12th Atma Ram Memorial Lecture
12th Atma Ram Memorial Lecture @ CSIR-CGCRI
The CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata: fourth in the chain of CSIR laboratories; having been formally inaugurated on 26 August 1950, marks its Foundation Day with a Lecture series named after Dr. Atma Ram—its first Director and CSIR’s forth Director General.
The 12th Atma Ram Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. G. Sundararajan, who is also a Padma Shri awardee and Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad on 26 August 2015. The title of his presentation was Advanced Ceramics: Research and Technical Developments @ARCI.
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-CGCRI welcomed Dr. G. Sundararajan to CSIR-CGCRI and also greeted the audience.
Mr. Kamal Dasgupta, Acting Director CSIR-CGCRI presented a brief outline of the late Dr. Atma Ram’s enormous achievements in life. Former Director CSIR-CGCRI, Dr. B. K. Sarkar introduced Dr. G. Sundararajan to the CSIR-CGCRI family.
In his extremely erudite presentation, Dr. G. Sundararajan first introduced ARCI as an autonomous R&D institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI, established to develop unique, novel and techno-commercially viable technologies in the area of advanced materials and subsequently transfer these to industries.
In this context, he explained the nuances of the unique mandate of ARCI which included the development of high-performance materials and processes for niche markets; the demonstration of prototype/pilot plants; and transfer of technology to Indian industries.
He summed up almost all the new developments at ARCI in the field of Advanced Ceramics. He began by saying that advanced ceramics have great scope in the strategic sector, not to mention other sectors such as automotive, mechanical and many other areas. Usually, the way any research institute works is that it carries out basic research first, then converts the results to a technology which is tested and then, transferred to Industry. However, it is not always possible to showcase the material behind the technology. The material often remains invisible but is always absolutely essential for the technology to work.
He highlighted the R&D work being undertaken at ARCI in the areas of Oxide ceramics, and Non-oxide ceramics and development of substrates, applications, composites etc., plus R&D in the area of Ceramic coatings. He spoke on novel ceramic materials and innovative processing technologies that have been either developed ARCI or are under development. ARCI is currently also working on transparent polycrystalline sub micron alumina, aluminium oxynitride, spinel and zinc sulphide (ZnS) ceramics. Much of his talk was dedicated to outlining the challenges of research in different areas followed by the outcomes.
Mementoes were presented to Dr. G. Sundararajan and Dr. B. K. Sarkar by Dr. K. Muraleedharan.
Dr. P. Sujatha Devi anchored the event and also, delivered the Vote of Thanks.