An International Conference on Laser Deposition: Nanostructures, Heterostructures and 2D layers (iCOLD-2019) was held during November 27-29, 2019 at Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (AIET), Moodbidri. This conference was organized by Departments of Electronics & Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering of AIET in association with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
The Conference was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Karanam Uma Maheshwar Rao, Director, NITK Surathkal at 9.30 AM on November 27, 2019; The inaugural program was graced by guests Dr. Burkhard Fechner, Coherent, Germany and Dr. S. Ramachandra Rao, IIT Madras. Sri. Vivek Alva, Managing Trustee; Dr. Richard Pinto, Conference-chair and Dr. Peter Fernandes, Principal, AIET were present during the inaugural session. The Abstract/Souvenir book was released during the inaugural function.
The Chief-guest delivered the inaugural keynote and conference session began with a second keynote by Dr. W. Prellier, CNRS UMR, France. The conference had scientific and technical sessions during November 27-29, 2019. There were 4 keynotes, 3 plenary talks and 22 invited lectures by renowned scientists from international institutes/companies such as CNRS UMR, France, Kumamoto University-Japan, Coherent-Germany and central institutes like IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISER-Pune, CUSAT-Cochin, IISER-Trivandrum, DIAT- Pune, NIT Calicut and NITK Surathkal. There were more than 70 research papers by researchers from all over the world.
This conference reviewed the advancements in nanostructures, heterostructures and 2D layers from physics and technology points of view. Laseraided Deposition techniques and Atomic Layer Deposition are the key techniques enabling researchers in the realization of device quality thin films, heterostructures and multi-layers. The scope included a variety of materials such as semiconductors, superconductors, ferroelectrics, polymers, nano-materials, organic materials, photonic materials, 2D systems and also novel technologies for very low frequency vibration sensors. There was an important session on energy which covered energy harvesters, proton exchange membrane fuel cells including advances in hydrogen fuel cells and other advanced devices.
The conference comprised plenary and invited talks, oral, poster presentations along with 2 industry talks. There was an exhibition of novel devices such as hydrogen fuel cells, methanol fuel cells, low frequency vibration sensors, gas sensors etc. There was a cultural program on 28-11-2019 evening by students of Alva’s Education Foundation. The conference ended with a panel discussion with the theme ‘Relevance of R & D in Engineering Education’. The feedback from the delegates rated the conference ‘good to excellent’. Further it may be added that this international conference has provided a platform, both for specialists and research students, to present their latest results in the areas of novel materials and technologies and also to enhance R&D effort at AIET. The conference proceedings will be published in Elsevier journal ‘Materials Today- Proceedings’. This conference was supported by M/s Laser Science Services (I) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (platinum sponsors), DST- Science and Engineering Research Board and Canara Bank Moodbidri. AIET has provided all infrastructural support for the organization of the conference including guest house accommodation for some participants, partial transportation and Seminar hall/auditorium services along with sponsoring cultural program.