The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (ICARCIRCOT), located at Matunga Mumbai, was established in the year 1924. ICARCIRCOT, a unit under the Division of Agricultural Engineering of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India) is engaged in research and an established leader for development new technologies for better utilization of cotton and other natural fibers and value addition to their byproducts
About the training programme
Nanotechnology deals with the manipulation of atoms, molecules, or molecular clusters into functional structures to create functional materials and devices of vastly different properties. The first use of the concept of 'nanotechnology' was in "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", a talk given by physicist Richard Feynman in 1959. Now nanotechnology does not remain as a theoretical science rather it is being applied in all fields and gained the status of applied science and it is a multidisciplinary subject. Agriculture and Food Production are no exception to it. This has realized the potential of nanotechnology in each stage starting from crop production to consumption. In India, Department of Science and Technology (DST) has initiated the Nano-Mission to foster the research activities in this field followed by various organizations. In 12th five year plan, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in collaboration with state agricultural universities has initiated Consortium Research Project (CRP) on Nanotechnology to boost the research in the field of nanotechnology. ICAR-CIRCOT, a leader in the field of nanotechnology applications in cotton textiles and composites, has over a decade of experience and expertise in nanomaterials synthesis & characterization, nanofinishing of textiles, nanocellulose production and bio-nanocomposites. In 2015, Nanocellulose Pilot Plant was commissioned and dedicated to the nation. With this background, this training is designed to impart basic and advanced knowledge of nanotechnology and its applications in agriculture and allied sectors to the participants.
- To acquaint the participants with basics and recent advances in nanotechnology
- To impart hands-on training on synthesis & characterization of nanomaterials
- To demonstrate the application of nanomaterials in agriculture and allied sectors
- To create awareness about nanotoxicology and safety issues related to handling of nanomaterials
A series of lectures and practical demonstrations will cover the basics of nanotechnology, synthesis and characterization of various nanomaterials their application in agriculture & allied sectors. This Institute is well equipped with machineries for nanomaterials synthesis (high pressure & shear homogenizers, ball mills – planetary & cryogenic, membrane reactor & fermentor) and instruments for characterization (AFM, DLS size and zeta analyzer, SEM, FTIR, AAS, XRD, XRFS, fluorescence microscope, fluorimeter).