Project Title: To study valence band structure, magnetic and optical properties of TM doped TiO2 and SnO2 thin films”
Principal Investigator: Dr. Vandana Rathore, Associate Professor, JLU-SOET,
Funding Agency: UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, An Autonomous Institution of University Grants Commission, New Delhi, Govt. of India, Indore.
Amount: 7.5 Lakhs, Duration: 3 years
In Collaboration with UGC-DAE CSR, Indore&Indus-1 Beam Line-2, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore.
Brief Summary and Outcomes: The major applications pure and TM doped SnO2& TiO2 materials which are to be synthesized and characterized in the project are solar cells, gas sensors, transparent electrical heaters for windscreens in the aircraft industry, heat reflectors, protective coatings, and light transparent electrodes. Nanostructures offer better options for rechargeable batteries, for instance, including the ones to be used in the next generation of hybrid cars. Doping of such wide band gap materials with transition metal magnetic impurities influences the electronic structure and produces unique magnetic and magneto-optical properties with unparalleled opportunities in the field of spintronics. With the increasing sophistication of devices based on semiconducting transparent coatings, there has been a need for improved quality and understanding of the basic properties of these films. The materials will be prepared in the form of thin films by Pulsed laser deposition techniques and will be characterized by AIPES, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, AFM, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Magneto-resistance to understand the optical, magnetic, electronic and structural properties of the samples for further advance applications.