Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Technical Research Centre
Technical Research Centre @ IACS
Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has funded setting up a Technical Research Centre for Molecules and Materials at IACS, under the new initiative announced as a part of Finance Minister’s Budget Speech 2014. The proposed duration of the Centre is 5 years, which operates in a project mode and will be integrated with the mainstream research activity at IACS beyond the project tenure.
The Centre is expected to increase research collaboration in interdisciplinary areas, bringing about an emphasis on experimental research having theoretical foundation, foraying into emerging and frontier areas of quantum materials, advanced materials, nanomaterials, biologically inspired materials, biomaterials, photovoltaic materials, polymeric materials and exploring biological investigations for societal, environmental and therapeutic applications and so on. The Centre has a translational goal of taking basic research findings to industry by developing technology through PPP model.
IACS has years-old tradition and expertise of carrying along strong and unique synergy in research between Chemistry, Physics and Biology with an aim to constantly explore possibilities of applying the research findings to technology development that will be useful for society and mankind. A Technical Research Centre in IACS will indeed be a significant step towards consolidating molecules and materials research and translational work.
The Technical Research Centre at IACS is envisaged to increase research collaboration in the interdisciplinary areas, foraying into new vistas of translational research. As is clear now, the next decades would continue to belong to the materials because all technological innovations will be driven by developing materials and there appears to be a fantastic period ahead when biology, chemistry, physics and technology will meet together to define molecules and materials with new functionalities and properties that could not have been conceived earlier.
Keeping this in mind the TRC in IACS will cover a variety of areas such as nanomaterials, quantum materials, functional polymers and other organic molecules and systems, materials with spintronics applications, strongly correlated electron systems, bio-materials and biology-inspired materials. Under this initiative, we plan to put together several advanced instruments and facilities that would facilitate interdisciplinary research in materials, both in terms of synthesis of materials and investigation of their properties and functionalities, with the translational goal of developing applications and technologies based on such molecules and materials.
Latest News & Updates
— Technology Transfer
1. Professor Pradyut Ghosh has signed initially a MOU with Environmental research group, R&D, Tata Steel on removal of cyanide and chloride from steel industry waste water to mitigate the wastewater pollutants, reduce water consumption and maintain sustainable recycling process. The cage complex receptor (active ingredient) is capable of complexing 70-80% free cyanide in steel wastewater within 10 minutes. This particular molecular capsule has been made in large scale and delivered to TATA Steel Ltd. for removal of toxic elements from water.
2. A rubber based power source has been developed by Professor Somobrata Acharya at IACS for smart batteries of car industries. The technology has been transferred to and patented with Continental Germany for further development and commercialization.
— Project Funded
1. Unilever Pvt. Ltd. has funded a project to Professor Amitava Patra entitled “Antibacterial and photocatalytic properties of ZnO-9-aminoacridine hydrochloride hydrate drug nanoconjugates”.
2. Unilever Pvt. Ltd. has also funded a project to Professor Suhrit Ghosh entitled “Polymer-surfactant complex by Donor (D)-Acceptor (A) charge transfer (CT) interaction”.
3. Tata Steel Ltd. has funded a project to Professor Pradyut Ghosh entitled “Large scale production of cage compound for free cyanide trapping”.
4. Tata Steel Ltd. has also funded a project to Professor Tapas Chakraborty entitled “OH radical treatment for removal of the colorants in the coke plant effluent water”.
5. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has funded a start-up project entitled “Management of crop diseases via drone assisted detection of pheromones and kairomones in a cotton farming land” under the leadership of Professor Santanu Bhattacharya through their Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) program.
— NDA Signed
Non-Disclosure Agreements have been signed with some of the leading industries like –
2. GK Machineries and Robotics Pvt. Ltd.