DESY and India to collaborate in advanced materials research

Professor C.N.R. Rao and Professor Albrecht Wagner shake hands after signing the Indian-DESY scientific collaboration.

DESY has welcomed India as a new partner for a close collaboration in photon science at DESY´s light sources FLASH and PETRA III. On 28 January 2009, a delegation of scientists and Government representatives from India and the DESY Directorate signed a Letter of Intent to establish a scientific collaboration in nano science, nano technology, and advanced materials research. India will have access to DESY’s cutting-edge light sources and in return contribute hardware, manpower and services.

“This is a great moment for Indian science, and the collaboration between Indian institutions and DESY will significantly add value to the excellent research being done by Indian scientists in nano science, nano technology and advanced materials. The PETRA III and FLASH facilities will open new windows for scientific enquiries and novel scientific results,” said Professor C.N.R. Rao, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, who led the delegation.

“We are delighted to welcome India as a partner in our projects PETRA III and FLASH. We are sure that Indian scientists can make important contributions to the scientific results at these light sources” said Professor Albrecht Wagner, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors.

The formal agreement will be signed shortly at Government level.