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

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Aerospace Engineering

  • Aerodynamics : Subsonic, Transonic, Supersonic, Hypersonic, Rarefied Gas flows (Theoretical and Experimental), Boundary Layers and Stability of Flows, Turbulent Flows, Shock Tubes and Related Problems, Development of Algorithms and Code for Numerical Methods in Gas Dynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vortex Dynamics, Supersonic Mixing and Combustion, Optical Flow Diagnostics, Unsteady Aerodynamics of Insect-like Flapping Flight, Uncertainty Quantification of Flow and Flow-structure Problems.
  • Aerospace Structures: Finite Element Methods, Numerical Methods, Composite Structures, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Contact Mechanics, Vibrations and Impact Mechanics.
  • Aerospace Propulsion : Rocket Propulsion and Solid Propellant Combustion, Airbreathing Propulsion and Combustion, Cascade Flows, Multiphase Flow Simulation, Combustion Instability, Optical Flow/Combustion Diagnostics.

Applied Mechanics

  • Solid Mechanics : Fatigue of Materials, Fracture Mechanics, Smart Materials and Structures, Probabilistic methods in linear/nonlinear vibrations, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite Structures, Plasticity/Inelasticity, Constitutive Modelling, Granular Materials, Biomaterials, Finite Element Techniques, Experimental Stress Analysis and Digital Photo Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics : Bio-fluid mechanics, Bluff-body flows, Direct numerical & Large eddy simulation of turbulence, Formation flight, Flow control, Fluid-structure interaction, Heat transfer, Hydrodynamic stability, Insect flight, Interfacial phenomena, Micro-fluidics, Phase field modelling, Post-stall Aerodynamics, Turbulent Convection, Turbulence modelling, Vortex dynamics,Thermal hydraulics, parallel computing
  • Biomedical Engineering: Cardiovascular System studies, Image and Signal Processing, Speech Signal Processing, Ultrasound and Laser instrumentation in Medicine, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Evoked Response and Functional Electrical Stimulation.


  • Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology relating to Signal transduction, Lipid Trafficking, Stem cell proliferation etc., Protein crystallography and structure prediction; Drug design and QSAR. Bioorganic Chemistry; Biotransformations; Enzymes in Organic synthesis; Biosensors; Environmental Biotechnology Bioremediation; Green Chemistry;
  • Biochemical Engineering, Bioreactor Modelling; Reactive Oxygen species in Bioreactors; Recombinant Systems Cloning of Therapatic Proteins and Large scale Production; Industrial Microbial Processes; Plant tissue and Animal cell Culture; Downstream Processing; Protein Refolding.
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; BioEngineering Biomechanics; Biomaterials; Computational Neuroscience; Molecular Genetics of Plant Development.

Chemical Engineering

  • Chemical reaction engineering and thermodynamics, transport processes, process design and control, environmental engineering, polymer science and technology, semi-conductor materials processing, and particle technology.
  • Fundamental studies: Mathematical modeling of physico-chemical phenomena. Applied statistical mechanics, thermodynamic property estimation, phase equilibria. Flow visualisation using lasers, Microwave assisted thawing. Drying, multicomponent boiling and condensation. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer processes.
  • Modeling of processes and equipments: Hydrodynamic and kinetic studies of turbulent bed contactors, trickle beds, slurry reactors, fast and inverse bed fluidized beds. CFD analysis of process equipments. Advanced separation processes such as reactive and azeotropic distillation, membrane processes. Modeling of rotary kilns, crushing and grinding equipments, fluid energy mills of Microelectronic fabrication techniques.
  • Development, characterization and processing of materials: Development of polymer blends and composites, polymer based nano-composites. Rheology of polymers and colloids; damping and vibration isolation using polymers. Enzyme design and engineering, protein engineering and production of recombinant proteins.
  • Process design and control, systems engineering: Advanced control design such as adaptive control, intelligent control, non-linear control, fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control. Synthesis and optimization of process systems; statistical data processing. Simulation and optimization of crushing and grinding circuits.
  • Environmental engineering and waste reduction: Liquid and solid waste treatment, air pollution monitoring and control, toxic and hazardous waste management, environmental risk assessment, colour removal from waste water. Recycling of mixed plastic waste.


