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Unisa online - Imparting particles of knowledge on advanced materials

Materials and the field of materials science impact every aspect of our lives. As new materials are needed to address ever-increasing demands on the construction and performance of the devices and objects we use, understanding and manipulating the fundamental properties of materials become essential.

On 28 May 2012, eminent scientists from India and South Africa participated in a core discussion forum focusing on the latest areas of materials science.

The workshop, supported by Unisa’s Research and Innovation Portfolio, brought together the knowledge of Prof BK Roul of the Institute of Material Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India, as well as Prof Sekhar Ray and Dr Diptiranjan Sahu, both of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof Roul presented on the “Transparent Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor – A Novel Spintronic Material System”, focusing on new synthesis methods, characterisation and spintronics applications.

“Graphene”, the latest buzzword in materials science worldwide, was discussed by Prof Sekhar Ray of the University of the Witwatersrand. His colleague, Dr Diptiranjan Sahu, then presented on “Electrochromic WO3 Materials for Energy and Environmental Application”.

Attracting many Unisa scientists and engineers, the workshop created a platform for intense discussion on the various presentations and cutting edge developments of materials science.

*Image sourced from Beckman Institute, University of Illinois.

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