Department of Chemistry, 17-18 April 2014
Department of Chemistry, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad organized a two days’ “Workshop on Modern Techniques in Structural Chemistry and Structural Biology” on April 17-18, 2014 in collaboration with International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi.
Dr. Aneela Maalik (anchor person) welcomed the chief guest, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director ICCBS, Karachi with his team of eminent scientists on the inauguration ceremony who came all the way long from Karachi to Abbottabad. Prof. Dr. AbdurR ahman Khan, Chairman/HoD, Deptt. of Chemistry presented the welcome address. Later on the Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary was invited to share his views about this joint venture followed by the vote of thanks by the Director CIIT Abbottabad, Prof. Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon. Souvenirs were exchanged between the two Directors.
The aim of this worshop was to focus on a wide spectrum of modern techniques in structural chemistry and structural biology and relevant topics. Discussions and deliberations on the role of chemistry in terms of future chalenges and its effective application in industry, community services, education, enviroment, and other diversified fields for sustainable development and prosperity in human life.
The two days’ workshop started with a thought provoking plenary lecture by Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary on “NMR Spectroscopy- Concept and Applications”. The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Rehana Rashid and Co-chaired by Dr. Atia-ul-Wahab. The evening session comprised two lectures: one by Dr. Farzana Shaheen titled “OBOC Techniques in Protein Surface Recognition and Drug Development Process” and second lecture by Dr. Atia-ul-Wahab titled “Use of NMR Spectroscopy in Structural Biology - Introduction and Examples”. There was an excursion trip to NathiaGali in the evening and a Gala dinner at night where the guests were entertained by delicious food and melodious music from the students of COMSATS Abbottabad.
The second day of the workshop started with the lecture of Dr. S. G. Musharraf titled “Mass Spectrometry - Concept and Application in Structural Chemistry” and a lecture of Dr. Sammer Yousaf titled “Singly Crystal X-Ray Diffraction Techniques - Theory and Application in Structural Chemistry”. The Session was Chaired by Dr. Farzana Shaheen and Co-chaired by Dr. Afsar Khan. The evening session contained the group activities by Dr. S. G. Musharraf and Dr. Sammer Yousuf where the students were provided by different Spectras to solve. It was very interesting and learning session not only for students but for faculty as well.
The two day’s workshop ended by the closing ceremony on 18th April 2014. Prof. Dr. Rehana Rashid presented the event report of the whole event. Later on, Prof. Dr. Abdur Rahman (Chairman/HoD, Deptt. of Chemistry, CIIT Abbottabad) presented closing remarks followed by the chief guest speech Dr. Khan GulJ adoon, Director CIIT Abbottabad.
On behalf of resource persons from ICCBS, Karachi Dr. S. G. Musharraf shared his views about the two day’s workshop. He appreciated the efforts made by the Department of Chemistry in organizing the two day’s event in a very effective way. He also assured collaboration between the two institutes in terms of joint projects, publications, provision of characterization facilities. The ceremony ended in a highly prestigious way by the distribution of shields and certificates among the resource persons from ICCBS Karachi, organizers and participants.