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Institute of Nano Science and Technology

Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali
INST Mohali
TypeResearch Institute
EstablishedJanuary 2001
AffiliationDepartment of Science and Technology
ChairmanDipankar Das Sarma (Board of Governors)
DirectorAmitava Patra
Address
Sector – 81, SAS Nagar, Knowledge City, Mohali-140306
,
Mohali
,
Punjab
,
India

30°41′01″N 76°44′11″E / 30.683529°N 76.736489°E / 30.683529; 76.736489
NicknameINST
Websitewww.inst.ac.in

The Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) is an autonomous research institution of Department of Science and Technology (India), under the Society Registration Act, 1960,[1] under the umbrella of national mission on Nano Science and Technology (NANO MISSION)",[2] which aims to promote growth and outreach of nanoscience and technology for the benefit of country.[3] INST has been set up to undertake research and generate products/devices and technology in the area of Nanoscience and Technology.[4] The institute aims to carry out research in the diverse and rapidly growing areas of nanoscience and technology with specific emphasis on the following areas: Agricultural Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Energy and Environmental Science, Quantum Materials and Device Physics, Nano Electronics, Microfluidics Based Technologies, Nanobiotechnology[5]

Organization and administration

The Institute of Nano Science and Technology is managed by a Board of Governors, composed of academicians, researchers and administrators and headed (chairman) by Dipankar Das Sarma of Indian Institute of Science. Founding chairman of the Board of Governors was C. N. R. Rao of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur, Bangalore.[5] INST started its operations from 3 January 2013, under the former directorship of Ashok K Ganguli. After his tenure, from 1 Jan 2018 and 10 March 2020, Hirendra Nath Ghosh took charge as acting director of the institute.[6] Amitava Patra is the newly appointed director, since 11 March 2020. [7]

Campus

The institute has shifted to its new campus at Sector – 81, SAS Nagar, Mohali-140306, Punjab. Under the directorship of Ashok K Ganguli the institute started its operations (administration and research) in this campus. Land for setting up the state of the art laboratories at permanent campus of INST was allotted by Punjab Government. The site is adjacent to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Sector 81, Mohali.[5]

Facilities

INST has a research lab, "Faraday lab" named after British scientist Michael Faraday. The laboratory is equipped with microscope, diffractometer, scattering system, spectrometer, analyzers, surface profiler, electrochemical workstation, fluorometer, calorimeter, rheometer. INST also has a laboratory at Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.[8] Sophisticated electron microscopes like SEM (Scanning electron microscope), TEM(Transmission electron microscope), AFM(Atomic Force microscope) belongs to high cost of bruker's company. Spectroscopies like UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy. Diffractometers like XRD(x-ray diffractometer) and also equipments like Thermogravimetric analysis,Differential Thermogravimetric analysis.

Research

Institute of Nano Science and Technology covers basic research addressing the diverse aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.[9] The major thrust areas which INST intends to explore will be the following: Agricultural nanotechnology, sensors, medical nanotechnology, Quantum materials and device physics, nanotechnology based solutions for energy and environment, nano biotechnology.[10]

Outreach programs

INST organizes a philanthropic program called "School adoption program", launched in May 2015. Under this program, it provides necessary infrastructure, technological information and incentives to government schools in India. The institution also takes part in government programs such as Swach Bharath, Swasth Bharat, and Make in India.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Ministry of Science and Technology. "Societies Registration Act 1860". Department of Science and Technology. FICCI-BISNET. Archived from the original on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ Palkhiwala, Kalpana. "Nano Mission - Towards Global Knowledge Hub". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ Press Information Bureau, Government of India. "Establishment of Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) at Mohali". Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ Nano Mission, Government of India. "Nano Mission". Archived from the original on 7 March 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "INST". Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Prof. Ashok K Ganguli, Director, INST". CSIR-NISCAIR Tube. Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ Institute of Nano Science and Technology. "Institute of Nano Science and Technology". Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ "INST 'S LAB Facilities- FARADAY LAB". Indian Institute Of Nano Science And Technology. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ Director's Message. "INST Director's Message". Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Research Areas". Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ "School Adoption Program". Indian Instiue of Nano Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 23 September 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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