EFCS-2020 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING FRONTIERS IN CHEMICAL SCIENCES 4- 5 DECEMBER 2020
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An endeavour to support chemical/materials education, Farook College initiated a conference
series named, "Emerging Frontiers in Chemical Sciences, EFCS”. The conference is intended to
provide a platform for young researchers and science aspirants to communicate with experts in
the country. This also aims to provide a link between the college and the outside world in the
broader areas of chemical science. It also acts as a forum to unite the chemical/material science
community in the region, spread across various institutions.The 4th EFCS and the second
national conference in this series (EFCS 2020) fall under online Conference held on 4th and 5th
December, 2020.The program was in zoom platform. The link of the program was
The inaugural ceremony started at 9.15 am in zoom platform with a prayer.The chief guest was
Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju (Professor, IISc Bangalore). Dr. A. P. Kavitha (Head, Department
of Chemistry) welcomed the gathering. Prof. T. Pradeep, Chairman, EFCS preside over the
function. Principal’s Address was done by Dr. K. M. Naseer, Principal, Farook College. Prof.V.
M. Abdul Mujeeb (Vice Chairman, Organizing Committee) introduced the chief guest ( Prof.
Gautam R. Desiraju). Mr. C. P. Kunhi mohammed (Manager, Managing Committee, Farook
College) presented a memento to Prof. Gautam R.Desiraju as a token of love and appreciation.
After that Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju inaugurated the conference. After his inaugural speech Dr.
A. K. Abdul Rahim, Vice Chairman, EFCS declared Distinguished Scientist award. Mr C. P.
Kunhimohammed, Manager, Farook College honoured the distinguished awardee Dr.
Harikumar P. S, Senior Principal Scientist, CWRDM y giving a memento. Prof. P. E. M. Abdul
Rasheed, Vice Chairman, EFCS Declared ‘EFCS Young Scientist Award’. Principal Dr. K. M.
Naseer, honoured the young scientist awardee of EFCS,Dr.Binitha N. N, Assistant Professor,
Sree Neelakanta Government Sanskrit College. There was releasing of book of abstracts by Prof.
E. P. Imbichikoya, Former Principal, Farook College and Dr. K. M. Naseer, Principal received
the book of abstracts. Then there was releasing of cubedium which contain lectures delivered in
all the conferences of EFCS conference series.Mr. P. K. Ahammad President, Farook College
Managing Committee, Jb. C. P. Kunhimohammed, Manager, Farook College Managing
Committee and Dr.Santosh R Nandan, (Ambernath Organics Pvt Ltd, Mumbai) Alumnus
conveyed felicitation to the programme. The inaugural ceremony was concluded with vote of
thanks by Dr.Rafeeque P (General Coordinator, Organizing Committee).
Technical Session was started at10.05 by the Inaugural talk of Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju,
Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on the topic Role of state universities and
colleges in the context of NEP-2020.Next Prof. T. Pradeep, Institute professor and professor of
chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras delivered a lecture on the topic: Clean water
through nanotechnology. Then there was a small tea break for 15 minutes. After the tea break
Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan,Professor JNCASR Bangalore delivered a lecture on the topic: The
rational design of catalysts. Then a one hour lunch break is provided from 12.30 pm
to01.30pm.After the lunch break technical session -4 started with the lecture of Prof. Sameer
Sapra,Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on the topic 2D transition metal
dichalcogenide nanosheets: hybrid nano-heterostructures for optoelectronic and catalytic
applications. After that there was a presentation by Dr.Shibdas Banerjee, Assistant professor,
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati on the topic: Ambient mass
spectrometry: from mechanistic organic chemistry to disease diagnosis.Next technical session
started at 3pm by Dr. T. G. Gopakumar, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur. His presentation was on the topic Molecular materials for future electronic device.
Technical Session 7 was the presentation of Dr.Binitha N. N, Assistant Professor,SreeNeelakanta
Government Sanskrit College on the topic Green graphenenanocomposites for versatile
applications. This was followed by paper presentations of research scholars.
Second day of EFCS-2020 (02/12/2020) started with the presentation of Prof. Rajakumar Balla,
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras on the topic Measurement of
absorption cross-sections and kinetics of radicals relevant to the Earth’s atmosphere using cavity
ring down spectroscopy. This Technical Session-8 started at9.30am and ended at10.15am.
Technical Session 9 was the presentation of Dr.Pramod P. Pillai, Associate Professor, Indian
Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune on the topic Surface ligand directed catalysis
by nanomaterials. Then there was a small tea break for 15 minutes from 11.00am to 11.15am.
After the tea break Technical Session 10 started with the presentation of Dr. G. V. Pavan Kumar,
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune on the topic
Probing single molecules with gap-plasmons.Technical Session 11 started at 12pm with the
presentation of Dr. A. I. Yahya,Associate Professor & Head, University of Calicut, Kozhikode on
the topic Artificial muscles: materials, technologies and biomimetic properties Then a one hour
lunch break is provided from 12.30 pm to 01.30pm. After the lunch break technical session -12
started with the presentation of Dr. M. M. Shaijumon, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of
Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram on the topic Batteries: beyond Lithiumion.Technical Session 13 started at 2.15pm with the presentation of Prof. SatishPatil,
Associate professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on the topic Exciting world of
molecular electronics. The last technical session, Technical Session 14 was from 3.00 PM to 3.45
PM. With the presentation of Dr. Tania Francis,Assistant Professor St. Joseph’s College,
Devagiri, Kozhikode on the topic Biodegradable solutions.
After the tea break we entered to Valedictory Session and Concluding Remarks. Started the
session with prayer and Dr.Shalina Begum T (Joint Convener, EFCS)welcomed the gathering.
Dr. K. Dr. A. P. Kavitha (Head, Department of Chemistry) was preside over the function. There
was a conference briefing of EFCS-2019 by Prof. T. Pradeep (Chairman, Organizing committee).
There was declaration of prize for Oral and poster presentation by Dr.Pramod P. Pillai,Associate
Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. Then participants said their
feedback about this programme. The session concluded with vote of thanks by Dr.Reji Thomas
(General Coordinator, EFCS 2021).