  • Analytical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Main Group Elements, Inorganic Heterocycles, Materials Science, Synthetic and Structural Solid State Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Cage and Cluster Chemistry, Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry, Metalloboranes and Metallocarboranes, Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis, Natural Product Synthesis, Organometallics, Asymmetric Catalysis, Synthetic and Structural Carbohydrate Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Enzymes in Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Organic Photochemistry
  • Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Surface Chemistry, Theoretical and Experimental Electrochemistry, Photochemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Applications, Gas-phase Kinetics, Monolayers and Clusters, Green Chemistry, Host-Guest Chemistry, Reaction Mechanisms, Excited State Photophysics, Energy Systems, Superconductors, Nanoclusters and Nanophases, Colloid and Interface Science
  • Chemical Physics, Quantum and Theoretical Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Dynamics, Theoretical and Experimental Spectroscopy, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging (especially NMR based), Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Nuclear Spectroscopy, Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics.

Civil Engineering

  • Building Technology & Construction Management Division: Technology of Construction Materials, High Performance Concrete, Repair and Rehabilitation of Constructed Facilities, Accelerated and unreinforced / reinforced Masonry, Diaster-Resistant Construction. Functional Performance of Buildings, Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Noise Control in Buildings, Acoustical Modelling, Environmental Noise Control. Construction Project Management, Project Scheduling and Control, Resource Management, Quality Management, Contracts, Productivity, Constructability, Schedule Compression, Risk Modelling in Projects, PPP for Infrastructure Development, Computer Applications in Construction, Geographic Information Systems.
  • Geotechnical Engineering Division: Strength and Deformation Behaviour of Soils, Expansive Soils, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Pile Foundations, Soil Stabilization, Stone Columns, Reinforced Earth, Geosynthetics, Environmental Geotechnics and Waste Disposal, Computer Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Structure Interaction, Reliability Methods.
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division: Water Resources Systems Analysis, Design and Management for Water Supply, Irrigation, Drainage, Hydropower, Flood Control, Droughts. Surface and Ground Water Hydrology, Stochastic Hydrology, Physical and Numerical Modelling. Use of Finite Difference, Finite Element and Boundary Element Methods. Instrumentation and Monitoring of Hydraulic Systems, Computer Simulation and Optimization of Hydrosystems. Evolutionary Computing Applications, CAD, Decision Support and Expert Systems in Water Resources Engineering. Environmental Hydraulics, Water Quality Modelling, Industrial Waste Water Treatment, Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Systems Analysis, Environmental Micro-Biology, Bioremediation, Air quality and Solid Waste Management, Environmental Biotechnology, Water and Wastewater Treatment.
  • Structural Engineering Division: Experimental and Theoretical Study of Reinforced Concrete, Prestressed Concrete and Metal Structures, Plates & Shells, Thin Walled Members, Advanced Fibre Composite Members, Structural Dynamics and Impact Behaviour, Structural Stability, Structural Reliability, Smart Structures, Earthquake Resistant Design and Retrofit of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Bridges, Tall Structures, Structures for Power Plants, Finite Element Analysis of Linear and Non-Linear Structural Systems, Structural Optimization, Computer Aided Structural Analysis and Design, Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Structural Engineering.
  • Transportation Engineering Division: Inter-City and Regional Transportation, Urban Transportation Planning, Travel Demand Analysis, Traffic Management, Operations and Safety; Public Transportation Planning, Operations and Management; Planning of Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Applications of GIS, Simulation Tools, Advanced Techniques and Decision Support System, Optimization, Transportation Economics; Constitutive Modelling of Asphalt, Modified Asphalt and Asphalt Mixtures; New and Innovating Materials in Pavement Construction; Analysis of Layered Structures, Design of Flexible and Rigid Pavements; Geo-synthetics in Pavements and Pavement Overlays; Pavement Management Systems; Rural Roads Planning, Design, Performance Evaluation and Maintenance Management; Low Cost Road Construction, Socio-economic Benefits Evaluation of Rural Road Projects.

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Automata theory and Formal languages, Analysis of algorithms, Graph theory, Unconventional Methods of Computing, Cryptography.
  • Software Engineering, Object Oriented Systems, Parallel and Distributed systems, Mobile Computing, Programming languages, Performance evaluation.
  • Software for VLSI design, Computer architecture, Computer graphics and Visualization.
  • Computer Communication and networks, Network Protocols and security, Real-time systems, Wireless Sensor Networks.
  • Data bases, Knowledge based systems, Data mining, Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Indian language systems, Speech and vision systems, Artificial neural networks.

