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)


Raja Annapooranan(Master's student in Materials Science and Engineering, UC San Diego; rajaindia1995@gmail.com)
"I am Raja Annapooranan, currently a Master's student in Materials science and engineering program, at University of California, San Diego. During my undergraduate program in College of engineering Guindy, Anna University, I worked closely with Professor Tiju Thomas at IIT Madras for my Bachelor's thesis on Synthesis and characterisation of Silicon doped Carbon nanotubes. Working under the guidance of Professor Thomas has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my academic life. I was able to learn significantly from every research meeting with Professor Thomas, let it be a new concept or an interesting perspective of something I already knew. During the span of eight months I worked with Professor, I learnt the importance of many essential qualities such as communication, critical thinking, approaching a technical problem from the basic principles, on carrying out research in an organised manner among many others, which help me everyday in my graduate studies. Most importantly, Professor Thomas has imparted a lot of passion towards scientific research and also stressed the importance of ethics. I would proudly say that Professor Thomas gave me the necessary impetus towards a career in academic research and I look forward to work with him in the future."

Jones Joseph Jebaraj (djonesjebaraj@mepcoeng.ac.in; Mepco Schlenk Engineerin College)
"I write these words from the bottom of my heart. Dr. Tiju is one person whom I admire very much. His way of approach with people is very warm and cordial. He is one of my role models in how a teacher-student relation must be. He is always empathetic towards the students and always thoughtful about improving the teaching-learning process so as to enhance the quality of education offered in our country (India).

I first met him during a course on Materials Science (Materials Chemistry of Solids, Semiconductors and Nanostructures, to be precise). Shoot him with any question in his field and you would instantly get an answer. The length and breadth of his knowledge amazed all the participants who attended the workshop.

He has a big goal of creating a platform for all the academicians to help them grow in their career. I wish for this desire of his to get fulfilled.

Neelam Meena; Student; Attended "Advanced Materials and Processes' course at IITM
"I was not enrolled in this course initially but I wanted to opt it, as I was curious in knowing about materials and processes engineering. It provided new insights of looking material with an engineering point of view. It motivated me and made me more curious now for the new innovations. During special interest group (SIG) project too, I wanted to opt for Nano materials but friends were more interested in Spintronics. That too was a great experience. "

Rajesh Prusty (email: nitrkl.rajeshprusty@gmail.com; background: B.Tech (Metallurgy) from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela; M. E from Indian Institute of Science; currently Assistant Professor in NIT (Rourkela))
"During my master's program at IISc (Bangalore), I worked with Dr. Tiju Thomas and Prof. U. Ramamurty; this work resulted in my first journal publication. Dr. Tiju's continuous support and motivation has shaped my research career significantly. In addition, his prompt and diligent use of electronic media like e-mail, sms, watsapp etc. helped in accelerating my research work. Starting from experimental work to paper writing, he has always helped me in ways that were constructive and useful. I wish to continue receive knowledge, suggestions and inspiration from him. "

Prof. R. Hari Krishna (background: Ph.D (Materials Chemistry), Visvesvaraya Technological University; currently Assistant Professor at M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology)
"I am R. Hari Krishna, currently an Assistant Professor (Chemistry) in M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. My supervisor Dr. Nagabhushana and my external advisor Dr. Tiju Thomas played the most important roles during my doctorate. I consider my own doctoral journey a very successful one : I have published 15 papers in international high impact journals, and have also found very apt and appropriately-timed placement. Each time I wrote a research article, I would have extensive discussions with Dr. Thomas. He always offered helpful and critical comments, and would vet our working hypothesis very thoroughly. We would develop the thesis of the paper together, and would always ensure timely submission of the work. I must also add that Dr. Thomas has always been a very encouraging presence during my academic career. His well meaning words helped me find hope and motivation during several junctures of my doctorate. I am lucky to get Dr. Thomas as my external research supervisor. I wish to continue my research relation with Dr. Thomas, and sincerely hope to make substantial contributions to the field of luminescent materials through my scientific career."

Rahul Pydimukkala (email: rahulpyd@gmail.com ; background: attended Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) ; currently founder and CEO of ArtofProgramming LLP)
"Dr. Tiju Thomas and I have worked for over 2 years now and it has been a very thrilling experience for me. Over this period Dr. Tiju Thomas has been a valuable advisor and mentor for me and our start-up, Art of Programming Edulabs LLP. Dr. Tiju has expertise in science, engineering and research. He has helped me use the scientific method and has helped me develop a systematic thought process. These skills proved useful during the ideation phase of a particular novel statistics software for doing data analysis. We are currently developing this software in collaboration. As an advisor at Art of Programming Edulabs, he has greatly helped us with his knowledge in education research and pedagogy. Besides his role as an advisor or mentor Dr. Tiju, has always been a wonderful friend through thick and thin. He is someone who is known for his understanding and inclusive nature; he always steps up to help his students and mentees. I am grateful to work with him. "

Dr. Lori Lepak (background: B.S (Harvard), M.S and Ph.D (Cornell); currently Research Engineer (Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC))
"I feel privileged to have been a friend to my former labmate, Tiju Thomas, for nearly seven years now. For many of those years, we met every week for scientific discussions over tea. Nearly every time, before we'd get to the bottom of our cups, Tiju and I would nucleate ideas for at least half a dozen new potential projects to collaborate on! He has always been a veritable fountain of ideas, and bubbling over with enthusiasm for sharing them. What particularly impresses me about Tiju is his extraordinary broadness of mind. I am referring not only to his commitment to accepting colleagues and students on their own terms, or to his boundless scientific curiosity -- although Tiju certainly possesses both. As a scientist, Tiju uses his broad intellect to draw inspiration from electrical engineering, physics, materials science, and chemistry to find creative, interdisciplinary solutions to the great environmental problems of our time. As a teacher and mentor, Tiju never loses sight of his students' humanity and need to develop as whole persons, as he guides them toward the achievement of their professional goals. And so, Tiju, I raise a cup of chai to you! "

Niya Mary (email: niyamary0@gmail.com; background: M.Sc (Inorganic Chemistry), Mahatma Gandhi University)
"I have been working with Dr. Tiju Thomas for over 2 years now. I joined Dr. Tiju's lab (Materials Research Center, IISc) when I was a fresh M.Sc. In a short time, he gave me training in fields such as green synthesis of nanomaterials (including ultra small quantum dots), materials characterization, heterogeneous photocatalysis, adsorptive water treatment. He also trained to perform scientific writing. Dt. Tiju's views about work culture, project management, upkeep of research-lab etc. has helped me set up a well-functioning lab wherein the best practices are followed. He is a good and cooperative teacher; he gives me freedom to work on problems. We have at least one meeting every day, during which he makes me to think and work independently. Dr. Tiju is very open minded person, and we have several well-functioning, fruitful national and international collaborations as a result. "