SINP to have India's 3rd Nanotechnology institute in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Oct 13 (UNI) The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics(SINP) will have the country's third Nanotechnology institute in Kolkata to ensure a close cooperation with the industries and surface physics research.

Prof M K Sanyal,head of the institute's surface physics division, informed mediapersons here last evening that SINP, in collaboration with several industries like Exide, Lafarge, Reliance Communications, ITC Ltd and others, would open a dedicated Nanotech research centre called Centre for Nanoscience and Surface Physics (CENSUP).

''The centre will be set up at Rajarhat in the city's eastern fringe. Its main objective will be to create an intensive research environment in characterisation of nanoscale electronic structure, formation of metal and semi-conductor nanocluster films, semi-conductor quantum structures and applications.

''The West Bengal government has given us 25 acres of land at Rajarhat and we will soon start our construction work there,'' he added.

On the applications of Nanotechnology in our day-to-day life, Prof Sanyal, along with delegates from across the world, focussed on bridging the gap between industries and scientists to make use of this science for the betterment of mankind.

''Surface physics has seen a rapid development with the growth of semi-conductor industry and the growth in the demand for miniaturised devices,'' he said adding that the Rs 120 crore institute would promote national and international scientific exchanges in the area of nanophysics.

Nanotechnology is used in the manufacture of polymers based on molecular structure, design of computer chiplayouts. Besides, numerous nanotechnologies such as quantum dots and nanotubes, real commercial applications have mainly used the advantages of colloidal nanoparticles in bulk form, such as suntan lotion, cosmetics , protective coatings, and stain resistant clothing.


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