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International Symposium on "Nanomaterials and Fiber Applications & Safety"

Date :2/2/2013

1.            A one day International Symposium on ‘Nanomaterials - Fibre Applications & Safety  is proposed to be conducted at AUUP, Lucknow Campus on 02 Feb 13.

Sessions and Key Participants

2.            The Symposium is proposed to be conducted in two Technical Sessions besides the Inaugural Session. The details of the Sessions and the key participants are given below. The following eminent speakers are participating –

            (a)          Prof Dr. Mary Gulmian, S. Africa, Head University of the 

             Witwatersrand, S.Africa

(b)         Prof. Dr. Tobias  Stoger, Group Leader, Institute of Lung Biology and Disease (ILBD), Munchen, Germany               


(c)               Prof. Dr. Elke Dopp, Scientist & Lecturer at the Institute of Hygiene & Occupational Health, Head of the Division of In vitro and Molecular Toxicology, University of Essen, Germany.


(d)              Prof (Dr.) N Husain, Dean ,RMLIMS      


(e)       Dr. Poonam Kakkar Chief Scientist Indian Institute of Toxicological Research


(f)        Prof. (Dr.) R.P. Singh, Director Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, AUUP


(g)       Dr. Absar Ahmad, Principal Scientist BSDNCL, Pune


3.            In addition the following eminent scholars will also be invited:-

(a)          Prof. M.C. Pant, Director, Deans and Head of the departments,

RMLIMS, Lucknow

(b)         Prof. D.K. Gupta, VC, Deans and Head of the departments, KGMU,


(c)          V.C. Deans and Head of the departments (S&T), of Lucknow

University, Lucknow

(d)         V.C. BBA, Central University, Lucknow

(e)          V.C. GBTU, Lucknow

(f)          Director of all National Labs and scientists of Director grade

(g)          CEO  Biotechnology  Park

4.       Programme. The tentative programme is as under -



Inaugural Session                                                                     : 10:00  AM – 11:30 AM

·         Lightning of Lamp and bouquet presentation to the Guests

·         Welcome by Prof. Qamar Rehman, Dean Research (S&T)

·         Inaugural Address by Maj Gen KK Ohri, AVSM (Retd), Pro VC

·         Address  by Guest of Honor Prof. Mary Gulmian, S. Africa,

Head Toxicology and Biochemistry Section NIOH

·         Address by Chief Guest Dr. Nitanand, Ex Director CDRI

·         Vote of thanks by Prof. S.T.H. Abidi, Director, ASET

Tea /Coffee                                                                                       : 11:30 AM to 12:00 Noon


Session-1 : Safety of Nanomaterials                                : 12:00 Hours to 1:30 PM

Chairperson : Prof. Dr. N Husain, Dean ,RMLIMS      

Lecture-1 :     “Assessing the toxicity of nanoparticles”

by Prof Dr. Mary Gulmian, S. Africa, Head            

                        University of the Witwatersrand, S.Africa              : 12:00 – 12:45 PM


Lecture-2 :     How to determine toxicity-related (Nano)

               particle characteristics-challenges at the

               in vitro level” by Prof. Dr. Tobias  Stoger,

              Group Leader, Institute of Lung Biology and

              Disease (ILBD), Munchen, Germany                     : 12:45 – 1:30 PM  


Lunch                                                                                                : 1:30 to 2: 15 PM


Poster Session                                                                                 : 2:15  - 2-45 PM


Students Session on Vision of Youth on Nanotechnology     : 2:45 to 3:15 PM



Session – 2: Applications of Nanomaterials                : 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM


Chairperson : Dr. Poonam Kakkar Chief Scientist Indian Institute of Toxicological Research


Lecture-3 : “Regulatory Science Research and innovation

          in Nanotechnology for Health  Care” by

         Prof. (Dr.) R.P. Singh, Director            Amity Institute

         of Nanotechnology, AUUP


Lecture-4 :     “Bioinspired Inorganic Nanomaterials

 Synthesis and their Applications in

 Imaging, Diagnosis and Therapeutics” by

Dr. Absar Ahmad, Principal Scientist




Concluding lecture                                                                         : 4:30 – 5:00 PM

‘Strategy for Safety Evaluation of Nanoparticles from a WHO/European/Developing Countries Perspective’ by Prof. Elke Dopp and Prof (Dr.)Qamar Rahman.

