Crystallography is an important technique used for structural determination of various kinds of molecules. There are very few people are trained in these areas in our country. We are working on the synthesis and applications of nanomaterials and the Department of Chemistry has facility to characterize the materials by using Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer.
The workshop will cover basic theory and hands-on experience on Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractrometer facility available in our department.
The organizational set up of the workshop is as follows:
Organizer: Dr. M. Akhyar Farrukh, Assistant Professor, Coordinator Graduate Programme
Co-Patron: Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry
Patron: Vice Chancellor, GC University Lahore
In continuation of celebration of International Year of Chemistry (IYC), the Department of Chemistry GC University hold Two days workshop on Crystallography. Prof. Dr. Khalid Pervaiz, Dean of Arts & Social Sciences was the chief guest and Dr. Masood Parvez from University of Calgary, Canada was the guest of honour and resource person for this workshop.
Large number of participants from over 120 from GCU and different institutions participated in the workshop.
In the opening remarks Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Chairperson Department of Chemistry highlighted the importance of X-ray crystallography and celebration of IYC at the department.
Dr. Masood Parvez delivered lectures on Crystals, Symmetry and Space Groups, Data Collection/Structure Solution, Structure refinements, Analysis of results and Cif publications.
Dr. M. Akhyar Farrukh, organizer thanked the VC, GCU for organizing this workshop and providing all necessary facilities, faculty members of Chemistry Department, Heads of Departments from GCU, UET, UoS, Ravian Forensic Society and the participants. He announced that the next workshop will be held from 19th to 21st October 2011, which has been approved by the IYC panel under the celebration of IYC. Some funding to the young scientists under the age of 35 as well as Young Scientist Award will be awarded in collaboration with IUCr. The Department of Chemistry is also establishing Pakistan Crystallographic Association with the support from IUCr and its first meeting will be held during the coming workshop. Application form for young chemist award is available on the IYC website.