Surface & Nanoscience Division


  • Surface and Nanoscience Division (SND) focuses on studies of monolithic and multilayered thin films and nanostructures using a variety of techniques such as secondary ion mass spectrometry, nanomechanical testing, Focused Ion Beam (FIB) based nanostructuring and nanopatterning, Scanning Probe Microscopy based characterization of various electrical and mechanical properties at nanoscale, nanospectroscopy with tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) and Nanoscopy with near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) imaging at sub-diffraction limit using polarized light.

  • The division also specializes in high temperature triblological studies of structural materials as well as novel nano- and micro-crystalline diamond thin films. Furthermore, development of novel nanomaterials of 0D transition metal oxide (TMO), 1D noble metals and nitrides, 2D TMOs, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) for advanced sensor applications is being carried out. Research activities relating to sensors based on micromachined cantilevers are also being pursued.
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