Nanoscience researchers from JMI selected for Prime Minister Research Fellowship

Abgeena Shabir and Marya Khan

By Staff Reporter, The Site

Two nanoscience researchers from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) have been selected for Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF). According to an official press statement, Marya Khan and Abgeena Shabir from Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology(CNN) of JMI have been selected for the prestigious PMRF under the Lateral Entry category of the May-2020 drive.

“It's a matter of great pride for the Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) that two of its research scholars have won the recognition," said Dr Aurangzeb Khurram Hafiz, Officiating Director of CNN. He said that both researchers would be individually getting a fellowship of Rs 70, 000 for first two years, Rs 75,000 for 3rd year, Rs.80,000 for the fourth year and Rs.80,000 for the fifth year respectively.   Apart from this, each fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs. 2 Lakhs per year (total of Rs 10 Lakhs for five years) under the PMRF.

JMI Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar congratulated both researchers and hoped that it will inspire other students of the university to do well in research. JMI stands for excellence and strives hard to provide its students every possible support to achieve great heights, she said.

Ms Marya Khan’s PhD work will be based on “Multifunctional Hybrid Nanomaterial based Biosensors for Health Monitoring”. The overall object is to synthesize multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials and further use them for the development of different biological sensing devices.

Functionalization of active areas of biosensors with multifunctional hybrid nanostructures will not only improve the biosensor device stability, but also enhances selectivity, sensitivity and lowers detection limits of the biosensor. Additionally, the aim is to use micro-fabrication techniques to produce highly sensitive biosensors.

The development of multifunctional hybrid nanostructures based biosensors will help to overcome the limitations of sensing performances. Making them disposable and flexible will impact directly on socially and economically crucial arenas such as improved detection of clinically important biomolecules for effective response and treatment as well as an integrated smart sensing device will provide a simple, facile approach capable of selective and simultaneous detection of different biomolecules.

Ms Abgeena Shabir, who is pursuing PhD Nanotechnology under the supervision of Prof.S.S. Islam at the CNN,JMI said that her PhD work will be based on “Fabrication of High Performance Anode Materials For Li-Ion Batteries”. Through her research work she seeks to synthesize high specific capacity anode materials using facile and scalable techniques such that high energy demands are met and limitations of conventional batteries are overcome. The main aim of her work would be to synthesise Silicon/Graphene nanocomposite based anode materials with extraordinary properties of high stability, conductivity and coulombic efficiency. Her research work will pave a way for a new future of silicon/graphene based batteries which will be cost effective and easy to operate.

Prof. A. Q. Ansari & his team and other staff members of CNN,JMI worked hard for this achievement.

The Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The scheme was announced in the Budget 2018-19.

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