Staff ReporterThursday, October 20, 2011 - Lahore—A three-day international workshop on “Crystallography and Nanomaterials” has kicked off at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of International Union of Crystallography, GCU Chemistry Department and Ravian Forensic Society.
Vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated of the workshop which was aimed at promoting the international publications of crystallographic research, standardization of methods, units, nomenclature and symbols and forming focus for the relations of crystallography and nonmaterials to other sciences.
GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof. Dr. Ikramul Haq, Chemistry Department Chairperson Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan and Nancy University France research-scholar Maqsood Ahmed also attended the opening session. Above 150 scholars from all over Pakistan including Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Punjab University Lahore, Karachi University, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Sargodha University, University of Peshawar and COMSATS Islamabad are taking part in the workshop which is spread of four technical sessions, hands-on practice on latest equipments and science softwares training. A science poster exhibition is also part of three-day workshop.
Addressing the participants of training workshop, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that crystallography has wide application in molecular structure determination while nanomaterials are widely used in devices, solar cells, sensors, electronics etc. “There is a need to create interest among the young scientists in these fields to compete in the research activities at the international level,” he added.
Prof. Khaleeq said that GCU is playing leading role in establishing the modern subjects of Crystallography and Nanomaterials in Pakistan . He said that the workshops play a crucial role in educating and training scholars in cutting-edge technologies.
Speaking on the occasion, Ravian Forensic Society Advisor Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh announced that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has declared the three-day workshop an official event of International Year of Chemistry 2011, while International Union of Crystallography has sponsored the entire activity.