KAPURTHALA,08.08.20-Nanotechnology is an emerging field and is creating many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications in areas ranging from Agriculture, Medicine to Energy and Environment. Scientists today are designing self–cleaning glasses, wrinkle–free textiles, optical encoders, water purifying agents etc using Nano components. Nano features and properties can be observed around us in living and non-living objects. There is nano science all around us whether we see colour of butterflies, the ability of lizards to climb on walls or amazing technologies.

The word 'nano' in Greek literally means 'dwarf' and scientifically refers to objects or processes which are in the nanometre dimensions (1nm = 0.000001 mm). These were the views expressed by Dr. Ashok K Ganguli Institute Professor, Department of Chemistry at IIT-Delhi while speaking at the occasion of webinar organized by Puspa Gijral Science City which was attended by more than 200 participants.

Further, Govt. of India is taking many new initatives to promote Nano technology. Major Nano Electronic Centres of international standards have been established at premier institutes in the country. The state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities at these Centres have become very popular in India, he added.

On this occasion, Director General, PGSC, Dr. Neelima Jerath, said that Nanotechnology provides us with the tools to work at the molecular or cell level. It may enable us to create better materials and make advances in new areas of science. Further, Nano-technological products, processes and applications are expected to contribute significantly to environmental and climate protection by saving raw materials, energy and water as well as by reducing greenhouse gases and hazardous wastes. Usage of nano materials, therefore, promises environmental benefits and sustainability effects.

Delivering vote of thanks at the occasion Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said that the field of nanotechnology has the potential to develop instruments that are more powerful and efficient in complex medical treatments.