Opening of a technological development center at CSIR-IMMT, IT News, ET CIO

BHUBANEWAR: Union Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh on Saturday inaugurated the facilities of the Joint Research and Technological Development Center (CRTDH), High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), Polymetallic Nodules (PMN) ) and Scanning Field Emission Electron Microscope (FESEM) in CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) Bhubaneswar.

The CRTDH will provide technological solutions to entrepreneurs, to supervise entrepreneurs / startups and facilitate the incubation of startups. This pole was created thanks to the joint effort of the CSIR-IMMT and the scientific and industrial research department (DSIR) of the Center.

According to official sources, the main objective of the hub is to nurture and promote innovations in MSMEs and provide them with knowledge-based support in the fields of new chemical materials and processes.

HRTEM is one of the most powerful tools for conducting technology-driven materials development research and multidisciplinary research in the fields of materials and mineral science, nanoscience, nanotechnology, biological sciences and energetic materials. This facility will open up new vistas of modern research opportunities for scientists, university researchers and faculties of educational institutes as well as industries engaged in materials development.

PMN is a strategic ocean resource for India due to the presence of crucial metals such as nickel (Ni) and cobalt (Co). Since there are no commercially exploitable primary resources in the country for Ni and Co, one way forward is to explore the resources of the seabed.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the NRDC and the CSIR-IMMT for the development of the InTEC project. The Innovative Technology Enabling Center (InTEC) was established to translate innovative technologies into successful business ventures through the intervention of science and technology. Currently, InTEC hosts around five incubates and several more in the pipeline. This MoU will further strengthen InTEC’s position. About 20 higher education institutions from different parts of the country are currently associated with InTEC, official sources said.

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