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Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices

Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices (IUCND) at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is an inter-university research centre formed by the government of Kerala. The centre is established with a view to provide state of the art infrastructure to support research and development in the domain of nanotechnology and also provide a platform for collaborative research involving academia and industry. Currently about 25 faculty members of various departments of the university associate with the centre to support the academic and research activities of the centre and more expertise will be added through visiting fellow programme. This multidisciplinary platform is expected to promote research towards scalable technologies in the emerging areas of Energy, Communication, Environment and Medicine. By engaging researchers and postgraduate students in its academic outreach programmes such as specialised elective courses, workshops, seminars and internship programmes a new generation of innovators with multidisciplinary talents will be produced. This trained manpower is essential to convert our state and the country a leader in the creation of cheaper and useful technology in energy production, medicine and environmental management. A roadmap for elevating the centre as a design and fabrication centre for nano and micro electromechanical devices, nano-chips and sensor arrays for diagnostic applications and thin film transistors and photovoltaics devices exists which require addition of clean rooms, fabrication facilities such as lithography systems and high resolution electron microscopes. Besides material science it also propose to create a centre of excellence in the development of economically viable therapeutic platforms integrating nanomaterials and medicine for the treatment of cancer and other ailments affecting third world population. An integrated facility with animal houses, tissue culture and toxicology research meeting all the required biosafety and ethical guidelines is also proposed. Currently the centre has expertise in the synthesis of functional nanomaterials for application in the thrust areas. Characterisation facility includes an X-ray diffractometer and Atomic force microscope and other spectrometers.

Objectives of the centre

The centre aims to provide researchers within and outside the university, an interdisciplinary platform for research and development in nanotechnology leading to cost effective technology in Energy, Communication, Environment and Medicine. The centre has identified following areas of research as thrust areas where nanomaterials and nano-technology can have a pronounced impact

  • Energy : Development of efficient renewable energy harvesting technologies through nanotechnology

  • Communication technology: Development of photonic materials and thin film transistors (TFT)

  • Environment: New materials and methods for keeping the environment clean with a focus on clean air and clean water for all

  • Medicine: Development of nanomaterials for treatment and early detection of diseases

Governing council

  1. Chief Minister of Kerala (Chairman)
    1(a). Minister for Education (Vice Chairman)
  2. One MLA
  3. Vice Chancellor of CUSAT (Convener)
  4. Two experts in Nanomaterials (Nominated by VC, CUSAT)
    • Vice Chancellor of University of Kerala
    • Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University
    • Vice Chancellor of Calicut University
    • Vice Chancellor of Kannur University
  5. One of the deans of the CUSAT who shall be a member of the syndicate as nominated by the VC
  6. One teacher from host University suggested by Hon.Director, IUCND
  7. One nominee of the government from industry
  8. Secretary (Finance) or his nominee of the rank not below Joint Secretary
  9. Secretary (Higher Education) or his nominee of the rank not below Joint Secretary
  10. Director IUCND (Member Secretary)

From the above, the nominees of the Vice Chancellor of CUSAT are as follows:

Two experts in nanomaterials, (Nominated by VC, CUSAT):

  • 1. Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, (Director)

    CSIR – (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram

    director@niist.res.in, ajayaghosh@niist.res.in

  • 2. Dr. Vijayamohanan K Pillai, (Director)

    CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute [CECRI],

    Karaikudi – 630003, TamilNadu, India.

    director@cecri.res.in,

Dean, member of Syndicate, CUSAT:

  • 1. Dr. Prathapachandra Kurup, (Dean)

    Faculty of Science, CUSAT

One teacher from the host University:

  • 1. Dr. M K Jayaraj, (Professor)

    Dept. of Physics, CUSAT

    mkj@cusat.ac.in, jayaraj.mk@gmail.com

One nominee of the government from industry:

  • 1. Dr. P Narayanan, (Deputy General Manager)

