Tiju Thomas

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Sardar Patel Road, Chennai 600036, Tamil Nadu, India


ph. no: +91 8056456442
email id: tt332@cornell.edu or tijuthomas@iitm.ac.in

Our Research Group

Applied Nanostructures Engineering and Nanochemistry (ANEN) Research Group

ID6020 Panel Discussion notes (28 Sep., 2017)

Applied Nanostructures Engineering and Nanochemistry (ANEN) Research Group

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.

Creative Approach
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 (tijuthomas@iitm.ac.in ; +91 8056456442)


Dr. Tiju Thomas
Assistant Professor

Head of the "Applied Nanostructure Engineering and Nanochemistry" lab at the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
About me

Mr. Bhusankar Talluri
PhD Scholar

M.Sc. Organic chemistry, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
B.Sc. Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Research area Digestively ripened quantum nanostructures and their polymer/liquid crystal (LCs) composites for liquid/gas phase sensing applications
E-mail ID bhusankartalluri@gmail.com

PhD Scholar

B.E Materials science and engineering, CEG, Anna University,Chennai
Research area Synthesis of complex functional ceramics and analyzing their sintering behavior using bond valence method enabled moldecular dynamics simulation.
Email ID kousika12@gmail.com

Tanvi Gupte
PhD Scholar

MS (Pharm) Department of Medical Devices, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research-Ahmedabad (NIPER-A), Gujarat
B.Pharm SAL Institute of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Research Area Electrochemical sensors for Arsenic detection in water and understanding effect of Arsenic at cellular level (pathophysiology).
Email ID tanvi.gupte@yahoo.com

PhD Scholar

Research Area Hydrogen evolution from water using chemical, photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical splitting is my main focus of research. Heavy metal sensing, their removal and beneficiation another major interest of mine.
Email ID amalek472@gmail.com

B.Santosh Kumar
PhD Scholar

B.Tech RGUKT Nuzvid, Andhra pradesh.
Internship project on 'Magnetostriction effect on TbFeCo magnetic thin film'
Currently joined as a research scholar in IIT madras under Dr. Tiju thomas
Research area (a) Synthesis of complex functional ceramics and analyzing their sintering behavior using bond valence method enabled moldecular dynamics simulation.
(b) Developing ceramic-device materials for functional properties (dielectrics, multiferroics, photoluminescence, photoelectrochemistry etc.).

U Naveen Kumar
PhD Scholar

B.Tech Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, RGUKT, RK Valley, Andhra Pradesh.
Research area Nanomaterials (oxides and oxynitrides) for energy systems (eg. Supercapacitors)
E-mail ID naveen2469iiit@gmail.com

Bhuvanasundari S
PhD Scholar

M.Sc Materials Science, Anna University, CEG campus, Chennai.
B.Sc Applied Science, PSG Tech, Coimbatore.
Research area Nanomaterials: using morphology transformations and sintering dynamics for charge transfer applications
Nature of work: Both computational and experimental
Email ID bhuvanasundarisiva@gmail.com

Sourav Ghosh
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. Ranga Rao, Chemistry, IITM)

M.Tech Nanotechnology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu.
B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, Kalyani Government Engineering College(WBUT), Kalyani, West Bengal.
Research area (a) Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of the novel composites, (b) appropriate optimization of nanomaterials based on charge transfer characteristics and equivalent circuit modelling, and (c) packaging of optimized material to make a supercapacitor with competitive charge-discharge characteristics.
Email ID mm17d301@smail.iitm.ac.in

S Jenifer
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. T. Pradeep, Chemistry, IITM)

M.Tech Nanoscience and technology, Anna University.
B.Tech Biotechnology, Veltech University (Dr. RR Dr. SR College of Engineering).
Research area (a) Nanomaterials for Arsenometry, and (b) in-situ Arsenometry/ As concentration mapping in water and cells using non-contact phosphometry.
Email ID jenyivy@gmail.com

Ragulkrishnan V
PhD Scholar (also advised by: Prof. Somnath Chandra Roy, Physics, IITM)

M.Tech Nano Science and Technology, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.
B.E Electronics and Communication Engineering, University College of Engineering Dindigul, Tamilnadu.
Reseach Area (a) Photoelectrochemical nano-cataysts for CO2 sequestration, (b) development and use full solar spectrum absorbers for (a), and (c) suitable functionalization and electrochemical investigation of photoanode.
Email ID krishnanragul@gmail.com

Dr. G. Sudha Priyanga
Post Doctotal Fellow

PhD Physics (Computational Material Science), Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamilnadu.
Reseach Area First principles study of structural, electronic, magnetic, mechanical and opticalproperties of perovskite structured materials for solar energy applications.
Email ID sudhapriyanga24@gmail.com

Ankit Nagar
PhD Scholar (also advised by Prof. T. Pradeep, Chemistry, IITM)

M.Tech Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur
B.Tech. Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur
Reseach Area Building atomically precise solids via additive manufacturing
Email ID ankitnr19@gmail.com

Ramesh Kumar
MS Scholar (also advised by Prof. T. Pradeep, Chemistry, IITM)

B.Tech. SRM University, Chennai, TamilNadu
Reseach Area Micro-nanostructured surfaces for atmospheric water collection
Email ID rameshsoni2100@gmail.com

Smarak Rath
MS Scholar

B.Tech. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, NIT Rourkela, Rourkela, Odisha
Reseach Area Study of oxynitride quantum dots and complex ceramics using Bond Valence Molecular Dynamics
Email ID niksrath@gmail.com

M L Aparna
PhD Scholar (advised also by Prof. G Ranga Rao, Chemistry, IITM)

M.Tech Nanotechnology, VIT Vellore
B.Tech. Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Mar Athanasious College of Engineering, Kothamangalam
Reseach Area Synthesis and Characterisation of nanomaterials for the application in energy storing devices mainly supercapacitors. Experimental and Computation realization followed by the fabrication of supercapacitor devices
Email ID ammu592@gmail.com

Debashis Mahato
Ph.D. Scholar (advised also by Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Materials, IITM)

M.Tech Materials science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal
M.Sc. M.Sc. Physics (Specialization Electronics), S.K.B. University, West Bengal
B.Sc. Physics, Burdwan University, West Bengal
Reseach Area (a) Si-CNT and Si composite derived from a single step, arc discharge process, to enable both the mechanical stability of polymer membrane and for ensuring adequate proton conductivity. (b) Perovskite-based oxynitride and nitride materials as novel electrocatalysts. (c) Exploration of highly hygroscopic perovskites (eg. halide perovskites and double perovskites) in enhancing proton conductivity for Fuel cell applications.
Email ID debaphy961@gmail.com

Megha Goyal
PhD Scholar (also advised by Prof. T. Pradeep, Chemistry, IITM)

M.Tech. Material Science and Nanotechnology, NIT Kurukshetra, Kurukshetra, Haryana
B.Tech. DIT University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Reseach Area Microfluidics based sensor for water purification and contamination detection
Email ID goelmegha1995@gmail.com

Manchala Venkatesh
PhD Scholar (MS+Ph.D) External (Junior Research Fellow at ARCI Chennai; Co-Guide at ARCI: Dr. Bijoy Kumar Das)

B.Tech. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, RGUKT, Nuzvid, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh
Reseach Area Development of Layered Sodium transition metal oxides for Sodium ion battery as a cathode material
Email ID venkatesh.mmesklm@gmail.com