Technologies for Nanosystems, Bioengineering and Energy
Aanchal Alagh joined the Amity Institute of Nanotechnology (India) in 2011 as a dual Bachelor's and Master's student in Nanotechnology. The five-year course gave her insight into the fascinating applications and remarkable scope of nanomaterials. In 2016, she got an opportunity to work at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, UAB, for her maste’s thesis on "Growing a homogeneous layer of ferromagnetic core-shell nanocubes for arsenic removal from water". This experience aided her in gaining practical knowledge in the field of nanoparticle synthesis through PVD method and exploring it for water purification application. Also, she presented her work through Poster presentation in Nanoselect NOE-Annual meeting in Girona, Spain. Later, in 2017 she joined the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science of the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. She worked on Development of icephobic coatings for aerospace applications (project funded by BOEING). She was awarded with first prize for her poster on "A New Generation Self-Cleaning Coatings for Universal Applications" in the 13th International Symposium on Surface Engineering and Paint Coatings & EXPO 2017 held in Pune, India. She also got an opportunity to work as an exchange student in chair of Inorganic Chemistry at University of Cologne in Germany through DAAD scholarship. Here she worked on synthesis of spinel nanoparticles and incorporated them in the developed hydrophobic coating for enhanced results and properties. Also depositing thin layers of hydrophobic cotings using PECVD.
Project: 2D Nanomaterials for gas sensing and energy
On one hand, the aim of the thesis is to synthesis mono and dicalcogenides using mechanical and chemical exfoliation techniques, emphasising more on deposition by chemical vapor deposition for Gas sensing application, this will be followed by a detailed study of chemical composition, morphology and study of the defects present in the nanomaterials obtained and / or synthesized. Her focus is to emphasis more on the scalable synthesis of these 2D nanomaterials, either directly or by transferring them later, to different application substrates. While on the other hand, she will also work on the development of detection devices of functional gases (configurations of field effect or resistive transistors) that uses the developed materials and works as a gas sensor.