    Quality Control and Research, Indian Rare Earth Ltd. (IREL) Udyogamandal-683501

Executive Committee

  1. The Vice Chancellor (Chairman)
  2. The Dean who is a member of the governing Council
  3. Director of the Centre (Convener)
  4. A University Professor/Associate Professor from CUSAT
    • Dr. Manoj. N
    • Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, CUSAT
  5. Two external experts with post-doctoral research experience in the relevant field.
    • Dr. Kuruvilla Joseph
    • Professor and Dean, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiyamala P.O., Thiruvananthapuram

      kuruvilla@iist.ac.in, kjoseph.iist@gmail.com

    • Dr. P. S. Anil Kumar
    • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

      anil@physics.iisc.ernet.in

Academic Committee

  1. The Vice Chancellor (Chairman)
  2. Director of the Center (Convener)
  3. Professors/ Associate Professors from the relevant field (from the host University)
    • Dr. Pramod Gopinath
    • Professor, International School of Photonics, CUSAT
    • Dr. Sarita G Bhat
    • Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, CUSAT
    • Dr. Sailaja G S
    • Associate Professor, Dept. of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, CUSAT
  4. Professors/ Associate Professors from the relevant field (from other Universities)
    • Prof. Sabu Thomas
    • Professor, School of Chemical Sciences
    • Hon: Director, International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
    • Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills P. O., Kottayam, Kerala, India-686 560
    • sabupolymer@yahoo.com, sabuthomas@mgu.ac.in

    • Dr. H. K. Varma
    • Head, Bmt Wing & Scientist-in-Charge
    • SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram
    • varma@sctimst.ac.in

    • Dr. Manzoor K
    • Professor, Nanosciences
    • Center for Nanosciences, ACNSMM, Kochi
    • manzoork@aims.amrita.edu

    • Dr. K. G. Sreejalekshmi
    • Associate Professor
    • Dept. of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology,
    • Valiyamala, P.O., Trivandrum - 695 547
    • sreeja@iist.ac.in

    • Dr. Reji Philip
    • Professor, Raman Research Institute
    • Bangalore, India – 560080
    • reji@rri.res.in

Apex Committee

  1. Dr. Honey John, Hon. Director, IUCND
  2. Dr. M K Jayaraj, Dept. of Physics
  3. Dr. Manoj N, Dept. of Applied Chemistry
  4. Dr. Pramod Gopinath, International School of Photonics
  5. Dr. Sarita G Bhat, Dept. of Biotechnology
  6. Dr. Anandan C K, Dept. of Electronics

Project Implementation Group

  1. Dr. Honey John, Hon. Director, IUCND [Chairperson]
  2. Dr. M K Jayaraj, Dept. of Physics [Member]
  3. Dr. Anandan C K, Dept. of Electronics [Member]
  4. Dr. S Prathapan, Dept. of Applied Chemistry [Member]
  5. Dr. Manoj N, Dept. of Applied Chemistry [Member]
  6. Dr. Pramod Gopinath, International School of Photonics [Member]
  7. Dr. Saji K J, International School of Photonics [Member]
  8. Dr. Priya Rose T, International School of Photonics [Member]
  9. Dr. Sarita G Bhat, Dept. of Biotechnology [Member]
  10. Dr. Ajith Vengellur, Dept. of Biotechnology [Member]
  11. Dr. Thomas Kurian, Dept. of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology [Member]
  12. Dr. Sailaja G S, Dept. of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology [Member]
  13. Dr. Jayalatha Gopalakrishnan, Dept. of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology [Member]
  14. Dr. K Rajeev Kumar, Dept. of Instrumentation[Member]
  15. Dr. Senoy Thomas, Dept. of Physics [Member]
  16. Dr. Susmitha De, Dept. of Applied Chemistry [Member]
  17. Dr. Sebastian Nybin Remello, Dept. of Applied Chemistry [Member]
  18. Dr. Asha A. S, Dept. of Physics [Member]
  19. Dr. Anoop K.K, Dept. of Physics [Member]
  20. Dr. Baby Chakrapani P. S, Dept. of Biotechnology [Member]
  21. Dr. Anjali Paravannoor, IUCND, [Member]
  22. Dr. Kavitha M. K, Centre for Advanced Materials [Member]
  23. Dr. P M Aswathy, Centre for Advanced Materials [Member]
  24. Dr. Rehana P Ummer, International School of Photonics [Member]
Special Expert member:
  • Dr. M R Anantharaman, Former Hon. Director, IUCND
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    Special Invitees:
  • Dr. Rani Joseph, Emeritus Professor, PS&RT
  • Dr. C P Reghunadhan Nair, Emeritus Professor, PS&RT
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