The Materials Research Centre (MRC)
was established as the Materials Research Laboratory in 1978
to pursue research and provide education in the interdisciplinary
field of Materials Science and Technology. It was renamed
as the Material Research Centre in 1987.
Currently the Centre has 7
active faculty members, 1 emeritus faculty member and
associate faculty members from other departments, including
one honorary professor. Faculty members who have recently
retired after many years of distinguished service continue
to serve in various honorary capacities as well. In the past
ten years, MRC faculty members have churned out 51 Ph. D.
and 22 M.Sc. (Eng.) graduates, our alumni, who now occupy
responsible positions in all strata of society on an international
level. Currently the Centre has a total strength of about
50 students from all corners of the country and from diverse
academic backgrounds reflecting its interdisciplinary nature.
Peer reviewed publications are the products
by which any research entity is ultimately evaluated. In this
area, in the last 5 years, the Centre has produced more than
500 publications in various prestigious international journals
and ranks among the most prolific departments at the Institute.
Funding for the research that goes in to making these papers
are obtained from government agencies, public and private
industry and consultancy projects. Such funding is also used
to buy new equipment and upgrade existing facilities.
"Basic science to device prototypes"
aptly sums up the research activities at MRC. Areas in which
the Centre is currently active include the emerging field
of nanomaterials, electroceramics, electro-optic functional
materials, thermo-electric materials, structural ceramics
and compound semiconductors. Faculty members are involved
in all aspects of research, right from theoretical modeling,
to processing these materials in diverse forms such as single
crystals of various dimensions, thin films, nanowires, quantum
dots and sintered polycrystals to studying their structure-property
correlationships by various advanced characterization techniques,
to fabricating working devices either in the Centre itself
or in collaboration with various institutions in India and
Looking forward, the Centre envisions being
a pivotal player in the interdisciplinary interaction between
physicists, chemists, biologists, mechanical engineers, electrical
and electronics engineers, among others, to push the frontiers
of scientific understanding and enable new technology.