IIT Jodhpur
A department webinar is organized on "Chemically Processed Functional Ceramics for Energy and Health Applications" on 21 December 2021 at 5 PM by Dr. Sanjay Mathur Chair, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry University of Cologne, Greinstrasse, Germany

Chemical processing of functional ceramics has played a key role in converging disciplines, which is especially true for their bridge-building role in integrating the concepts of inorganic materials synthesis with biomedical applications. Out of a vast variety of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles that have been developed for medicinal purposes, iron oxides are one of a few materials that made it through clinical trials. Due to their high biocompatibility, stability and the abundance of iron in our environment, which results in low costs of iron-based materials, diverse iron oxide nanoparticles have been prepared for biomedical applications. Examples will include application of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and drug delivery applications. In addition, metal oxide nanostructures with hetero-contacts and phase boundaries offer unique platform for designing materials architectures for energy harvesting applications. As viable alternative to water electrolysis, photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has emerged as a competitive technology being capable of converting solar energy directly into chemical energy using stable and efficient photocatalysts for solar hydrogen production. Hematite films grown from iron precursors showed pronounced changes in crystallographic textures depending upon whether CVD was performed with or without external magnetic field. Finally, the current challenges of integration of nanomaterials in existing device concepts will be discussed.