Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence will be soon set up by the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) Mysore on its premises. The institute has received a grant of `1.86 crore for a research project on Nanotechnology from Nano Mission attached to the Ministry of Science and Technology. NIE principal G L Shekar as principal investigator and department of mechanical engineering professors B K Sridhara and L Krishnamurthy as co-investigators will form the research team. Nanotechnology is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally nanotechnology deals with structures sized between 1 to 100 nanometer in at least one dimension, and involve developing materials or devices within that size.
The objective of the proposed centre is to create infrastructure for research on fundamental aspects of nanotechnology, promote application-oriented R & D projects among students and develop interdisciplinary culture for research in nano-scale science, engineering and technology. The Centre will also focus on development of products and processes especially in materials development. The advisory committee for the Centre comprises of G U Kulkarni, chairman, chemistry and physics of materials unit & DST Unit on nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Dr K S S Murthy, professor-Emeritus, national facility for semi-solid forming, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.