The Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit was founded in November 1976 by Bharat Ratna Professor C. N. R. Rao. The unit has provided major thrust to frontier areas of chemistry. Besides developing its own research and teaching programs, unit members interact closely with other departments of the institute. The unit is a premier research center of global repute in the areas of solid state and physical chemistry. Our faculty and students work on inter-disciplinary research topics at the intersection of physics, chemistry and materials science.

The unit has the following thrust areas of research:

  • Materials for Energy Generation and Storage
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Chemistry and Electronic Structure
  • Spectroscopy
  • Crystallography and Structural Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Physics of Organic and Inorganic Materials