Kantesh Balani

Biomaterials Processing & Characterization Lab. Kantesh Balani, Ph.D.
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Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur-208016, India
Email: kbalani@iitk.ac.in
PH: +91-512-259-6194

Bio-Coatings/ Dental Implants:

  • Synthesis, and characterization of ceramic- (such as hydroxyapatite, HA), Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) and polymer- (such as ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, UHMWPE) based biocomposites. Processing utilizes electrostatic spraying, plasma spraying, and spark plasma sintering.
  • Carbon Nanotube (CNT) reinforced biocomposites (both ceramics and Polymeric).
  • Bacterial (E-coli) and cell-culture (human fiber osteoblasts) studies on biocoatings allow quantification of cell growth, adhesion and proliferation. Toxicity effects can be elicited through detailed photospectroscopy of cell- count on biocompatible coatings.

Energy Materials:

  • Development of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) and Ceria (CeO2) based anode and electrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.
  • Catalytic conversion for reduction of NOx gases and oxidation of SOx/COx gases.

Ultra High Temperature Materials:

  • Development of Tantalum carbide and ZrB2 based Ceramics using spark plasma sintering.
  • Oxidation and prevention of graphite at high temperature and providing protective coatings using plasma spraying.

Aerospace Materials Materials:

  • Mg-Li-Al based super light alloys for aerospace applications.
  • Corrosion and coating of Mg-Li-Al based alloys.
  • Fretting wear and creep of Mg-Li-Al based alloys.

Nano-mechanical quasistatic and dynamic analysis:

  • Modulus and hardness of a material at nano scale can be obtained from Quasistatic nanoindentation. In addition, the dynamic modulus (i.e. storage and loss modulus) evince stiffness 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.

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