IIT Delhi Areas of Research Available for Ph.D Programmes

IIT Delhi offers research programmes leading to the degree of Ph.D. in the following areas in the various Departments/Centres:

Department of Applied Mechanics [Code AMZ]

Large Deformations, Impact Mechanics, Elasticity, Analysis of Manufacturing Processes, Composite Materials, Plates and Shells, Non-linear Dynamics and Chaos, Railway Vehicle Dynamics, Off-Shore Structures, Smart Structures, Structural Stability, Snow Mechanics, Experimental and Computational Methods of Stress Analysis Structures.

Internal and External Flows, Pipeline Engineering, Solid-Liquid Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Hydrodynamic Stability and Turbulence, Environmental Aerodynamics.

Computer Aided Design, Design Engg., Reliability Engineering, Availability and Maintainability Engg.

Damage Mechanics, Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy, Crystal, plasticity Phase Transformations, Fracture Mechanics, Fatigue, Environmental cracking, Failure analysis, mechanical Properties of Solids, Functionally graded materials, Residual life Estimation, Nano materials, Quasicrystals, Amorphons materials, metal forms, Severe Plastic deformation, Electron Microscopy.

Department of Biochemical Engg. & Biotechnology [Code BEZ]

Microbial and Enzyme Engineering: Analysis and design of microbial and enzyme reactors for production of industrially important products such as biofuels, industrial enzymes, biopolymers, organic solvents, biofertilizers and biopesticides etc.; development of bio-sensors for detection of various analytes; application of artificial neural networks for control of bio processes.

Bioseparation and down stream processing: Membrane separation techniques, chromatographic separation techniques, water purification etc.

Animal and plant cell culture: Development of cell culture techniques for cultivation of plant and animal cells in specialized reactors for production of therapeutic compounds.

Environmental Biotechnology: The development of reactors and processes for stabilization of organic and industrial wastes.

Biochemistry and molecular biology: Industrial enzymes, development of recombinant clones for over-production of enzymes and metabolites; development of expression systems in bacteria and yeasts; bioenergetics and biological molecular machines; chaperone-mediated proteins folding of native and recombinant proteins; protein conformation study and structure-function relationship using biophysical methods; application of bio-informatic tools for development of bioprocesses.

Department of Chemical Engineering [Code CHZ]

Mixing, Adsorption, Ion-Exchange, Absorption, Distillation and other separation processes, Particle Technology, catalysis and Reactor Engineering, Petroleum Refining Engineering, Membrane Synthesis & Processes, Waste Management, Environmental Engineering, Biomass, Fluidization, Computer Aided Design, Modeling Simulation and Optimization, Interfacial Engineering, Polymers, Computational fluid dynamics, control of Reactors, fuel cells, multiphase flow & rectors.

Department of Chemistry [Code CYZ]

heoretical Chemistry, Quantum & classical computer simulation on chemical and biochemical systems. Biophysical chemistry, Synthetic and Mechanistic organic chemistry, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Bio-organic chemistry, Organometallics, Coordination & bio-inorganic chemistry, Solid state chemistry, Dielectric materials, Inter metallic compounds, Polyoxo metallates, Trace metal extraction, Ion- exchangers, Supramolecular chemistry, Molecular organization and recognition, Process Developments for the Organic Transformations, Polymer chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, Enzyme structure, stability & folding, Peptide synthesis, Bioseparations, Design of reusable biocatalyst, Non-aqueous enzymology, Enzyme Immobilization and Bioconversions.

Department of Civil Engineering [Code CEZ]

Environmental Engineering : Urban air quality management; indoor air pollution; water and waste water treatment; urban water Management; Non-point source of Pollution; Membrance Process; Modeling, simulation and optimization of Environmental systems; Environmental Impact Assessment; solid waste management; incineration; circulating fluidized bed operations; Landfill Management; Environmental Risk Analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing Applications for Environmental Management.

Geotechnical Engineering : Soil mechanics; rock mechanics; foundation engineering; slope stability and dams; ground improvement: geosynthetics; reinforced soil; geo-environmental engineering; offshore geotechnology; underground structures; constitutive modeling; ash ponds and ash utilization; landfills; expansive soils; geophysical methods; engineering geology; soil dynamics and earthquake geotechnics; seismic microzonation; geotechnology for tracks and pavements; computational methods.

