Workshop Registration End Date :October 3, 2023

Virtual Workshop

Synthesis of Inorganic Encapsulation Containers for Various Industrial Applications

Shaping the Future: Inorganic Containers for Next-Gen Encapsulation

About Workshop:

In this workshop, participants will explore the exciting field of inorganic container synthesis and its applications in encapsulation. Inorganic containers are nanoscale or microscale structures engineered with precision to encapsulate and shield a wide range of substances, including drugs, chemicals, nutrients, and more. The workshop will provide insights into the techniques and methods employed in the design and synthesis of these containers, highlighting their versatility and significance in various industrial applications. They are prepared with inorganic materials and minerals such as calcium carbonate, silica, etc., for encapsulation applications. They can vary as microcapsules, nanocapsules, micro/nanoparticles, micro/nanofibers, etc. which have porous, or hollow structures with rough textures. They have a space called “lumen-space” to load or store various materials using the technique called “encapsulation.” These materials encapsulated inorganic containers have been addressed under many diverse applications in material science and engineering. It discovers their potential in loading critical materials under many fields, improving efficiency outcomes, and addressing selective release. By discussing recent research and future trends, the workshop aims participants with insights to navigate and contribute to the evolving field of encapsulation of materials in diverse applications.

Aim: The workshop “Synthesis of inorganic containers for encapsulation applications” aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the methods and techniques involved in synthesizing inorganic containers specifically designed for encapsulating various materials.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Introduction to Encapsulation: Introduce participants to the concept of encapsulation and its significance in diverse industries, such as pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, and materials science.
  • Explore Inorganic Materials: Familiarize participants with different types of inorganic materials suitable for creating containers, such as calcium carbonate, zinc oxide, dolomite, hydroxyapatite, silica, and other nanomaterials.
  • Synthesis Techniques: Explore a range of synthesis methods and approaches for creating inorganic containers, including sol-gel processes, template-directed methods, emulsion methods, hydrothermal synthesis, and co-precipitation.
  • Characterization Tools: Provide insights into the various analytical and characterization techniques used to assess the structural, morphological, and chemical properties of synthesized inorganic containers.
  • Encapsulation Approaches: Discuss strategies for incorporating and encapsulating different types of materials within the inorganic containers, such as drugs, catalysts, dyes, active compounds, and polymers.
  • Applications and Benefits: Highlight the diverse applications where these inorganic containers find use, such as controlled drug delivery, catalysis, foods, and protection of sensitive materials from environmental factors.
  • Modification and Tailoring: Explore methods for modifying and altering the inorganic containers’ surfaces and sizes to enhance their encapsulation efficiency, stability, and compatibility with specific materials.
  • Challenges and Future Directions: Address potential challenges in the synthesis and practical application of inorganic containers, and discuss emerging trends and future research directions in the field.
  • Case- study: Depending on the format of the workshop, can provide participants with practical methods to engage in small-scale laboratory synthesis experiments, discuss characterisation results, or show videos/images related to inorganic container synthesis and encapsulation from real-world applications.

What you will learn?

Day 01: Introduction to Fundamentals of the Workshop

  • Introduction to the concept of nanotechnology
  • What is encapsulation?
  • Importance and applications of encapsulation technology
  • Basic encapsulation techniques at the macro, micro, and nano levels
  • Advantages of using nanoscale materials in encapsulation
  • Nanomaterials for Encapsulation (Types of nanomaterials commonly used in encapsulation such as nanoparticles, nanocapsules, nanofibers)
  • The basic concepts of inorganic container design and their unique properties, including size, shape, and material composition
  • Overview of inorganic materials used in encapsulation
  • Advantages and disadvantages of inorganic containers

Day 02-Synthesis Methods and Characterization of Encapsulation Containers

  • Explore the diverse methods and approaches used for synthesizing inorganic containers, such as sol-gel synthesis methods, template-based synthesis methods, and other relevant synthesis methods
  • Importance of controlling container size, shape, and other relevant properties
  • Understanding the importance of characterizing inorganic containers to ensure their suitability for encapsulation applications (Structural and chemical analysis/Surface properties and modifications)
  • Fitting analytical techniques such as TEM, SEM, PSA/DLS, XRD, TGA, FTIR, etc.)
  • Significance of characterizing nano/microcarrier properties
  • Real-world examples of successful encapsulation using inorganic containers
  • The success story of synthesized and characterized techniques
  • Lessons learned and best practices
  • Explore methods for modifying and altering the inorganic containers’ surfaces and sizes to enhance their encapsulation efficiency, stability, and compatibility with specific materials

