Context: Professor Saurabh Lodha from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has received the Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology.

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  • Professor Saurabh lodha received the award due to his contribution for the development of two dimensional Van der Waals material based logic transistor technologies beyond silicon and nanoelectronic.
  • The ultra-thin (less than a nm thick) nature of these Van der Waals materials, analogous to graphene, bestows them with extraordinary optical and electronic properties along with high mechanical flexibility. 
  • The professor was working on identifying challenges in creating transistors which are created out of substances other than silicon. Transistors power over 90 per cent of the electronic devices we use in the modern world. 
  • About young career award:It is given by the Department of Science and Technology(DST), Government of India.


  • Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve the ability to see and to control individual atoms and molecules. 
  • 'Nanotechnology' refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.
  • Nanomaterials are chemical substances or materials that are manufactured and used at a very small scale(atom). 
  • Nanomaterials are developed to exhibit novel characteristics compared to the same material without nanoscale features, such as increased strength, chemical reactivity or conductivity.
  • Presently, Nanotechnology focuses on the development, understanding, and use of materials at the nanoscale, or nanomaterials. 


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