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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.


RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

New dimensions in nano-plasmonics

Metal coated ZnO system offers new horizons in the field of plasmonic and optoelectronic devices. Exciton-plasmon coupling, hot carrier generation through inter-band transitions, decay of surface plasmons into carriers and formation of barrier at the interface plays crucial role in the determination of enhancement ratio. Non-noble metals like Al, Cr provides economic and simple way to tune the UV emission and passivation of defect related emissions. Previously reported mechanisms behind the passivation of defect level emission were satisfactory for noble metals only. Interestingly, the involvement of hot carrier generation either through interband transitions and/or decay of surface plasmons can satisfactorily explain the passivation of defect level emissions and enhancement of UV emission for all categories of metals. UV and visble photodetectors were also fabricated and it was found that Al/Cr coating can significantly improve the device performance.

 

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Nano-hetero-architectures: prominent field electron emitters for displays

The high aspect ratio and sharp tip features of one-dimensional (1D) metal oxide nanostructures have engaged most of the researchers to explore their electronic/physical properties for the development of efficient functional devices for energy conversion and conservation. TiO2 is one of them but explored to a certain extent for field-emission displays despite its low work function of 3.9 to 4.5 eV. Moreover, the synthesis of pure brookite (β) phase is always challenging due to its metastable nature and commonly accompanied with the anatase and/or rutile phases. That is why numerous scientific reports are found on the utilization of rutile and anatase phases for a variety of applications including field emitters. High-temperature calcination and annealing processes were unsuccessful in yielding pure β phase.

 

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