Research

The Department carries out cutting edge research in many frontier areas of Materials Science and Engineering. Active research groups exist in the fields of Processing and Characterization of Materials, Thermodynamics, Computational Materials Science and Advanced Materials such as Bulk Metallic Glasses, Composites, Structural Ceramics, Intermetallics, Shape Memory Alloys and Bio Materials. The Department is generously funded by various governmental funding agencies such as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and University Grants Commission (UGC). It also has strong partnership with several leading industries like Alcoa, Cookson Electronics, General Motors, Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, The Boeing Company, TVS Motors, and Volkswagen, to name a few. Some of the ongoing research topics in the department include:

  • Nanostructured materials.
  • Bio-mineral processing of ores including beneficiation & leaching.
  • Biological templates for materials synthesis.
  • Environmental engineering, including heavy-metal ion & toxic element removal.
  • Synthesis of thin films by laser ablation & decomposition of precursors.
  • Mechanical characterization & interfacial fracture of thin films.
  • Laser welding of dissimilar welds.
  • High temperature creep & superplasticity.
  • Mechanical characterization of bulk metallic glasses, foams & composites.
  • Development of smart materials including shape memory alloys.
  • Fabrication of new composites based on light metals, polymers & ceramics.
  • Development of applications in low density structures, electronic packaging, brakes & wear plates.
  • Development of Mg, Al & Ti alloys for next generation aircraft & automobiles.
  • Quasi-crystalline phases in novel systems.
  • 3D Microscopy.
  • Experimental measurements & development of models for thermodynamic data in semiconductors & ceramics with applications in microelectronics, sensors & batteries.
  • Nanometric dispersions of Fe-based compounds for use as soft & hard magnetic materials.
  • Numerical modeling of fluid flow through porous media & novel metal refining processes.
  • Monte Carlo & phase simulations of phase transformations & coarsening.
  • Solidification, mass & heat transfer modeling of laser processing of materials.
  • Crystallographic texture in structural & functional materials.
  • Solid-state diffusion in materials.
  • Computational materials science.