ICMS has established major scientific user facilities to serve both in-house researchers and researchers from other institutions.

Some of the instruments are:

  • Ultra High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope
  • FE-SEM
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy System
  • Physical Vapour Deposition
  • Mossbauer Spectrometer
  • Confocal Microscope
  • Rheometer
  • Optical Tweezers
  • High Resolution Thin film X-ray Diffractometer
  • NMR Spectrometer
  • Peptide Synthesizer
  • Gas Chromatograph with Mass Spectrometry detector
  • Gel Permeation Chromatograph
  • High pressure liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Surface Area and Porosity Meter
  • TGA Apparatus
  • Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID)
  • PL

FEI TITAN3 80-300 kV aberration corrected transmission electron microscope:

FEI TITAN3 80-300 kV is one of the most powerful transmission electron microscopes in the World today. The instrument is based on double C corrector s technology (both image and probe corrector). Sub angstrom resolution (better than 0.9 A) is achievable
both in HRTEM and STEM-Z contrast imaging. With the use of gun monochromator, now it is possible to achieve energy resolution better than 0.2 eV in electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Simultaneous atom by atom imaging and spectroscopy is a very powerful tool to study and solve many of the materials challenges facing today.



Centre for Computational Materials Science (CCMS)

The Centre for Computational Materials Science (CCMS), a constituent of ICMS, is one of the most powerful academic computing resources in the country. The Centre is equipped with a High Performance Computing Facility. This facility is a HP XC Cluster, comprising of 128 nodes of dual core, dual CPU Xeon Woodcrest CPUs over a low latency network. The theoretical peak performance of this configuration is estimated at 6 TFLOPS. An Instructional Computing Laboratory, containing 30 computers enables the students attending workshops to acquire hands-on experience in writing and running sophisticated codes. CCMS provides a variety of analytical and computational tools to carry out research in the broad area of computational materials science.

CCMS also carries out a number of outreach activities: in addition to an active Visitors' programme. Several schools and conferences are conducted every year with theoretical and practical sessions. The first of these schools was marked by a unique feature: all the lecturers and students worked together on a research problem, which has resulted in a paper with 64 authors. The list of topics studied in recent years is rich and diverse, including: the electronic structure of nanomaterials, charge transport and catalysis in nanosystems, novel magnetic materials and their properties, non-linear optical materials, disordered systems, biomimetic systems and biomaterials. The techniques employed include ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics simulations and many body theory. Research is also carried out on developing various techniques, such as free energy methods to study phase transitions, novel ways of using geometric phases to get information about material properties, and new formulations of configuration interaction methods.

For details contact:
Prof. Balasubramanian Sundaram





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