Research comes alive
Lab West campus physics instructor publishes book on materials and nanotechnology
Gurinder Kaur Ahluwalia has became a first-time author, not because she had aspirations of writing a book, but because the scientific community was eager for more information on the applications of chalcogenides S, Se and Te.
Chalcogenides — derived from the Greek language meaning ‘ sulphur- loving’ for elements that frequently bond to sulphur — are compounds of metals with sulphur (S), selenium (Se) or tellurium (Te).
Ahluwalia is a physics instructor at the College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Labrador West campus, and has established an innovative Materials and Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. Ahluwalia had more than 70 research papers published in various scientific journals before beginning the writing stage for “Applica- tions of Chalcogenides: S, Se and Te.”
The book broadens the reader’s understanding of an exhaustive list of chalcogen-based products used in numerous industrial applications such as data storage devices, and op- tical communication and sensing devices.
She says she was encouraged to write the book following presentations on the subject. Then, Springer Publishing, an American company that focuses on academic journals and books in technology and health sciences sectors, requested she write it. She signed an agreement and started writing in 2014. She released in this past November.
“Time was a challenge for this because it requires a lot of time, effort and concentration in addition to my teaching responsibilities at the college,” she said. “I am lucky that my coworkers at the Labrador West campus are highly supportive of my research activities and come forward willingly to provide any support.”
Originally it was her intent to write the book herself, but because of time constraints other scientists in related fields authored or co-authored some of the chapters. Ahluwalia coauthored the book with seven of her peers from the scientific community, including fellow CNA instructor Ranjan Patro, who teaches physics at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay cam- pus.
Ahluwalia says her book will appeal to a broad audience — from post-secondary students and scientists to anyone working in the physics, chemistry, material technology and information science sectors.
Since the book’s release in November, she has been invited to present the work at numerous conferences around the world — including Romania, Japan, India, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, and here in Canada.
“It’s been good,” she said. “I think the response to the book has been overwhelming. It has been great exposure. Even some of my old colleagues that I had lost contact with for a long time have contacted me.”
The response has been so positive that she may even write another book in the future.
After increased demand from colleagues in the scientific community, Gurinder Kaur Ahluwalia, a physics instructor at the College of the North Atlantic’s Labrador West Campus, published her first book.