Contemporary Challenges in Chemical Sciences (C3S)

022 2576 7151 December 6th - 8th, 2023

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Contemporary Challenges in Chemical Sciences (C3S) : December 6-8th, 2023


The C3S symposium seeks to enable discussions on the most state-of-the-art research areas in modern chemical science, ranging from chemical biology, energy materials, catalysis to quantum chemistry, with a particular emphasis on identifying the next frontier of challenges in each of these areas. The symposium seeks to bring together senior researchers and young scientists from a number of renowned world-wide institutions who are engaged in chemical sciences and related subjects in a motivating and welcoming setting. We anticipate that such a meeting will promote knowledge exchange, brainstorming on current scientific issues, and mutual learning. We sincerely hope that the symposium would encourage future research partnerships for perceptive manifestations of creativity to handle challenging research issues in the chemical sciences and elsewhere.

Venue : B. Nag Auditorium(ground floor), Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC), IIT Bombay


 Day 1 : Wednesday  December 6th 2023
 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Registration
 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Inauguration and opening remarks
 Session I
(3:00 PM - 4:20 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. R. Murugavel
 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM Prof. Clare Grey, University of Cambridge
"Towards a Net Zero World: Developing and applying new tools to understand how batteries function and fail."
 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM Prof. Suman Chakrabarty, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
"Role of Metastable Conformational States in Proteins: From Function to Drug Discovery"
 4:20 PM – 4:50 PM Coffee/Tea Break
 Session II
(4:50 PM - 6:10 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan
 4:50 PM – 5:30 PM Prof. Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology
"Natural Products as a Driving Force for Basic and Translational Science"
 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM Prof. Harinath Chakrapani, IISER Pune
"Precision Redox Chemical Biology Tools"
 7 PM - 9:30 PM Dinner
 Day 2 : Thursday  December 7th 2023
 Session III
(9:00 AM - 10:20 AM)
Chair Person: Prof. Anindya Datta
 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Prof Eufranio da Silva Jr., Federal University of Minas Gerais
"On the Application of Diverse Catalytic Methods towards Bioactive Quinones Focusing on Generation and Capture of Benzyne and Electrochemical Processes"
 9:40 AM – 10:20 AM Prof. Suresh Valiyaveettil, NUS
"Plastic pollution – Our attempts on understanding the environmental and health impact, tracking of movement and removing plastic particles from environment"
 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM Coffee + Group Photo Session
 Session IV
(11:25 AM - 12:45 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Suvarn S. Kulkarni
 11:25 AM – 12:05 PM Prof. Sayam Sengupta, IISER Kolkata
"Catalyst development for sustainable oxidation reactions"
 12:05 AM – 12:45 PM Prof. Benjamin Swarts, Central Michigan University
"Chemical probes for mycobacterial glycans: from tuberculosis research tools to new diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities"
 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session
 Session V
(3:00 PM - 4:20 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Raghavan B. Sunoj
 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM Prof. Umesh Desai, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Synthetic, Orally Bioavailable, Selective, Highly Sulfated Mimetics of Natural Glycosaminoglycans as Drugs"
 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM Prof. Naga Phani Aetukuri, Indian Institute of Science
"Ionics with Redox-Active Organic Semiconductors"
 4:20 PM – 4:50 PM Coffee/Tea Break
 Session VI
(4:50 PM - 6:10 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Arindam Chowdhury
 4:50 PM – 5:30 PM Prof. Mohan Srinivasarao, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Emergence of Chiral Structures in Achiral Lyotropic Liquid Crystals"
 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM Prof. Neil Cameron, Monash University
"Tailored Polymer Scaffolds to Enable the Regeneration of Functional Tissue"
 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Banquet Dinner
 Day 3 : Friday  December 8th 2023
 Session VII
(9:00 AM - 10:20 AM)
Chair Person: Prof. I. N. N. Namboothiri
 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Prof. Karthish Manthiram, California Institute of Technology
"Electrification and Decarbonization of Chemical Manufacturing"
 9:40 AM – 10:20 AM Prof. P K Madhu, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
"NMR from a High-Field and a Low-Field Perspective"
 10:20 AM – 10:45 AM Coffee/Tea Break
 Session VIII
(10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Prasenjit Ghosh
 10:45 AM – 11:25 AM Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Using Electrochemistry to Understand Thermochemical Catalysis"
 11:25 AM – 12:05 PM Prof. Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Scripps Research Institute
"Origins of Life: Searching for the Prebiotic Chemical Roots of Biology – Discovery or (re)Invention?"
 12:05 AM – 12:45 PM Prof. Kamendra P Sharma, IIT Bombay
"Simple Coacervation to Fibrillation: A Tale of pH-dependent Amine Functional Polymers "
 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session
 Session IX
(3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Chair Person: Prof. Sandip Kar
 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM Prof. Garima Jindal, Indian Institute of Science
"Merging Experiments and Theory for Mechanistic Insights into Carbene Insertion Reactions"
 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM Prof. Dattatraya H. Dethe, IIT Kanpur
"Asymmetric Total Syntheses of Meroterpenoids and Atisane type Diterpenoids"
 4:20 PM – 5:00 PM Prof. Nandita Madhavan, IIT Bombay
"Cyclic Peptide Drugs: Minimalistic Scaffolds and Sustainable Synthesis?"
 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks - Prof. Anil Kumar
 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM High Tea


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Last date is November 5th 2023. Successful candidates will be informed via email for registration. Registration fees is INR 1000.