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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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News

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Our faculty recent work has been featured in Hindu Business line as well as IITM News Letter

Researchers at IIT-Madras have synthesised a tough, ceramic material that can conduct electricity and heat, which could possibly be used for storing hydrogen too. A crystal structure found in certain materials called ‘MAB Phase’ gives them special properties such as high strength. In this M stands for a transition metal, like zirconium, molybdenum or titanium; A for either aluminium or silicon; and B for Boron. Prof Somnath Bhattacharyya of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and his team have developed a MAB phase layered ceramic — using tungsten, aluminium and boron — called WAlB. While WAlB is not a new material, known to be useful in nuclear shielding, Bhattacharyya and his team have developed a new process for making it, in a medium of molten salt. The resultant material is also of very high purity — about 98 per cent. Bhattacharyya explained to Quantum that the material is a layered ceramic, with 2D layers of tungsten and boron, with aluminium in between. WAlB has been synthesised earlier at temperatures of 1400o C, but Bhattacharyya could do it at 800oC, at ambient pressure. Calling the work a “breakthrough”, Dr Varun Natu, scientist at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, observes that synthesising WAlB has traditionally proven difficult, resulting in only small crystals with low yield. However, “Bhattacharyya’s team has demonstrated not only large-scale synthesis of WAlB but also a method that uses a molten salt as a sheath. This approach significantly reduces production costs and simplifies potential future scaling, making WAlB a much more viable candidate for real-world applications.” This material could be used as a semiconductor or for hydrogen storage, he said. Asked if the industry could take up production of this MAB at scale, Bhattacharyya said it was possible, as repeated synthesis by his students got the same, high purity material. URL_Hindu Business Line: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/business-tech/mab-for-hydrogen-storage/article68378400.ece/amp/ URL_IITM News Letter: https://tech-talk.iitm.ac.in/cat-got-your-tungsten/
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One of our PMRF PhD student, Ms. Peela Lasya, has won the best poster award at the International Conference on Energy and Environmental Materials.

We are happy to share that our PMRF PhD student, Ms. Peela Lasya (MM22D011), has won the best poster award in Theme A/ Synthesis and Characterization of Energy Materials at the International Conference on Energy and Environmental Materials (E2M-2024) held in IIT Indore between July 11-13. The title of her poster was “Chemically stable ultrathin platinum films supported on oxide substrate”. Hearty congratulations to Ms. Lasya and her supervisor Prof. Satyesh Yadav.  See More
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Our Research Scholar won first prize for the poster titled “An ICME approach to study the effect of cooling rate on microstructure evolution of aluminium alloys” presented in 28th International Conference on Non-ferrous Metals - 2024

Arpita Priyadarshani Samal, MM22D004, Ph.D Research Scholar won first prize for the poster titled “An ICME approach to study the effect of cooling rate on microstructure evolution of aluminium alloys” presented in 28th International Conference on Non-ferrous Metals - 2024 (ICNFM - 2024), Bhubaneswar, 12 - 13 JULY, 2024. She is guided by Profs. Ranjit Bauri and G. Phanikumar, Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering congratulates Arpita Priyadarshani Samal, Profs. Ranjit Bauri and G. Phanikumar.  See More
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

One more Patent granted to Prof. Parasuraman and his to MS Entrepreneurship student, Balamurugan

The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is happy to share the news on the grant of an Indian patent, “MICRONEEDLE ARRAY DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF”, to Prof. Parasuraman and his MS Entrepreneurship student, Balamurugan (MM21S401). This is the second Indian patent arising out of his MS work. His first patent, “SYSTEM AND METHOD TO FORM CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING DEVICE”, was granted a couple of weeks ago. The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering congratulates to Prof. Parasuraman and his MS Entrepreneurship student, Balamurugan.  See More

Events

19 July

2024

MME D3P (Departmental Degree Distribution) function

We are glad to host the Departmental Degree Distribution (D3P) function of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The event will be hosted online using the following link. YouTube Livestream URL: https://youtube.com/live/2j2GuUGhn0I?feature=share
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2:30 PM
NAC2 (New Academic Complex), Online

A Lecture on Probing Emergent Phenomena in Complex Oxides through Nonlinear Optics and Coherent X-rays.

Absract: The fast-paced improvements in ultrafast radiation from X-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared to terahertz frequencies is enabling simultaneous probing of electron, phonon, and spin dynamics on the ps-to-ns time scales, as well as sub-micrometer length scales. In this talk, I will present brief introduction to nonlinear optics, followed by examples of the discovery of new low symmetry phases with large property enhancements in decades old ferroelectric crystals using nonlinear optical microscopy. In a second example, I will show how an ultrafast laser pulse can create a complex polar supertextures with modulation periodicities of tens of nanometers. Biography of the Speaker : Prof. V. Goplan (BTech from MME dept in 1989), Distinguished alumnus awardee for 2024 is visiting the MME department on 11th July. Prof. Gopalan is currently at Penn State University. URL: https://www.matse.psu.edu/directory/venkatraman-gopalan.  See More

2:30 PM
NAC-1 222 SEMINAR HALL, Hybrid Mode

A Seminar on The Generation and Influence of Bimodal Distribution on the Deformation Behavior of Alloy 718Plus Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading

Nickel based superalloys, strengthened by ordered intermetallic precipitates, show an excellent combination of physical and mechanical performance at high service temperatures. The newly developed gamma prime strengthened alloy, 718Plus, is considered a replacement for the current commercial superalloys used in turbine disk applications, owing to its high thermal stability and a good combination of formability and weldability.   See More

3:00 PM
NAC-1 Room No - 222, Hybrid Mode

A Seminar on Understanding the Deformation Behavior of a Solid Solution Strengthened Cobalt-base Superalloy Over a Wide Range of Temperatures

Solid solution strengthened Co-base superalloys have recently rekindled interest due to their excellent microstructural stability and mechanical strength at high temperatures. Therefore, understanding the deformation behaviour of these alloys over a wide range of temperatures, strain rates, and stress is imperative.   See More

11:00 AM
Online mode