Nanotechnology Program


The Nanotechnology program at the Centre for Advanced Studies was started in 2018 to rightfully establish and pursue the interdisciplinary nature of the Centre carrying out research across several disciplines with a focus on nanoscale systems. Current research topics include, but are not limited to nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, nanomaterials and devices, photonics, nano-biotechnology, solar cells and computational nano-engineering. The program offers PhD and M.Tech courses (18 seats with scholarship as per MHRD rules) having an intake of candidates with a background in most of the engineering as well as science fields. The program is assisted by strong infrastructural support and skilled faculty and staff. The syllabus and the curriculum have been designed by international-level experts to cater not only to the research interest of the student but to make them industry-ready as well. The nanotechnology program has academic MoU and collaborations with institutes of National and International importance all across the country thus providing a chance for the candidates to get exposure to the highest quality of research and industrial work during their internships and projects.
The campus itself is high-tech with all modern facilities such as high-speed Wi-Fi and a centrally air-conditioned campus and having a Digital Library with access to all the major national and international science and engineering books and journals.

Why Nanotechnology?
1. Nanotechnology is in growing phase in India and offers huge potential for the students in the coming years.
2. It is a highly interdisciplinary field and student from diverse backgrounds can take up this course
3. Nanotechnology has wide scope in research for students looking for career opportunities in academics
4. Nanotechnology program has state-of-the art labs that gives hands on experience to the students
5. Nanotechnology program has collaborations with reputed institutions like IISc, IITs, etc. where students can gain exposure by working in diverse areas during their study
6. Grants like contingency, attending conference, and paper publication assistance to the students.

Courses Offered : The Nanotechnology Program offers M.Tech and PhD courses in Nanotechnology. GATE/Non-GATE candidates can apply online for admission to M.Tech Nanotechnology program. GATE qualified candidates will be eligible for a monthly stipend as per AICTE/MHRD/University rules.

M.Tech Nanotechnology



Labs and Equipments

1. Materials Chemistry and Synthesis Laboratory

A state of the art Materials Chemistry and Synthesis Laboratory is set up at Centre for Advanced Studies, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow equipped with all the basic and modern infrastructural facilities for enabling academic and research driven activities in the area of material synthesis with emphasis on nanomaterial preparation and its varied applications
Objectives
• Synthesis of a variety of nanomaterials for nanocomposites, gas sensing and other applications
• To familiarize the students about the high-end facilities used in materials research
• Encouraging students to publish research articles, file patents and promote good lab practices
• Promoting collaborations with researchers/faculties and encouraging students for internships

Highlights
• High temperature muffle and tubular furnaces for preparation and heat treatment of materials
• DI water plant (Millipore) of electronic grade water for wafer cleaning and synthesis purposes
• Heating mantle, as a heating source for the glasswares
• A centrifuge for separating various components of a reaction mixture
• Magnetic Stirrers with magnetic teflon beads of varying sizes
• A bath ultrasonic processor (Labman Scientific Instruments, frequency of 40kHz±50 Hz)
• A high precision analytical balance for accurate measurement of chemicals
• Fume hood facility for the escape of fumes, gases or vapours of hazardous chemicals/reaction
• Hot air oven and vacuum oven for drying purposes
• Spot extractors installed for easy exit of fumes at the working bench
A fire and blast proof cupboard for hazardous chemical storage

Research Areas
Synthesis of nanomaterials by bottom-up approach for nanocomposites, gas sensing, electrode materials for batteries and supercapacitors, polymer foams, etc.,