Structural Engineering : Structural Health Monitoring; Smart Materials Structures Tenkgrity Structures; Biomechanics; Analysis and design of structures; tall buildings; bridges; earthquake engineering; wind engineering; offshore structures; masonry, RCC and steel structures; artificial intelligence; damage assessment and strengthening; structural dynamics; structural control; constitutive modelling; computational methods; constitutive Modelling of damage Plasticity and creep concrete; High Performance construction Management; durability of concrete; rebar corrosion; cement based composites; construction technology; construction management; financial analysis; contract administration; quantitative methods in compaching concrete.

Transportation Engineering : Transport planning and systems; traffic flow modeling; fuzzy systems; urban engineering; pavement materials and highway engineering; airways; Environmental impact-assessment; Interaction between Environment and Land use Transport.

Water Resources Engineering : Hydrology; irrigation; water resource systems; watershed modeling; hydrological modeling, GIS; environment impact assessment; irrigation management; CAD; ground water contamination; Ground water Modelling; contaminant Transport Modelling; Leachate Pollution; bioremediation; flow through porous media; remote sensing; stochastic processes; large river basin modeling; water resources conflicts; River Water quality Modelling; water allocation waste load; flood forecasting and Modelling; snow dynamics; Rain water Harvesting.

Department of Computer Science & Engineering [Code CSZ]

Computer Architecture, VLSI Design Automation, Embedded Systems, Hardware-Software Co-design, System-level Design and Design Space Exploration, ASIP Synthesis, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Virtual environments, Geometric modeling, Model representation, 3D Visualization and Animation,Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Databases, Data Mining, Computer Networks, High-Speed Networks, Wireless and mesh networks, WiFi/WiMax, ad hoc and Sensor networks, Delay Tolerant Networks and Opportunistic communication, Multimedia systems, Peer-to-peer networking, Network measurement and modeling, Social networking, Protocol validation and verification, Analysis of algorithms, Randomized and Approximation algorithms, Graph algorithms, Computational Geometry, Combinatorial Optimization, Web-related computation, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Programming Language Semantics and Design, Semantics of Concurrency and Distributed Computation, Formal Methods and Verification, Compilers, Software Engineering, Service-oriented computing, Foundations and Models of Computing, Computational and Systems Biology.


Electronic Engineering: Electronic Circuits, Microprocessor, Instrumentation, Microelectronics, VLSI, Digital Signal Processing, Computer Aided Circuit Design, Graph Theory, Neural Networks, Testing and Fault Diagnosis, Fault-tolerant Design, Mixed-signal design.

Power Engineering : Electrical Machines, Energy Conversion, Power Electronics, Power Quality, Drives, Powers System, Protection, Stability, Optimisation, Energy Conservation, HVDC & FACTS, Computer Applications in Power (computational intelligence, microcomputer/DSP control, CAD software & application) Renewable Energy Systems (Small Hydro, PV, Wind), Energy Audit & Efficiency.

Communication Engineering : Signal Processing, Speech and Image Processing, Coding & Information Theory, Communication Systems, Optoelectronics, Optical Communications, Communication Networks, Wireless and Mobile Communications Microwaves, Antennas.

Computer Engineering : Computer Vision, Multimedia Systems, Image Processing, Computer Networks, Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, Mobile computing, soft computing, Pattern Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Music information retrieval, Bioinformatics.

Control Engineering : Control theory Robust Control, Intelligent control, Robotics, Optimal Control, Parameter Estimation, Mechatronics, Neuro-FUZZY control, Adaptive Systems, distributed parameter systems, Numerical methods in control, sliding mode control, computational electromagnetics, Interval Analysis.

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences [Code HUZ]

Educational, Industrial and Organisational Psychology; Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Development, Economic Theory, Development Economics, International Economics, Quantitative Economics, Transport Economics, Experimental and Behavioural Economics, Sociology of Culture and Knowledge, Sociology of Development, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Social Movements, Globalization and Transationalism, Sociology of Science, Sociology of Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, British and American Literature, Indian English Theatre, Popular Culture, Critical Theory, Indian English and Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Language and Communication, Technical Communication, Creativity and Creative writing, Linguistics, Formal Syntax and Semantics, Lanaugage Acquisition Biolinguisitics, Pragmatics, Cognitive Studies, Neuroimaging, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Hermencutics, Deconstruction, Philosophy of Science, Interface of Science and Technology with Humanities, Philosophy and Film, Indian Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Buddhist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, Peace Studies, Philosophy of Culture, Buddhism.

