lines) 424198
Fax: 4565427713/427779/427205/427206
Email: saestkkd@yahoo.com
December 2-5 2002 Eighth Apam Topical Seminar on
Creating A Global
Nanotechnology Network
Prof. Hwang Huey Liang
Nano Technology and MEMS Research Centre
National Tsing Hua University
Hsin-chy, Taiwan
Email: hlhwang@ee.nthu.edu.tw
December 11-13 2002 International Symposium on Recent Advances in Inorganic Materials Prof. D Bahadur
Convener, RAIM-02
Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering
& Materials Science
Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay
Mumbai 400 076
Tel: 022-5767632
Fax: 022-5723480
Email: raim02@met.iitb.ac.in / dhirn@met.iitb.ac.in
October 10-13 2003 IUMRS-ICAM Yokohama, Japan
 (details will be given later)

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