Nanotechnology is the branch of science & technology that deals with the study and manipulation of matter at length scales of the order of several nanometers (up to 100 nm). Nanotechnology is expected to have great impact on our lives. The global research in Nanotechnology is growing rapidly with worldwide government funded research programs spending several billion dollars per year. Industries across the world are willingly investing on nanotechnology and several nanotechnology-enabled products are already in the market. The advances in this area will result in newer technologies and the global market for nanotechnology is expected to reach $50 billion in 2017.
Apart from the technological advancements offered, nanoscience and nanotechnology explores fascinating properties of materials at the reduced dimensions, which seem to have no limit. Several newer ideas and concepts are being understood and there is lot more to understand in terms of the fundamental knowledge in this area.
With a clear realization that the future is going in the nano-enabled direction, several institutions worldwide have initiated courses and programs in this area. It is overwhelming to learn the special initiatives from government of India on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.
In the proposed course on ‘Nanotechnology- From Fundamentals to Practice’ under GIAN, it is planned to organize a one week course on the basics and application of nanotechnology, wherein internationally acclaimed academicians and world-renowned researchers who have pioneered in this area will deliver lectures and discuss various aspects of the field.
The major objectives of the course are as follows:
- To provide a perfect platform for the young researchers from academia and industries to keep them educated about the fundamentals of nanoscience & nanotechnology and the latest developments in this area.
- To provide a practical exposure to nanotechnology-enabled applications revealing the challenges involved.
- To motivate the materials scientists to take up challenging problems in the area of nanotechnology that would have high societal impacts.
The proposed course will cover several topics including Synthesis, characterization and properties of Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, Nanotools, Energy Applications etc. The course will include special tutorial sessions including lab demonstration covering several topics such as materials synthesis, characterization and device applications. The course will discuss materials with a range of dimensionalities (quantum dots, nanowires/nanotubes, 2 dimensional materials, nanocomposites etc.)