Department of Management Studies [Code SMZ]

Production Management and Operations research, Manufacturing Systems Management, Enterprise Resources Planning, Project Management, System analysis and computer Applications, Management of Information Technology, Network Security Management, Management Information system & Decision support system, Electronic commerce Systems approach to Waste Management and Productivity, Human .Resource Management, Organization Management Behaviour and Development, Business Ethics, Leadership, Financial Analysis and Control, Financial Management of Manufacturing and Service sectors, International Financial Management, Capital Markets, Derivative Securities, Portfolio Management, Mutual Funds, Behavioural Finance, Managerial economics, International Economics, Economics of Education, Productivity and Efficiency Analysis, Business forecasting, Economics Feasibility & Technoeconomic Analysis, Marketing management, Industrial and Hi-Tech Marketing: Public Sector Management, Entrepreneurial Management, Management of Technology, Management and Planning of Service System (Energy, Transportation, Health Care, Banking), Corporate Planning and Strategic Management, Global Strategy and strategic Alliances, Global Competitiveness, Country Competitiveness, Breakthrough Management, Strategic Innovation, Organisational Growth Strategies, Innovation Difusion, Business Strategy and Competitiveness, General Management, Total quality Management, flexible Systems Management, Comparative Management, Product Management, Business Process Re- engineering, Mergers and Acquisition, Strategic Business Management, Knowledge Management, International marketing Management, Industrial Marketing and Service Marketing Management, Longitudinal and Lateral Thinking. International Business and negotiations.

Department of Mathematics [Code MAZ]

Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, statistics and Operations Research, Theoretical Computer Science.

Department of Mechanical Engineering [Code MEZ]

Design Engineering

Mechanical Vibrations, Rotor Dynamics, Damped Structures, Composite Structures, Smart structures, Active Vibration Control, Experimental Modal Analysis & Identification, Structural Dynamic Modification, Finite Element Model Updating, Dynamic Design, Noise Engineering, Condition Monitoring, Bearing Dynamics, Lubrication, Mechanical System Design, Computer Aided Mechanical Design, Computer Controlled Mechanisms, Vehicle Dynamics, Modelling the Impact of Vehicles,

Impact Biomechanics, Concurrent Engineering Design, Mechanisms, Robotics, Multibody Dynamics, Application of Multibody Dynamics in Design and analysis of Rural Engineering Systems, Mechatronics, Sensors and Actuator Design, MEMS, Design of Microsystems, Nanomechanics, Artificial Intelligence Applications in Mechanical Engineering & Expert Systems for Design & manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Applications to Medical Science.

Thermal Group

Internal Combustions Engines, Phenomenological and Multi-dimensional modeling of engines, Combustion, Radiation from flames, Engine Simulation, Turbo charging, Combustion Generated Pollution, Alternate Fuels, Utilization of biogas, Biomass gasification, Energy efficient kilns, Energy flow through radial rectilinear cascades, Centrifugal and axial compressors Internal flow and Laser anemometry, Optimization of power plants, Sustainable Energy Systems, Computer Simulation and Design of Thermal Systems, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems, Thermal Comfort, Fire Research, Air Water Spray Injection, Waste Heat Utilization, Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy Sources, Heat Transfer, High temperature natural convection Microchannel Heat Exchangers, Particle-laden Flow, Fluid Mechanics & Machines, Turbulence Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Turbo machines.

Production Engineering

Metal Cutting, Metal Forming, Welding, Metal Casting, Material Characterization, Non-traditional Manufacturing Processes, Measurements & Metrology, Grinding of Ceramics and Metal Matrix Composites, Processing of Polymers & Composites, Injection Molding, Microcellular Injection Molding, Finite Element Applications in Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping, Intelligent Manufacturing, Micro & Nano-Manufacturing, Biomaterials and Medical Implants, Nanocomposites, Modeling of Material Behavior, Lean concepts in Machine Tool Design.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Quality Control, Quality, Reliability and Maintenance, Lean Manufacturing, Productivity Management, Queuing, Systems Simulation, Simulation Dynamics, Operations Research & Management, Production & Materials Management, Project Management, Total Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Business Process Reengineering, Applied Probabilities, Facilities Planning, Enterprise Modeling, Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Value Engineering, Flexible Systems, Healthcare Systems, Education Systems, Agile Manufacturing Systems, ERP, CIMS and Beyond, Enterprise Modeling, Enterprise Architecture, Extended Enterprises, Decision-Information Synchronization in Flexible Systems, Concurrent Planning, Methodology of Enterprise Modeling, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Knowledge Management, e-business, IT effectiveness in Enterprise Systems

Department of Physics [Code PHZ]

