Dr. Anantha Padmanabhan K.

Dr. K. Anantha Padmanabhan

Mercator Visiting Professor, Institute of Materials Physics, University of Muenster, Muenster, GERMANY; Professor of Eminence, Anna University, Chennai; Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor, University of Hyderabad; former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; Dean of Academic Research, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, INDIA and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Aachen, Darmstadt & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, GERMANY

Since November 2006, Prof. K. A. Padmanabhan is the Professor of Eminence, Anna University, Chennai. Prior to that, he was the Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor at University of Hyderabad, where he continues to be a Visiting Professor till date. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Aachen, Darmstadt and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. A former Director of IIT Kanpur and Dean of Academic Research at IIT Madras, he has over 35 years of research & development, consulting and teaching experience in materials science and engineering.Eight technologies developed by him and his colleagues are used in Indian industries. He holds FIVE patents. He has authored two expert level books on “Superplasticity” (1980) and “Superplastic Flow: Phenomenology and Mechanics” (2001), both published by Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany. He has also edited 10 books.He has authored more than 200 research papers in refereed international journals, dealing with the mechanical response of materials to thermal, mechanical and internal stresses. His contributions in the areas of superplasticity and plasticity, bulk and sheet metal formability and forming and fatigue are very well known. He is the first Indian engineer to be conferred the ScD  by the University of Cambridge, U.K., and the first Indian to be awarded the ‘Forschungspreis’ (career research award – commonly referred to as Lifetime Research Award) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

He has been working in the area of nanostructured materials, apart from the other areas mentioned above, since 1994. He is the author of the well-cited models on “grain boundary sliding controlled flow in microcrystalline, sub-microcrystalline, intermetallic and nanostructured materials” and “the Inverse Hall-Petch Effect”. The latter model explains why nanomaterials become super-hard as the grain/ particle size is reduced into the nanometer range and also why the strength starts to decrease when the grain size goes below 10-15 nanometers. This work has considerable implications for the development of super-hard and super-abrasive materials. Nature Materials (Vol. 4, No. 8, August 2005, p. 575) described this work in an editorial as “a break-through”. His overviews on the mechanical behavior and reliability of nanostructured materials, including a book chapter, are also well known. He was the Founder In-charge of the Centre for Nanotechnology (CFN) at the University of Hyderabad (40 senior faculty members drawn from the Schools of Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences plus about the same number of research students work at this Centre), which was declared in April 2006 as a “Centre of Excellence” by a DST Expert Committee. Presently he is the Chairman of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Centre for Nanoscience and Technolgy and of the Steering Committees of the “Anna University- Helmholtz Association (Germany) Research Programme on Energy” and the “NTPC Centre of Excellence in Energy Research”, both at Anna University. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Advisory Council for Nanotechnology of an Indian company and of important committees of DRDO and Department of Information Technology, Government of India. Prof. Padmanabhan received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, U.K, in 1972.

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Prabhu Britto Albert,
Apr 24, 2009, 12:24 AM