Functional Materials & Devices Lab


FMD Lab at a Glance

'Atom to Device'

Functional Materials & Devices Laboratory is based in the School Of Physics, IISER 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 nanoscale materials 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

24.06.2024: The group welcomes Atif Jan, a visiting PhD student from the University of Cambridge, UK. Atif is working on ferroelectric memories under Dr Giuliana Di Martino. His visit is part of Royal Society International Exchange project between Dr Tuhin Maity and Dr Giuliana Di Martino.

13.06.2024: Riya Pathak has been selected for the IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School (Fully funded) in Taipei, Taiwan, (June 9-14, 2024). She presented her interesting research on thin film Quantum Materials with Quantum Spin Liquid (QSL). She enjoyed her first international visit!

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.