With the Union Budget announcing its Rs 200 crore grant for product innovations,the scientific community at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) hopes that this will create more scope for cutting edge research in the institute.
This is the first time that a budgetary allocation for innovation has been made. This will definitely boost innovative projects across the country as well as NCL, said Sourav Pal,Chairman,NCL. We have been doing various innovative projects for the past two years and will continue to do so. Our scientists are currently working on many projects,some being in the R&D stage, Pal said.
NCL will also be sending proposals for various research projects to be undertaken under the innovation grant. We research and develop projects that has applications for the common man. We have various dedicated innovative groups. We are also working on special drugs and drinking water membranes among others. Research on peptides is still in the R&D stage. We hope this will soon have a practical application which will be beneficial for the society in general, said Pal.
Peptides,which are short chains of amino acids, are being researched upon across the world for their potential use in treating cancer and other such diseases.
Apart from area of chemicals,NCL also plans to expand into the field of energy. We are also considering tapping into solar energy,fuel cells etc. Currently,they are all in the R&D stage and it will be too soon to talk about them, said Pal.