Day 03-Encapsulation Applications and Future Challenges

  • Explore the use of inorganic containers for pharmaceutical applications, with a focus on enhancing drug stability, targeted delivery, and controlled release [In-depth exploration of how nanotechnology is revolutionizing drug delivery systems/ Discussion of how
  • Explore how inorganic containers are applied in the food and agriculture industries to encapsulate and protect sensitive compounds like flavors, nutrients, and pesticides [Exploration of how nanotechnology is used to encapsulate agricultural inputs like pesticides and fertilizers for efficient delivery and reduced environmental impact]
  • Encapsulation applications in cosmetics (e.g., encapsulation of active ingredients) and textiles (nanotechnology applications in encapsulating textiles for enhanced functionality, such as water-repellency or antimicrobial properties)
  • Discuss the role of inorganic containers in environmental remediation, pollution control, and sustainable practices
  • Current challenges in inorganic encapsulation
  • Emerging trends and research opportunities
  • Environmental, sustainability, and ethical considerations in nanotechnology-based encapsulation
  • Regulatory challenges and safety concerns associated with nano/microscale encapsulation
  • Q&A Session and Open Discussion

Mentor Profile

Dr. Nadeesha Hettiarachchi is a Professional Nanotechnology Mentor in SLINTEC Academy, Combo, Sri Lanka. She has earned her PhD in Polymer Sciences from Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, Combo, Sri Lanka.

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Fee Plan

StudentINR 1199/- OR USD 40
Ph.D. Scholar / ResearcherINR 1499/- OR USD 45
Academician / FacultyINR 1999/- OR USD 50
Industry ProfessionalINR 2499/- OR USD 75

Important Dates

Registration Ends
03 Oct 2023 AT IST : 10:00 AM
Workshop Dates  03 Oct 2023 to 05 Oct 2023  AT IST : 11:00 AM

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Intended For : Graduates, Post Graduates, PhD Scholars from Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Pharmacology, Cosmetic Chemistry

Career Supporting Skills

Nano/Microcapsules SynthesisContainer Design and ModificationsContainer Material CharacterizationsMicroscopy TechniquesEncapsulation Techniques

Workshop Outcomes

  • Understanding of Inorganic Container Synthesis: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques involved in the synthesis of inorganic containers at the nano/microscale. They will learn about various methods used to create these containers, including their advantages and limitations.
  • Knowledge of Material Properties: Attendees will develop a deeper appreciation of the unique properties of inorganic materials used in container synthesis, such as their stability, biocompatibility, and tunable characteristics. This knowledge will be essential for designing containers tailored to specific encapsulation applications.
  • Characterization Skills: Participants will gain practical skills in characterizing inorganic containers through real case studies. They will be proficient in using analytical techniques to assess the size, morphology, composition, and quality of these containers.
  • Applications Expertise: The workshop will equip attendees with insights into diverse applications of inorganic containers in encapsulation. They will learn how to apply these containers in fields such as pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, environmental remediation, and sustainable technologies.
  • Problem-Solving and Innovation: Participants will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about solving real-world challenges through inorganic container synthesis. They will gain the ability to adapt and innovate in response to evolving encapsulation needs.
  • Networking Opportunities: The workshop will provide a platform for participants to connect with peers, experts, and mentors in the field. Networking opportunities will facilitate knowledge sharing and potential collaborations in future research or industry projects.
  • Share Case-Study Experience: Through sharing practical and laboratory activities, attendees will gain better experience in synthesizing and characterizing inorganic containers. This experimental learning will boost their confidence and competence in working with these materials.
  • Research and Development Insights: Participants will leave the workshop with insights into the latest research trends and ongoing developments in inorganic container synthesis. They will be better prepared to contribute to cutting-edge advancements in the field.
  • Career Advancement: The knowledge and skills learned during the workshop will enhance participants’ qualifications and career prospects in fields related to nanotechnology, materials science, chemistry, engineering, and encapsulation technologies.
  • Applicability: Attendees will be well-equipped to apply their newfound expertise to research projects, product development, and innovative solutions in their respective fields of interest or industry.