Experimental & Theoretical Solid State Physics: Thin Films, Materials and Devices, Nanomaterials, Lattice Dynamics, Semiconductors and Amorphous Materials, Electronic Ceramics, Microwave Materials, Quantum Functional Materials, Spintronics, Superconductivity, Photovoltaics; Nanophotonics, Laser Spectroscopy and Applications; Laser

Processing, Optoelectronics; Optics; Holography, High density data storage, liquid crystals, Nonlinear Phase Conjugation, Optical Information Processing, Optical data security, Nonlinear Optics, Nonlinear guided wave optics, Solitoris Quantum Optics, Fiber optics, Integrated Optics, Fiber Optic Sensors and Biosensors; Fibre optic component, Plasma Physics; Particle acceleration, Nonlnear waves and instabilities in plasmas, Thermo Nuclear Fusion; Microwaves and Plasma Interaction, Solitons in Plasmas, Space Plasmas, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Computational Physics; Nuclear and particle physics, cosmology.

Department of Textile Technology [Code TTZ]

Textile Engineering: Analysis and Design of Yarn and Fabric Formation Systems such as rotor spinning, Friction Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Nonwovens, Braiding etc; Structural Mechanics of Yarns, Knits, Woven, Braided and Nonwoven Materials; Comfort, handle and other functional aspects of fibrous assemblies; Design and development of technical textiles such as geotextiles, filters fabrics, medical textiles, protective textiles, packaging textiles etc; systems analysis; textile production and marketing, operation management and supply Chain Management.

Textile Chemical Technology : Chitosan Chemistry and Application, Isolation and Application of Sericin, Surface Functionalisation by Plasma and UV Excimer Lamp, Micro-Encapsulation and Nano Encapsulation, Processing of Bamboo Fibres, Natural Dyes, Dyeing and Finishing, Conducting Fabrics, Bio Acive Fabrics, Textile Ecology and Environment.

Fibre Science & Technology : Synthesis and characterization of advanced polymeric materials, Structure property correlation, Functional polymers and systems, Stimuli responsive polymers and Phase change materials for heat storage, Modification of natural and synthetic fibres, Nanofibers by electrostatic spinning, Nanoparticle Synthesis and Coatings, Polymeric Nanocomposites, Nanoclay based coatings and composites, Nano engineered fire resistant composite fibres, Biomedical applications of Textiles, Tissue Engineering, Sustainability and polymer recycling, Modeling and simulation, Green composites, High stess elastic Materials (ropes/braided structures).

Centre for Applied Research in Electronics [Code CRZ]

Signal Processing; Underwater Acoustics-Signal and Image Processing, Human and Machine Speech Communications, Digital Communications, DSP Hardware Design; Microwaves and RF; Active and Reconfigurable Circuits and Antennas, Wireless Components and Systems, RF MEMS, Wideband Microwave Circuits, Modeling of Active Devices; Microelectronics; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Technology, Thermal, Acoustic and Optical Non-Destructive Characterization, Organic Electronics.

Centre for Atmospheric Sciences [Code ASZ]

Meteorology, Oceanography and Air Pollution.

Centre for Biomedical Engineering [Code BMZ]

Biomedical Instrumentation, Physiological Monitoring, Rehabilitation Engineering, Technical Evaluation of Complimentary Medical System, Bioelectronics-Digital Signal Processing, Medical Imaging, Biomechanics-injury biomechanics, Ergonomics, Biomaterials-Synthesis and Characterization of Biomedical Polymers, Controlled Delivery of Drugs, Biosensors, Biomechanics, Biodesign, Vascular Biology.

Centre for Rural Development and Technology [Code RDZ]

Artisanal technologies and rural industries; Bamboo technologies; Biogas enrichment and animal power; Dairy and Food Processing; Biofuels, Biofertilizers and Biopesticides; Biomass production, conversion and utilization systems; Environmental microbiology and bioremediation; Natural products including aromatics, medicinal plants, nutraceuticals; Pesticide residue and food safety, Renewable energy technologies; Rural energy systems; S&T Policy; Solid Waste Management, Treatment of industrial/domestic waste; Wasteland reclamation; Tissue Culture; Mushroom Technology; Ethnoveterinary Medicine

Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics & Maintenance Engineering Centre [Code ITZ]

Tribology: Tribology of Polymers & composites, nano-composites, ceramics and metals. Wear Mechanisms and modeling of metallic and non-metallic materials and surface engineering. Boundary and Hydrodynamic lubrication, E-HD lubrication, lubricant characterization and analysis, tribology of bearings and other machine elements. Pneumatic, conveying of bulk solids, operational problems like erosion and degradation.

