Nanomaterials for Environmental remediation and Energy (NERE)
Energy is essential for the sustainable development of an economy. Supply of unrestricted energy to ever growing population without impacting the environment negatively is the current challenge. World energy supply largely depends on fossils which is neither sustainable nor environmentally safe. Thus there is a major push towards renewable technologies such as solar, wind, hydrogen and biofuels. Nanomaterials play a crucial role for these next generation renewable technologies owing to their unique electrical, optical and mechanical properties. The unusual quantum properties at nanoscale benefits the charge transport and band engineering enabling high performance of the device. The relevance of these technologies could further be increased through materials obtained from bioresource that have exciting properties and are cheaply available in abundance.
TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre is thus primarily focusing on exploiting wide range of unexplored bioresources/natural waste that offer materials having excellent linear and non-linear optical properties and electrical properties. Efforts are being made on designing hybrid nanomaterials and tailoring their optoelectronic and photonic properties for wide range of applications, particularly energy.
The key thrust areas include:
- Exploiting materials from untapped bioresources for energy, optoelectronic and photonic devices
- Designing hybrid nanostructures with properties suitable for various device applications
- Integrating energy with agriculture