India Network Foundation Announces Research Travel Grant to Ms. Amrita Kaurwar, IIT, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

India Network Foundation is pleased to announce research travel grant to Ms. Amrita Kaurwar, a Ph. D student at the India Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Ms. Kaurwar will be using the grant funds to present  (co-authored with other colleagues) entitled “Functional Demarcation of Traditional Off-White Colored Water Pots Manufactured from Rajasthan Clayey Soils and Red Colored Water Pots from Gujarat Clayey Soils Using Spectrographic, Cooling and Strength Studies—A Case Study from Jodhpur, Rajasthan”.

The India Network Foundation travel grant is made possible by members and their participation in the Visitor Health Insurance program sponsored by the India Network Foundation. The travel grant is often awarded to a young upcoming scholar from India (any University/Institute) whose scientific research meets or exceeds the expectation of programs chairs of national and international conferences held in the United States.

According to Ms. Kaurwar team, “Off-white water pots have sustained traditional acceptance through ages in Jodhpur compared to red colored water pots imported from Gujarat. Both the pots hold 20 liters of potable water. The fluorescence spectroscopy reveals dominance of silica, alumina and iron oxide in red pots from Gujarat and whereas off-white of Rajasthan are also appended with a hint of excess CaO and MgO. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study reveals a firing temperature of 800 degrees C for off-white pots comparatively less than those for red pots. Less percent of Fe2O3 and excess of MgO in off-white compared to red water pot are responsible for the color differentiation. Off-white pots showcased better degree of cooling compared to red pots. Better resistance to load was observed in off-white pots compared to red pots. This study may imply influence of hidden techno-functional aspects towards sustainability of off-white pots in Jodhpur”. Full paper will be posted to India Network Foundation web site at after finalizing the paper.

Professor KV Rao, President, India Network Foundation congratulated Ms. Kaurwar for working on such a localized research with far reaching implications for rural masses engaged in the manufacture of pots with natural cooling capacity. Mr. Kaurwar and her team will be presenting her research at the Materials Research Society Conference to be held in Boston, MA from November 27- Dec 2, 2016.

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