Division for Resaearch in Advanced materials

Division for Research in Advanced Materials (DREAM) envisions the development of advanced, functional materials to meet the technological requirements of the present century. Over the past few years, this division has evolved into growth centre in developing energy storage devices. The division is currently focusing on developing novel electrode and electrolyte materials for rechargeable Li –S cells, Li-ion cells and supercapacitors. During the last decade, the research group has made significant contributions in the field of rechargeable Li-ion cells and Li-S cells with appreciable energy density and high power supercapacitors. One of the significant achievements is the development of Solid Polymer Electrolyte (SPE) materials in the form of flexible and free-standing films and membranes with quite impressive electrochemical parameters for realising all-solid state Li-ion and Mg-ion cells. Developing materials for cost-effective and efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED) based on novel semiconducting polymers and small organic molecules, polymer nanocomposites, highly conducting polymers, nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and bio-nanophotonics include other areas of research interest.