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National Seminar on ‘Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences’ held at Khalsa College

July 31, 2018 01:10 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR: The post-graduate department of Chemistry, Khalsa College Amritsar today organized a national seminar on `Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences’ on the theme “sustainable chemistry”. Dr. Manoj Kumar, Professor, Department of Chemistry, GNDU and Controller of Examination, was the key speaker who spoke on “Development of Fluorescent Probes for Molecular recognition, Bio- Imaging and Catalytic Applications”.
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Dr. Kumar said that applications of florescence molecules, which act as sensors to many metal ions, anions and nitroaromatic can help us in detecting the presence of toxic metals such as mercury, lead in garbage and other contaminants at nano and even lower scales. These sensors can also be used for the detection of explosive materials, he said adding that the organic molecule based fluorescent probes have become indispensable tools in modern biology.

MS Bakshi, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin, USA and Dr. M.S. Gill, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, NIPER, Mohali were the other distinguished guest speakers on the seminar which was inaugurated by Principal Dr. Mehal Singh and attended by graduate, post-graduate students and faculty members of science departments.

Earlier Dr. M.S. Batra, Head, Department of Chemistry and Coordinator of the event welcomed the eminent scientists and participants from other colleges and institutions. Dr. Batra also introduced the seminar theme to the participants by highlighting the importance of Sustainable Chemistry approach. While honouring guests Principal Dr. Mehal Singh thanked the guest speakers for their valuable time for gracing the occasion. He emphasized that since science is growing at very fast pace so such seminars and conferences are very essential so as to familiarize the students and faculty members with the recent advances and developments in the related areas.

Prof. B.K. Basra, organizing secretary of the seminar highlighted the details of technical sessions and introduced the resource persons to the audience. Dr. M.S. Gill delivered his lecture on “Green and efficient synthesis of ant-diabetic agents”. He suggested that Green Chemistry/ Sustainable Chemistry employ eco-friendly and economic methods and processes that can ensure the long-term protection of the environment, which is needed so as to leave a cleaner environment for the next generations. He emphasized the need of developing green routes to the synthesis of different drugs agents using simple, inexpensive, efficient, reusable catalysts under eco-friendly conditions.

In the second technical session of the seminar Dr. Amit Anand, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Khalsa College Amritsar elaborated the utility of simple molecule like beta-lactams in designing various drugs such as antibiotics, anti-malarial and anti-fungal etc. Dr. Kirandeep Kaur, another speaker from the chemistry department, highlighted the significance of Bio-catalysis approach in the synthesis of useful compounds and pointed out its greater efficiency as compared to other catalysts.

Prof. B.K. Basra organizing secretary of the seminar conducted the stage. On this occasion Dr. Harvinder Kaur, Dr. Kirandeep Kaur, Dr. Taminder Singh, Dr. Jasjit Kaur Randhawa, Dr. Kawaljit Kaur, Dr. Randhir Singh, Dr. Baljinder Kaur Randhawa, Dr. Hardeep Kaur, Dr. Kultar Singh, Dr. Punita, Dr. Seema, Dr. Navalpreet kaur, Dr. Mohamad Arshad, Dr. Harkirat Kaur, Dr. J. S. Gandhi and other faculty member of department were present.

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