After Event Report on International Symposium on Nano- materials: Applications and Safety


February 2, 2013,

Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus.



International Symposium on Nano-materials: Applications and Safety was held at Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus on February 2, 2013. Dr. Qamar Rehman, Dean (Research) is the main person who organized this.  This symposium was organized to provide a forum for discussion about latest technological findings in Nano-materials   and to intensify research on safety and toxicity of Nano-materials. The symposium attracted very large number of students, faculty, young and established researchers in the field of Nano-materials   across academia, industry and government. There were 5 invited lectures, 3 oral presentations and 28 poster presentations. A special session on vision of youth on nanotechnology was also conducted. The symposium mainly included lectures on toxicity assessment, determination of toxicity related nano particle characteristics, regulatory science and innovation in nanotechnology for healthcare, bio inspired inorganic nanomaterial synthesis and strategy for safety evaluation of nanoparticles. There were in all, five sessions including the inaugural and the concluding session. The following is a brief report on these sessions.





            The programme was inaugurated by the lighting of lamps by the dignitaries. Chief guests, chairpersons of the session and distinguished scientists were welcomed by presenting the bouquets. A proceeding in the form of the souvenir, consisting of the accepted abstracts was also released on this occasion.


Dr. Qamar Rehman gave the welcome address.  Maj. Gen. K.K. Ohri, AVSM (Retd.), Pro Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus welcomed the distinguished gathering on behalf of Honorable Founder President Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Chairman, Mr. Aseem K. Chauhan and on his own behalf. He gave a brief presentation on Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus before the audience. In his inaugural address, he also talked about the presence of nano technology from the ancient times.


 Dr. D.K. Gupta, Vice Chancellor, King George Medical University, Lucknow was the chief guest on this occasion. He talked about the use of nanoparticles in medical procedures and devices. He also described the potential health effects of exposure to these Nano-materials.


Prof. Dr. Mary Gulumian, Head, Toxicology and Biochemistry Section, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH), South Africa was the guest of honour on this event. She talked about the interdisciplinary nature of toxicological risk assessment and motivated Immunologists, Physicists, Chemists and Biochemists to work jointly to advance this field. She emphasized on producing safer nanotechnology. 


Prof. S. T. H. Abidi, Director, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, proposed the vote of thanks and acknowledged the esteemed presence of all dignitaries.  The distinguished guests were given mementoes at the end of the session, in token appreciation of their contribution to the symposium.  






Prof.  (Dr.) Mary Gulumian delivered the talk entitled Assessing the toxicity of Nanoparticles. She expressed the concern in the assessment of the toxicity of nano particles using in vitro test. She discussed the use of XCELLIGENCE system to continuously monitor cellular behavior with no interference with normal cell function. She also discussed the intracellular uptakes of different sized gold nanoparticles.


Prof. (Dr.) Tobian Stoger, Group Leader, Institute of Lung Biology and Disease (ILBD), Munchen, Germany, gave a talk describing to determine toxicity related (Nano) particle characteristics at the in vitro level. He summarized the physiochemical properties of Nano-materials   that need to be assessed in relation to their toxicity. He highlighted a large number of animal and cell based studies that describe oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory responses to be sensitive readouts for exposure to high doses of nanoparticles. He also discussed the underlying hierarchical oxidative stress model of particle toxicity.


Dr. Poonam Kakkar, Chief Scientist, Indian Institute of Toxicological Research, Lucknow, chaired this Session.






Poster Presentations


Poster presentations covered variety of applications of nano materials and technology in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, material science, electronics and communication engineering, pharmacy and computers. Some posters also reviewed recent developments in the field of nano materials and technology. Best 3 posters were awarded prizes during the concluding session. These three posters focused on Nanoparticle Development and Characterization Techniques, Nanolayered Refractometric Sensors and Curcumin Bioavailability and Bioactivity through Different Delivery Vehicles on Swiss Albino Mice. Prof. N. Ram, Dy. Director, Amity School of Engineering and Technology was In-charge of the poster session. A panel of judges for the poster session included Prof. Janardan Singh, Director, Amity Institute of Pharmacy and Prof. J.K. Srivastava, Amity Institute of Biotechnology.



