Deakin Univ. partners Nanobiotech investment in India

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TERI Director Gen. Dr R K Pachauri and Deakin Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jane den Hollander.Photo:DU

By Deakin Research Communications

Melbourne, 29 Jan, 2014: The TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre (TD-NBC) is set for a $10 million expansion, resulting in a state-of-the-art facility in Gual Pahari near New Delhi.
During her recent visit to India, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said that the expansion would considerably enhance the Centre’s ability to focus on global issues such as food security for growing populations in changing climates, sustainable agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.
The new field of nanobiotechnology has opened up a spectacular new world of possibilities in biomedical, agricultural, energy and other fields. A crucial focus of the TD-NBC is its emphasis on clean, non-toxic and environment friendly nanoparticle synthesis, including the use of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi in the biosynthesis of metal nanoparticles. This holds immense potential for addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Jointly funded by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India and Deakin, the TD-NBC is currently home to 19 full-time research scientists, project associates and technicians, and 13 PhD students. The new facility – expected to be operational by 2015 – will have the capacity to accommodate an envisaged 100-plus researchers, including 50 PhD students.
Source: Deakin University.

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