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Message from HOD

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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Our alumnus won ACM Gordon Bell Prize for the year 2023

One of our DD alumni, Vishal Subramanian (MM14B048, currently doing PhD at U.Mich Ann Arbor) is part of the team that won the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for the year 2023. It is the first time an Indian team from IISc is also part of it. It is a matter of pride for our department that our alumnus, a metallurgist, has learnt GPU computing and has gone deeper into scientific computing to win such prestigious prize at the global level.
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PhD students create custom 3D printed Diwali greetings card on glass stack

Aarju Mathew Koshy and Neha Sharma, PhD students of Prof Parasuraman Swaminathan from the Electronic Materials and Thin Films Group, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, have developed a custom 3D printed Diwali greetings card on a glass stack. The card features LEDs embedded inside the glass stack, connected by a new patented ink that provides transparent interconnections and allows controlling the resistance to avoid the use of resistors. The printed circuit is laminated using polyvinyl butyral (PVB), which protects it from environmental degradation. The greeting message is written using a fabric paint tailored to be of printable viscosity in desired colours. The card is a novel demonstration of the potential of 3D printing technology for creating functional and aesthetic electronic devices.  See More
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Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Welcomes Four Esteemed Professors

In an exciting development for the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, four professors have been recruited to strengthen the department's expertise and enhance its research capabilities. With their impressive backgrounds and extensive knowledge in various subfields of materials engineering, these professors are set to make significant contributions to academia and industry.
1. Dr Rohit Batra is an expert in combining computational and data-driven methods to design new materials. He has expertise in first-principles electronic structure methods, molecular dynamics simulations, and many machine learning (ML) based techniques, particularly geared towards the general chemical and materials science field.
2. Dr Bhuvanesh Srinivasan specialises in energy harvesting, offering a unique perspective to the department's research endeavours. He specialises in thermoelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting applications
3. Dr E Hemaprabha focuses on synthesising, developing, and fabricating functional nanomaterials and devices. She has expertise in utilising electron microscopy tools to understand the atomic to microlevel functionalities and phase transformations in electronic materials. She also has experience preparing alloys through various metallurgical routes such as arc melting, flame melting, and ball milling.
4. Dr Surendra B. Anantharaman joins our department with a wealth of research experience in the field of strong light-matter interactions, light-emitting devices, energy harvesting systems, and spin/charge injection in perovskite optoelectronic devices.
The recruitment of these four esteemed professors signifies the department's commitment to fostering cutting-edge research and innovation in metallurgical and materials engineering. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise in key areas of the field will undoubtedly enrich the educational experience of students and contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in materials science. The department eagerly anticipates the impact that these professors will have on shaping the future of metallurgical and materials engineering.
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Distinguished Alumnus Award for the year 2022

Ms Shuba Kumar (1994/BTech/MT), Managing Director, Natesan Synchronous Pvt. Ltd. INDIA, has been awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award for the year 2022. She holds an MBA from Stanford and MS from MIT, and she graduated in metallurgy with a BTech degree from IITM. She has been recognized in the "50 women achievers in STEM in India". Many congratulations to her.  See More


30 November


PhD Admission Interview and Written Exam

PhD Admission Interview and Written Exam
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8:30 am
NAC -1 Room No. 226, IIT Madras

MS Admission Interview and Written Exam

MS Admission Interview and Written Exam

8:30 am
NAC-1 Room No. 226

[Seminars] [Guest Lectures] “Precision Manufacturing of Advanced Materials driven by Atomic Scale Characterization”

Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, Cordially invite you for a technical talk on

Title : Precision Manufacturing of Advanced Materials driven by Atomic Scale Characterization

Date/Time : 21-06-2023 3:00PM

Venue : NAC222, Metallurgy Seminar Hall

Speaker: Dr. Prashant Kumar

Precise interfaces at the atomic and electronic level are highly sought after for various applications such as catalysis, separations, and electronics. Single atom dopants have proven effective in boosting the catalytic activity for numerous chemical reactions, while line defects have been instrumental in altering the electronic properties of semiconductors. Additionally, disordered interfaces have shown promise in modulating the thermal conductivity of ceramics. Given the inherent thermodynamic and kinetic restrictions within a material system, the presence of multiple phases and defects is unavoidable. However, it is important to note that not all defects are inherently detrimental to a material's performance. In fact, by comprehending the structural and electronic properties of defects and actively controlling their prevalence, it is possible to create materials with enhanced performance.
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3:00 PM
NAC222, Metallurgy Seminar Hall

[Seminars] [Viva Voce]Engineering medium carbon steel weld microstructures against hydrogen embrittlement

Hydrogen embrittlement is a major concern during the welding of high-strength steels. The susceptibility of the welds to hydrogen embrittlement increases with increase in weld strength. The ever-increasing demand to increase the strength of steels necessitates the development of novel welding procedures and fillers to produce welds of high strength and with resistance to hydrogen embrittlement. Carbide-free bainite (CFB) microstructures containing a mixture of fine austenite and bainitic ferrite exhibit a good combination of strength, ductility, and toughness. The austenite phase and austenite/ferrite interphase boundaries in the CFB microstructures are reported as effective traps for hydrogen. In this work, an attempt was made to identify welding electrode compositions to achieve predominantly carbide-free bainite microstructures in multi-pass shielded metal arc weld metals. Further, the susceptibility of weld metals to hydrogen embrittlement was studied with varying volume fractions of the constituent phases.  See More