Admission to the PhD programmes is normally made on the basis of an interview of eligible candidates conducted by the Department, through its Department Research Committee (DRC). The DRC may decide to conduct a written test as well, or multiple interviews, or other ways or testing, in order to screen the candidates. Applications are invited from candidates by advertising the programmes in Employment News/web portals in March for the first semester and in October for the second semester every year.
The Department offers both full time and part-time PhD programs and students are admitted twice a year. Students with Masters or Bachelors degree in relevant disciplines with either CSIR/UGC/GATE qualification can apply. Core research areas in the department include:
Structure-property correlation in advanced materials, Metal matrix composites, 3D printing, nanoscale friction and wear, Auxetic materials, Materials characterization using advanced microscopy, phase transformations, tools, functionally graded materials, nanomaterials.
Synthesis of polymers, structure-property correlation in polymers, Rheology and processing of polymers, polymer matrix composites, tribology and mechanical behaviour of polymers, membranes for various applications, antifouling and antibiofouling materials.
Advanced ceramics, high entropy alloys, materials for extreme environments, thermal barrier coatings, Alloy processing and properties, refractory metals and compounds
First-principles Density Functional Theory (DFT) based materials simulations and design, Molecular dynamics, Excited-state properties, Computational Catalysis, Micromagnetic simulations
Semiconductor nanostructures and device applications, Magnetic nanowires and magnetic tunnel junctions for spintronic device applications; Organic electronics.