Rajiv Shekhar

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Materials Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, U.P., 208016
Ph: +91-512-259-7016
e-mail: vidtan@iitk.ac.in

Research & Development

  • Design of next-generation Hall-Heroult cell for aluminium smelting.
  • Technology for drilling cooling holes in inconel for turbine blades.
  • In-situ remediation of heavy metal contaminated soil.
  • Design of Pachuca tanks for leaching of ores.
  • Design and fabrication of solar thermal energy technology for metals processing.
  • Extraction of neodymium (rare earth metal).
  • Reactor design for electrochemical refining of spent nuclear fuel.
  • Transmission expansion planning.

Organizational leadership

  • Established SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre, IIT Kanpur. It is rated among the best incubators in India.
  • Set-up the Centre of Excellence in Solar Thermal Research and Education at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur through a Rs. 40 crore grant from MNRE. Extensive collaboration with industry.
  • Developed a comprehensive master plan for IIT Jodhpur.
  • Transformed Dept. of Materials & Metallurgical Engg. , IIT Kanpur into one coherent unit.


  • Head, Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, IIT Kanpur.
  • Faculty Advisor (Administration), IIT Jodhpur.
  • Chairman, Health Centre Users Committee, IIT Kanpur.


  • Member, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur
  • Member, Institute Academic Review Committees.
  • Associate Editor, India Infrastructure Report.