Welcome to the temporary webpage for Functional Materials and Devices Laboratory (FMDL) at IIT Delhi

Our interdisciplinary research group is generally interested in materials relevant for devices like solar cells, LEDs, sensors, detectors, and transistors and the methods of fabricating such devices that are inherently low cost, on a variety of substrates. While we are primarily an experimental group, we also do a small amount of work on developing theoretical and numerical methods for understanding the behavior of these materials and devices at multiple length scales. Further, we are primarily an engineering group, which means that all the interesting science that you do in the lab should result in a workable and useful device, or process, as a part of your research. Less commonly, we are also interested in some important questions in the science of disordered materials at nanoscale.

Visiting us

We are located on the campus of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Google Map), which is located in the Hauz Khas area of south New Delhi.

Getting here

Joining us

We accept applicants with backgrounds in chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, physics, and perhaps even mathematics, and allied areas. The precise title of your degree is not very relevant to the group, but your intellectual preparation, and passion for research is. If you have a background in, and are interested in surface physics and chemistry, condensed matter physics, low dimensional systems, device processing, light-matter interactions, material chemistry, thin-film growth, self-assembly of nanoscale materials, chemical synthesis, material and device characterization, devising new material and device measurements, instrumentation, etc., this group may be a good choice for you. Particularly welcome are talented tinkerers with hands on experience with fabricating laboratory jigs, tools, electronic interfacing, etc.

Regardless of your background, you need to be a careful and safety-conscious, methodical, ethical, intellectually curious, academically serious, hard working, patient, and self-motivated person by nature, possessing good communication skills, and capable of working effectively in collaboration with your colleagues, to be a good personality fit for the group.

Grad applicants (MS/Ph. D.)

If you are interested in joining us, you must satisfy the grad level admission requirements of the Department of Electrical Engineering (IEC group) or the VDTT program. Admission to Electrical Engineering is quite competitive, and the Departmental requirements for admission tend to be more stringent than any Institute requirements. Candidates may apply, depending on their qualification and specific situation, to the MS or Ph. D. program. Admission to the MS program generally requires a GATE score in either of EC/PH/IN/MA/EE. The Ph. D. program through SiRE, does not have this requirement, though your application must persuasively demonstrate a defensible link to the research areas of the lab, as well as the Department.

Prior research experience in a relevant area is strongly preferred, as are self-funded students who hold valid national level fellowships, such as CSIR or UGC, or are eligible for the DST INSPIRE fellowship for Ph. D.. Applicants who need financial support must note that vacant positions either on Institute fellowships, or fellowships funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, or one of my projects, must exist for me to accept them in my group, regardless of the criteria above.

For the purposes of admission to Ph. D., the five years of study involved in earning an M. Sc. degree are considered equivalent to a four year B. Tech or B. E. degree. Students with a three year B. Sc. degree are not eligible for admission to the Ph. D. program according to the academic rules. Regrettably, the academic rules do not currently permit admission of B. Sc. students into the MS program without the GATE discipline requirement above, and completion of minimum 4 years of coursework after 12th grade. The number of years of study preceding admission to the Ph. D. program determine the number of credits a student needs to earn prior to the comprehensive examination, which formally admits a candidate into the Ph. D. program phase involving full-time research. For 4 years of prior study (such as for entry with B. Tech or M. Sc.), this number is 24, while it is 12 for 6 years of prior study (such as for B. Tech + MS). Students with M. Sc. degrees in allied science areas (such as Chemistry and Physics) listed above are encouraged to apply to the Ph. D. program directly as long as they agree to undertake some coursework in EE to satisfy the transition requirements. Depending on the goodness of fit of their preparation in their B. Sc. and M. Sc. degree coursework, they are likely to be well-suited for interdisciplinary research in our group.

Undergraduate preparation for research in our group requires a rich and extensive background in the areas mentioned above. Several undergraduate programs in EE/ECE do not regularly contain the relevant coursework, in some cases, lacking even a single dedicated course on semiconductor devices. This would be to your disadvantage during the application process for a research degree. In such a circumstance, the coursework oriented M. Tech (equivalent to an MS by coursework degree) programs at IIT Delhi (in IEC or in VDTT) may be a better bet for you, especially in the Micro and Nano Devices stream. If the content of your IIT Delhi M. Tech preparation (as evidenced by the choice of electives) is a good fit for research in FMDL, you could be well placed to apply subsequently for an MS or Ph. D. admission. While this route may delay onset of full-time research work, it would better prepare you for it.

