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Our research activities involve synthesis, characterization, modification, and applications of a variety of nanomaterials and nanocomposites

  • Synthesized nanomaterials include: carbon nanotubes, graphene, TiO2 nanostructures, bismuth nanohexagons, metal nanoparticles such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and zinc.
  • Graphene-TiO2 nanocomposites,, nanostructured iron oxides, and nanostructured aluminosilicates.
  • Methods of synthesis include: chemical vapor deposition, electrodeposition, hydrothermal and sol-gel.
  • These materials are being used in dye-sensitized solar cells, electrochemical sensors, and drug delivery.

Investigators: Dr. Murali Ranagarajan, Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar, Dr. D. Kumaresan, Dr. T.G. Satheesh Babu, Dr. M. Sivakumar, Dr. Sudip Kumar Batabyal. 

Customized Nano-Materials for Industry’s Needs

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Energy Technology

Energy technology research focuses on the development of materials and devices for energy storage and conversion. Key project themes include:

  • Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells including solution processed Photovoltaic Devices
  • Materials development for solar water splitting
  • Hydrogen production & storage
  • Fuel Cells.

Investigators: Dr. Sudip Kumar Batabyal. Dr. D. Kumaresan, Dr. Thirugnasambandam G. M., Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar, Dr. S. Guhan,

Advanced Energy Technologies including Low-Cost Solar Cells

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Polymer and Polymer Composites

Advanced polymer composite materials are being designed and developed for their application in aerospace, aircraft, nuclear and other specialized applications.  Research topics include:

  • Polymeric composite, nano composite and adhesive bonding related to aviation and space applications
  • Development and Characterization of Hybrid and Nanocomposites, Optimization of Polymer Processing Techniques
  • Polymer Structure Property Relationship, Modelling properties of Polymers, Blends and Composites, testing and characterization

Investigators: Dr. Shantanu Bhowmik, Dr. K. Jayanarayanan, Dr. Meera B. Sasikumar, Dr. M. Kannan, Dr. Sankarprasad Bhuniya.

Custom Designed Polymer Composites based on Industry’s requirements

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Biotechnology research work focuses on:

  • Development of theranostic prodrugs, combines diagnosis and therapy to reduce the drug abuse, safety and precise treatment
  • Development of Molecular Sensors (Chemo-sensors & bio-sensors)
  • Development of MRI Contrast Agent involving gadolinium/manganese based T1 MR Contrast agent which can provide information on metabolic process
  • Other investigative work include: Peptide nucleic acids, medicinal chemistry and combinatorial chemistry.

Investigators: Dr. Sankarprasad Bhuniya, Dr. Yamuna R., Dr. T.G. Satheesh Babu, Dr. Prasanna Ramani

Novel Concepts in Drug Delivery, Bio-sensing and Bio-Imaging

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Electrochemical Processing

Electrochemical processes have enabled a paradigm shift in chip making and it is expected to continue to enable further miniaturization of chip-package interconnects, microelectronic packages, printed circuit boards, MEMS, sensors and actuators. Expertise and facilities exist for conducting simulation as well as experimental investigation of electrochemical processes.
Our research focus areas are:

  • Electrodeposition and electroless deposition processes
  • High rate anodic dissolution processes and their application in electrochemical machining,  wet etching,  electropolishing and microfabrication
  • Fabrication of prototype wafer-level electrochemical processing tool
  • Molecular Simulation

Investigators: Dr. Murali Ranagarajan, Dr. Madhav Datta, Dr. Sasanagn Ramanathan, Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar, Dr. Thirugnasambandam G. M, Dr. D. Kumaresan.

Expertise in Electrodeposition, Wet Etching and Electropolishing.

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Electronic Materials & Joining Processes

Research activities focus on development of materials and processes for microelectronic packaging and related areas. Extensive R&D expertise exists at ACIRI and plans are underway to work on major projects in these areas.   Research Topics include:

  • Advanced lead-free flip-chip (C4 solder) materials for customized applications including high power microelectronic and optoelectronic devices.
  • Precision joining of thin layers and structures for fabrication of devices such as MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), microheat exchangers and microfluidics.
  • Development of metal-metal, metal-ceramic bonding processes

Investigators: Dr. Madhav Datta, Dr. Murali Ranagarajan, Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan, Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar

Electronic Materials & Structures with Tailored Properties

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Microheat Exchange Systems

Investigations in this area include design and development of microchannel cooling devices and compact integrated multiphase microchannel reactors. Key topics include:

  • Advanced liquid cooling systems for high power microprocessors and laser diodes.
  • Microchannel multi-phase reactor with orders of magnitude higher heat transfer capability than commercially available reactors.
  • A General Reactor Modeling Software to provide a single step solution for all types of Chemical Reactor Simulations.

Investigators:Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Reddy Regula, Dr. Madhav Datta, Dr. Sriram Devanathan, Dr. Murali Ranagarajan

Energy Efficient Heat Transfer Devices

Selected Sponsered Projects

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Recently Completed Projects

  • Synthesis of intermediates for biologically active molecules (Aventis Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd).,
  • Electrochemically Tailored Compliant Solder Materials for Flip-Chip Joining (DRDO).
  • Development of new and efficient photosensitizers for nanocrystalline TiO2 based dye sensitized solar cells (DRDO).
  • Development of Novel Carbon-Inherently Conducting Polymer (C-ICP) and C-ICP-Metal Nanocomposites with Unusually High Conductivity for Microwave Absorption (DRDO).
  • Development and Testing the Efficacy of a New Dynamically Moulding Footwear for Diabetic Patients (DBT).
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Multi-Layer Shear Damped Visco elastic Treatments for Launch Vehicle Application (ISRO)
  • Synthesis, characterization and liquid crystalline studies of azo, containing porphyrin complex (CSIR).
  • Development of a Novel Microchannel Reactor for the Conversion of Biomass Derived Syngas to Liquid Fuels (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
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On-Going Projects

  • Total Synthesis of modified Berberines – A preliminary anti-cancer study (Heurtey Petrochemical Pvt. Ltd).
  • Development of Ultra High Temperature Resistance Polymeric Nanocomposites for Long Distance Space Applications (ISRO).
  • Particulate Polymer Composites for space applications (ISRO).
  • Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials & Green Technologies (MHRD).
  • Investigation on Carbon Nano Fiber Reinforced Polyether Ether Ketone/Polyether Imides as Polymer Composite Container for Long Time Nuclear Waste Disposal (DAE)
  • Investigation on Carbon Nano Fiber Reinforced Polyether Ether Ketone/Polyether Imides as Polymer Composite Container for Long Time Nuclear Waste Disposal (DAE)
  • Design, synthesis and characterization of modified peptide nucleic acids having electrochemical/fluorescent markers (DST/SERB).
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Planned Projects

  • Durability of High Performance Nano Adhesive Bonding of Aluminium under Aerospace Environments (DRDO Extramural)
  • Fluorite-structured Hydrogen Storage Materials: A new class of high capacity Mg-based alloys (DST Inspire faculty award)
  • Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Water with N-doped Graphene-Hematite Composites for Hydrogen Production (DST)
  • Large Magnetoresistance Electrodeposited Bismuth Films for Low Magnetic Field Sensing (NRB, DRDO)


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