Centre for Nano-Science & Nano-Technology
In the current era, nanomaterials play an important role for production of sustainable energy, making our environment cleaner and help in reducing carbon footprint through various processes. Commensurate with the contemporary concerns for expanding the R&D activities in nano-science and nanotechnology, and harnessing the new frontiers of knowledge, the 'Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNSNT)' was established in 2013 at Siksha 'O' Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar. The Department seeks to produce specific and technical manpower necessary for achieving the goal of trained Nanotechnologists. The vision of the department is to provide effective knowledge and skills in multidisciplinary sciences with emphasis upon nanotechnology that will carry out extensive R&D activities, leading to industry ready technical man power.
CNSNT currently considered as one of the budding research wings of S 'O' A, has addressed the challenges towards the development of efficient materials relating to energy, environment and sustainability. The department has a team of highly qualified 7 faculty members, experienced in teaching, and research. A group of 11 research scholars are pursuing research in the area of materials development and device fabrication for tapping solar energy for producing hydrogen energy, conversion of CO2 to fuels and control of environment pollution. The major thrust will be in the area of nanofabrication, guided by requirements of high degree of control at the nano meter scale. In addition, characterization of nanoscale materials in order to fully understand their unique properties is essential. Such structures will be integrated into macro-scale products through hierarchical integration processes. Side by side, powerful and versatile computational facilities are also essential for the proper understanding of the various physical phenomena. Highly efficient manufacturing processes are also envisaged, reducing material consumption and minimizing environment cost for new energy efficient products. Establishment of a viable technology transfer mechanism is therefore a prime concern.
The year 2015-2016 witnessed some important developments in the R&D at the level of nanotechnology research. Three projects such as “Design and development of porous graphene modified metal oxide photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting”; “Development of novel photoanodes by means of integrating transition metal ferrites into graphene analogous materials” and“Fabrication of LDH-GO-Clay hybrid integrated candles for improved purification of domestic water” have been sanctioned by DST, MNRE and DST-WTI respectively. We have published 20 research papers in high quality journals and filed 9 patents. We have conducted 2nd National workshop on “Development of Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Sustainability”during 9-10th May, 2016 where 150 participants attended the workshop and 15 invited/key note speakers have delivered high level talks.