Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE)

Indian Institute of Science

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M. Tech. Degree:

The Centre will start an M. Tech. program in Nano Science and Engineering from 2014. Please click here to get details about it.

Ph. D. Degree:

The Centre offers admission to the Ph.D. program of the Institute degree under two streams. Admission to the two PhD programs (direct and interdisciplinary) at CeNSE is based on your performance in the interview conducted typically during the first week of June at CeNSE, IISc. The shortlisting of the candidates, to be called for the interview is based on the scores obtained in standardized exams such as GATE, UGC/CSIR JRF etc. or ME/MTech scores. The interview process tests your subject knowledge as well as your aptitude for research. Students appearing for the interview are expected to have a good grasp of the fundamentals in their respective subjects. In addition, they must also have strong mathematical background and be conversant with topics such as ordinary differential equations. During the interview, you must demonstrate your ability for problem-solving and analysis, which is essential for completing a good PhD thesis. The broad research topics at CeNSE are listed below. However it is not guaranteed that candidates will be selected in all these areas every year. So you are advised to go through the webpages of CeNSE faculty and present a list of 2 or 3 faculty/topics you are interested to pursue at the time of interview.Details about the available topics for the Ph.D. program can be found here and here.

For further details on applying online, click here.

NE - Direct Admission:

The first stream (NE) is direct admission into the Centre’s Ph. D. program run by its core faculty.

Sl. No Department / Centre/ Unit Degree Eligibility



Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (NE)

Ph. D.

  • M.E./M.Tech. or equivalent.
  • B.E. / B.Tech. or equivalent in an Engineering discipline.
  • M.Sc. or equivalent in a Science discipline.
Research Areas   Research Areas

Nanomaterials and Nanostructures:

  • Synthesis and characterization of materials for electronic (Graphene, AlGaN, high-k dielectrics), optoelectronic (InGaN), magnetic (multicomponent magnetic oxides) and photonic applications; development of new precurors CVD and ALD; synthesis of nanoparticles by microwave irradiation and sonication; thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition, sputtering, evaporation, CVD and ALD; mechanical properties of thin films;  self- assembled monolayers; polymer nanocomposites; Nano-propellers for applications in soft matter physics and biotechnology; Optics and acoustics with nanometer- sized bubbles in quantum fluids.

Nanoelectronic Devices:

  • Nonclassical Silicon/Germaniun nanotransistor, Compound semiconductor devices, HEMTs, LEDs, Nanotube and nanowire transistors, Graphene transistors, High-k dielectrics for DRAMs, FeRAM, RRAM, MRAM, Phase Change Memory, Photovoltaics, Fuel cell, Supercapacitors, Organic/ Polymer devices



  • Nano-Biophotonics, Nanophotonics in metamaterials and nanostructured thin films; Plasmonics.

Sensor Systems:

  • Inertial sensors, Acoustic sensors, RF MEMS, Optical sensors, Power MEMS, Gas sensors, CMOS-MEMS integration, Bio Sensors, label-free biosensors, microfluidic integration,  Lab-on-chip systems, Neural interface devices, SoC architecture design, Sensor interface circuits, Defect-tolerant architectures.

Computational Nanoengineering

  • Finite element modeling, Multi scale modeling, Nonlinear dynamics, Computational mechanics, Reduced order modeling, Coupled domain analysis, Synthesis of micro/nanosystems, Meshing algorithms, Quantum-Continuum modeling, Energy dissipation at nanoscale, Molecular dynamics simulation,  nanotransistor physics modeling and simulation, Variability  in nanoelectronics devices, EDA tools

NA - Interdisciplinary Program

The second stream is an interdisciplinary program (NA) conducted by the Centre in conjunction with several other departments across the institute.  The student admitted under this program will have two advisors from two different departments. The student may be housed in the department of the primary advisor.

Sl. No Discipline Degree Eligibility




Ph. D.

  • M.E./M.Tech. or equivalent.
  • B.E. / B.Tech. or equivalent in an Engineering discipline.
  • M.Sc. or equivalent in a Science discipline.
Research Areas

Research areas cover a broad spectrum of topics relevant to the science and engineering at the nanoscale.



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