Electrical Engineering

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

  • Communications and Signal Processing (EE1): Wireless Communications, Information Theory and Coding, Communication Networks, Optimization, Queuing Theory, Network Theory, Stochastic Networks, DSP Algorithms and Applications, Speech, Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Power Systems and High Voltage (EE2): Power System Optimization and Economics, Energy Management Systems, Power system automation, Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS), Restructured Power System Operation, Power Quality monitoring and analysis, Custom Power Devices, Renewable Energy Systems. High Voltage Engineering, Insulation Coordination,Treeing and Tracking Phenomena in insulation material, Condition Monitoring of Power Apparauts Using Multi-Fusion Sensors, Production of Nanoparticles, Sterilization of Liquid Foods
  • Electrical Drives and Power Electronics (EE2) : Power Electronic Converters, control of induction/permanent magnet motors, simulation of PE systems, DSP Applications, analysis of Permanent magnet machines and special machines
  • Microelectronics and MEMs (EE3): Modeling, Simulation, Fabrication and Characterization of Silicon and Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) based devices; Power MOSFETS, HEMTS and HBTs, nanoelectronic, compound semiconductor, polysilicon, porous and amorphous silicon devices; ultra-thin and high-k gate dielectric; Magnetoelectronics; MEMS based sensors and actuators, BioSensors, Microfluidics, RF MEMS, Optical MEMS
  • VLSI Design (EE3): Analog and RF circuit design, Digital Systems including Architectures for Image Processing and Vision, CAD for Digital and Analog Circuits, Reconfigurable Computing
  • Control (EE4): Linear and Nonlinear, Robust stabilization of systems, Control of resonant systems, Mapping and localization in robotics, Nanotechnology in control and digital design, Actuation of Mechatronic Systems, VLSI Architectures for robotics, Control of non-holonomic systems, FPGA-based design
  • Instrumentation (EE4): Bio-Medical Instrumentation, Power Systems Instrumentation, Modeling and Simulation, Transducers, Sensors and Signal conditioning, Virtual Instrumentation, Signal Processing applications in Instrumentation
  • Optics & Photonics (EE5) : Optical Communication/Networking, Optical Metrology, Components, Computational Electromagnetics, Plasmonics, Nonlinear Optics, Silicon Photonics and Integrated Optics, Fiber Optic Sensors, Fiber Lasers

Engineering Design

  • Automotive Engineering : Vehicle Dynamics, Tyre Mechanics, Automotive Systems and Control & Fault Diagnosis

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

  • CAD/CAM: Geometric and Solid Modeling, Computational Geometry, Shape Search, Shape Optimization, Reverse Engineering and Image based Reconstruction, Solid Free Form Fabrication
  • Finite Element Analysis • Biomedical Design: Medical Imaging, Biomechanical Modeling, Soft issue Mechanics, Biofluid Mechanics, Prosthetic and Scaffold Design
  • Ergonomics
  • Design Theory, Reliability, Fatigue and Fracture

Humanities & Social Sciences

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  • Ph.D in British, American, Common Wealth Literatures; New Literatures in English; Linguistics; Socio-linguistics; Philosophy of Language and Continental Philosophy; English Language Teaching (ELT); German Studies; German Language and Literature, German and European Studies, Comparative Studies, Political Philosophy; Modern Indian History (History of Science, Religion & Modern Science, Socio-Economic and Cultural Developments); Economics (Macro-monetary Economics, International Trade and Finance, Applied Economics/Econometrics, Development Economics, Health Care Economics, Environment and Health); Sociology; Science and Technology Policy Studies; Environment and Natural Resources Policy; Development Studies.

Management Studies

  • Production and Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Logistics Management; Financial Management; Financial Engineering; Business Policy/Strategic Management; Marketing Management; Organisational Behaviour; Personnel Management and Industrial Relations; Public Systems Management.


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
  • Eligibility norms refer also to equivalent degrees. MS degree will be considered for PhD admission. Institutional norms of CGPA/percentage for admission to M.S. and PhD will apply. GATE in appropriate discipline or CSIR/UGC JRF/Inspire fellowship or equivalent is necessary for fellowship as per MHRD norms.
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