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Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science and Nanotechnology

The Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science and Nanotechnology (SSCSSN) is established in 2008 under the leadership of distinguished Prof. Dinesh O. Shah in the Faculty of Technology, Dharmsinh Desai University (DDU), Nadiad, Gujarat, India with initial funding from Industries & Mines Department, Government of Gujarat. SSCSSN aims to be a premier R & D center in India in the areas of Surface Science and Nanotechnology and to provide leadership and guidance to industry and academia by offering high quality teaching and research programs and enhance center’s visibility by high impact publications in reputed journals and generate intellectual property for the center in emerging technologies, and prepare the students to meet technological challenges of the 21st Century. SSCSSN will provide a platform for multi-disciplinary projects by combining the talents of multidisciplinary team comprising various faculties within DDU, as well as collaborating with other research organizations, Institutes, faculties, Universities and Industries both nationally and globally to enhance the quality of life, public health and environment. The focus is on identifying and solving problems of various industries and developing new technical solutions, processes and technologies through innovative and strategic research. The Government of Gujarat has recognized the center as a Center of Excellence for Research and Development Activities. We acknowledge that the center’s contribution was honoured by National Leadership Award by Dainik Bhaskar Group.

Dr. D.O. Shah, Founding Director SSCSSN, is renowned Professor and Scientist having more than 40 years research experience in the area of Surfactant Science. He has served as the Director of Center of Surface Science and Engineering at University of Florida during 1984 – 2008. He has published more than 270 research papers, and has written and edited 10 books. Dr. Shah has been honored with so many awards.

The SSCSSN is an R&D center that accommodates about 21 sophisticated instruments to carry out research and analysis in Surface Science and Nanotechnology. There are 5 core faculties and 6 associated faculties, 5 research scholars and 4 project fellows involved in the functioning of R&D activities of the Center. SSCSSN provide instrumental analysis and other resources to Universities, Institutes, government agencies, and Industries for modest fees. We offer special discounts to University students and our Industrial partners for sample analysis.

SSCSSN is established on a truly joint partnership of academia, industry and Government of Gujarat. At present more than 25 companies are supporting the research projects at the center. In short span of its establishment, Center has earned 15 Government sponsored research projects and 12 Industry funded projects. In past 8 years we have published more than 56 research publications in international peer reviewed journals.

SSCSSN has entered in to tri-partite agreement with University of Florida and Columbia University under the IUCRC program of National Science Foundation, USA. Dept. of Science & Technology-India will support this program in India. Under this program 16 companies have joined SSCSSN as Industrial Advisory Board Members for Industry oriented research activities. SSCSSN-DDU is one of the first such partners from Gujarat to enter into this NSF sponsored International program. Center also has collaborative projects with nearby Universities in these areas as well as overseas Institutions in Sweden, Taiwan and USA.
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    Dr. Tulsi Mukherjee, Ex. Director, along with colleagues.

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    Dr. Dinesh O. Shah, Founding Director, along with colleagues.

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    Dr. Shah with Dr. H.M. Desai, Vice Chancellor

Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science and Nanotechnology