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Departments in IIT-Madras carry out research in many different areas. Each of them also

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Aerospace Engineering

Applied Mechanics


Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

The groups are collected into five divisions, called EE1 to EE5. Each area is indicated by the division to which it belongs.

Engineering Design

Robotics: Parallel manupulators, Underwater Robots, Path Planning, System Dynamics and Control

Humanities & Social Sciences

Management Studies


Functional Analysis, Operator Equations, Inverse problems, Fixed Point Theory, Differential Equations, Special Functions, Complex Analysis, Non-linear Analysis, Fuzzy sets Theory and Applications, Summability Theory, Algebra, Communication and Coding Theory, Numerical Analysis, Numerical Linear Algebra, Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Modelling, Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes, Queuing Theory, Inventory Control, Reliability, Computer Modelling and Simulation, Theoretical Computer Science Complex Theory, Algorithms, Database, Theory of Programming.

Mechanical Engineering

  1. Design Engineering Machine Elements design development, analysis and performance improvements, New materials and design, composites, nano composites, bio materials, surface engineering, design process, contact mechanics, tribology, tyre mechanics, biomechanics, fatigue and failure analysis, computational and experimental fracture mechanics, fatigue crack closure - environment interaction studies, alternate/small specimen test methods, small crack propagation under biaxial/multiaxial loading, multi crack interaction studies, fatigue damage in composites, failure mechanics of biomaterials. Non linear finite element analysis, Vibration, finite element including coupled problems, Non destructive evaluation, structural health monitoring, Materials Characterisation, Measurements of Material Properties and Behavior, machinery signal processing, Condition monitoring of structures/ machines, machinery diagnosis, and combustion/flame noise, Acoustics and Noise Control.
  2. Manufacturing Engineering Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Manufacturing Methods in Precision Engineering, Servo and Proportional Controls, Mechatronics, Microactuators, Mechanical micro-machining, Active Vibration, Active Noise Control.
  3. Thermal Engineering Micro-miniature and small cryogenic refrigerators, Simulation and optimization of air separation cycles, Heat Transfer in Nano-fluids, Heat Transfer in Multi-Phase Flows, Flow Structure Interaction in High Speed Turbo machinery Seals, Heat Transfer Experiments in Phase Change Material Based Composite Heat Sinks, Two Phase Flow Convection Experiments and Numerical Methods in Porous Media, Solid State Hydrogen Storage, Adsorption heating and cooling systems, Desiccont/evaporative cooling and air-conditioning, Conjugate heat transfer in low and high speed flows, Retrieval of geophysical parameters in the atmosphere in the microwave and infra red regions, Turbine rotor stator interaction, Performance improvement of centrifugal compressor by tip modification, subsonic cascade studies, Cavitation in hydraulic machines, Acoustics of Supersonic Jets, Active and Passive Control of High speed flows, Combustion noise, Emissions, Fluid Combustion, Propulsion, CFD high speed reacting flows, I.C Engine Combustion and Emissions, alternative fuels, CFD applications in I.C Engines and Gas turbine combustion chambers, fluid flow, heat transfer and combustion related to I.C Engines, advanced I.C Engine technologies such as homogeneous change, compression ignition, gasoline direct injection, electronic engine management, Simulation of engine processes and modeling - Combustion diagnostics in engines - Heat Transfer in Fuel Cells, Fluidised Bed Combustion, Solar Power Systems, Optimization of Solar ICs Systems.

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Metal casting, Matel forming, Matel joining, Materials Technology, Physical and Structural Metallurgy, Mechanical Metallurgy, Chemical Metallurgy, Thermodynamics of Metallurgical Systems, Powder Metallurgy, Ceramics and Composites, Corrosion, Surface Engineering, Biomaterials, Simulation and Modelling of Materials Processing, Nanostructured Materials, Magnetic Materials, Amorphous Alloys, Non-equilibrium Processing, Hydrogen Storage Materials, Smart Materials, Fuel Cells, Metallic Foams, Chemical Sensors, Carbon Nanotubes, Special Steels, Superalloys, Intermetallics, Materials for Optoelectronic Applications, Shape Memory Alloys, Fatigues and Fracture Mechanics, High Temperature Behaviour of Materials and Creep.