2. Dr Piyush Jaiswal Micro and Nano Characterization Facility

Dr Piyush Jaiswal Micro and Nano Characterization facility (an ISO class 7 cleanroom facility to accommodate the latest industry standards) plans to offer a wide variety of ultra- low dimensional material and device characterization services enabled by the presence of highest grade and quality of characterization. This facility, MNF focused to carry out multi-scale, multi property characterization of materials important for conducting cutting edge research and innovation by the Post-Graduate and Doctoral students. Also, it gives a broad understanding of common materials related to engineering applications with an emphasis on the fundamentals of structure-property-application relationships. The main focus of this lab is on development and experimental characterization of active materials, smart composites & devices. The scholars can build their understanding to deal with the different characterization equipment and technique. The future plan of this facility to enable it with several equipments held under a single roof with experienced staff so that we can be able to offer a better characterization facility to the academia and industry.
Objectives:
• The lab envisages to work in basic and applied research including new and composite material development of low cost and high strength.
• This facility helps in analyzing the size and morphology of microscopic specimens giving valuable information about the material and device.
• The facility provides a platform to enhance human resource, especially Post-Graduate and Doctoral students, in the field of material characterization for new product development.
• Collaborate with national and international research institutions to develop new solutions for industry and society based on low cost efficient material.

Highlights:
Electrochemical Workstation (Autolab) - This instrument is used for carrying out electrochemical energy storage, heavy metal ion detection, and catalysis related researches. Application areas include battery, supercapacitors, corrosion, etc.
Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) with EDAX module (Gemini SEM 300) - Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope is used to analyse surface morphology of materials, particles and fibres. The equipment is highly useful for viewing the shape, size, texture and elemental composition of materials at micro and nano scale those that cannot be observed by the unaided eye. EDAX module with FESEM measures weight percentage of elemental composition of the sample.
BET Measurement (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller) (Belsorp) - This system is used for measurement of specific surface area, pore size distribution, vapor adsorption and chemisorption of porous micro and nano materials
Impedance Analyser (Keysight) - Characterization of fuel cells, photovoltaic cells, batteries and other electrochemical devices can be done with this instrument. It measures the electrical impedance in materials, electrical circuits

3. Nanofabrication Facility

Nanofabrication facility is the basic building block of the nanotechnology. This state of art is set up under the Nanotechnology program at Centre for Advanced Studies, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow. The facility is housed in an ISO class 7 cleanroom to accommodate the latest industry standards. Nanofabrication facilities are used to fabricate various types of micro/nano scale materials, devices, and systems. The nanofabrication technology is widely utilized to develop high performance, low maintenance, and efficient devices and systems for industrial applications. The facility is planned to provide maximum flexibility for its users, with capabilities to pattern a variety of materials over a wide range of size scales from 10 nanometers to 10 millimeters. This facility allows the scholars from post-graduate and doctoral program to process of thin films, nanomaterial and fabrication of raw material for different applications like nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS devices, sensors & actuators.
Objectives:
• To fabricate micro/nano size functional materials (Ex. Quantum dots and graphene etc.) and devices (Ex. Micromixers and micropumps etc.) with specific electrical, physical, and optical properties.
• To utilize thin film deposition and chemical etching technique for the fabrication of nanostructures and devices.
• To characterize the fabricated nanomaterials and devices to understand their morphological, optical, electrical, and physical properties.
• To utilize the assembled nanodevices to form various systems for industrial usage (Ex. Gas sensors, electronic devices etc.).

Highlights:
• Lithography based patterning
• Thin film deposition facility
• Etching operations for nanoscale fabrication
• In-line characterization of the devices and its prototypes
• Capability of handling 100 mm (4 inch) silicon wafers

Resources
Modern Classrooms
Established Laboratory Facilities
Digital Library
Centrally Air-conditioned department with connectivity through stairs and lifts

Faculty Details

Dr A.V. Ullas

(Assistant Professor)
(PhD Delhi Technological University)

Dr A.V.Ullas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nanoscience and Technology at the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) AKTU, Lucknow. Before this, he was working as an Assistant Professor for two years in the Department of Plastics Engineering at CIPET: IPT Lucknow. Dr A.V.Ullas has obtained his PhD degree in December 2018 in Applied Chemistry and specializes in polymers. He has published 7 research articles in journals of repute. He is a life member of the Academy of Microscope Science and Technology.

