Materials Science

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering. This scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. It incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry. Human life is greatly influenced by different types of materials.

Materials science department works in the frontier areas such as novel catalysts for green chemical processes, functional energy nanomaterials and new composite membranes separation of liquid mixtures.


  • To design new solid catalysts for chemical transformations with high conversion and selectivity for petrochemicals, selected high value fine chemicals and organic intermediates.

  • To develop new environmentally benign process for chemical industries.

  • Fundamental research on understanding the above catalysts and processes.

  • Biomass conversion and biodiesel synthesis

  • Photoluminescent Materials for Solid state lighting Devices

  • Photocatalytic Materials active under visible light for degradation of dyes and other contaminants

  • Nanomaterials for Gas sensor applications

  • Metal Organic Precursors for Optoelectronic devices

  • Developing composite polymer membranes for various applications including pervaporation separation of liquid mixtures.



Dr. A.B. Halgeri
Dr. Ganapati V. Shanbhag
Dr. Sanjeev Maradur

Research expertise:

  • Novel catalytic materials synthesis, properties and application in variety of organic transformations.

  • Pore size engineering of zeolites and other microporous materials to design shape selective catalysts

  • Material synthesis and catalytic applications of modified zeolites, mesoporous materials, mixed metal hydroxides mesoporous zeolites, clays and heteropoly acids

  • Novel strong base catalysts for biodiesel synthesis from trans-esterification of non-edible oils

  • Bioglycerol transformations to value added products like solketal, acetins, acrolein and glycerol carbonate.


Dr. Nalini G. Sundaram

Research expertise:

  • Preparation of inorganic nanomaterials, mostly oxides, tungstates, oxychlorides, phosphates, organometallic precursors etc., under optimum, easier conditions

  • Characterization of these nanomaterials using tools like PXRD, TEM, DSC etc.

  • Measurement of photoluminescence, photocatalytic activity etc.

  • Expertise in studying the detailed crystal structure of the phase using powder X-ray and powder Neutron diffraction techniques

  • Finally correlating the structure with the property to generate materials with improved properties


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