Research & Development

IIT Indore envisages the process of convergence of traditional disciplines as the key to accomplish the previously unimaginable. With this foresight, IIT Indore has been promoting multi-disciplinary research programme, focusing on basic and applied research, technology development and innovation. It is this vision that has helped the institute to do very well in all spheres of science, engineering and humanities and social sciences.


A core competency of IIT Indore is research driven academic programme as it forms a core component of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. At IIT Indore, we have consciously promulgated the idea of involving undergraduate students in forefront research projects. This led to the initiation of a formal undergraduate research scheme entitled, "Promotion of Research and Innovation for Undergraduate Students".

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Research at IIT Indore has been recognized at international level with active participation in several key international projects and several joint collaborations with research organizations in Japan, South Korea, Russian Federation, Portugal, France, Germany, USA, and many other countries. The institute has been successful in securing 82 externally sponsored research projects worth over Rs. 22 Crores.


IIT Indore recognizes that encouraging entrepreneurship for technology development, economic and social stability is need of the hour. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) at IIT Indore was started with the same vision. IIT Indore students are in the process of having their own start-ups thus applying innovation into practicality for the benefit of all. In the coming years, IIT Indore will develop into a world class centre for higher academic and industrial research and innovation.



Some novel Schiff base chemosensors (L1-L5) have been designed based on electron activating/ deactivating properties and characterized by single crystal X-ray crystallography. Among those, the molecular probe having most electronegative group selectively sense Al3+ and Zn2+ by switching on the fluorescence in the adduct. The molecule L1 remains non-fluorescent in solution due to photo-induced electron transfer (PET), excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) and C=N bond isomerization. However, in presence of metal ion, chelation-induced enhanced fluorescence (CHEF) comes into play to inhibit all the processes and induce dramatic fluorescence increase in the adduct. The underlying mechanism and experimental observations have been corroborated with theoretical calculations. The chemosensor, L1 has been found to be effective to determine the concentration of the selective ions in real sample (drug analysis) and detect them in living cells through optical imaging at physiological pH.


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High-speed broadband-communication has been playing a key role in present information era. Optical-fiber-communication provides high-speed and enormous-bandwidth. We are able to design and fabricate an ultra-compact photonic-device with low-loss, nano-scale optical-confinement, wide-bandwidth and low-dispersion. Our novel-approach of guiding and controlling the light at real nano-scale together with fabrication process developed for such devices makes our device ideal for high-speed broadband communication. The coupling of light with collective-oscillations of free-electrons at a metal-dielectric-interface is a potential candidate for nano-scale optical confinement beyond the diffraction-limit. We have utilized a high-index semiconductor-layer to offer a leaky-mode-confinement underneath the confinement-layer for the further reduction in the losses and for the tight-control in propagation-characteristics.


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