Tiju ThomasDepartment of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Sardar Patel Road, Chennai 600036, Tamil Nadu, India
Contactph. no: +91 8056456442
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Our group focuses on developing compositionally complex ceramics (oxides, oxynitrides and nitrides), and nanometals for pursuing functional materials of use for practical devices. In particular, we have home built (ambient, and high pressure) reactors for nitridation of materials, which gives us unique capabilities. We also have started working on electrospinning based quantum nanostructure-polymer composites for water research (say for sensor or remediation applications), in particular. Examples of quantum nanostructures we are studying and using include quantum dots, quantum wires, and nano-carbons.
Problems concerning functional properties of materials (electrical and electronic, optical, magnetic; applied surfaces and interfaces) are of abiding interest to us. In particular work at the nexus of solar energy harvesting, optical property/band gap and interface engineering, and materials in water research have been the group's recent focus. Much of the science we do is easily extensible to sensor materials research. Eco-friendly, green materials engineering perspectives guide the synthetic chemical and fabrication routes that the group develops for fulfilling it goals. Furthermore correlations between chemical synthesis, materials processes, and device performance is an increasingly common theme in the group's activities. We perform theory and computations (molecular dynamics and ab-initio; phenomenological) to this effect.
Because of our inter-disciplinarity, we do experiments, theory and computation. We also welcome students from diverse backgrounds. The group is extremely diverse and inclusive; we enjoy that and welcome everyone! We have students from chemistry, materials engineering, pharmacy, and allied engineering/technology backgrounds working with us.
Philosophy and Academic Orientation
Our approach tends to be very student-centric and welcoming of all, and we consistently succeed in engaging with students with diverse academic backgrounds. This allows the students to make the best of her/his stay with us. We tend to be very sensitive to the long and short term goals of our students, and try our best to help her/him achieve all that s/he wishes for.
Because of our inter-disciplinarity, we tend to work with students and collaborate with faculty members from very diverse backgrounds. In the recent past we have worked extensively with professional chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, chemical and polymer engineers, materials and metallurgical engineers, mechanical engineers. Our engagement with industry and other scientific/technology agencies is on the up-swing. An "applied" approach to materials science makes this trans- and inter-disciplinary work possible.
Being a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative research group, we naturally tend to encourage our students to be both analytic and creative. We are constantly urging our students to think big, and aim high. Disruptive science and technology that will have global impact is what we aim at working on.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you are interested in joining ANEN or knowing more about us, and the work we do.
Wishing you the very best
Tiju Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org ; +91 8056456442)
Dr. Tiju Thomas
Mr. Bhusankar Talluri
U Naveen Kumar
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. Ranga Rao, Chemistry, IITM)
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. T. Pradeep, Chemistry, IITM)
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. Somnath Chandra Roy, Physics, IITM)