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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean‐Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard (Ben) L. Feringa for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. They have developed molecules and machines with controllable movements which can perform work when energy is supplied to them. We hope that these tiny molecular machines will most likely revolutionize the development of various new materials and technologies in the twenty first century, in a manner similar to the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century brought about by their macroscopic counterparts such as steam and internal combustion engines.

In living organisms, nature has produced a fascinating inventory of linear and rotary molecular machines. One set of the remarkable natural linear molecular machines are motor proteins that transport materials such as cargos and vesicles inside cells. Another remarkable natural rotary molecular machine is ATP Synthase that synthesizes ATP using proton gradient as the energy source.  Other important examples of natural molecular machines are ribosomes that synthesize proteins, DNA helicase which locally unzips double stranded DNA and RNA polymerase that synthesize messenger RNA using a single-stranded DNA as the template and Na-K pump that transports ions across the cell membrane. These natural biological molecular machines perform their function with remarkable efficiency and accuracy.

Thus, these fascinating biological machines can serve as guide for scientists to conceptualize, design and fabricate artificial molecular machines. We hope that this conference would provide a common platform for discussion and sharing of ideas to researchers who are working in the areas of natural and artificial molecular machines.

List of Technical Sessions:

  1. Experimental studies of natural molecular machines
  2. Theoretical studies of natural molecular machines
  3. Computational studies of natural molecular machines
  4. Design of natural and artificial molecular machines
  5. Synthesis of artificial molecular machines
  6. Experimental studies of artificial molecular machines
  7. Comparative studies of artificial and natural molecular machines
  8. Tracks for natural molecular machines

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Ambarish Kunwar

IIT Bombay


Roop Mallik

TIFR Mumbai

Krishanu Ray

TIFR Mumbai

Sandhya Koushika

TIFR Mumbai

Invited Keynote Speakers

Debashish Chowdhury

IIT Kanpur


Steven Gross

UC Irvine


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Invited Speakers

Nicolas Giuseppone

Institute Charles Sadron


Pance Naumov

NYU Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Rasmita Raval

University of Liverpool


Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan

University of Minnesota


Zhisong Wang

NUS Singapore


Carlos Castro

The Ohio State University


Ranjith Padinhateeri

IIT Bombay


Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan

IISC, Bangalore


Hiroyuki Asanuma

Nagoya University


Sandhya P Koushika

TIFR, Mumbai


Jing Xu

UC Merced


Pintu Kumar Kundu

SRM University


G. Andrew Woolley

University of Toronto


Kiran Kondabagil

IIT Bombay


Gwenael Rapenne

Paul Sabatier University


Friedrich Simmel

Technical University of Munich


Ron Naaman

Weizmann Institute of Science


Andrej Vilfan

  J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana


Krishanu Ray

  TIFR, Mumbai


Roop Malik

  TIFR, Mumbai


Dulal Panda

IIT Bombay


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