Oral Presentations



Mr. Harsh Rastogi and Ms. Saumya Srivastava, B.Tech. (ECE) VI Sem., ASET, Lucknow Campus, presented a paper on Nano-materials, Applications and Safety. In this presentation, applications of nanotechnology in information technology, energy, environmental science, medicine, homeland security, food safety, and transportation were highlighted. The health and safety aspects of Engineered Nano Materials were also discussed during this presentation.


Ms. Ranjana Singh, M. Pharma, II Sem. (and her group), Amity Institute of Pharmacy (AIP), Lucknow Campus, presented a paper on Role of Nano Particles in the Treatment of Tuberculosis. She discussed the drug delivery systems for controlling infections at the molecular level. She also explained the use of nanoparticles to improve the drug bioavailability and reduce the dosing frequency apart from attaining high adherence level.

Ms. Anjani Kumari, B.Tech. (BT) - IV Sem. (and her group), Amity Institute of Biotechnology (AIB), Lucknow Campus, presented a paper on Possible Potentials of Nanotechnology in Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV/Aids. She explained the critical role of nanotechnology in patient-specific therapy by using systems biology approach to clinical medicine based upon “-omic” technology analysis and integration.






Prof. (Dr.) R. P. Singh, Director, Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, NOIDA, delivered a lecture on Regulatory Science Research and Innovation in Nanotechnology for Health Care. He emphasized on the application of green nano technology.  He highlighted some prominent applications of nanotechnology in health care, food safety, pest control of crops and to detect harmful bacteria in food products. He also specified that for being toxic the applications of Nano-materials   are restricted in health care.  He also enlightened audience on the constitution of a ‘Working Group’ of scientists in India to assess the harmful effects of nanoparticles on human health, and to recommend guidelines for safe use and to protect from the risk. 


 Dr. Absar Ahmad, Principal Scientist, Biochemical Sciences Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune gave a talk on Bio-inspired Inorganic Nano-materials   Synthesis and their Applications in Imaging, Diagnosis and Therapeutics. He described the use of plant microorganisms and plant extracts in the synthesis of biocompatible, water soluble, fluorescent and protein capped metal, metal sulfide, quantum dots and oxide nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes. He discussed the use fungi and actinomycetes in the formation of stable metal nanoparticles. He also talked about use of nano particle practically in imaging, diagnostics and therapeutics.


Prof. (Dr.) M.Y. Khan, Dean (Science), Ambedkar University, Lucknow, chaired this Session.





Dr. Qamar Rehman, Dean Research (Science and Technology) in her concluding lecture talked about the strategies for safety evaluation of nano materials & WHO guidelines. It was described that EU regulation of chemicals and safety was based on validated toxicological methods for industrial chemicals. It was asserted that a reliable risk assessment of Nano-materials   is necessary which fulfils the different requirements of various stakeholders. The audience were also updated on the coordination of these activities by the OECD and the European Union.


 Dr. Rajindra Prasad, Director, Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, was the chief guest of the concluding session.


The distinguished guests and delegates present on this occasion also included Padmshree Prof. M.C. Pant, Director, RMLIMS, Lucknow, Dr. Poonam Kakkar, Chief Scientist, IITR, Lucknow and Prof. M.Y. Khan, Dean Science, Ambedkar University, Lucknow.  The students and faculty members utilized this opportunity to interact with globally renowned scientists. Other university authorities present on this occasion included Prof. V.P. Sahi, Brig. U.K. Chopra, Brig. Y.M. Tewari, Col. Vivek Tripathi, Dr. Deep Kaushal and Capt. D. Gandhi. The symposium was successfully concluded with a vision to produce safer nanotechnology.




Two of the invited guests, Dr. Mary Gulumian and Dr. Absar Ahmad, have shown their interest in Research Collaboration with interested faculty members of Amity University, Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Campus.  The details of the collaboration can be worked out by the Research Cell and interested faculty.