Material Science aims the development of new materials and the improvement of existing materials for applications to meet the requirement of leading edge of technology. In broad sense, subject scope of ‘Material Science’ covers entire materials’ cycle i.e. from mining and refining of natural raw materials and synthesis/processing of artificial materials to the level of utilization of finished materials. It also includes proper disposal and recycling. There is a rich variety of relatively new materials of vital importance to the development of the Science and Technology in new era. It includes metals, polymers, ceramics, glasses, electronic materials, bio-medical materials, composites, nano-materials and other soft materials useful for present day’s high tech gadgets and even for the living organisms. Although interdisciplinary in primary nature because of the involvement of Chemistry (for the synthesis and processing), Physics (for characterization) and Engineering (for device fabrication), Material Science has now grown as a well established independent subject. Several academic courses useful for the society are being run by the Universities and various Research Centres in India as well as abroad.
The ‘Centre of Material Sciences’ came into existence in the year 2009 with the appointment of 5 faculty members. Dr. Ravindra Dhar is the first Coordinator of the Centre. Centre of Material Sciences is presently located in Nehru Science Complex building and is expected to get its separate building soon. In the short span of about two year of existence, 5 major research projects (from DST, DIT, BRNS and UGC) have been sanctioned to the Centre with the outlay of about 15 million. Several other projects and international collaborations are in the pipeline. Faculty members have individual international collaborations with Ireland, Poland, Spain, UK, France, South Korea and USA. Centre is presently running D. Phil. (Ph.D.) programme and M. Sc. (Materials Science) programme is starting from the academic session 2012-13.
Present research activities of the centre includes (but not limited to) Soft Materials, Liquid Crystals and other Display Materials, Ferroic and Multiferroic, Magnetoelectronic, Magnetoresistive, Spintronics, Carbon nano structures, Energy Harvesting Materials, Battery Materials, Biomaterials, Metals and Alloys, Superconducting Materials, Ceramics, Composites, Nano Materials, Thin Film and Devices.