Functional Materials & Devices Lab


FMD Lab at a Glance

'Atom to Device'

Functional Materials & Devices Laboratory is based in the School Of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM), India. Our research is strategically focused on three main research themes: New Functional Materials, Device Applications, and Sustainability. The group and the institute are home to a wide range of thin-film growth and nanofabrication equipment as well as a diverse suite of magnetic, electronic, and structural characterization techniques. Our present research encompasses fundamental research in materials engineering, spintronics, ion-tronics, and Quantum Materials.


We have 3 PhD positions in the following areas: Quantum Materials, and Spintronics


6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale (or first-class equivalent) or first class in Master’s program in a relevant discipline as declared by the respective University.

(BE/BTech degree in relevant specialization is admissible for select areas of research in the School of Physics (see Research Areas)).

The candidate must have qualified at least one of the following examinations: CSIR-JRF, UGC-JRF or GATE or other national-level examinations, with validity as on 01 January 2024.

BS-MS/Masters students from any of the IISERs/IITs/IISc with a CGPA 8 or above on a 10-point scale are exempted from national-level test eligibility related criteria.

Starting Summer 2024   ||  Application Link  || Contact Dr. Tuhin Maity for more details

20.03.2024: Manisha Bansal presented our work (Talk and poster) in DPG Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section in Berlin-Germany on March, 17.-22., 2024. Glad to showcase our works on new nanoscale materials for energy efficient memory and caloric applications to international community.

21.01.2024: Congratulations to PhD student Manisha Bansal for winning presentation award once again, 3 rd time in a row. 

20.01.2024: New paper published in Advanced Physics Research where we show how to vertically shift a magnetic hysteresis loop. The technique can be used for next generation spintronics devices.

14.12.2023: Tuhin attended the MRSI AGM 2023 conference at IIT BHU in Varanasi and gave an invited talk.

07.12.2023: Tuhin attended RAM-90 conference to felicitate Professor C N R Rao, Bharat Ratna on his 90th year and 70 years of research. Opportunities to meet eminent scientists and scholars across the globe. Spent wonderful time with Prof Judith Driscoll and many other young colleagues.

08.10.2023: New paper accepted in Journal of Physics D. Congratulation to Wasim for his third first author paper.

23.09.2023: New paper accepted in Physical Review Letters in collaboration with Bivas Saha from JNCASR. Excellent collaborative team effort from different institutes from all over the world. Experimentally proven a new metal-insulator phase transition (MIT) by simultaneous structural and magnetic phase transition which was theoretically predicted 20 years ago. Physical Review Letters 131 (12), 126302 (2023)

28.07.2023: Tuhin spent with Prof Judith Driscoll and Dr Giuliana Di Martino’s group (University of Cambridge) in June and July 2023 to continue our collaborative work together in magnetoelectrics. We are grateful for a Royal Society collaborative grant.

19.06.2023: Manisha Bansal is visiting Cambridge for 5 months to work on a ReRAM project with Dr Giuliana Di Martino's group under Royal Society Intenational Exchange Project.

Image: Manisha in front of Newton's apple tree at Trinity College.

05.06.2023: New paper published in Physical Review B on magneto caloric. Congratulation to Wasim and Manisha.

01.05.2023: Tuhin has published a new paper in APL Materials on voltage control of magnetism for memory and neuromorphic applications in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. 

20.02.2023: The group attended the 14th Annual International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM) in RAK-UAE and presented their works. They had a great time meeting eminent scientists, attending talks, royal banquet dinner, and enjoying RAK and Dubai.

19.12.2022: Tuhin joined his mentor Prof Judith Driscoll from Cambridge at IUMRS 2022 conference in IIT Jodhpur. She received MRSI Silver Jubilee International Medal. 

30.10.2022: Dr Tuhin Maity of the School of Physics has received the “Royal Society International Exchange Award” with Dr Giuliana Di Martino of the University of Cambridge for a project on a new magneto-ionic memory. This award will stimulate novel research on the emerging area of energy-efficient RAM for the next two years and bilateral visits to strengthen collaborations between IISER-TVM and the University of Cambridge.