Hydroxyapatite and Bioglass based biocomposites for bone replacement.
Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) based biocomposites for acetabular cup liner in hip joints
Processing utilizes electrostatic spraying, plasma spraying, and spark plasma sintering
Carbon Nanotube (CNT) reinforced biocomposites (both ceramics and Polymeric)
Molecular Dynamics to observe protein interaction with biomaterials.
Development of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) and Ceria (CeO2) based anode and electrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Aerospace Materials Materials/Ultra High Temperature Materials:
Development of ZrB2 HfB2 and TaC based 'Ultra High Temperature Ceramics' using spark plasma sintering
Joining of Ultra High Temperature Ceramics
High Temperature Thermal Conductivity and Tribology of Materials
Nanomechanics and Nanotribology:
Nanoindentation and Nanomechanics
Wear and Tribology of Materials (Fretting, Micro-scratching, Nanoscratching, and Pin-on-Disk)
Dynamic modulus (i.e. storage and loss modulus) and damping response of material to a dynamic load
Understanding the tribology at nano-scale using nanoindentation and nano-scratching. Fundamental wear mechanisms, coefficient of friction, and scratch depth can be extracted from these nanotribological testing.
Mathematical/ Ab-initio Computational Modeling:
Fractal modeling is utilized for estimating the fracture toughness of CNT reinforced ceramic composites.
Ab-initio molecular modeling using SIESTA (Spanish Initiative for electronic simulation of thousands of atoms) allows extracting minimum energy configurations and electronic density of an interface.