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ESRF generous beamtime award to Dr. Jagannath Biswakarma

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ESRF is a world-class joint research facility situated in Grenoble, France, which is supported by 22 countries

HT Correspondent

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NAGAON, Dec 10: Dr. Jagannath Biswakarma, an alumnus of Nowgong College (Autonomous) has been awarded generous beamtime at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

ESRF is a world-class joint research facility situated in Grenoble, France, which is supported by 22 countries. This is for the first time from the University of Bristol, UK, that someone has received an opportunity to conduct research at the XMaS, ESRF. In ESRF, Jagannath and his research team aim to use X-rays to investigate how critical metals can be extracted from iron nanoparticles. ESRF calls for research proposals every year.

Among thousands of applications, only a few applications obtain beamtime to conduct cutting-edge, highly challenging and novel research in ESRF. Every hour of such research experiments at any synchrotron facility costs thousands of Euros. Jagannath is awarded 144 hours for his research which will cost several thousands of Euros. The results of these experiments will help develop new nanomaterials that can extract critical metals used in renewable technologies.

Meanwhile Dr. Jagannath has been also nominated as a director on the board of the prestigious Geochemical Society of USA. In this position, he will help further strengthen society’s research vision in the field of Geochemistry and its application in the world.

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Earlier, he started his career as researcher with hopes to create policies that bridge the gap between leadership and young scientists, facilitate healthy, inclusive and transparent dialogues, and create programs to improve skills within and beyond academia. Jagannath has been associated with the Geochemical society since 2017 and recently contributed to their capacity-building program for Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

He emphasised how science communication and diplomacy can help society to understand complex scientific theories and thereby help policymakers to design sustainable environmental policies.

His research vision is to tackle the impact of climate change on water sources, supply and security.

Dr. Sarat Borkataki, principal, Dr. Bhuban Chandra Chutia coordinator to internal quality assurance cell and all faculty members of Nowgong College (Autonomous) offered best wishes to Dr. Jagannath Biswakarma in this regard, a release added.

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