Department of Nano Science & Technology
Nanotechnology is one of the most fascinating fields of science in the 21st century capable of revolutionizing a wide spectrum of disciplines including agriculture. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is one of the early birds in initiating extra-ordinary efforts to set up an exclusive Department of Nano Science & Technology (NST) to evolve processes and products that enable smart delivery of inputs to promote agricultural productivity without associated environmental harm.
The Nanotechnology Center was established with an initial investment of Rs. 12 Crores (2 million USD) under the ICAR Special Grant provided as a gesture to celebrate the Centenary year by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 2009. The Center has state-of-the-art infrastructure facility, sophisticated equipments, and trained manpower besides technical support. Currently, we are working on nano-agri inputs (nano-seed science, nano-fertilizers, nano-herbicides, nano-pesticides, encapsulation of Bt, nano-pheramones, hydrogels for moisture conservation, nano-particles for quenching reactive oxygen species), biosensors (sensor for seed quality assessment, early detection of plant diseases, heavy metal contamination), nano-food systems (nano-emulsion for fruit preservation, smart-packaging viz., electrospun-fibre matrix and cyclodextrin inclusion complex for extending shelf-life of fruits, nano-packaging from nano-fibrillated cellulose and encapsulation of functional foods) besides biosafety of nano-materials at various trophic levels.
Our institute is fostering multi-faceted research collaborations with national and international organizations. We intend to provide advanced education and research opportunities to young graduates for taking the inventions from the laboratory to the farm gate. We undertake analytical services on cost-basis to meet the requirement of scientists, students, scholars of TNAU, ICAR Institutes and other academic and industrial organizations.