Applied and Theoretical Mechanics (ATOM) Lab
Discipline of Mechanical Engineering 
भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान इंदौर, भारत


Dr. Shailesh I. Kundalwal

About Lab

Welcome to the Applied and Theoretical Mechanics (ATOM) Laboratory at IIT Indore, founded and directed by Dr. Shailesh. I. Kundalwal, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The ATOM Lab undertakes research primarily in the following areas: Experimental Characterization of Nanostructures and their Composites; Mechanics of Carbon- and Boron-Based Nanostructures; Nanomechanics and Micromechanics of Composites; Nanotechnology in Engineering; and Finite Element Analysis of Composites. The lab's mission is to lead the advancement and application of multifunctional nano- and micro-structures addressing the challenges associated with their multifaceted aspects via numerous experimental, nanomechanical and micromechanical techniques. The lab offers an exciting opportunity to join a team of dedicated researchers that pride themselves in cutting edge research that is both challenging and stimulating. Being multi-disciplinary in nature, lab consists of researchers from various backgrounds - physics, materials science, computer, mechanical engineering. See Research tab to know more of our research and Opportunities tab if you are interested to join the lab.

Significant achievements of ATOM Lab in past 3 yrs:
  • SERB Early Career Research Award = 1
  • International Travel Grant Awards = 4 (SERB = 3, ASME = 1)
  • ASME Awards = 2 (Best Presentation and Student Track Competition Winner)
  • Doctoral Fellowships = 2 (each from CSIR and DST)
  • Overseas Doctoral Fellowships = 2 (SERB and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute)
  • Thesis Completed = 25 (3 PhD, 8 MTech and 14 BTech)
  • Best UG Researchers Awards = 2
  • International Journal Publications = 22
  • Major External Research Grants = 10 ( 6 as PI and 4 as Co-PI)
  • International/National Conference Papers = 14/6
  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Awards = 8
  • Elsevier Reviewer Recognition = 16

Available Computational Facilities

Sr No
  Facility (Funding Source)
Master Node
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (16 cores, 20M cache, 2.1 GHz, 8.0GT/s)

Server Node 1                  

2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (16 cores, 20M cache, 2.1 GHz, 8.0GT/s) with high performance K80 Nvidia Tesla GPU.
Server Node 2
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (16 cores, 20M cache, 2.1 GHz, 8.0GT/s) with high performance V100 Nvidia Tesla GPU. 
Server Node 3
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 v4 (28 Cores, 2.6GHz, 35M , 135W)  with high performance V100 Nvidia Tesla GPU.
 Work Station
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 (12 Cores, 2.2 GHz, 30M , 105W)
FEAST-Finite Element-based software developed by ISRO
Finite Element Analysis Software FEAST-Research License 
Software-CPU and GPU based (GPL versions)
Quantum Espresso, LAMMPS, PACKMOL, VMD, NanoEngineer-1, NAMD, CP2K, XCrySDen 
  APC Smart-UPS (6kVA/5.4kW) with 16 batteries of 12V/65 AH

Available Experimental Facilities

Sr No
Facility (Funding Source)
Ultrasonic Processor

Ultrasonic homogenizer, 750-Watt processor with temp Controller, timer, and pulser; 230V, supplied with converter, tool kit, foot switch connection, 13-mm dia probe

Digital Ceramic Stirring Hot Plate 
Ceramic coated stainless steel , Room temp. to 320°C , 600 W, 0 to 2200 rpm, 10 liters
Vacuum Desiccator with Pump

Vacuum Desiccators with Lid Imported without Mark, Inner dia: 240


Laboratory Oven
Hot Air Oven 18x18x18, Temperature range Ambient+10°C to 250°C, Air circulation: Motor driven blower
Weighing Balance

Make: Sartorius. Readability (g): 0.0001

Automatic CVD System
Fully automatic CVD System with 12 Zones and 4-channals mass-flow controllers
  Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
 Scanner: Max Area 3.4 um X 3.4 um; Min Area 13 nm X 13 nm; Max Z Range 550 nm