Maintenance Engineering and Machine Dynamics: Condition based maintenance, signature analysis, vibration, acoustic emission, temperature and wear debris monitoring techniques, maintenance planning and control, computer aided maintenance audit, reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) engineering, vibration & noise analysis and control, risk analysis and safety, non-destructive testing, residual life estimation, failure analysis, performance and dynamic study of machine elements and equipment like pumps, compressors, turbines, design for maintenance, etc.

Instrument Design & Development Centre [Code IDZ]

CAD and Simulation of Electronic Systems, Microprocessor applications, Power electronics & control, Electric drives, electromagnetic Sensors and Instrumentation, Smart Sensors and Sensors Networks, Digital System Design and DSP applications, Sonar Systems & Ultrasonic Instrumentation, Laser Application & Digital Holography (Digital Speckle Pattern Interferometry and Applications, Optical Coherence Tomography and Profilometry), Opto-Electronic Sensors. Moire/High Resolution Moire & its application to strain analysis, Fibre reinforced plastic composites, Photo & Electro-photo chemical machining, Mechanical properties of Polymers & Composites, Hybrid and Nano-composites, Design Methodology & Management, Computer Aided Product Design, Ergonomics, Graphic Design, Passive Solar Architecture, Designs for Handicapped, Design & Emotion, History of Design, Hybrid Energy Systems.

Amar Nath and Shashi Khosla School of Information Technology [Code ANZ]

Dependable Computing, Information Security, Information Storage and Retrieval, High Speed Networks, Web based computing, Multimedia Systems, E-Commerce, HCI (Human – Computer Interface), Robotics and Intelligent systems, Embedded Systems and Sensor Networks, Geographical Information Systems, Optical Information Processing, Nano-technology Modeling and Bio-informatics.

Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management [Code BSZ]

Telecom Networks, Telecom Software, Wireless Technologies, Optical Networks, Signal Processing, Telecom Systems Design, Planning and Management, Regulatory and Policy Aspects of Telecom Services and Systems, Embedded Telecom Systems, Telecom Network Management.

School of Biological Sciences [Code BLZ]

Systems Biology, Chemical Biology, Cellular Biophysics, Protein Folding & Misfolding with a focus on Infectious Diseases and Non-communicable Disorders, Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Engineering Biomaterials.

Opto-Electronics and Optical Communication Programme [Code OEZ]

For research areas please refer to the relevant areas mentioned above under the Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Transportation Research & Injury Prevention Programme [Code TRZ]

Transportation Planning; Traffic Flow Modelling and Optimization; Public Transport Systems; Substainable Urban Transport; Highway Safety; Vehicle Crash Modeling; Road Traffic Injury Prevention.

Admission Notification for the abovesaid programmes are available here

15 thoughts on “IIT Delhi Areas of Research Available for Ph.D Programmes

  1. When do you start a degree in Technical Textiles.?

  2. shilpi bansal says:

    i had done my msc in environment science i want to do phd plz guide me

  3. chandra mohan says:

    sir,i am doing mteh in polymer i last year .i want to do my 4th sem project work in iit delhi .can it possible?

  4. sir? mam, i have done my M.A. in english with 7.5 CGPA. i wn to know if i can do research in english literature without M.Phil i.e. a direct Ph.d. also hw to go for it and how to apply.

    • k.buvaneswari says:

      Respected sir
      I’m doing M.Tech Environmental Engineering And Management. I want to do Phd in Environmental Science from iit delhi. please sir can you suggest me. please reply.

  5. WIll u provide vaccancies to assit the professors in reseach side?

  6. i am interested in persuing phd in textiles please guide

  7. helloo.. i have done msc in human development. now i want to do phd in pspychology from iit delhi.. how will i be able to get admissison into it. pls reply…

  8. soubhagya swain says:

    hi i hve completed MBA with HR in 2010.
    Now i want to do Phd from IIT Delhi.

    Please guide me.

  9. Hosni Ghazalah says:

    I am an MA student in English linguistics in Al-Baath University, Syria. I will finish after two months; in other words, the defense day hasn’t been fixed yet. i would like to complete my study on my special account and get a PhD in linguistics. please guide me if possible. Thanks a lot

  10. Urmimala Sudhakar says:

    I am heading a senior secondary school with 20 years of experience. I have a masters degree in English and an MBA in HR. Can I do my PhD in English from IIT Delhi?

  11. Samita Mishra says:

    I’m doing mphil in English Literature in Berhampur University, Odisha. I want to do Phd in English Literature in IIT Delhi….What shallI I do to get an admission in IIT?

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  14. I have done m. sc and pursuing m. tech environmental engineering
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