The ceramic group is dedicated to the development of novel materials and processes, which have strong scientific base and possess great scope for commercial and strategic applications. The group comprises people with diverse expertise in material science, chemistry, physics and ceramic technology. This is ideally suited for taking up application oriented projects in some of the frontier areas of material science and technology. The main focus of research in the group is oriented towards development of sol-gel ceramics, nano structures and coatings, novel superconducting and magnetic materials, materials for wireless communication and eco friendly building components. The group has successfully implemented several nationally important projects with financial support from Defence, Atomic Energy, DST and public sector industries. Some of the projects related to advanced materials are supported under international collaboration. On an average the research group is supported to the tune of 45% by funding from external sources other than CSIR.
The success of the group is attributed to factors like selection of the relevant research projects, co-ordinated efforts of research team consisting of scientists, technical officers, research students and project staff and excellent participation from industry.
Department of Electron Microscopy aims to strengthen the microscopy group for structure property correlation studies using TEM / SEM / EDS in terms of new knowledge and man power. Efforts are being made for holding a National Workshop in TEM, SEM, EDS and XRD. Our Department expands the research activities in the area of SOFC, semiconducting, phosphors, magnetic properties of ceramic oxides. Project proposal are already made to different grant-in aid agencies to expand the continuing research programs in the department. Also we initiate studies on ferromagnetic properties of ceramic oxides synthesized by flux method. Due efforts are made to encourage the scientists and research students to bring out high quality research publications. Seminars and presentations are organized regularly for better knowledge on current research activities. The staff members involves in planning the objectives and research activities of the department as well as we impart advanced training in the maintenance and un-interrupted operation of the major infrastructure facilities like TEM, SEM / EDS, LN2 , XRD. Our Department also helps the director in the administration and to effectively implement the objectives of the vision of laboratory.
Our Vision is to emerge as a centre of excellence in number of research areas. Efforts are made by all scientists to perform in the areas in which they are engaged and create a congenial environment in our department to deliver the best by the individuals. The overall focus of our department is to create scientific knowledge, effective utilization of the resources, value added R&D, human resource development. Various groups are responsible for meeting the objectives by way of publications, patents, technologies, generating ECF, Ph Ds, Training the project staffs etc. Our themes of research and major R&D activities are listed below.
2.1 Themes of Research
- Solid Oxide Electrolytes for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFC). (Direct Conversion of Chemical Energy to electrical energy)
- Semi-conducting Oxides for direct splitting of water for H2 production. (Production of hydrogen through photolysis of water)
- Novel Phosphors for White Light Emitting Diodes (WLEDs). (Phosphor converted White Light Emitting Diodes free from Mercury)
- Design and Development of Environmentally Secure Rare Earth based colorants for surface coating applications
- Inclusion of Powder X-ray diffraction patterns data of the new compounds developed in the Powder Diffraction Files.
- Applications of Electron Microscopy and Micro-chemical Analysis