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IIT-M's new centre to study properties of matter to develop new material

IIT-M's new centre to study properties of matter to develop new material

  • 21st May 2024
  • The Times of India

Chennai: IIT Madras has established a new interdisciplinary centre -Centre of Excellence for Atomistic Modelling and Materials Design (CAMMD) to study fundamental properties of matter like electrons and ions to develop new materials for various applications including efficient energy storage, new polymers for sustainable environment and new materials for quantum technology.

The centre will employ computational techniques, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms and advanced theoretical methods to predict properties of materials.

"Just like DNA that forms the fingerprint of a living being, the interactions among sub-atomic entities such as ions and electrons serve as the fingerprint for a material. The CoE on Atomistic Modelling and Materials Design investigate these interactions to predict the properties of the materials and design them for specific application purposes," said professor Birabar Ranjit Kumar Nanda, head, Centre of Excellence for Atomistic Modelling and Materials Design, IIT Madras.

"Researchers can explain why something is magnetic, superconductor or a good battery material by examining the behaviour of the electrons and ions." he added.

This CoE is one of its kind in the country and is led by seven faculties with varied domain expertise. In addition, the centre has around 40 research scholars and around 10 postdoctoral researchers. "With this strong team, we envisage developing one of the best research centres in the world that design materials for energy, sustainability, health, and quantum technologies," professor Nanda said.

The centre was established under the Institute of Eminence (IoE) initiative by the Government of India.

The centre has started developing a database to store experimental and theoretical information of a wide range of materials.

"Database on materials structure, processing, property, and performance will provide much needed information to design new materials. Current practice of reporting materials information as publications makes it practically impossible to extract relevant materials data. We are currently developing a database of battery materials, processing and performance, from publication and patents, this will make it possible to compare millions of battery materials already reported," said professor Satyesh Kumar Yadav, department of metallurgical and materials engineering, IIT Madras.

" In this centre, we develop AI/ML methods that can be combined with present computational and experimental techniques to allow efficient design of new materials." said professor Rohit Batra, department of metallurgical and materials engineering, IIT Madras.

The centre will also focus on designing electrodes, electrolytes for maximising energy storage, high entropy alloys for extreme environments such as space, modelling soft matter for energy, environment, water purification, medicine and future electronics.