Providing a common platform to the academia and the industry to discuss both challenges and developments in the particle technology, the mechanical engineering department of Thapar University, in association with the union department of science and technology, has been organising a three-day international conference on "Powder, granule and bulk solids: Innovations and applications".
Thapar University chairman SM Trehan said the conference would help the power, petrochemical, cement, food, nano-powder and pharma industries in developing energy-efficient and environment-friendly powder synthesis, conveying and handling processes.
About 40 unpublished research papers were supposed to be presented during the conference, which was inaugurated on Thursday.
Dr Ajay Batish, head of the mechanical engineering department, said the conference, the first of its kind in the country in the field of particle technology, would significantly benefit both the academia and the industry.
"While the industry has got an opportunity to speak about their practical challenges, academicians and researchers could apply their fundamental knowledge to provide them ready solutions. In reciprocity, academicians would also get exposed to the latest industry trends," he said.
Thapar University director KK Raina said the conference provided an excellent opportunity to the participants to update their skills and expertise for the development of energy-efficient, environment-friendly and yet affordable technologies for a better sustainable future.
PW Wypych, Director, Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies, University of Wollongong, Australia, was the guest of honour at the conference.