Dr Chandresh Kumar Rastogi

(Assistant Professor)
(PhD IIT Kanpur)

Dr. Rastogi received M. Sc. in Physics and earned M. Tech. and Ph. D. in Materials Science from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT K). He acquired more than 10 years of research experience while working in the field of development of light emitting materials for photonic applications. His area of interest includes synthesis and characterizations of fluorescent nanomaterials for solid state lighting (LEDs and displays), energy harvesting, photonic, security and bio-medical applications. During Ph. D. and post-doctoral tenure, he got opportunity to work at different national and international laboratories such as KEK Photon Factory (Tsukuba, Japan), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Mumbai), Prof. Mitchell A Winnik’s group (University of Toronto, Canada), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai), Homi Bhabha National Institute (Mumbai). During Ph.D. at IIT Kanpur, he has developed a variety of red, green, blue and white light emitting phosphors for general lighting applications. At BARC Mumbai, he established the protocol for the fabrication of blue light emitting electroluminescent displays.... In Mitch Winnik’s group at Canada, he has optimized the synthesis method to prepare high quality nanocrystals of NaLnF4 (Ln = Y, Nd, Eu, Sm, and Ho) for mass cytometry applications. He has been awarded with various fellowships and awards such as GATE-2007 and GATE-2009,CSIR-UGC NET, senior research fellowship (MHRD), National Post-doctoral Fellowship-NPDF (SERB, DST), best poster award in an international conference. He is a lifetime member of Society of Materials Chemistry (SMC) and Luminescence Society of India (LSI). His research findings has been published in reputed journals of American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and Elsevier. He has a total of 14 publications in Q1 ranked journals. He has also authored two book chapters in books published by Taylor and Francis and Springer Nature.

Dr Biswajit Mandal

(Assistant Professor)
(PhD IIT Indore)

Dr. Biswajit Mandal received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India, in 2012 and Master of Engineering degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering with a specialization in Digital System and Instrumentation from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, India, in 2015. He has completed his Ph.D. degree under Visvesvaraya PhD scheme funded by MeitY, in the department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Simrol, India, in 2020. He has co-authored 3 published Indian patents, authored/co-authored 12 research papers in SCI indexed journals, and authored/co-authored 6 conference papers in reputed journals. He also attended more than 10 international conferences where he has presented his work either in poster or oral mode. He is actively engaged in the research for the development of highly selective gas/VOC sensors for air quality monitoring, readout circuits based portable gas sensor development, and prototype development for bio-electronics application


Staff:
1. Ms Monika Singh, Junior Research Engineer
PhD:
1. Pradipta Narayan Bose
2. Vipul Vaibhav Mishra
3. Mukul Saxena

Student List


Research Areas

Research Areas: Synthesis of nanomaterials using sol gel, hydrothermal, microwave assisted heating for a variety of applications including gas sensing, super capacitors, structural, defence related applications, nanocomposites preparation, etc.

S. No.

Name of the Faculty / Email- ID

Area of Specialization

1

Dr. Anuj Kumar Sharma
anujksharma@cas.res.in
Soft robotics, Bio Inspired robotics, Metal cutting operations, Electrical discharge machining, Machining tribology, MQL Machining, Nano-cutting fluids, Thermocouples for machining

2

Dr. A.V. Ullas
avullas@cas.res.in
Polymer nanocomposites, Antimicrobial packaging materials, Energy absorbing materials for advanced applications, etc.

3

Dr. Chandresh Kumar Rastogi

chandresh@cas.res.in

Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, materials for energy conversion and storage applications, light emitting nanomaterials and related applications.

4

Dr Biswajit Mandal

biswajit@cas.res.in

Nanomaterial synthesis, Gas/VOC sensors, Bio-chemical sensors, Readout circuits, Prototype development