The Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE) was established in 2010 to pursue interdisciplinary research across several disciplines with a focus on nanoscale systems. Current research topics include, but are not limited to nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, nanomaterials and devices, photonics, nano-biotechnology, solar cells and computational nano-engineering.
Apart from the regular faculty members at CeNSE, almost 40 faculty members from different departments at IISc are associated in the academic and research activities at the centre. The centre offers PhD programs in a wide range of areas, and has close interactions with the industry. A state-of-the art nanofabrication facility with a clean room spanning 1400 square meters is located at the centre. In addition, there are several characterization labs that cater to material, electronic, mechanical, chemical and optical characterization.
The centre has been built around two central facilities – The National Nanofabrication Centre (NNfC) and the Micro and Nano Characterization facility (MNCF). Both are national user facilities, i.e. they are accessible to outside academic and industrial users.
MEMS & IC Packaging Facility: MEMS and IC Packaging facility has the complete capability to convert a wafer into a packaged device – from wafer sawing to wire bonding to precision welding.
Computational Facility: Computational Nanoengineering (CoNe) laboratory has 24 computers with Windows and Unix operating systems for simulations and modelling. It also houses CeNSE mail, web, and data backup servers. The lab is currently engaged in developing a simulation module for microsystems and integrating in a commercial finite element software, NISA.
Library: CeNSE maintains a growing library of books on nanoscience. The access to books is provided to all Centre members free of charge. Library has a committed yearly budget and both students and faculty can request titles for purchase. The library is open for weekday from 3pm to 5pm.
Café: The Café functions as the social hot-spot of CeNSE. With an open layout that connects to the scenic balcony, Café is the perfect spot to take a break.