HBTI, Kanpur April 08, 2008
Design of Nanoscale Materials for Molecular Recognition
The research would focus on the exploration of the fundamental science and engineering necessary for designing nanoscale materials for molecular recognition. Research activities in the section would be both basic and applied. The basic component would include the synthesis and characterization of the new materials, and would explore the development and validation of a computer-aided molecular design (CAMD) framework for identification of novel target nanomaterials with molecular recognition capability. The applied component would consist of bench-scale evaluation of the performance of the new materials as sensors, drug delivery vehicles, and separation media for water treatment. The research would be structured around the following thrust areas: molecular recognition sites, nonporous and porous polymeric surfaces, dendritic nanoparticles, nanocharacterization of surfaces, and modeling and simulation.
Nano biotechnology is an emerging area of scientific and technological opportunity that integrates nano/microfabrication and biosystems to the benefit of both. The Nano biotechnology section would be characterized by its highly interdisciplinary nature and would features a close collaboration between life scientists, physical scientists, and engineers.