On the 21st of February 2017, Ré held its Funding ceremony at the seminar hall in the presence of all the student researchers with their respective mentors. Around 14 projects were funded during the last intake and the number of projects has risen up to 25. Funds are essential for a project’s success and the deserving projects were funded by Ré.
The presidential address was given by Arun Kumar (Co-founder of Ré). He explained that a project turns out to be the best one only when it has a strong social impact. Later, the funds were delivered to the respective teams by Arun Kumar and Harish Sundar.
Currently, only the first phase of the funding has been completed. The researchers can request for a review in case if they are further in need of funds. Following this, the guidelines to fill up the annexure forms was explained by Saainath (Team Lead of Funding). Later, the annexure forms were re-checked by the researchers and their respective guides. The progress tracker has been mailed to the researchers in order to check the status of their projects. With the feedback from the mentors, the ceremony concluded.
Ré will continue to constantly support worthy projects, look out for unidentified talents and at the same time work towards the betterment of the society and eventually the world.
MEET THE CYBORG PLANTS
The concept of “Green technology” and “Green energy” got a lot more literal as the scientists and researchers had introduced the concept of turning the living roses into electronic circuits which were termed as Cyborg Flowers. These flowers could sense and even display the changes happening in the environment where the regulation of crop’s growth can even be made at the flick of a switch. Even the plant based fuel cells can help to create electricity by the use of photosynthetic sugars.
Initially the Scientists and the Researchers introduced PEDOT-S which is a synthetic polymer into the stem of the rose. Using the vascular system of the xylem present in the rose, the plant sucks up the polymer. Once the polymer is completely absorbed by the plant and arranges itself inside the xylem, the polymer will self-assemble itself in a shape of a wire which is used to conduct electrical signals even in the account of the flow of water and nutrients moving around. These wires with the property of naturally occurring electrolytes are then connected to the plant’s tissue which creates an electrochemical transistor and a digital logic gate which is the basic component of a computer system.
The Scientists also introduced one of the variants of PEDOT-S into the leaves of the plant which finally forms pixels. These pixels are a group of electrochemical cells separated by the veins of the leaves. When an input voltage is supplied, these pixels will change its color like a display. An advanced version of Cyborg plant is the power plants where the sensors can be placed inside the plants. The energy created by the process of chlorophyll will produce green antennas or even produce new materials.
Hence, with the help of the Cyborg plants one can envisage a number of advancements such as regulation and precision recording of physiology, through photosynthesis energy harvesting could be made and alternatives for genetic modification for the optimization of plants.