Centre for Nano Technology
Prof. K.D.Sen (2007-08)
Prof. S.N.Kaul (2008-11, 2012-14)
Prof. V S S Sastry (2011-12)
Prof. M. Ghanashyam Krishna (2014 – to date)
Prof. S.V.S. Nageswara Rao (2017 – to date)
Prof. S. Srinath
Prof. A. Rajanikanth
Prof. T. Jana
Prof. K. Muraleedharan
Prof. G. Ravi Kumar
Prof. Nooruddin Khan
Prof. Dibakar Das
Prof. R. Koteswara Rao
About the Centre
In a conscious effort to support research activities in a critical area, the University established the Centre for Nanotechnology in 2007 with funding from a project sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI as well as its own resources. The micro/nano fabrication facility, Transmission Electron Microscope, Physical Property measurement systems and Nuclear Magnetic resonance Spectrometer were established during this phase. The University funded the construction of the building and purchase of equipment such as the Scanning Near field optical microscope and SQUID magnetometer. The broad areas of research are
- Metallic, Inorganic and Organic Nano Materials and Devices
- Nano Biomaterials and Devices
- Sensor Devices for Security, Healthcare, and Environmental applications
- Drug Delivery , Gene Therapy and Diagnostic Tools
- Nano-electronic devices
The University as part of the XII plan took a decision to support all research activities of the Centre for Nanotechnology from its own resources. This decision was taken to ensure that (i) the benefits of the facilities would be available to all University members and are not restricted to faculty members who were investigators in the DST project and (ii) the large investments made in setting up the Centre and equipping it are academically productive. As a result, many other faculty members belonging to different academic units related to Science and Engineering have become regular users of the facilities set up at the Centre. Many of these faculty members have been sanctioned projects to carry out research in the area of nanoscience and technology, for which the facilities of the CFN are extensively used. The Centre was renamed as Central Facility for Nanotechnology in 2015, recognizing the role being played by the CFN as a facilitator of research.
The role of the CFN during the last ten years or more, in the University, has been as an enabler of research and development in all areas of science and engineering. Its governance structure facilitates this by involving users directly. Another unique feature of CFN is the large number of users from outside the University who are able to access the facilities. They include academics and scientists from IITs, NITs, national labs and less endowed institutions such as local colleges and state universities. Clearly, the CFN has built a platform to become a central sophisticated analytical instrument facility which caters to the needs of the University of Hyderabad and other institutions around the country.
In the next phase of development, the CFN would like to emerge as an inter-institutional centre which facilitates processing and characterization of advanced emerging materials cutting across physics, chemistry, life sciences and engineering. The aim is to be a self-contained facility which enables users (students and faculty) to take up high quality inter and multi-disciplinary research projects based on the facilities available within the centre.