Nanotechnology Research Centre (NRC)

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahid Rafique


“If I were asked for an area of science and engineering that will most likely produce the break through of tomorrow, I would point to nanoscale science and engineering.”
-Neal Lane,
Assistant to the President for Science
and Technology, Former Director of the
National Science Foundation
April 1998.
“Nanotechnology has given us the tools…to play with the ultimate toy box of nature – atoms and molecules. The possibilities to create new things appear to be limitless.
-Horst Stormer, Nobel Laureate.

Nanotechnology is the technology of tools and techniques that allow the atoms and molecules of all the matter to be understood, imaged and manipulated. It represents the beginning of a revolutionary new age in our ability to manipulate materials for the good of humanity and has been growing explosively in the past few years, since the realization that creating new materials and devices from nanostructure could access new and improved properties and functionalities. Major technological revolutions, including the industrial revolution and the dawn of the information era, have revealed how new discoveries can drastically change our lives. There is no doubt that rapid technological transformations require new paradigms of how to educate the next generation of leaders in academia and industry. By virtue of their interdisciplinary nature, rapid advances in nanoscale science and technology can only thrive in a collaborative environment in which faculty and students from different disciplines discuss ideas, work together, and share their expertise.

    Establishment and Affiliation

    The Nanotechnology Research Centre (NRC) at University of Engineering and Technology was established in 2008 to focus on such precision engineering or tailoring of materials. The NRC has started working backed up by the Department of Physics and Laser and Optronics Centre with state of the art equipment and diagnostic tools. After this first step, intensive efforts have been devoted to built and sketch the criteria of NRC. In addition to provide the nanoscale research facilities, the NRC also involve in taking such initiatives which could lead towards the involvement of scientists and researchers both from within the country and out of the country.
    Nanotechnology Research Centre (NRC) is affiliated with the Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. This centre is planning to involve other departments of this university as nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field. It is hope that with such an approach the centre will able to fulfill its aims and objectives. At the same time great emphasis will also be given on the application of nanotechnology in research, science, engineering and medicine which will be very much vital for socio-economic development of Pakistan.



    The importance of nanotechnology lies in the fact that it allows the fabrication of nanostructures owing physical and chemical properties that are unique and often conspicuously different from their bulk parent counterparts. These distinct properties make the nanostructures potential candidates for different nanoscale electrical, thermoelectrical, optical, magnetic, bio-medical and sensor device applications. Considering the importance of the above aspects, research in NRC is focused on the experimental and theoretical work to study the main variable issues of nanoscience, nanodevices and nanostructures. Research projects for MSC and M. Phil studies have already been started and further advancement is under progress.

    In future MSC, M. Phil and PhD programs will be started in the following fields to specify the other branches of Nanotechnology.

    1. Nanoscale Science and Technology.
    2. Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics.
    3. Nanomaterials for Nanoengineering.
    4. Nanomaterials in Medicine.