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.



Our research endeavors include Surface Technologies, Coatings’ Tribology and Solid Lubrication. We primarily focus on the development of protective coatings with a suitable combination of hardness, thermal stability, wear and corrosion resistance and low friction characteristics following different methods and procedures. Hard coatings can be manufactured in-situ or ex-situ through laser surface alloying (LSA) or powder metallurgical routes. Manufacturing such hard metal matrix or ceramic matrix composite coatings can increase the potential of a metal surface in tribological applications. We are also involved in the development of electroless Ni plating, which is also one effective route to manufacture metal alloy or composite coatings with considerable superiority in terms of hardness and tribological properties and has relevance to aerospace, automotive, chemical and electrical industries. Presently, we are trying to find a way to incorporate lubricious phases into the electroless coating matrix with a view to improve its frictional properties.


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Lead-free, single phase, piezoelectric Na0.47Bi0.47Ba0.06Ti(1–x)VxO3 (0 < x < 0.03) polycrystalline powders were successfully synthesized using modified sol-gel method. Structural analysis of synchrotron radiation source powder x-ray diffraction data confirmed the rhombohedral R3c phase for unpoled samples at ambient temperature, due to a long-range order established in lattice system after poling. V+5 doping increases the rhombohedral distortion in unpoled and poled samples while it reduces the tetragonality in poled samples. Vibrational studies confirmed that unpoled samples have more lattice disorder compared to poled samples. X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy measurement confirmed that Ti and V in 4+ and 5+ oxidation states for all poled and unpoled samples and their pre-edge feature increased after poling. Microstructure analysis showed that average grain size was found to decrease due to reduction in oxygen vacancies by the donor doping, from 5.6 6 0.5 lm to 1.0 6 0.2 lm for x ¼ 0 and 0.03, respectively.


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