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About

Miranda House has setup a Multidisciplinary Research Centre, which acts as an ecosystem that promotes growth through research, innovation, product development and application of science and technology, while also providing a mechanism for technology transfer and patents. Multidisciplinary Research Centre (MRC) under interdisciplinary research initiatives have demonstrated academic support in all departments and have approval of the college’s Research policy. MRC research priorities and strategies of the individual departments by tackling cross-disciplinary challenges and creating a shared cross-departmental vision in key thematic areas with the following laboratories:

  • Bio and soft Materials Research Laboratory
  • Opto Electronic and Surface Science Laboratory
  • Materials Processing and Device Fabrication
  • Chemico-Kinetics Laboratory
  • Machine Learning and Design thinking Laboratory
  • Citizen Science and Environmental Epidemiology Laboratory

Achievements

Faculty members from the science, social science and languagedepartments have been given formal recognition by the DU Board of Research Studies for independent supervision of Ph.D. students. The first independently guided Ph.D. thesis was submitted in 2015. At present more than 10 research scholars are working towards their Ph.D. thesis work in MRC.

Research groups at MRC have published more than 350 research papers in journals of high repute. Faculty from the Physics Department have published 01 USA Patent (Granted), 03 Indian Patent (published) and 03 Indian Patent (applied).

Research groups at MRC are working on the development of functional materials for various electronic devices including acoustic sensors, biosensors, gas sensors, and UV-photo detectors. They are also fabricating multiferroics and piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting besides development of surface acoustic wave devices and MEMS based micro-heaters. They have published They have successfully developed table top Surface Plasmon Resonance set up to study the optical properties of various materials and detection of bio-molecules, chemical species, and gases besides the realization of temperature and magnetic field sensors.

Objectives

  • A Multidisciplinary Research Centre builds on the aims and achievements developed by a Strategic Research Initiative over time.
  • Establishment of the state-of-the-art experiments which could meet the objectives of the New Education Policy (NEP, 2020) set by the Government of India, and hence resulting in catalysing the quality academic research in all fields.
  • Students are encouraged to acquire leadership roles (NEP reformed curriculum) through exposure to/and interaction with leading experts in the field of science and technology, academicians, practitioners, and a plethora of government, non-government and international bodies.
  • Introducing regulatory mechanisms and creating conducive environment in college which supports research in frontiers
  • Encouragement in collaborative research work between faculty and students for originating both ways learning and exploring process.
  • Inclusion of International collaborations and funding for the diversification of higher education at global levelleading to Research collaborations and consultancy.
  • Looking forward towards the growth and expansion of interdisciplinary research without compromising on the quality.
  • Global initiative of Academic network to create more employment and internship opportunities.
  • Providing a bridge to students, to cross over to the professional world.

Collaborations

One of the main objectives of MRC is collaborations with the industry which will act as an ecosystem that shall promote growth through scientific research, innovation, product development and application of technology, while also providing a mechanism for technology transfer and patents. MRC aims to expand its existing collaboration with R&D organizations such as DRDO, ISRO, STARC, SCL, GAIL etc.

MRC primarily focuses on nano-technology, fabrication of sensors, transducers, MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical systems) devices, AI driven start-ups, green energy technologies, energy harvesting solutions etc. which need support for commercialization and further proliferation. These can act as a growth driver in the low-end spectrum of the incubation eco-system.

It also aims to develop its own entrepreneurship cum skill development cell where hands on experience through short term certification programs will be given to students of undergraduation and postgraduation.

Research @ MRC

List of Equipment at MRC

Processing equipment Electrical characterization Other characterization
RF & DC sputtering with Balanced & unbalanced magnetron Keithley High Precession DMM Ultra violet detector spectral response
Vacuum Thermal evaporation Keysight, Picometer Visible light detector spectral response
Sol-gel processing facility Keithley Electrometers, Microvoltmeters Surface plasmon resonance setup
Target and ceramic processing facility Impedance Analyzer (C-V characteristics (20MHz)) Thermoelectric Set up
Electrophoretic film growth setup Analog & digital storage oscilloscope Chemical & Gas sensor test rig
Temp. controlled Furnaces 1400oC Lock-in-amplifier Electro-optic set up
Controlled Si etching setup for system HP Pulse generator Pump and Probe set up
Ultrasonic & plasma glow cleaning Sun Simulator Optical Power meter (pW-mW)
Optical microscope (1000 X) Low frequency LCR meter (10mHz-100KHz) UV, VIS, and IR filters
Evaporation furnace for nanostructures Keithley source-measure unit Processor control XYZ rotation
Spin Coater Units Nanovoltmeter Keithley Perkin-Elmer UV-Visible spectrophotometer
Spray Pyrolysis set up Hall measurement set up Optical Benches and Matrix board

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