The Microsymposium mainly consists of lectures by experts in the field from India and abroad on “Recent Developments in Mineral Processing and Mechanical Activation of Solids”, organised by Material Research Society of India (MRSI) Jamshedpur Chapter in association with CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory and Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME) Jamshedpur Chapter.
It includes Characterisation of minerals, ores and secondary resources, (b) Mechanical activation of solids in mineral processing, (c) Mechanochemistry fundamentals and applications, (e) Bioprocessing in minerals processing, (f) Innovative approaches in solid waste utilization, and (g) Modelling and simulation.
The programme started with lightening the ceremonial lamp by Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur and Dr. A.K. Mukherjee, Vice-President, IIME Jamshedpur Chapter & Head Raw Materials, Tata Steel.
Around 60 delegates are from different parts of India from IIT Kharagpur, CSIR-IMMT, Tata Steel, Ashapura Minerals, Govt. College of Engineering & Ceramic Technology, Kolkata, MNIT, Bhopal, CSIR-NML, TRDDC Pune, CIMFR Dhanbad, and many CSIR laboratories, engineering colleges and industries participated while seven invited speakers deliberated in the three technical sessions.
Besides oral presentations, posters were also presented by the authors Prof. M. Senna (Keio University, Japan), Prof. I. Manna (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur), Dr. S. Srikanth (Former Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur) Prof. S. Subramanian (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore), Prof. C. Sasikumar (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal), Santosh Daware (Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune) and Dr. Sanjay Kumar (CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur).
Prof. M. Senna, Keio University, Japan said, Mechanochemistry is a branch of chemistry like electrochemistry or photochemistry. He explained the technological benefits of mechanochemistry with starting from the basics of solid-state chemical processes, the definition and concepts.
Dr. S. Srikanth, Former Director, CSIR-NML, briefed his Affair with Mechanochemistry of Solids and shared research experience with delegates.
Prof. Indranil Manna emphasized on the investigations concerning nanometric materials synthesized by mechanical alloying covering various aspects of size-dependent phase transition and structural and functional applications.
To mark the occasion, a Souvenir of Microsymposium was also released. Two best posters were awarded amongst the participants by Prof. M. Senna, Keio University, Japan.