IIT Madras will receive a grant of Rs 242 crores over a period of five years to conduct research on lab-grown diamonds (LGD) The research will be focused on driving the indigenous manufacturing of LGDs. This development comes in the wake of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announcing an LGD research grant for an IIT.
IIT Madras stated that it will receive a grant for lab-grown diamond research of Rs 242 crores over five years (LGD). The research will be concentrated on promoting the domestic production of LGDs.
This development follows the announcement of an LGD research funding for an IIT by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “Lab grown diamonds (LGD) is a developing industry with tremendous job potential that is driven by technology and creativity. The optical and chemical characteristics of these eco-friendly diamonds are identical to those of natural diamonds. A research and development fund will be given to one of the IITs for five years in order to promote local production of LGD seeds and machinery and to lessen reliance on imports, Sitharaman said on Wednesday when presenting the budget.
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The India Centre for Lab Grown Diamonds (InCent-LGD) at the institute was chosen for this project based on its two decades of experience in diamond research, according to Ramachandra Rao from the IIT Madras Department of Physics. Rao is the faculty coordinator at IIT Madras’ QuCenDiEM (Quantum Centre for Diamond and Emergent Materials), NFMTC (Nano-Functional Materials Technology Centre), and MSRC (Materials Science Research Centre).
IIT Madras claims that India currently has minimal expertise in the high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) technology needed to create and handle diamond crystals. HPHT machine importation is an expensive endeavour. Microwave generators, vacuum pumps, and sensors are imported for use in Chemical Vapour Deposition machines, which create diamonds.
In addition, Rao claimed that there was a rising demand for LGDs as well as gem-quality diamonds. A wide range of electronic applications, such as magnetometry, thermal management, sensors, and quantum technologies, also require them to be realised.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is renowned for its expertise in technical education, fundamental and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry consulting on a national and worldwide scale.
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