Announcements

Registration open for International Winter School 2021

The International Winter School-2021, “Frontiers in Materials Science”, is aimed at introducing frontier areas of research in materials science to graduate students, young researchers, and scientists with background in physics, chemistry and engineering.

The topics to be covered in this Winter School include chemistry and physics of transition-metal oxides and their functional properties, methods of high pressure, chemical and topo-chemical synthesis of materials, spin ordering in crystals and magnetism, functional and quantum materials, microstructures, nano-scale heterostructures, energy storage, conversion and transport, corrosion, electrochemistry of materials for energy storage in batteries, ion transport, heterogeneous and photo catalysis, structural flexibility and disorder, meso-porous and nano-porous solids, metal organic frameworks, superconductivity, magnetoresistance, 2-dimensional materials, femto-scale processes, spectroscopy and various techniques of material characterization, molecular magnets, molecular electronics, organo-metallic and bio-molecular materials, supramolecular assemblies, structural and computational biology, DNA and nucleic acid-based molecular devices, soft materials, theoretical and computational quantum chemistry and materials science, machine learning predictive models and computer simulations. 

One-hour lectures given by leading scientists will provide a pedagogic view of the background and emerging ideas in a given area of materials science, and also cover research at the cutting edge through examples from their works.

Active participation from students and young participants is strongly encouraged through poster and a few oral presentations, in addition to frequent interactions with the speakers this year on the virtual platform.

click here to apply

http://www.jncasr.ac.in/winterschool

Attachments : Intl. Winter School Poster (F).pdf (2.33 MB)

Prof. T. Govindaraju & Prof. Kanishka Biswas received CSIR Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2021

Prof. T. Govindaraju (Professor) & Prof. Kanishka Biswas (Assoc. Professor), JNCASR received CSIR Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB) for Science and Technology 2021 under chemical sciences category.

Source: https://ssbprize.gov.in/Content/NewsandPublish.aspx?m_id=1&ID=64

ssb prize

Attachments : Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2021 Website.pdf (112.53 KB)

Project Assistant position under GATI project

Applications are invited for one position of Project Assistant on purely temporary basis to work under the project “Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions(GATI)” sponsored by Government of India, Ministry of Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology (KIRAN Division) under the guidance of Prof. Kavita Jain, Professor, TSU and PI of the project.

Tenure and Job Specification

 

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Tenure of the Project

18 months

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Job Description

Candidate is expected to execute the objectives of the project and should be good with data collection and analysis, report writing, using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with good communication skills.

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Consolidated monthly Salary/Fellowship

Rs. 22,000/-  per month

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Essential Qualification and experience

M.A. in Humanities & Social Science with 2 years of field experience.

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Category

Unreserved

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Selection Process

Online written test & interview

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Last date of receipt of online application

15 days from publication of this advertisement

Interested candidates may send their applications to the Principal Investigator,   Prof. Kavita Jain through e-mail to gati.jncasr@gmail.com. The candidates are required to upload the following documents along with their applications.  

1. Detailed biodata  2. Passport size photograph  3. Marksheets and certificates starting from SSLC onwards 4. Experience certificate and any other relevant document.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed through email to take up the written test online, followed by interview through video conferencing. Original documents will be verified online by the Selection Committee.

Note: 1. The softcopy of the documents must be compressed into a zip file (max. file size - 25 MB) before sending them through email as attachment.

2. Those in employment or pursuing Ph.D. should submit a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the concerned employer/ Ph. D. supervisor.
3. Appointment and payment terms will be strictly as per JNCASR rules and regulations as applicable to project staff, as amended from time to time.

Project Assistant position under GATI project

Applications are invited for one position of Project Assistant on purely temporary basis to work under the project “Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions(GATI)” sponsored by Government of India, Ministry of Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology (KIRAN Division) under the guidance of Prof. Kavita Jain, Professor, TSU and PI of the project.

Tenure and Job Specification

1

Tenure of the Project

18 months

2

Job Description

Candidate is expected to execute the objectives of the project and should be good with data collection and analysis, report writing, using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with good communication skills.

