Thematic Unit of Excellence (TUE)

Thematic Unit of Excellence (TUE) on water purification using nanotechnology at IIT Madras is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology under the Nano Mission. Creation of this unit is firstly a recognition of our continuous efforts in the area and secondly a demonstration of the DST’s commitment to one of the most important areas where solutions of advanced science and technology are needed.

In Pic: The MSRC building where the Thematic Unit of Excellence (TUE) houses

In Pic: Prof. C. N. R. Rao inaugurating the TUE building

The TUE at IIT Madras looks at the number of areas such as nanomaterials, photocatalysis, dendrimers, porous concrete, aquaporins, membranes, capacitive deionization, electrospun fibers and solar desalination as solution for water purification. A number of associated aspects such as sensing, monitoring of quality of water flow, modelling, prototype development, performance evaluation and field trials are under its purview. Conduct on the discussion meetings, conferences, dissemination of information through various media and capacity building through short term projects and refresher courses are other area of activity.

The success behind the TUE project goes to the team of students and professors involved. Special thanks to Professors Sarit Kumar Das, Ligyl Phillip, Edamana Prasad, Manu Santhanam, C. Vijayan, A. Gopala Krishna and K. Srinivasa Reddy are participating in this effort.