Location: 3028C EB I
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.
Outstanding PhD Thesis Research Award, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT (2011)
James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize, Philosophical Magazine & Letter (2011)
- Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
- S.M. Materials Science and Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
- B. Tech Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2005