Condensed Matter Physics & Material Science

The scientific activity of the Condensed Matter Physics & Material Science division is primarily focused to explore fundamental physics of bulk as well as low dimensional materials, design and development of new frontier materials for next generation applications. We employ advanced techniques to synthesize and probe surface and interface effects in materials, optoelectronic properties of combinatorial thin films, and physics of Graphene and low dimensional systems for nanodevice applications.

Members

Thrust Areas

  • Flexible thin films/nano-structures for renewable energy
  • Material modifications and machining with the ion beams
  • Physics of graphene and nano-devices
  • Low dimensional strongly correlated electron systems

Research Facilities

  • Variable Temperature Ultrasonicator
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • High Temperature Vacuum Furnaces
  • Optical Microscope

Recent Research Activities

  • Combinatorial amorphous transparent conducting oxide materials
  • Wide band gap semiconductor nanostructures
  • Mechanical reliability of cathode materials in Li-ion battery
  • Nanoscale charge transport in organic solar cell materials
  • Band structure calculations of low dimensional systems
  • Controlled smooth edge formation of Graphene nanoribbons (theory)
  • Synthesis of Graphene using electrostatic deposition
  • Development of chemical vapor deposition system
  • Nanostructuring alloy surfaces using ion beams
  • Early stage wet etching of silicon surfaces
  • Topographical length scale studies of hierarchical surfaces
  • Cell proliferation studies on rough surfaces

Collaborations

  • PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  • University of Durham, UK