Advanced Materials Lab

The Advanced Materials Lab is established to study the desired properties of new materials through systematic experimentation and numerical approach for industrial applications. Here, new materials with special properties, suitable or required for the design of devices for in-demand technologies, are synthesized in the form of bulk and thick films, nanopowders, and nanofluids.

It encourages interdisciplinary interactions among materials science researchers in the field of polymer nanocomposites, semiconducting materials, nanofluids, green synthesis of nanomaterials, materials for environmental remediation, sensor technology and numerical modelling.

Recent paradigm is used to understand other advanced research areas including nanotechnology, biomaterials, forensic engineering and failure analysis.

Lab Activities

Synthesis and characterization of new materials for industrial applications

Encourage interdisciplinary research to advance the field

Promote innovation in materials research

Introduce industry relevant courses in the curriculum

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Lab Resources

12-seater office-cum-conference room for projects and trainings

E-Library with wide range of journals and resource materials

30-seater training room for running hands-on courses and workshops

Dedicated Research Center with equipments and software

Infrastructure Devices

The Advanced Materials Lab is well equipped with the latest equipment and software including Nano-Chamber, Fume Hood, Spin Coater, Hydraulic Press, Digital Balance, Magnetic Stirrer, Heater, Muffle Furnace (1000 0C), Ultrasonicator, COMSOL and MATLAB.

Featured Projects


Nov '2020

Development of a TiO2 based Solar Photo-Catalytic Process for Wastewater Treatment

Researchers at SiliconTech’s Advanced Materials Lab are studying the photo-catalytic action of TiO2 on wastewater, when exposed to solar energy.


Aug '2019

Studies on the convective heat transfer in Nanofluids

Researchers at SiliconTech’s Advanced Materials Lab is studying the mixing as well as other hydrodynamics and thermal effects associated with the Brownian motion in the nanofluid

Projects, People & Publications

Investigators: Dr. Jaideep Talukdar, Principal Investigator, Bipin B. Tripathy, Co- Principal Investigator

The aim of the study is to utilize the photo-catalytic action of TiO2 on wastewater, when exposed to solar energy, employing a reusable synthesized catalyst.

Experiments have been performed in the batch mode by placing the TiO2 coated inert glass spheres in a glass reactor containing a contaminant in solution, placed in sunlight.  As an initial attempt, a strong attachment of TiO2nano-layer on the surface of inert SiO2 (glass) spheres was sought, so that the TiO2–based catalyst can withstand a flowing water environment.  A strong attachment of TiO2 nanoparticles on silica balls has been obtained. TiO2nano-powder has been coated on 5 mm SiO2 balls using a reaction in a solution of TiO2 powder with 2-propanol and nitric acid. Polyethylene Glycol is added to provide porosity in the TiO2 layer so that area of interaction will be a maximum. A porous surface morphology of the TiO2 -coated spheres has been verified through scanning electron microscopy.  Preliminary solar photocatalytic experiments using Methylene Blue dye and the prepared catalyst have been performed.  Dye concentrations showed significant reduction using this method.

The next phase of experiments were on wastewater containing various levels of concentration of organics and the TiO2 catalyst, exposed to solar energy for 6 hours to see the degradation of organic content in the wastewater. Batch runs were performed, and encouraging results show a fairly significant reduction of BOD values from about 80 mg/l to 30 mgl/l. Further investigation for a continuous process is in progress.

Investigator: Dr. Kamalakanta Satpathy

The Brownian motion of the nanoparticles in nanofluid is one of the potential contributors to enhance effective thermal conductivity. The mechanisms that might contribute to this enhancement are the subject of considerable discussion and debate. Towards this, the mixing as well as other hydrodynamics and thermal effects associated with the Brownian motion in the nanofluid will be numerically studied.

Numerical Approach:

  • CAD design of the numerical model has been completed.
  • The study of heat transfer analysis is under investigation.

Investigators: Dr. Ambarish G. Mohapatra, Principal Investigator, Dept. of EIE, SiliconTech Bhubaneswar, Dr. Kamalakanta Satpathy, Co-Principal Investigator.

Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) are used as passive optical sensors in various purposes like Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), biomedical and chemical sensors, sensors in aerospace applications where EM radiation may create abnormalities during measurement. These FBG sensors are primarily sensitive to the effect of strain on the grating region. The proposed project work is based on the packaging of a FBG sensor element using suitable metal and polymer which can be used in civil engineering applications.

Design Approach:

  • Design of the FBG Sensors is completed and is tested in the laboratory condition which is giving promising results.
  • Further testing and design improvements are underway for industrial applications.

Basic Sciences and Humanities

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Basic Sciences and Humanities

Susanta Kumar Biswal, Manoranjan Behera, Ardhendu Sekhar Rout, and Arpita Tripathy

, "Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Raw Fruit Extract of Mimusops elengi and their Antimicrobial Study ", Biointerface Research In Applied Chemistry, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 10040 - 10051, 0923,



J. Shimoyama, Jayashree Das, H.Ogino, U. O. Aigbe, and V. V. Srinivasu

, "Novel normal-state low field microwave absorption in SmFeAsO1-xFx iron particle superconductors ", Solid State Communications, Vol. 307, Article ID: 113800, 1123,

DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2019.113800


Manoranjan Behera, Susanta Kumar Biswal, Mohammed A Ahemad, and Bhabani Shanker Panda

, "Demonstration of Enhanced Thermal Stability, Dielectric Constant and Low Tangent Loss by Particle-Reinforced Silver/poly (Vinylidene Difluoride) Polymer Nanocomposites ", Biointerface Research In Applied Chemistry, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 12584 - 12595, 0123,



Arpita Tripathy, Manoranjan Behera, Ardhendu Sekhar Rout, S K Biswal, and A D Phule

, "Optical, Structural, and Antimicrobial Study of Gold nanoparticles Synthesized Using an Aqueous Extract of Mimusops elengi Raw Fruits ", Biointerface Research In Applied Chemistry, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 7085-7096, 0623,



Manoranjan Behera and Shanker Ram

, "Synthesis and characterization of gold (Au): Fullerene (C60)-Poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) nanofluids in an alcoholic medium ", Indian Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 30, pp. 2188-2192, 0823,



Ansuman Jena, Manoranjan Behera, Chittaranjan Routray, and Susanta Kumar Biswal

, "Fabrication, Characterization and Antibacterial Study of Polyvinyl alcohol/Cuprous Oxide Nanofluids and Polymer Nanocomposite Films ", Oriental Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 713-719, 0823,

DOI: 10.13005/ojc/360416


P.E. Amami,  Jayashree Das, D.K. Mishra, V.V. Srinivasu, D.R. Sahu, and B. K. Roul

, "Cr doped ZnO: Investigation of magnetic behaviour through SQUID and ESR Studies", Physica B: Condensed Matter, Elsevier, Vol. 572, No. 1, pp. 60-65, 0723,

DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2019.07.056


T. S. Mahule, Jayashree Das, and V. V. Srinivasu

, "Low-field microwave absorption in Zn1−x(Mn:Fe(Ni))xO (x = 0.02) system: hysteresis, line shapes and powdering effects ", Applied Physics A, Springer, Vol. 125, pp. 231, 0323,

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-019-2509-9


Bipin Bihary Tripathy, Manoranjan Behera, H. Rath, P. Mallick, and N. C. Mishra

, "Evolution of microstructure and optical properties of TiO2/Au nanocomposite", Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics , Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 95-100, 0223.

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