BHUBANESWAR: Union minister of science and technology Jitendra Singh on Saturday inaugurated common research and technology development hub (CRTDH), high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), polymetallic nodules (PMN) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) facilities in the CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) Bhubaneswar.
CRTDH will provide technological solutions to entrepreneurs, to mentor entrepreneurs/startups and facilitate incubation of startups. This hub was established by the joint effort of CSIR-IMMT and the department of scientific and industrial research (DSIR) of the Centre.
According to official sources, the main objective of the hub is to nurture and promote innovations in MSMEs and provide them knowledge-based support in the areas of new materials and chemical processes.
HRTEM is one of the most powerful tools to carry out technology-driven materials development research and multidisciplinary research in the areas of material and mineral science, nanoscience, nanotechnology, biological sciences and energy material. This facility will open new scopes in modern research opportunities for the scientists, research scholars, and faculties of educational institutes as well as industries engaged in material development.
PMN is a strategic ocean resource for India owing to the presence of crucial metals such as nickel (Ni) and cobalt (Co). Since there are no known commercially exploitable primary resources in the country for Ni and Co, one of the ways forward is to explore the seabed resources.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between NRDC and CSIR-IMMT for InTEC project development. The Innovative Technology Enabling Centre (InTEC) has been established for translation of innovative technologies into successful business ventures through intervention of science and technology. At present InTEC hosts about five incubatees and several others in the pipeline. This MoU will further strengthen the position of InTEC. About 20 higher education institutions from different parts of the country are presently associated with InTEC, said official sources.