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Technical Activities

The Department of Chemical of Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University organised a National Technical Symposium, ChemFusion 2020 under its Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) Student Chapter.
The two-day event organised on March 4-5, 2020 witnessed a participation of over 500 students from a number of engineering colleges.
The symposium was inaugurated by the Head of Department, Dr Sanjay Patel, in the presence of department faculty members, students and invitees from various industries. Dr Patel addressed the students and motivated them, highlighting the importance of such events in bridging the gap between institutes and the industry.
One of the invited industry experts Mr Sanket Gohil, Country Manager at Microdyn Nadir Singapore Pte Ltd., delivered an expert lecture on ‘Membrane Solutions for All Process and Water Needs’. He talked about different membrane-based filtration methods used to purify industrial and domestic wastewater such as ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and self-healing membranes. Mr. Gohil also stressed upon the importance of gaining practical experience to supplement theoretical knowledge.
A number of events were organised as a part of this symposium that gave participants a platform to test their engineering knowledge and practical skills.
Aqua Rocket, a model-based event, involved participants designing and launching model rockets from home made launchers using pressurised water.
Chem-O-Rover, another model-based event, was a car race with model cars that used small-scale chemical reactions as fuel.
The Perfume Making event had competitors preparing fragrances from natural ingredients in a laboratory environment followed by a quiz that covered various aspects of the perfume industry.
Quizophilia and Chem-O-Puzzle were quiz events that covered various aspects of chemical engineering and its allied industries.
The Great Debate witnessed students debating over various issues related to the environmental impact and industrial safety.
Chemathon was the flagship event of this symposium where students spent 36 hours solving an industrial plant design problem before presenting their solutions to a panel of experts. This event gave students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to a real-world scenario and gain an invaluable glimpse into the complexities of a real-life industry.
 ChemFusion 2020 witnessed a confluence of students from differing backgrounds but united by their interests in chemical engineering and its allied fields. It gave students a unique chance to not only network with a large number of peers and industry experts but also test their technical skills.

The Chemical Engineering Department has organised various events under the aegis of Chemozale as a part of technical fest – NUTech. The participants were from various technical colleges of Gujarat. The events are as follows:

Interaction of Placed Students with 3rd Year Students

As per the tradition, every year the Chemical Engineering Department, under the banner of ChESA arranged an interaction of 4th year students, who were placed in industries with the 3rd year students wherein, they shared their placement experience.

The following activities were arranged as a part of NUTech 2019:

In this event the participants were supposed to collect 11 elements by answering the questions provided as a clue. These elements were located at various location in Nirma University. In the map, each location has a number marked against it. Using the answer of the numerical puzzle and the map, the team which collects all the 11 elements within least duration was awarded.

In this event, the competitors had to put the theoretical concepts into practical use. The participants were supposed to make soap. Participants were advised to make soap with minimum chemicals and natural products like color, fragrance, additives etc.

In this event, the team members were asked to present the poster on current trends. It consisted of two rounds. The first round was abstract submission round followed by second round poster presentation.

The event was based on the well-known game “Snake and Ladders” with a bit of twist. Firstly, a question was asked to each participant and then if the answer was correct then one chance was given to him/her to throw a dice. Then the participant moved forward to the number that appear on the dice. If the participant failed to answer the question, then he was sent back by one step.

Each team was asked to make a salt water battery with the help of materials provided. There were two rounds, the first round was to build a battery with the specified conductance / potential. In the second round, the participants were asked to make a battery with the highest potential in the given time. Each battery was then tested with LEDs.

In this workshop of Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD), the participants gained the knowledge to design for modelling, visualisation, and analysis of biological systems such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipid bilayer assemblies, etc. Various features like electron mapping, bond angle determination, bond length determination, etc. were discussed. Moreover, broad application in visualising filtration through carbon nanotubes were discussed along with basic principle behind this software.