End of Professor P Ramachandra Rao’s Memorial Lecture at CSIR-NML

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Jamshedpur, August 6: Professor P Ramchandra Rao’s memorial lecture was held today on “Transitions Between Liquid, Glassy and Crystalline States in Metallic Alloys” at CSIR-NML on a virtual platform. The program was jointly organized in collaboration with Prof. NP Gandhi Memorial Metallurgy Trust, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc and CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur.

The lectures in this series are given in honor of Professor P. Ramachandra Rao (21.03.1942–10.01.2010), a distinguished and highly decorated materials scientist who pioneered research on rapid solidification, glasses metals, quasicrystals and biomimetics, first at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT (BHU) and later at NML-Jamshedpur. He was Director of CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (1992-2002), Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (2002-05) and Vice-Chancellor of the Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (2005-07).

The program began with the welcome speech delivered by Prof. Sunil Mohan, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He thanked all the participants and the main guest.

dr. Arvind. Sinha, Chief Scientist and CSIR Management Advisor, NML spoke about Prof.P. Ramachandra Rao Memorial Lecture.

Prof. NK Mukhopadhyay, IIT (BHU), Varanasi introduced the keynote speaker, Prof. AL Greer, who obtained his BA (1976) and PhD (1979) in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge. His current research interests are in metallic glasses (mainly their wide range of structure and mechanical properties), nucleation in condensed systems, chalcogenide phase change materials for computer memory, and grain refinement (experimental studies and modelling) in the solidification of alloys, in particular aluminum alloys.

In addition, Professor AL Greer, University of Cambridge, delivered the lecture. He explained well the fundamental principles of transitions between liquid, glassy and crystalline states in metallic alloys. His lecture provoked the reflection of the participants.

At the end of the program, a vote of thanks was offered by Dr. Vikas Jindal, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He said that this memorial conference has a double benefit in that we remember the renowned personalities of the world and improve our knowledge base. Over 150 participants attended from India and abroad. He expressed his thanks to all participants who attended the program on the virtual platform.

Angela C. Hale