3

Consolidated monthly Salary/Fellowship

Rs. 22,000/-  per month

4

Essential Qualification and experience

M.A. in Humanities & Social Science with 2 years of field experience.

5

Category

Unreserved

6

Selection Process

Online written test & interview

7

Last date of receipt of online application

15 days from publication of this advertisement

Interested candidates may send their applications to the Principal Investigator, Prof. Kavita Jain through e-mail to gati.jncasr@gmail.com. The candidates are required to upload the following documents along with their applications:  

1. Detailed biodata  2. Passport size photograph  3. Marksheets and certificates starting from SSLC onwards 4. Experience certificate and any other relevant document.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed through email to take up the written test online, followed by interview through video conferencing. Original documents will be verified online by the Selection Committee.

Note: 1. The softcopy of the documents must be compressed into a zip file (max. file size - 25 MB) before sending them through email as attachment.

2. Those in employment or pursuing Ph.D. should submit a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the concerned employer/ Ph. D. supervisor.
3. Appointment and payment terms will be strictly as per JNCASR rules and regulations as applicable to project staff, as amended from time to time.

Attachments : JNCASR-GATI-hiring_admin.pdf (198.23 KB)

The Graduate Research Internship Programme (GRIP) is now live and applications are being accepted.

The details may be found here. This programme is meant for students who are either transitioning to, or have just entered the final year of the B.E/B.Tech/Masters degree programs. Through the GRIP, students can work with JNCASR faculty members on a variety of projects for a duration of six months to one year. The list of projects may be found here. The last date to apply for this program is September 20th, 2021. 

Call for Applications - 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

We are pleased to inform you that applications are now open for the 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards.

These awards reward and encourage women scientists working and living in eligible developing countries who are in the early stages of their careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. You can read more about past awardees here.

From 2022-26 the awards will respond to the call for action set forth by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, from this year on the annual calls will be by theme or research area and not by specific scientific fields, as in previous years:

•    2022 Awards: Climate action and the environment (SDG13, SDG14 & SDG15)
•    2023 Awards: Food Security, agricultural productivity and sustainable food production (SDG2)
•    2024 Awards: Water, sanitation and hygiene (SDG6)
•    2025 Awards: Inclusive Health (SDG3)
•    2026 Awards: Sustainable, affordable and reliable energy (SDG7)

Applicants for the 2022 Awards must be women scientists (from STEM disciplines) in the Early Career stage (within ten years of earning their PhD degree), whose current scientific research is related to the area of Climate action and the environment and who have made demonstrable contributions to the achievement of the SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water) and/or SDG15 (Life on Land). In addition, the applicant must have lived and worked for at least 5 of the last 15 years in one of the 66 scientifically and technologically lagging countries (STLCs).

Each of the five winners (one for each region of the developing world + one “floating” award) will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Awards Ceremony to be held at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2022. The trip will be confirmed in the coming months according to how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves (it may be that the awards ceremony is celebrated online).

For full information on the eligibility and assessment criteria and for submitting an application, please check the attached document and visit 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards.

The deadline for applications for these Awards is 28 October,      2021.

Winners will be informed of their selection by the end of December    2021.

For questions, please contact the OWSD Secretariat at owsd@owsd.net.

Attachments : Social media promo IG - OWSD-EF Awards 2022.pdf (793.57 KB) , 2022_OWSD_Awards_ Call_for_applications.pdf (536.62 KB)

JNCASR among Top Institutions in Materials Science

In Nature Index 2021 Materials Science tables, JNCASR stands:

Winners of National Prize for Research in Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

Prof. Kanishka Biswas from JNCASR and Prof. R. Vaidhyanathan from IISER, Pune have been selected for the National Prize for Research in Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, donated by CNR Rao Education Foundation.

Prof. Sebastian C Peter receives National Award

The technology development started with a small scale laboratory work at my research Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and translated the same through my start-up Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt Ltd. Our technology can control the environmental pollution by reducing the Greenhouse gas CO2 and converts it to useful chemicals or a fuels. The technology development could achieve the production of methanol from CO2 with a cost of ~12-15 INR per litre, which is almost half the price in Indian market.

