Characterization and applications of Nanoparticles
16-20 December, 2008
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About SERC Schools
The Science and
Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Department of Science &
Technology (DST, Government of India) sponsors state-of-the-art courses
in engineering and science for the benefit of faculty of engineering
colleges, engineers working in industry, R & D organizations, and
scientists from government departments in the country. These courses
also offer an opportunity for increasing industry-academia
Aims & Scope
Nanoparticles are the building blocks of nanotechnology and the advances in this important branch of science, crucially depends upon the ability to synthesize these particles, on an industrial scale, in a controlled and reproducible manner. The formation of nanoparticles is a fairly well researched, frontier area in which many chemical engineers work. This has resulted in a whole body of work which is very novel and challenging. Whereas, some apsects of nanoparticles formation and characterization are well understood, there are many issues that are still being investigated. For instance, while the production of spherical nanoparticles is understood reasonably well, the emergence of anisotropy or the possibility of formation of complex (core-shell, tubes) are topics of much work. Such a situation, provides for a very fertile ground for promoting research in this area, especially more so in view of governmental initiatives to promote Nanotechnology as a thrust area of national importance.
From the viewpoint of industrial production,
many insights available that will benefit current and potential
of nanoparticles, especially those with an interest in developing novel
technologies. Many of these insights have to do with engineering
aspects like mixing,
rheology and hydrodynamics
prevailing in systems containing nanoparticles.
What makes nanoparticles interesting, are their unique properties, which are manifestation of nano-domains that constitute these particles. It is this aspect of nanoparticles that allows their use in novel applications, which cannot be catered to by bulk materials.
The aim of this School is to introduce
from academia and industry to the fundamentals of nanoparticle
production/synthesis, characterization techniques, models to describe
physics of the formation processes and current and potential
school will be useful for the participants in their teaching and should
help them in undertaking research in this area. The lectures will be
delivered by experts with several years of experience in the
modeling & simulation, optimization and control of industrially
A bachelor's degree or
higher in Science or Engineering.
Course Content (Click
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Lecture notes and
appropriate reference materials
be provided on CD-ROM and hardcopy.
About the Co-ordinators:
Mehra obtained his B.Tech.in Chemical Engineering from
and a Ph.D. from U.D.C.T. Bombay. He was on the faculty of U.D.C.T. for
years before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at I.I.T.
in 1991. He has been involved in teaching courses on mathematical and
methods, modeling and simulation as well as in reaction engineering and
transport processes. Research interests include
multiphase reactions, precipitations, surfactant systems and
nanoparticle formation. He
currently heads the Chemical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay.
Prof. Rochish Thaokar
obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. After
a post doctral stint at Max Planch Institute for Polymer research,
he joined the department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay as
assistant Professor in 2005. His research intersests include
synthesis, surfactant systems and electrohydrodynamics.
Course dates & Venue
The course dates are
December 16 (Tuesday) to 20 (Saturday),
2008. The venue will be the
Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay. Last
receipt of filled registration forms is November 21, 2008
for industry applicants).
applicants will be informed of the status of their application by
November 24th, 2008.
on campus is
available in the Hostel/Guest House for a
number of participants, with advance intimation. Usually, this will be
provided on a twin sharing basis.
Course Fee and Registration
from Academic Institutions
Twenty five participants from academic institutions will be sponsored by DST. The selections will be made on an all-india basis. Selected participants will be paid AC-III tier railway or State transport bus, round-trip fares by shortest route from/to their place of work. Boarding and lodging expenses will also be borne by DST. The registration form should be sent through the head of the institution and should reach the course coordinator on or before November 21, 2008. A committment fee of Rs 3000 will have to be paid by participants at the time of submitting the registration form. The entire fee amount will be returned to participants at the end of the course. However, this amount will be forfeited as cancellation charges if the participant does not turn up for the course. This fee must be paid by demand draft payable to "Registrar, IIT Bombay (CEP A/C)"
from Industry and R & D Organizations
The course fee is Rs 15,000 for this category. Course fee covers course materials, lunch and tea only and does NOT include accomodation or other boarding charges. Fees must be paid by demand draft payable to "Registrar, IIT Bombay (CEP A/C)". Please mail the registration form along with the demand draft to the course coordinator. There is no deadline for industry applicants.
(It may be noted that
no income tax is to be deducted at
the course fee payments as IIT Bombay is exempted from the same.)
Address all correspondence to
Professors Anurag Mehra/Rochish Thaokar
Department of Chemical Engineering
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076, India
Tel: 022-25767217, 25767200, 25767241
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