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Srikanth Patala

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Assistant Professor

Email: srikanth_patala@ncsu.edu

Phone: (919)515-3039

Location: 3028C EB I

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Patala's interests include structural characterization and quantification of structure-property relationships across multiple length scales; statistical analysis of defects and their interactions in polycrystalline materials; and in developing inverse design principles for optimizing performance in structural and functional materials.

Research will be focused on developing computational and analytical techniques to quantify the structure-property relationships in complex heterogeneous materials. Specific areas of interest currently include the analysis of interfacial properties; the role of interfaces in influencing the mechanical and transport-related phenomena in structural materials; statistical analysis and characterization of complex microstructures; and reliable reconstruction of three-dimensional (3D) porous multi-phase microstructure in battery materials. We utilize state-of-art experimental techniques to quantify 3D microstructural features and incorporate these aspects in a variety of computational methods to facilitate more accurate modeling of both processing-structure and structure-property relationships. These characterization and computational methods will provide essential tools, which are expected to be an integral part of the design process involved in microstructure optimization.

Awards:

Outstanding PhD Thesis Research Award, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT (2011)

James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize, Philosophical Magazine & Letter (2011)

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North Carolina State University