The Centre was established to carry out research on cutting-edge technologies in two of the most crucial sectors in the world - Healthcare and Energy. The Centre aims to develop products based on nanomaterials that could be commercialized in the near future.
The leading area of research includes nanomaterials, nanotechnology, nanocomposites, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication. In addition to research, the centre also conducts training and awareness programmes, workshops national and international conferences on recent trends and developments of Nanoscience on various themes of national interests. The centre is undertaking research and development projects from various agencies and is offering consultancy services to in industries and research organizations in India and abroad.
The four year programme is designed to help prepare students from a broad range of disciplines for careers or graduate study in fields involving nanotechnology. These fields cover a spectrum ranging from medicine (drug delivery) and catalysis to surface/bulk chemistry and controlling even at the atomic/molecular scale to quantum computing. The students are consistently encouraged to develop this interdisciplinary approach to science and engineering. The course prepares the exciting career opportunities in a variety of diverse fields to the students.
The department deals with the latest developments in the various disciplines such as Material Science, Micro(Nano) electronics, Manufacturing of miniaturized electronic and optical devices, quantum computing, Computational Nanotechnology, Nanomechanical engineering & sensors, Nanolithography & Nanointerface engineering, and Nanomagnetism.
The program imparts several courses in Material Science, Thermodynamics, Mathematical physics, Quantum Physics, Nanochemistry initially. Later on, it provides the basic aspects of Instrumentation techniques and the advanced courses such as Thin Film Technology and Nanophotonics. At the end of programe, the students are expected to do a well-qualified project. This program is intended to enable the students' interests and provide the basic research activities for deeper insights in both theoretical and experimental aspects.
Ten Semester (Five year) Integrated Dual degree Master of Technology course in the four streams of Converging Technologies. The Master's programme will have two years of common curriculum in all fields of basic science, and engineering. The third year course involves training in all streams of converging technologies. The last two years of education will be fully customizable in specialized domains in the streams of converging technologies.
The primary aim of establishing the Centre for Converging Technologies (CCT) is to produce high quality research in the four streams of Nanotechnology, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology, Cognitive & Neuroscience so as to create new scientific methodologies, engineering paradigms, and industrial products. The focus will be on key areas relevant to the desired rapid growth of the Indian economy.
Vels University, Chennai, is introducing a two year masters program in nanoscience from 2012. Students with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology and microbiology are eligible for this program. Applicants must have studied mathematics as part of curriculum at least at the Plus Two level.