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Focused Research Areas

Development of Nanofilters for Water Purification and Removal of VOC Using Supported Nanoparticles

Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India.

Nanostructured Materials & Nanomagnetism

A core group of reseachers with a broad range of experitise, involving over three departments has been formed to work on fabrication and application of Magnetic Thin Films and Heterostructures to develop high density magnetic storage devices and other Nanostructured Materials for a wide variety of applications.

Advanced Drug Synthesis, Drug Delivery & Controlled Release Systems

A dynamic team of researchers work on synthesis of site specific drugs for various ailments along with a effective drug delivery system based on Nanotechnology for effective delivery. Controlled drug release based on polymer micro-nano beads are also focus of the team's research.

Nanomaterials for Sensor Applications

Nanomaterials based sensors are being developed. The specific area of sensors are intended for medical, biological and environmental applications. The staffs at the center are working on developing size specific nanomaterials such as iron oxide, silica, and polymer based nanoparticles.

Nanotoxicology

It is a major thrust area of research at the centre. Specific focus is on toxicology of nanoparticles involving studies on genotoxicity, acute toxicity studies, organ specific toxicity etc.

Vacancies

Positions for MS-PhD and PhD are open.

Product Development

Water Filter Model

Water Filter Model

The figure describes a device with novel four stage filtration assembly.
  • The first stage is the filtration of the sediments
  • The second stage is the filtration of the Heavy Metals
  • The third stage is the treatment and removal of Organic contaminants
  • The fourth stage is the treament of microbial contaminants
Organic Trap (Ceramic)

Organic Trap (Ceramic)

The organic stage is a ceramic filter doped with various metal and carbon nanostructures with ultra high surface volume ratio which helps in the absorption of organic contaminants The filer has been tested to be efficient in the removal of various halogenated hydrocarbons, aromatic compounds such as
  • Trichloro ethylene
  • Dichloro ethane
  • Xylene
  • Toulene etc.
Microbial Stage (Membrane)

Microbial Stage (Membrane)

The microbial filtration stage has been divided into two models. One of them made from a polymer membrane while the other from ceramic filters. The polymer membrane is made from a matrix of silver nanoparticle immobilized polysulfone. Both the filters have been successfully tested against pathogens such as
  • Salmonella Sp.
  • Dichloro ethane
  • Klebsiella Sp.
  • Shigella Sp. and other ATCC strains
Microbial Stage (Ceramic)

Microbial Stage (Ceramic)

The ceramic filter for the microbial stage has been developed as a cost effective model for the filtration setup mentioned earlier. This model is facilitated by the use of silver nanoparticles in commercially available ceramics.