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Research & Development


IIT Indore envisages the convergence of traditional disciplines as the key to accomplish the previously unimaginable. With this foresight, IIT Indore has been promoting inter- disciplinary research programmes focusing on basic and applied research, technology development and innovation. This vision has helped the institute to excel in all spheres of science, engineering, and humanities and social sciences.

A key competency of IIT Indore is research driven academic programme as it forms a core component of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. IIT Indore has consciously promulgated the idea of involving undergraduate students in forefront research projects. This led to the initiation of a formal undergraduate research scheme, Promotion of Research and Innovation for Undergraduate Students (PRIUS).

Research at IIT Indore has been recognized at both international and national level. Faculty members and scientists are actively involved in several key international projects and joint collaborations with research organizations in Japan, South Korea, Russian Federation, Portugal, France, Germany, UK, USA, and many other countries. The institute has been successful in securing 273 externally sponsored research projects with a sanctioned amount of Rs. 100.63 Crore.

Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) was established to encourage entrepreneurship for technology development, economic and social stability. IIT Indore community is actively working towards establishing their own start-ups and thereby applying innovation into practicality for the benefit of all. In the coming years, IIT Indore will develop into a world class centre for higher academic and industrial research, and innovation.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS : Discipline of Chemistry

An increasing demand of functional materials in various interdisciplinary areas of research has emphasized on the development of smart functional biomaterials, which feature a variety of applications in the areas of drug delivery, tissue engineering, wound healing, antimicrobial therapy and 3D printing. Molecular self-assembly is a fundamental and ubiquitous process in nature, which plays an imperative role in many areas of chemical biology for the spontaneous construction of supramolecular architectures. Peptide-based low molecular weight hydrogels (LMWHs) have drawn significant attention owing to their therapeutic values and potential applications in the areas of biomedicine.
An Amoc (9-anthracenemethoxycarbonyl)-capped dipeptide-based biocompatible, injectable, thixotropic and self-healable hydrogel has shown antibacterial efficacy against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. In vivo anti-inflammatory activity of the hydrogel has been investigated using the rat air pouch model of acute inflammation. The rat air pouch is one of the most elegant in vivo models to study acute-granulomatous inflammation. In this model, air pouch is made by the subcutaneous injection of sterile air over several days into the thoracic region of the back of the rat. Injection of inflammatory agent carrageenan administration induces the oxidative stress response, increment in the fluid exudates volume and the histological change in the inner cellular lining of the rat air pouch. Further, hydrogel injection into rat air pouch confirms anti-inflammatory nature of the peptide-based biomaterial.

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS : Humanities and Social Sciences

Recent digital-born electronic literature has heterogeneous components such as kinetic texts, kinetic images, graphical designs, sounds, and videos. These digital components are embedded with the main text as the paratext of print and digital works such as preface, author’s name, illustrations, and title. However, the comparative study between paratext and embedded paratext of electronic literature shows different strategic patterns and functions of these entities. We discuss the conceptual framework of illuminant devices of paratexts and propose a new term technoeikon to recognize the functions of embedded literary artefact in digital literary works.

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