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The Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials for Energy

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About the JNCNE

The India-US Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials is funded by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (http://www.indousstf.org/). It is a collaborative effort between the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore, India) and Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center, (West Lafayette, IN USA), with General Electric’s John F. Welch India Technology Center (Bangalore, India).

The establishment of this joint networked centre enables new synergies among the partners, leading to many tangible outcomes, including:

  • A new cohort of globally engaged researchers in nanotechnology and energy with appreciation for diverse professional and international cultures.
  • Creation of joint research programs in of both academic-academic and industry-academic types leading to new discoveries at the interface between nanotechnology and energy.
  • Enhancement of collaborative use of cyberinfrastructure research and educational resources such as nanoHUB.org and thermalHUB.org. These resources will support global collaborations through the use of web-based computational tools, online lectures/tutorials, collaborative user/project groups, and material databases.
  • Organization and hosting of summer schools and related tutorial materials offered annually to attract strong participation from industrial and academic participants.
  • Strengthening of links between academics and global technology companies with R&D centers in the US and India.

Example topics of collaborative research include:

  • Functional oxides for photovoltaics and thermoelectrics
  • Metal-semiconductor superlattice thermoelectrics
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells
  • Anodic oxidation with scanning probe microscopy
  • Exfoliated graphite/graphene materials for enhanced interfacial transport
  • InGaN surface segregation and solid-state lighting Integration of carbon nanotubes for solar, thermal and lighting applications
  • Liquid nanosolder for electrical contacts and material interfaces
  • Transparent conducting electrodes employing nanomaterials
  • Materials issues related to biofuels
  • Silicon inks for solar cells and thin-film transistors
  • Solid-state hydrogen storage

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