How this nanotech start-up by IIT-Roorkee alumnus

How this nanotech start-up by IIT-Roorkee alumnus is fighting pollution.

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Akshay Singhal started the company while studying B.Tech at IIT Roorkee along with his father, who now handles manufacturing for the company He is also pursuing a PhD in nanotechnology.

A nanotechnology R&D company that bridges the gap between laboratory-developed technologies and market-ready products. Singhal has a single-minded focus on graphene, a new wonder material which is an allotrope of carbon. It is 200 times stronger than steel but the thinnest material at the same time. The University of Manchester, which researches the material, says that "it is a superb conductor and can act as a perfect barrier - not even helium can pass through it." The material, however, is expensive - as high as `5,000 a gram. Log 9's USP is to develop processes to make it suitable for specific applications in a commercially viable way. The start-up has targeted the purification market.

Akshay told, that his foray into nanotechnology and graphene began with small lessons from his grandfather Vipin Kumar, a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Delhi.