16th Public Seminar: “Nanotechnology For Developing Countries” by Prof. Joydeep Dutta

April 18, 2014

Title: Nanotechnology for developing countries

Speaker: Prof. Joydeep Dutta

Time: 3:30 PM

Venue:AITM  seminar Hall,   Khumaltar

Objectives of the talk show:

  • To provide information on the topic “Nanotechnology for developing countries”
  • To discuss the rapid changes in technology of the world, it’s driving forces and highlight the challenges for nanotechnology.
  • To provide information on the steps in future technology development
  • To have an interaction on the topic


Introduction of the speaker:

Prof. Dr. Joydeep Dutta joined the Sultan Qaboos University as a Chair Professor in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination and other applications in October 2011. He was the Vice President (Academic affairs), Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology and a Professor in Nanotechnology at the AIT, Bangkok,Thailand,whose faculty he joined in April 2003.He completed his Ph.D. in 1990 from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India (Calcutta University).On 1991 and 1992, he did Post Doctoral work at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL, Japan) and at Ecole Polytechnique (France) before moving to Switzerland in 1993 where he was associated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland until 2003.He is a fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.He has extensive experience in delivering short-course modules in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, which lately he has conducted in Thailand, Malaysia and Sweden.


The seminar started with the information on dimensions of transition towards economic development and the geopolitical changes. Prof. Dutta further spoke about the engineering, science and technology innovation which are vital in addressing poverty and poverty eradication that includes macro-economic development and micro-level direct application. The seminar further delivered information on rapid changes in technology of the World, driving forces for economic growth and challenges for nanotechnology. Prof. Dutta concluded the seminar by focusing on the steps in future technology development which includes- Identification of new technology fields, valuation of identified technology fields and Transposition of measures for innovation.

The seminar had approximately 35 participants including students, faculty members and staffs at AITM and other people concerned. After the session was completed, some interactions and discussions among the audience took place. And the program ended with discussions and a round of questions and answers.