Graphene, a ‘wonder material’ derived from graphite, promises new revolutions in the field of electronics, computers, solar panels, optics, bioremediation etc. These new horizons in various fields are, however, halted by the low and costly production of graphene. A team of scientists from IIT-Madras has now developed a low-cost method for production of graphene nanoplatelets clearing a major roadblock in the application of graphene in various industries.
Graphene is a single-layer carbon allotrope extracted from graphite (a key ingredient in pencil lead). Unlike its parent graphite, graphene
Being a tropical country, India receives sun shine almost through out they are. This geographical advantage allows India to harness solar energy, a renewable and environment-friendly source of energy. Especially states such as Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat etc. have great potential to harness this energy which can reduce the combustion of non-renewable and polluting sources of energy such as coal and petroleum. In this regard, the National Solar Mission has been launche...
What determines the prey survival to a predator attack in a closed space: IIT Madras researchers answer
In their new study, researchers from IIT-Madras have discerned the dynamics of the prey-predator relationship in a confined space. Through a modeling approach, the scientists have co-related the survival of prey to the strength of the disturbance caused by the imminent predator attack.
Dr. Pallab Sinha Mahapatra
Mr. Siddhant Mohapatra
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
In their latest research which was published in the journal ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and System, scientists from IIT Madras have developed a new framework that could make the programs written in JAVA language more efficient.
V. Krishna Nandivada
DEPARTMENT OF CSE, IIT MADRAS
First invented in the year 1936, the computer and associated technologies are undoubtedly the biggest inventions of t...
During the 10th Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM), a need was felt for stronger local networks within the Indian scientific fraternity. Following the success of Regional Young Investigators’ Meetings in Kolkata and Hyderabad, the third Regional YIM was held in Delhi NCR. The meeting followed the motto — “Unite, collaborate for a better tomorrow” and gathered scientific minds from throughout the National Capital Region.
The third Regional Young Investigator’s (RYIM) meeting was held at the N...
M.M. Chaturvedi is a Professor at the Department of Zoology, Delhi University. In addition to teaching and research, he is enthusiastic about science outreach. He shares his views on undergraduate education and the shape it would take in the near future.
Tell us a bit about your academic journey.
I was born in a remote village of eastern UP. Till the age of 7, I did not attend formal schooling — my mother was my teacher. I was later educated at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (BHU).
Soil erosion, which involves disaggregation and displacement of soil, leads to decrease in its organic content and eventually its fertility. Indian scientists have now developed a method to measure the rate of soil erosion and associated decrease in organic content in soil by assessing levels of radioactive cesium in soil.
This method can help in monitoring the effects of soil erosion and effectiveness of soil conservation strategies.
Soil supports plants, insects and microbial life and is fo...
By Dr Aditi Jain
New Delhi: Various metabolic processes that take place in our body cause the production of hydrogen peroxide, a toxic chemical. Over-production of this molecule is a sign of various diseases. Now scientists from IIT Guwahati have fabricated a nano-chip from laboratory waste that can sense hydrogen peroxide, and thus may find use in diagnosing progression of related diseases.
Hydrogen peroxide is generally used as a mild disinfectant for cuts, scraps and burns, but within the ...
Various metabolic processes that take place in our body cause production of hydrogen peroxide, a toxic chemical. Over-production of this molecule is a sign of various diseases. Now scientists from the Indian Institute of Guwahati (IIT)-Guwahati have fabricated a nano-chip from laboratory waste that can sense hydrogen peroxide, and thus may find use in diagnosing progression of related diseases.
Hydrogen peroxide is generally used as a mild disinfectant for cuts, scraps and burns, but within t...
Ride sharing on app-based taxi services is catching up. Now researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have developed an algorithm that can guide taxi drivers to take a route where they can find more commuters for sharing. They believe this algorithm can make shared rides more profitable for drivers and reduce waiting time for commuters as well.
To make cabs more economical for customers, many taxi-service companies are promoting ride-share among commuters. Here two or more ride-...
Scientists from Pune-based National Chemicals Laboratory (NCL) have found that in pre-diabetes condition, blood has abundance of glucose bound to units of protein serum albumin. This biological state can be used as biomarker for diagnosing pre-diabetic condition.
Diabetes is a major health problem in India. An estimated 72 million Indians suffer from diabetes and this number is projected to go up in future. In such a situation, diagnosis of pre-diabetes can help in controlling the burden of d...
Anaemia is normally caused due to iron deficiency, but cancers, autoimmune diseases, infections and chronic kidney diseases may also lead to anaemia. This is known as anaemia of inflammation.
The inflammation-induced anaemia occurs due to shorter life span of red blood cells in body and also suppression in formation of new red blood cells.The currently available treatments for this type of anaemia have several side effects. So,scientists have been looking for safer medications.
Scientists in ...
Expanding the range of water treatment technologies, scientists from Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati have developed a membrane that promises to help simultaneously remove oil and dyes from industrial and other wastes.
Amid the looming water crisis, deterioration of quality of river waters due to discharge of effluents from industries is also a major concern in India. As per the reports of Central Pollution Control Board, river Ganga alone receives 500 million litres of toxic waste wat...
PK Burma is a Professor at the Department of Genetics, Delhi University. He is a plant geneticist with a passion for teaching. He reminisces his academic mentors and shares his views on professional networking for teachers.
Please tell us bit about your journey so far in academia. Were you always interested in teaching?
I was unwillingly exposed to science in my childhood, as both my parents were researchers. I drifted into academia; as an undergraduate, I wanted to be a politician and an adm...
Vitamin, B-6, B-12 and C supplements can largely prevent anaemia
Anaemia is a major public health concern in India, with over 51% of Indian women in the age group of 15 to 49 suffering from this condition. While the country is headed to reduce anaemia cases by half by 2025, it is of utmost important to address the various nutritional and non-nutritional factors responsible for its high burden.
Deficiency of various micronutrients can lead to anaemia. However, Iron deficiency has been primaril...