Nanotechnology research in India

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

A photo of Ajay Sood and Arthur Carty shaking hands.Nanotechnology is an identified priority area for Canada-India collaboration (as identified by the Canada-India Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee). The two countries have invested in relationship building activities, including:

  • Robust and cost effective on-silicon thin films
  • Bioparticle transport in nano-channels
  • Multifunctional self-contained sensors for harsh environments
  • Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) devices

A demonstration of a machine in IIT-Bombay.Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) has established strong agreements with three of India's top institutions and are actively funding researcher and student exchanges through a matching program between WIN and India's Nano Mission.

The projects are:

  • Nanoparticles for Targeted Cancer Therapy - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  • Patterning of Biomolecules for Biosensing - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISC)
  • New Material Moisture Barriers for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED) - IITB
  • Polymer-based Electronic Windows - IITB
  • Smart Tattoo Glucose Sensors - IITB
  • Localization of Analytes for Enhanced Bio-detection - IITB
  • Polymer Waveguides and Micro-fluidic Channels - IITB
  • Carbon Field Emission Sources for X-Ray Generation - Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and IISC

WIN also has a strong relationship with Bigtec labs of India. Bigtec is an Indian microfluidics company that has developed a line of lab-on-a-chip portable diagnostic devices for several diseases including Hepatitis B and Malaria. They are looking to set up an office in Waterloo to be closer to WIN researchers.

A demonstration at JNCASR.India is a strategic partner for Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology led two delegation to India (2008 and 2009) to cultivate research projects with three top institutes and kick-start an exchange program.

Building on three years of interaction with the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai (IIT-Bombay), WIN co-organized a two day workshop to identify research collaborations. The delegates (Arthur Carty, Alain Francq, Frank Gu, Simarjeet Saini, Andrei Sazanov and John Yeow) met with key researchers and toured various labs and facilities.A photo of Dr Yeow and Dr Rao. ticipants quickly identified complementary expertise and developed one-page abstracts with the idea of funding immediate exchanges to kick-start the projects.

Several of the delegates travelled on to Bangalore to visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research (JNCASR) and Dr C.N.R. Rao who not only expressed interest in JNCASR to partner with WIN, but personally will become involved in a research project with WIN member John Yeow. The delegation tour the very impressive facilities, including their new $10 million titan microscope facility and meet top students from around the world working at JNCASR.

The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (IISc) was the last stop on the mission. The delegation reconnected with Professors who were part of the 2006 India-Ontario Nanotechnology workshop hosted at Waterloo. A number of projects where rekindled and new ones created with Prof’s Sampath and Chen, Soon and Yeow.

A group photo of WIN delegates at IIT-Bombay. A screenshot of the Waterloo -IITB Partnership PDF file.

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