During the course of this technology development, Breathe received several other awards and recognitions. Breathe was the finalist in a global competition NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE , best start-ups by Karnataka State Government through Elevate-100 in 2017, runner up in the category of "Excellence in the field of Environmental Technology research" in CleanEquity 2019, Monaco. And now the most prestigious one from the Government of India, National Award for the best technology.

Our technology is in line with the initiatives taken by various global agencies like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21, Paris, 2015), where they have emphasized the urgency to mitigate CO2 emissions by at least 50% of the current value by 2050 to deter the average global temperature increase to a maximum of 2 °C. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Breathe’s technology (2021) by the University of Calgary has endorsed it as the carbon negative technology clearly revealing the global standards achieved by Breathe, who also received the ISO 14034-2016 certification from the US firm. Being presently at TRL 6-7, we will scale up its process to multi tonne capacity of conversion of CO2 to methanol in near future. We are expanding our technology for the production of higher alcohols, olefins, hydrocarbons, aldehydes and other value added chemicals economically.

Prof. C.N.R. Rao receives the Eni International Award for Research in Energy Frontiers

Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao has received the International Eni Award 2020 titled Energy Frontiers Award, for his research into renewable energy sources and energy storage. This is considered to be the Noble Prize in Energy Research.

Professor Rao has been working on hydrogen energy as the only source of energy for the benefit of all mankind. Hydrogen storage, photochemical and electrochemical production of hydrogen, solar production of hydrogen, and non-metallic catalysis were the highlights of his work.

The Energy Frontiers award has been conferred for his work on metal oxides, carbon nanotubes, and other materials and two-dimensional systems, including graphene, boron-nitrogen-carbon hybrid materials, and molybdenum sulfide (Molybdenite - MoS2) for energy applications and green hydrogen production. The latter can, in fact, be achieved through various processes, including the photodissociation of water, thermal dissociation, and electrolysis activated by electricity produced from solar or wind energy. Professor Rao has worked in all three areas and developed some highly innovative materials.

The same or related materials have also been shown to have beneficial properties for the construction of hydrogen storage systems and supercapacitors with high specific power and an increased number of charge-discharge cycles. The latter are energy storage devices, similar to batteries, which will become an increasingly important part of the renewable energy sector.

The Eni Awards 2020 will be presented on 14 October, during an official ceremony held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, attended by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

The award, which has become internationally recognised over the years in the field of energy and environmental research, aims to promote better use of energy sources and encourage new generations of researchers in their work. It bears witness to the importance that Eni places on scientific research and innovation. It includes a cash prize and a specially minted gold medal.

Link related to Eni awards:
https://www.eni.com/en-IT/media/press-release/2021/05/cs-eni-award-nominati-vincitori-2020.html

For more details on Professor CNR Rao's research and accomplishments please visit https://www.jncasr.ac.in/faculty/cnrrao.

Professor Rao's phenomenal research output is reflected in the h-index of 160, i10 index of 1340 and total number of citations more than 1,25,181.

Prof. Tapas Maji & team mimic photosynthesis, convert CO2 into solar fuel

Scientists have found a method to mimic nature’s own process of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, namely photosynthesis, to capture excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This artificial photosynthesis (AP) harnesses solar energy and converts the captured carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide (CO), which can be used as a fuel for internal combustion engines.

In artificial photosynthesis (AP), scientists are essentially conducting the same fundamental process in natural photosynthesis but with simpler nanostructures. However, there are plenty of hurdles to overcome as a successful catalyst to carry out AP.

A team of Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, designed and fabricated an integrated catalytic system based on a metal-organic framework (MOF-808) comprising of a photosensitizer (molecules which absorb light and transfer the electron from the incident light into another nearby molecule) that can harness solar power and a catalytic centre that can eventually reduce CO2. The work described above has been accepted for publication in the journal ‘Energy & Environmental Science’ of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

Published in: 

Energy Environ. Sci., 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D0EE03643A

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