IManna
Professor INDRANIL MANNA,
FTWAS, FNA, FNAE, FNASc, FASc, MAPAM, FIE(I), FIIM, FEMSI, FAScT, PRS, PhD
JC Bose Fellow
Director and Professor
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Kanpur 208016, Uttar Pradesh, India
President, Indian Institute of Metals 2016-17
Vice President, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), New Delhi
National Coordinator, Impacting Research Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT), MHRD, GoI
Specialization and Major Fields of Interest

  1. Nanocrystalline Materials: Evolution of phases including new metastable/polymorphic phases, crystal to glass and glass to nanocrystal transition under non-equilibrium processing condition. Development/preparation of nanometric, intermetallic and amorphous alloys and composites by mechanical alloying and characterization of microstructure and its stability by TEM, DSC, XRD, PAS, NMR. Synthesis/characterization of nanofluid for advanced thermal engineering. Compaction/sintering by microwave and extreme pressure. Nanocrystalline hydrides for refrigeration, fuel cell and hydrogen-storage applications.
  2. Surface Engineering: Laser, plasma ion implantation and electrodeposition assisted surface modification under extreme conditions of rapid thermal quenching to improve resistance to wear, corrosion, etc. by formation of a metastable microstructure (extended solid solution/amorphous phases) and/or composition in the near-surface region, characterization by the electron-optic analytical techniques, X-ray diffractometry/ spectrometry, and testing of the mechanical and electrochemical properties. Microstructural evolution in welding, cladding, rapid manufacturing and similar processing under extreme conditions.
  3. Mathematical Modeling: Mathematical modeling of thermal and mass transfer profile in laser material processing. Developing suitable mathematical models to correlate the microstructure/composition with properties by analytical/numerical techniques to simulate the temperature/compositional distribution profile following mechanical alloying (by high-energy ball milling), plasma ion implantation, discontinuous precipitation. Thermodynamic modeling of solid-state amorphization, metal-hydrogen equilibria, phase transition, etc.
  4. Interface Diffusion and Related Phase Transitions: Determination of Arrhenius parameters of grain/interphase boundary diffusion through kinetic analysis of interface diffusion controlled phase transition like discontinuous precipitation, eutectoid reaction; and studying the micro-mechanism of these changes in iso-thermal/stress/strain conditions.
  5. Material Development: Developing suitable materials/processes for industrial applications (e.g. nanofluid, austempered ductile iron, nano-metal hydride).
  6. Texture: Development of a suitable preferred orientation in polycrystalline aggregates to induce an optimum level of soft magnetic property, etc.
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