Mysore's Nano Centre takes tentative stepsWed, 11 Apr 2012
The Centre for nanotechnology (CNT), set up recently at the National
Institute of Engineering (NIE) in Mysore, has taken up two projects on
nano materials and applications.
CNT is a multidisciplinary research centre for the faculty members of
physics, chemistry and mechanical sciences. The primary objective of
the Centre for Nano-technology is to characterise structural and
mechanical properties of nano materials for various applications
The projects, a Rs 1.86-crore one for ‘Characterisation of composite
materials and application of nano materials for sustainable energy’,
funded by the Nano Mission of the Ministry of Science and Technology,
Government of India, and a Rs 60-lakh project, ‘Development of
CIGS-based nano materials for photovoltaics’, funded by the Vision Group
on Science and Technology (VGST) of Department of Science and
Technology, Government of Karnataka.
A team of experts is working on these projects.
NIE’s Building Fire Research Centre has already done the pilot using
sophisticated equipment like Phenom Scanning Electron Microscope, Atomic
Force Microscope and X-Ray Diffractometer, Spin Coater, Electrochemical
Analyser, Annealing Vacuum Furnace and Wear Test Rig, G L Shekar,
principal, NIE, said here.
Realising nanotechnology’s potential, with it being one of the most
exciting and emerging fields that may lead to new vistas in
technological advances of the century and would bring in myriad
industrial applications, NIE has set up the centre.
Its main focus is on creating infrastructure for research on
fundamental aspects of nanotechnology for students and teachers of
science and engineering, and promoting application-oriented R&D
projects among students.
Besides developing an interdisciplinary culture for study and
research in nano-scale science, engineering and technology, it will
focus on sharing its facilities with other scientists and researchers in
the region and forge linkages, and achieve synergy between the
educational and research institutions, and industry.
With such efforts, CNT proposes to promote international collaborative research.
Applications of nanotechnology deliver both expected and unexpected
ways to benefit the society in many areas. It is considerably helping to
improve and even revolutionise industry and technology sectors like
medicine, food safety, information technology, energy, environmental
science, engineering among others.
Its benefits are rapidly increasing, calling for more study and research in nanotechnology sphere.
Set up with these objectives, Shekar said, the state-of-the-art
centre will be formally inaugurated on April 11 at the institute
Courtesy: Business Standard