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Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular scale to create materials with remarkably varied and new properties, is a rapidly expanding area of research with huge potential to revolutionize our lives and to provide technological solutions to our problems in agriculture, energy, the environment and medicine. In order to fully realize this potential, we need to be able to control the synthesis of nanoparticles, the construction of nano-devices, and the characterization of materials on the nanoscale and to understand the effects of these things on environment and health. INST will bring together chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the forefront of the science of making and characterizing materials at the nanoscale, with biologists and biochemists applying these discoveries in the agricultural, medical, biological sphere. It brings together research-active basic and applied scientists from different backgrounds in an intimate atmosphere to learn about the needs and scientific advances in their respective fields and to build interactions and collaborations.
Under the broad objectives of Nano-Mission of Government of India to promote basic research by establishing centres of excellence in specialized areas, the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) has been set up at Mohali (Punjab) as an autonomous institution under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The institute aims to carry out research in all areas of nanoscience and technology with emphasis in the following areas : agricultural nanotechnology, biosensors, drug delivery, microfluidic chips, photovoltaics and photocatalysis, water purification etc. The institute is a part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) family of scientific research institutions.
Land for INST, has been allotted by Punjab Government adjacent to Indian Institute of Science and Education (IISER) in Sector 81, Mohali. The institute has started its activities from – Habitat Centre in Sector – 64, Phase - 10, Mohali and will move to its own building at the allotted land after construction of state of the art laboratory by 3 years time.