IISER Pune researchers produce a novel drug-delivery system to kill cancer cells

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune have successfully developed a novel cancer drug-delivery system using graphene oxide nanoparticles. In a serendipitous discovery, a team led by Dr. Sudipta Basu and Dr. Nirmalya Bhallav from the Department of Chemistry found that when a FDA-approved anticancer drug cisplatin was added, the... Continue Reading →

Indian researchers reverse multidrug resistance in E. coli

Indian researchers have unravelled the mechanism by which hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas produced by bacteria protects them from antibiotics and plays a key role in helping bacteria develop drug resistance. And by blocking/disabling the enzyme that triggers the biosynthesis of hydrogen sulphide in bacteria, the researchers from Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian... Continue Reading →

Pune researchers fabricate a flexible nanogenerator for wearable electronics

Producing wearable electronics that uses a portable nanogenerator which generates electric power when pressure or twist is applied got a shot in the arm, thanks to research carried out by Pune researchers. The nanogenerator, which was fabricated by them, produced 14 volts when thumb pressure was applied. The results were published recently in the journal... Continue Reading →

IISER Pune researchers turn insulating MOFs into semiconductors

After four years of intensive screening, researchers at Pune’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have transformed insulating metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are generally used for gas storage and solvent separation, into semiconductor MOFs by incorporating polymers. A team led by Dr. Nirmalya Ballav from the Department of Chemistry at IISER Pune has converted... Continue Reading →

IISER Pune researcher produces stable, inorganic, nanocrystal solar cells

In a first, Abhishek Swarnkar, a research scholar from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, has successfully produced a stable, high-efficiency, all-inorganic perovskite nanocrystal solar cells. The new material has 10.77 per cent efficiency to convert sunlight to electricity. The results were published on October 7 in the... Continue Reading →

Indian researchers’ membrane to solve marine oil spills

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, the Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar and the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune have developed a membrane with exceptional hydrophobic and extremely high oil-loving (oleophilic) properties.  The membrane can potentially be used for tackling the globally challenging issue of marine... Continue Reading →

Pune researchers use bagasse to produce anode-grade carbon for Li-ion batteries

Now, researchers from Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have used a simple, cost-effective, quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse, an agro waste, into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Lithium-ion batteries. While making anode-grade carbon is currently very expensive and time consuming, the Pune... Continue Reading →

Pune researchers close to making cheaper, more efficient fuel cells

Researchers from Pune’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) have come one step closer to making fuel cells that are cheaper and more efficient. Two novel porous and crystalline hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks (HOFs) that they synthesised could potentially be used as a proton exchange membrane in fuel cells.... Continue Reading →

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