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Electronic Materials & Components Development Division
Components and materials are the backbone of Electronics and Information Technology (IT) Hardware Sector. Electronic materials are at the core of design, development of electronic component manufacturing, while electronic components are the heart of electronic equipment hardware. Development in modern handheld gadgets such as cell phone, iPOD, Palm Top/LapTop computers, portable test & measuring equipments and other communications & competing gadgets etc. has been due to miniaturization of electronic components and advancement in assembly technologies etc. New technologies used for miniaturization of electronic hardware are driven by innovations in new materials and associated process technologies.
Photonics, a cutting edge technology merging optics with electronics, is essential for generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The applications of photonics are found in every field including information communication technologies, manufacturing, lighting, security, life sciences, medical sciences, fiber-optics, technological backbone of the World Wide Web, CDs, holograms, lasers, etc.
Environmental protection and pollution abatement towards sustainable development are the thrust areas throughout the developed world. The need to adopt more environmentally responsible manufacturing processes is forcing industry to make changes in the conventional processes, product and services offered, for sustainable development. Electronics waste is also growing in alarming rate and e-waste is the fastest growing item in the solid-waste stream. E-waste contains hazardous chemicals; therefore environmental friendly recovery of the e-waste is an important social responsibility.
Examples of few processes/technologies being worked out for the development and optimal use of materials/ components include the following. Thick film paste materials (resistors, capacitors, hybrids and solar cells), Phosphors (PDPs, white LEDs), sensors, materials for information storage devices, ceramics for electronics devices and packaging, Electronics waste management technologies optical fibre communication, Biophotonics, Green Photonics, Special Optical Fibers-PCF (Photonic crystal Fibers), Optoelectronic Packaging, Nanophotonics, Photonic Crystal Fibres, Polymers for Photonics, Photonics Sensors etc.
For Further Information
Dr (Mrs.) Niloufer Shroff
Scientist G & Head (Electronics Materials and Components Division)
e-Mail: niloufershroff AT hotmail.com