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Welcome to the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. We are one of the oldest departments of IIT Madras, established in the same year as the Institute in 1959. In the first few decades of its existence, then known as the Department of Metallurgy, the focus was more on industrial metallurgy. However, over the past few decades, the department changed to the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering to adapt to the transformations and expectations worldwide in diverse materials science and engineering areas. Several faculty members of the department in recent times have taken the lead in establishing prospective centres of excellence in the areas of advanced/correlative microscopy, materials and manufacturing for futuristic mobility that includes additive manufacturing, ceramic technologies and surface engineering along with pyrometallurgy. The department hosts state-of-the-art processing and characterization facilities, including excellent computational infrastructure. If you are interested in pursuing a career in metallurgy, materials science and engineering and excel, this is the department that you should be in.


Prof. Subramanya Sarma Vadlamani

Head, Dept of Metallurgical & Materials Engg., & Professor In charge of Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory

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Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur research work on “Ways to recycle waste material from iron ore mining" covered in Business Standard

Researchers at the Indian Institutes of Technology Madras and Kanpur have developed a process to convert waste produced from iron ore mining into an environment-friendly material that can be reused by industry. The researchers collaborated with NMDC and JSW Steel to transform slime into iron-rich materials suitable for blast furnace charging through a microwave-assisted beneficiation process. The process is economical as the microwave selectively interacts with iron oxides or carbon mix, leaving out other impurities (like silica, alumina, phosphorus oxides) while also rapidly heating the material compared to conventional routes, saving a significant amount of energy and emissions. This project is of importance to India as while processing iron ore, particles smaller than 0.15 mm generated and are discarded as waste known as slime. Slime generated during mining is about 20-25 per cent of the total iron ore feed and it is dumped between iron-bearing mountain ranges. Over years of mining, this has resulted in huge slime ponds holding several million tonnes of locked iron content. The slime, besides lying unproductively, may damage the land and environment. Currently, these slimes are partly exported as low-grade iron ore. "This project has led to the creation of a lab with high-temperature facilities at IIT Madras, which was renamed as Centre for Pyrometallurgy, comprising equipment and facilities created by IMPRINT INDIA funds to perform lab-scale investigations of high-temperature processes involving reduction roasting or smelting," said Ajay Kumar Shukla, associate professor and head, centre for pyrometallurgy, department of metallurgical and materials engineering, IIT Madras. "The project resulted in a significant breakthrough towards the development of technology to process lean quality fine iron ores on a large scale in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner," said Anish Upadhyaya, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur. IITs Madras and Kanpur undertook a project under IMPRINT INDIA (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology), an initiative of the union education ministry. The researchers also published their findings in a reputed peer-reviewed journal with research scholars Soumya Ranjan Mohanty and Sunil Yadav. "This work demonstrates an innovative, cost-effective, and energy-efficient way which may be upscaled further towards the development of a technology to beneficiate the lean quality iron ores," said Vibuti Roshan, deputy general manager (research and development) at NMDC. URL:
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MS Scholar has won second runner-up award in Tata Materials Next 5.0 Grand Final.

Mr. Balamurugan (MM21S401), MS scholar/MS Entrepreneurship student and project associate Mr. Lashmi Narayanan in Prof. Parasuraman's group have stood second runner-up award at the Tata Materials Next 5.0 Grand Finals which was held on 03.05.2024. Their team was called “Team Miner” and their solution was to develop a Sweat-free PPE jacket (cooling comfort solutions) based on a graphene-phase change material composite. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. One lakh. The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering congratulates Prof. Parasuraman's team for their achievement.  See More
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

ASM International Fellow - 2024 was awarded to Prof. Srinivasa Rao Bakshi

It is our pleasure to inform that the Board of Trustees of ASM International has elected Prof. Srinivasa Rao Bakshi as ASM International Fellow Award - 2024 of the Society. The honor of Fellow represents recognition of his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering and develops a broadly based forum for technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the Society. Prof. Bakshi citation reads: "For significant contributions towards the study of nano-carbon reinforced metal and ceramic matrix composites and low temperature sintering of ultra-high temperature borides and carbides using reactive spark plasma sintering." On behalf of President Mr. Pradeep Goyal, FASM and the entire ASM Board of Trustees, they wish to extend congratulations to Prof. Srinivasa Rao Bakshi on his election to this esteemed group. The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering congratulates Prof. Bakshi for his milestone.  See More
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Indian Patent was granted to our department faculty and his research scholar

One of our Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department faculty Dr. Manas Mukherjee and his research scholar Pamidi Venkteswarlu got an Indian Patent on their research "an apparatus for producing material foam from a material and methods thereof”. Congratulations Dr. Manas and Pamidi.   See More


24 April


Semiconductor Innovations for the AI Era by Dr. Vijay Narayanan

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is now pervasive – augmenting our capabilities and enriching our experiences – but it was less than a decade ago that the first key breakthroughs in deep learning were made. Tremendous progress has since been made in expanding AI applications as well as the accuracy of AI models, often by generating massive models that are trained on large datasets. However, this explosive growth in model size and the concomitant increase in required compute is unsustainable without significant semiconductor innovations across the hardware stack from materials and devices at the transistor level up through packaging.
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4:00 PM
NAC-1 222, MME Seminar room, Hybrid Mode

12th Lecture of Prof. EG. Ramachandran Distinguished Lecture Series

On behalf of Prof BS Murty, Vice President, IIM and IIM Head Office, we cordially invite you to attend the 12th Lecture of Prof. EG. Ramachandran Distinguished Lecture Series (Series started in 2013) which will be delivered by Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Secretary, DDR and D and Chairman, DRDO at 3 PM on April 12, 2024 at IIT Madras Campus (ICSR Auditorium) in hybrid mode. This lecture is jointly being organised by the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras and The Indian Institute of Metals Chennai Chapter.  See More

3:00 PM
IIT Madras Campus ICSR Auditorium in Hybrid Mode.

PhD Admission Interview and Written Exam

PhD Admission Interview and Written Exam

9:00 AM
NAC -1 Room No. 225, IIT Madras

MS Admission Interview and Written Exam

MS Admission Interview and Written Exam

9:00 AM
NAC-1 Room No. 205