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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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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.
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Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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

Our Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department Research Scholar MS Entrepreneurship student, Balamurugan (MM21S401) and his supervisor Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan got an Indian Patent on their research "SYSTEM AND METHOD TO FORM CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING DEVICE". Departmrnt of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering congratulates Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan and Mr. Balamurugan.   See More
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:  See More
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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


11 June


Seminar From Hough transform to spherical indexing: Principles and applications of EBSD pattern analysis

The speaker will discuss the various approaches to indexing of electron back scatter diffraction patterns and highlight the the recent development with emphasis in spherical indexing and its application to. Biography of the Speaker : Prof. Stefan Zaefferer obtained his PhD from University of Clausthal. Since 2202 he is Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Sustainable materials, Dusseldorf Germany . He is a also a Professor at RWTH Aachen, University of Vienna, and Adjunct Faculty at Dept of MME IIT Madras.
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3:00 PM
NAC-1:222, Hybrid Mode

Talk on Simulations of Martensitic Transformations in Ti and Ti Alloys by Dr. Appala Naidu Gandi.

Ti alloys are widely used in aero-engine applications due to their high strength-to-weight ratio. In Ti and Ti alloys, the high-temperature solid solution has a body-centered cubic crystal structure, which undergoes the martensitic transformation on cooling to a hexagonal close-packed structure Dr. Appala Naidu Gandi received his B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, in 2005. He completed his M.E. in Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2007. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College, London.  See More

11:00 AM
NAC-1:222, Hybrid Mode

Talk on New in-situ and operando techniques for correlative microscopy and chemical imaging: Case studies in mapping hydrogen and other low-Z elements in energy materials.

Development of innovative characterization tools is of paramount importance to advance the frontiers of science and technology in nearly all areas of research. In order to overcome the limitations of individual techniques, correlative microscopy has been recognized as a powerful approach to obtain complementary information about the investigated materials. High-resolution imaging techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) or Helium Ion Microscopy (HIM) offer excellent spatial resolution. Dr. Santhana Eswara obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008 from the University of Virginia, USA. He then did post-doctoral research in Paris (France) and in Ulm (Germany) focussing on Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques for materials research. Since 2013, he is a permanent researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology where he is primarily engaged in developing and applying innovating tools for microscopy and microanalysis. His work has resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in leading international journals.  See More

3:00 PM
NAC-1:222, Hybrid Mode

Interaction meeting with Assistant Chief of Materiel (Modernisation) of Indian Navy Rear Admiral Grewal along with Commodre RK Kamboj, CO Indigenisation of Indian Navy

Assistant Chief of Materiel (Modernisation) of Indian Nay Rear Admiral Grewal is visiting us on 10th May along with Commodre RK Kamboj, CO Indigenisation of Indian Navy. An Interaction meeting is planned at 12 PM in NAC223, Committee room. I kindly request you to attend the interaction meeting. Rear Admiral will also present various indigenisation projects they are interested to take it up with us.  See More

12:00 Noon
NAC-223, Hybrid mode