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Ph.D in Mathematics and Basic Sciences


Research at NU in the physics area focuses on nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanomagnetic materials, nanocomposite, multifunctional hybrid nanostructure, hard and soft nanoferrites and its combination, Cyclic voltametry, impedance spectroscopy, gas sensor and semiconductor quantum dot devices. Current work involves synthesis and characterization of nanomagnetic materials, semiconductor quantum dot and multifunctional nanomagnetic/quantum dot core/shell heterostructure in thin film and powder form, investigate and understand the correlation between growth process variables and observed properties. Devices using nanomaterials are an area of emphasis with applications such as fabrication of nanocrystalline oxide gas sensors which assist in moving towards a sustainable society.

The current research focuses on alternative energy sources and power to run micro-devices (self-powered devices), development of materials for various electronic applications, energy harvesting/storing. The research and developments are going on in the area of MEMS-based micro actuators and sensors for wide temperature range which will be used for nuclear, automobile and aerospace industry as health monitoring system at high temperature. Different functional materials, e.g., ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics and polymer based flexible composites are the most important materials for these sensors, actuators, transducers and energy harvesting devices. Development of carbon-based electrochemical materials and composites for hybrid supercapacitor application is another focus area of research. Devices are fabricated using micro/nano-electronics techniques with collaboration with Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, IIT Bombay. Those interested in doing a Ph.D in these areas, can apply at here or email us at


The Mathematics area offers PhD degrees in both Applied and Pure Mathematics. The area of research under Applied Mathematics contains numerical wave modeling and probabilistic wave modeling which is a part of Atmospheric Science, Chaos and synchronization which comes under the nonlinear dynamics, Computational fluid dynamics and heat and mass transfer. The department also offers research under some interdisciplinary topics like stochastic processes, neural networks and financial mathematics. The area of research under Pure Mathematics contains Geometry and Differential Topology.


The doctoral programme in chemistry is a research-oriented degree programme of NIIT University. Students as well as working professionals can participate in NU’s Ph.D. programme (Full Time/ Part Time) for Chemistry subject. The aim of the Ph.D programme in chemistry is to provide an environment for individuals to develop the skills to become leaders in scientific research and education, capable of making original contributions to the advancement of chemistry and related disciplines. Students can pursue research with specialization in the traditional areas of chemistry, but much of the research is interdisciplinary, crossing the boundaries of these traditional chemical sub-disciplines, or the boundaries between chemistry and the other sciences Programmes leading to the Ph.D. degree is offered in Chemistry subject. Research in the department is conducted in the following interdisciplinary areas:

Catalytic chemistry: Catalytic Chemistry focuses on the fundamentals and practical aspects of modern organic and inorganic chemistry, and the understanding and applications of catalytic reactions.

Material chemistry: It involves the study of chemistry of condensed phases (solids, liquids, polymers) and interfaces between different phases. Because many of these materials have direct technological applications, materials chemistry has a strong link between basic science and many existing and newly-emerging technologies. While chemistry-focused, the Materials Chemistry Programme also serves as a bridge between chemistry and the engineering and life sciences.

Organic synthesis: It involves the study of synthesize new biologically active molecules, including novel drugs, materials and catalysts.