March 2, 2019
- Professor Jeffrey J. Derby recently completed a visit to several Indian institutions. To start the odyssey, Derby was invited to serve as a Convener of the 23rd National Seminar on Crystal Growth and Applications (NSCGA-2019), organized by the Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India, 28-30 January 2019. After the Inaugural ceremonies, Derby delivered a Keynote address, “Modeling to reveal hidden mechanisms during the growth of large, single crystals.” This Seminar is held yearly by the Indian Association for Crystal Growth (IACG), which was started in 1982 by Prof. P. Ramasamy, one of the pioneers of the crystal growth research activities in India.
Derby continued his voyage to Bangalore, where he presented a seminar, “Chemical Engineering in Materials Science: Modeling to reveal hidden mechanisms during the growth of large, single crystals,” to the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, on January 31. His visit to IISc was hosted by CEMS alumnus K. Ganapathy Ayappa, who received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1992 under the supervision of H. Ted Davis. Derby then visited Suzlon Renewable Energy, Pune, India, on February 4, to discuss silicon crystal growth and photovoltaics. Finally, Derby finished his journey with a seminar, “Chemical Engineering in Materials Science: Modeling to understand crystal growth issues for solar silicon,” in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay, Mumbai, India, on February 6, 2019. While at IIT Bombay, Derby visited with several Minnesota Chemical Engineering alumni, including Jayesh R. Bellare (Ph.D. 1988, H. Ted Davis and L. E. Scriven), Sarika Mehra (Ph.D. 2005, Wei-Shou Hu), and Sujit S Jogwar (Ph.D. 2011, Prodromos Daoutidis).
In the photo (above), Professor Jeff Derby participates as Covener in the inaugural ceremony of the NSCGA-2019.