Multifunctional & Advanced Materials Research Lab


Material science has evolved to a phase dealing with development of new materials based on coupling of various physical phenomena for multifunctional applications. In consonance with the societaldemand, this university has established advanced research laboratories, (i) Chemical Processing Laboratory, (ii) Advanced Materials Research Laboratory and (iii) Multifunctional Materials Research Laboratory in the Department of Physics of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) under the leadership of Prof. R.N.P. Choudhary (Ex-Professor, IIT Kharagpur). Three other faculty members, Prof. P. K. Mahapatra, Dr. Rajeev Padhee and Dr. B. N. Parida are associated with this laboratory. The laboratories have all the basic facilities for synthesis and characterization of multiferroics and nanomaterials with support of a good library. The laboratories are extensively used by a large number of B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. students and faculties of this and other departments of the university and researchers from other Universities and research institutes.  The laboratory boasts of 200 papers published in international journals in the last five years (2011-2016)  on ferroelectrics, multiferroics, ferrite – polymer composites, etc for various applications. A dozen research scholars have successfully completed their Ph. D. program from the above laboratories.  A dozen more are working for their Ph. D. degree.   A research project has already been funded by the Department of Defense (i.e., DRDO), Government of India to work on multiferroics-polymer nano-composites. Some more research projects are in the process.

Although the discovery, design and development of new materials are closely linked with the growth of human civilization through centuries, rapid growth of new materials witnesses during last few decades only. In the process of materials development, a large number of materials of different types such as semiconductors, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, magnetic materials, polymers, composites, multiferroics etc. have been developed for wide ranging applications. Nowadays, more emphasis is given on the development of new materials based on coupling of various physical phenomena in single-phase materials for multifunctional applications. In view of the recent developments and importance of above materials for technological applications, this university has established some advanced research laboratories, (i) Chemical Processing Laboratory, (ii) Advanced Materials Research Laboratory and (iii) Multifunctional Materials Research Laboratory in the Department of Physics of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) under the leadership of Prof. R.N.P. Choudhary (Ex-Professor, IIT Kharagpur).. These laboratories have all the basic facilities for synthesis and characterization of multiferroics and nanomaterials with support of a good library. The laboratories are extensively used by a large number of B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. students and faculties of this and other departments and universities, and have published and contributed more than 100 papers on ferroelectrics, multiferroics, ferrite – polymer composites for various applications during 2011-13 in the international journals of high repute. A research project has already been funded by the Department of Defence (i.e., DRDO), Government of India to work on multiferroics-polymer nano-composites. Some more research projects are in the process.The laboratories have following major equipments:

High precession LCR/Impedance Meter (N4L): This instrument is used to study dielectric and impedance spectroscopy of wide variety of materials as a function of frequency and temperature.