Anna University being the leading technical university in India,
harnesses research talents in various
domains like information science & technology, computational materials science,
technology, energy storage materials, biotechnology, etc. Therefore, it is envisaged to
competences of these experts together to achieve major advances in materials research
relevant to the
field of renewable energy, environmental protection, healthcare, medical applications,
nanotechnology etc. The Centre of Materials Informatics (C-MaIn) is a confluence of
researchers from the Department of Physics, Department of
Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Institute of Energy Studies, Department of
Engineering and Department of Civil Engineering at present. It shall spread its wings to
domains as it expands in the future.
The C-MaIn aims to be a Centre of Excellence for performing cutting-edge research activities by combining the modern field of informatics with the well-established field of materials science and technology. It envisages to become a truly-interdisciplinary research hub where materials and their properties can be predicted by informatics and verified by various computational and experimental methods. C-MaIn shall provide high-quality consultancy, training, and teaching services to the industries,student and research centres in the emerging field of Materials Informatics.
The C-MaIn shall enhance the eminence of Anna University by
Dr. Vidya Ravindran had started her research career at University of Oslo,
Norway in 2000. Her
core expertise is Modelling of Materials using Density-Functional Theory (DFT) based
computations. She has acquired her Ph.D degree with Honors (Known as Doctorum Scientarum
– Dr. Scient.) in December 2005 from University of Oslo, Norway. Her Ph.D thesis work was on
charge and orbital ordering in mixed-valent transition-metal oxides (especially perovskites)
included 25 research articles; she was the first author in 15 of them. She was involved in
developing tools for visualizing charge and orbital ordering in manganites, which are
related to the high-Tc superconducting cuprates. She has been focussing on the
characteristics of materials such as: magneto-optical, magneto-electrical,
From 2005 till 2014, she worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Materials Science & Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, Norway and worked on defect energetics in semiconductors also.
She has been carrying out teaching as well as research activities at Anna University since 2014. Currently her group works on a wide variety of materials relevant for renewable energy, oxides with magnetic characters, materials for bio-medical applications, radiation dosimeters, drug- delivery systems, and photocatalysts for dissociation of pollutant gases. They provide a thorough understanding on the fundamental properties of materials, so that their application domain is expanded. They have started utilizing the latest developments in the field of Informatics, viz Machine-learning and deep-learning algorithms for their Materials research. With the founding of Centre for Materials Informatics – this cross-disciplinary endeavor shall flourish further.
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