There is also the possibility of conversion of the student's initial program (M. Tech or MS) into MS or Ph. D., provided the student completes a certain number of credit hours, and maintains a certain minimum CGPA. Details regarding this are decided by the Departmental Research Committee, and the Dean's office. Finally, both full-time and part-time routes to a grad school degree exist at IIT Delhi. Since we are primarily an experimental group, continuation after end of coursework in a part-time Ph. D. degree, or a part-time MS degree is likely to be logistically complicated for most applicants, and is not encouraged.

While applicants for MS and Ph. D. may theoretically start at any time, an application targeting one of the two main interview (always in person) cycles is strongly preferred - May or December, as that better synchronizes your coursework with the start of your stay at IIT Delhi, and reduces paperwork overhead. The precise dates for these interviews are available at the Department link above.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you may find this information useful, as well as this (for scholarship opportunities).

Postdoc applicants

If you interested in joining the group as a postdoc, please apply for an Institute position, an SERB-funded postdoctoral position, a DST-funded KIRAN fellowship, a DBT-funded Bio-CARe grant, or one of the many UGC opportunities, etc., and send me an application below (after applying for, or receiving one of these or other grants).

Please note that KIRAN and Bio-CARe opportunities are available only for female candidates.

Potential interns (undergrad / grad level)

Students interested in an internship should consult a) Summer Research Fellowship Program (Indian Academy of Sciences), b) GIPEDI program, c) SURA program, or d) DISA program before sending in an application.

If you are an undergraduate student at IIT Delhi (any Department) interested in doing your B. Tech project with me, and are a decent fit to the above, you are welcome to contact me by the month of May at the end of your junior (3rd) year. You may need to work in the summer to get started.

If you are an undergraduate student at IIT Delhi interested in a mini project, or a self-study course, please understand clearly that your grade in such a course will depend on serious hard work, where you will be judged on the progress made. Students with other motivations are encouraged to seek alternative opportunities.

Rarely, depending on our funded project needs, I may hire temporary (1-3 month) project workers at grad level or above (generally through advertisement). Any appointments to these kind of temporary positions come with no implications for any degree, or admission to the Department (or housing on campus). However, the expectation for grad level applicants here is that in case of a good fit, you should be able to qualify for grad level admissions described above.

Please understand that student applicants who have completed their undergraduate education (B. Tech, BE, BS, etc.) or certain graduate degrees (M. Sc.) are expected to join the group for an MS (preferable) or a Ph. D. (in some cases). If you are merely looking for a temporary position (2-6 months) to buttress your CV before you go into industry or grad school elsewhere, your application for a project position would be generally unwelcome unless I have advertised for temporary position explicitly.

All applicants

  1. All applications must be submitted via email (preferably sent from your Institutional email address) and must consist of a single PDF file containing: a) a two page CV, b) one page summary of courses you have taken, c) one page statement of purpose indicating why you are applying, d) List of references along with contact information (Institutional email addresses, phone numbers, and full affiliation record are mandatory). Any applications not in PDF format will be silently ignored. Please note that this application is over and above any Departmental requirement in that regard. I do not forward any applications to the Department.
  2. Grad level and postdoc applicants must indicate whether they can visit us prior to the interviews. You may be asked to come present your work etc in person or over Google Hangouts. This latter requirement is over and above any Departmental interview requirements. Please plan your application and visit so that it occurs before the Departmental interview date.
  3. Applications may or may not elicit a response depending on the availability of positions, or goodness of fit. There is thus no guarantee that you will receive a response.
  4. Last minute applications speak for themselves, and are generally very hard to consider. Please also note - I do not accept applicants with backgrounds in and interested in embedded systems, VLSI, power electronics and systems, etc. in addition to all other specializations that have little to no relationship to FMDL. These areas are well outside the scope of our current and future research interests.
  5. Please be clear about your motivations before applying. I expect and value directness in communication, and you would make a poor start in my lab by being less than completely candid. Approach me only if you are strongly interested in working in FMDL.
  6. Necessary disclaimer: please note that academic rules of the Institute are subject to change without notice. Thus, the information above, collated for your convenience, is accurate at this time to the best of our knowledge. It is conceivable that it may be overridden by any changes to academic rules. While we will endeavour to keep this up to date, the responsibility for obtaining the precise criteria on which to base your decision lies with you.

Notes for vendors

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