Café Scientifique

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Tuesday January 17, 2017
Brewberries Café

The long waited “Café Scientifique” was held at Brewberries Cafe, Hostel 8, IIT Bombay, Powai, India on the 17th of January, 2017. This was the first event under the umbrella of IC-IMPACTS SEC (Student Engagement Committee).

IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute alumni were in attendance. Mr. Fuhar Dixit (UBC graduate student and SEC Chair) who is the connecting link between the 2015 and 2016 Summer Institute programs was also present. He was generous in formally introducing all assembled who then too turns to delve deeper into the science that they were involved in.


Scientific discussions began with Sanjay Kumar (PhD student in Biological Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar) describing his research on the use of Aptamer-Nanoparticle based Bioseparation of bioactive compounds and the detection of food borne pathogens. Pallavi (PhD student in Bio-Science at IIT Bombay) continued on the theme of food borne pathogens and spoke about her research on use of bacteriophage on optical fibers for detection. Meanwhile, Sutapa (PhD student in Bio-Science at IIT Bombay) shared the benefits of optical fiber based sensing having worked on the detection of heavy metals using the same.

A climatic change in the discussions was ushered in by Neha (PhD student in Physics/Chemistry/Electrical at IIT Bombay) who spoke about the applications of single crystal based technologies in sensing as opposed to nano particles or optical fibers. Raghvendra (PhD student in Material Science at IIT Bombay) shared Neha’s perspective who then described innovative ways of sensing target molecules or materials. Notably, Raghvendra has recently presented his pre-synopsis on the use of novel materials for sensing.


The food at the Cafe was awesome and probably mirrored the different flavours of sensing approaches. Fans of Green tea, Coffee, cold coffee, Pizza, Garlic bread, Chicken kabab and one even of Mirinda (cold drink!) were clearly identified and quantified!

This event was summarized by Mr. Sanjay Kumar, PhD Student at IIT Gandhinagar and
SEC’s Regional Coordinator of India