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Ph.D. Program: Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

Ph.D. PROGRAM: Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Mohali, is inviting applications from eligible prospective applicants for admission into Ph.D. Program in several disciplines of nanotechnology and nanoscience for the session beginning in January 2024. 

Selected students will be offered with Ph.D. fellowship as per the norms of INST and the Government of India. Scholars with an independent source of fellowship, for instance, CSIR/UGC-JRF, are also encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will be registered in the Ph. D. program at the IISER Mohali (Indian Institute of Science Education & Research). 


  1. M. Pharm. or M. Tech. or M. Sc. in Sciences, Engineering, or related areas. 
  2. Candidates appearing for the final year examinations are also eligible to apply, provided that the degree should be granted by the time of joining. 
  3. The candidate should have qualified for any national examination (GATE, CSIR/UGC-NET, DST-INSPIRE, JEST, JGEEBILS (TIFR/ NCBS), ICMR-JRF, DBT-JRF, or GPAT). 

Age limit: As per the guidelines of DST and CSIR-UGC. 

Application Procedure 

  1. Candidates must apply in the prescribed format available. 
  2. Additionally, the candidates must submit an online synopsis. 
  3. A hard copy of the application (affixing a recent passport-size photograph) alongside a self-attested copy of certificates (age, educational qualifications, experience, and reservation category) should be sent to the following: "The Director, Institute of Nano Science &Technology, Knowledge City, Sector 81, Mohali 140306, (Punjab), India.
  4. The application form's envelope should be superscribed as "Application for the Ph. D. Program – January 2024". 
  5. Suitable candidates will be shortlisted for the interview. 
  6. The listing of shortlisted applicants will be uploaded on the INST website. 
  7. Ph.D. interviews will be conducted in person, and the candidates called for the interview will not be paid any TA/DA. 
  8. Selection is based on provisions of The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, and amendments made to that. 
  9. Bank account details of INST: Account Name: Director, INST Mohali Account number: 2452201001102 IFS code: CNRB0002919 Bank: Canara Bank, SECTOR-64, PHASE 10, MOHALI-160062.
  10. The applicant's full name shall be mentioned as the purpose of the transaction. The details of the fee transaction should be sent along with the application.
  11. The correctly filled applications and supporting documents should reach the institute address through Registered/ Speed Post/ Courier or by Hand on or before the deadline (17th September 2023). 

Research Units at INST 

1.    Chemical Biology 
2.    Energy and Environment 
3.    Quantum Materials and Devices 

Research Areas

The major current research subjects at INST are given below. 

  1. Cancer Nanomedicine: Epigenetic based, Hyperthermia based, Photo-thermal therapy,  Photo-therapy, Combinatorial nanomedicine approach 
  2. Nano-therapeutics: Infectious diseases: tuberculosis, leishmaniosis, Neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsonism, Lifestyle diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Autoimmune disease: ulcerative colitis Bio-mimetic and Tissue Engineering, 
  3. Regenerative nanomedicine: Stem cell nanomedicine, Supramolecular nanomaterial scaffolds, Smart hydrogels, Hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials, Biomolecular 
  4. Phenomenon at Nanoscale: Disease mechanism, Self-assembling bionanomaterials, Nano-confinements, Biological nano-machines 
  5. Nano-diagnostic: Biosensors: SERS, electrochemical or fluorescence-based techniques,  Theranostics: biomaterials for theranostics 
  6. Agri-nanotechnology: Nano-fertilizers, Nano-pesticides 
  7. Nano-toxicology: Cell and tissue toxicity, Nanomaterial toxicity, Developmental, neurological, behavioral nano-toxicity 
  8. Inorganic and Materials Chemistry: Electrochemistry (fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors), Energy storage and conversion, Framework materials (COF and MOF),  Photocatalysis (water splitting and CO2 reduction), Solar cells (perovskites, quantum dots, and dye-sensitized solar cells), Solid state chemistry, X-ray scattering 
  9. Organic and Polymer Chemistry: Biomaterials and drug delivery, Chemosensors, Flexible optoelectronics, Luminescent materials, Catalysis (organic transformations, photocatalysis, biomass conversion), Nanomotors and micropumps, Synthetic methodology, Small molecule, and polymer synthesis, Stimuli-responsive supramolecular materials 
  10. Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry: Biosensing, Device fabrication,  Luminescence spectroscopy, Nanophotonics, Single-molecule spectroscopy, Ultrafast spectroscopy 
  11. Environmental Chemistry: CO2 sequestration and N2 fixation, Microfluidics based sensing of pollutants, Sensing, Waste management, Water and air purification 
  12. Experimental aspects of Material and Device Physics: Low dimensional materials and artificial superstructures, Nanoscale piezo, Ferro and pyroelectricity, Photovoltaics, Micro and nanostructured device, Nanodevices, and sensors, Spintronics, Organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructured devices, self-powered electronics, sensors, and actuators, Flow fabrication of nanostructures, Microfluidics for sensing and delivery, Nanodimension objects.
  13. Computational Nanoscience: Theoretical condensed matter physics, Exploiting piezoelectricity, electronic charge, spin, and valley degrees of freedom at the Nanoscale for next-generation electronics, Nanomaterials and their interfaces for power conversion: e.g., photovoltaics, photocatalysis, sensors, Designing of spin-interfaces and spintronics materials, Single-molecule magnets and molecular magnetism 
  14. Computational Chemistry: Electron transfer in proteins and enzymatic chemical reactions, Electron transport at molecular nano-junctions 
  15. Computational Biology and Biophysics: Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Protein and Protein-Ligand Interactions, Anti-malarial drug activities and drug designing, Regulation of enzymatic activities of CBS enzymes.

Quick Overview

Type: PhD
Organization: India: Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Mohali
Location: India
Fellowship Amount: As Per UGC norms
Eligibility: Masters
Other Info: Visit Website

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