Ocean Engineering

Petroleum Engineering ,Ocean Hydrodynamics, Ship hydrodynamics, Dynamics of Floating systems, Ocean Structures, Coastal processes, Marine Geotechnical Engineering, Materials for marine Environment, Ocean Energy.

Candidates can register for MS PhD in Petroleum Engineering under Ocean Engineering Department w.e.f. 13.03.2010


Applied Optics, Quantum Optics, Photonics and nonlinear optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biological physics, Complex fluids, ,Cosmology and Gravitation Dynamical systems, Statistical physics and field theory, Low temperature physics and superconductivity, Magnetism and Magnetic materials, Hydrogen Storage Materials, Microwaves and Dielectrics, Semiconductor Physics, Photovoltaics, Solid State Ionics and molecular electronics, Thin film phenomena, X-ray diffraction and Amorphous systems, Spintronics and Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors, Condensed Matter Physics/Magnetism in Oxides/Magnetic Materials, Electronic structure of solids/Computational material science, Nonlinear Dynamics, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Information, Metal-oxide Thin films, Nanostructured thin films and heterostructures by PLD.

Interdisciplinary Research Areas

  1. Combustion
    • Eligibility:* B.Tech./ M.Tech. in AE, AM, CH, ME, EE, IE or M.Sc. in Phys., Chem. and allied disciplines
  2. Earth sciences
    1. Atmospheric and oceanic sciences and technology
      1. Climate science and climate change
      2. Ocean optics, imaging and satellite oceanography
    2. Environmental science and engineering
      1. Air and water quality
      2. Nuclear waste management
      3. Carbon dioxide sequestration
      4. Aerosol science
    • Eligibility:* Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in all branches of science/engineering
  3. Science of the small
    1. Nanoscience and nanotechnology: Materials, biology and devices
    2. MEMS and NEMS
      1. Lab on a chip
      2. Microfluidics and applications
      3. Novel methods to understand physics, chemistry and biology
    • Eligibility:* B.Tech./ M.Tech. in all disciplines or M.Sc. in Phys., Chem., BT or B.Pharm./M.Pharm. or M.B.B.S./M.D.
  4. Sustainability
    1. Energy technologies including new and renewable
    2. Water: Resources, distribution and purification
    3. Transportation technologies including guidance, control and safety
    4. Materials and technology for sustainable living (biopolymers, green technologies)
    • Eligibility:* B.Tech./ M.Tech. in all disciplines or B.Arch/M.Arch. or M.Sc. in Phys., Chem., Math, Stat., Bio., Instrumentation, Phychology and allied disciplines
  5. Soft matter
    • Eligibility:* B.Tech./ M.Tech. in AE, CH, ME, EE or M.Sc. in Phys., Chem., Math and allied disciplines
  6. Technology and policy
    1. Education and ICT
    2. Energy policy and sustainability
    3. Technology and ethics
    4. Technology management
    5. Equity
    • Eligibility:* B.Tech./ M.Tech. in all disciplines or B.Arch/M.Arch. or M.Sc. in Phys., Chem., Math, Stat., Bio., Instrumentation, Phychology and allied disciplines, and MA in sociology, development studies, economics or BL/ML
  7. Computational science
    1. Understanding physical, chemical and biological systems and associated phenomena
    2. Quantum computing
    3. Analytics, simulation and optimization
    • Eligibility:* Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in all branches of science/engineering/medicine
  8. Systems science
    • Eligibility:* Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in all branches of science/engineering and MA in sociology, development studies and economics
  9. Bio-engineering
    1. Biomechanics
    2. Rehabilitation
    3. Instrumentation and devices
    4. Tissue engineering
    • Eligibility:* Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in all branches of science/engineering/medicine or post graduate degree in physiotherapy
  10. Sensors
    1. Sensors for:
      1. National security
      2. Personal health
    2. New methods of imaging
    • Eligibility:* Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in all branches of science/engineering/medicine