Professor Kantesh Balani

Assocaite Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Areas of Interest:

Biomaterials, Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, Nanomechanics, Tribology, Carbon nanotube reinforcement.


Biomaterials, Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Nanocomposites

Consultancy Areas:

Failure Analysis, Biomaterials, Material Characterization, Mechanical Properties, Nanoindentation, Tribology


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies)

Major Professional Contributions:

Have written 3 books, hold three Indian patents, published over 85 peer-reviewed international journal papers, and have presented over 75 talks in international conferences. Have supervised 6 PhDs, and 11 M.Tech. students. Have delivered 2 online course-lectures (on Nanotechnology and Biomaterials with over 60,000 views).
Serve as reviewer of over 30 journals.

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, IIT Kanpur: Jun. 2014 - till date
  • Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur: Jul. 2008 - Jun. 2014
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, Florida International University: Jul. 2007 - Jun. 2008


Biomaterials, Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites, Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, Nanomechanics.


Contact Information


Faculty Building Room 412,
Dept. of Materials Science & Engg.,
Biomaterials Processing and Characterization Lab.
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,

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Phone: +91-512-259-6194



  • Ph.D. 2007, Florida International University (Mech. Engineering, Specialization in Materials Science)
  • M.S. 2002, University of Kentucky (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • M. Tech. 2001, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Metallurgical Engineering)
  • B. Tech., PSG College of Technology (Metallurgical Engineering)


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Guest Editor, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology (International Thermal Spray Conference 2015, ITSC2015, special issue), Springer.
  • Serving on the Editorial Board of Defense Science Journal (published by Govt. of India, DRDO, Two years: 2015-16).
  • Outstanding Reviewer,
    Acta Biomaterialia Journal (Elsevier), May 2014.
    Applied Surface Science (Elsevier), Feb. 2014
  • Awarded Young Scientist Award 2014 by Centre for Education Growth and Research, India International Centre, Delhi, Jul. 17, 2014.
  • Selected to receive IEI Young Engineers Award 2013-2014 in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering discipline by The Institution of Engineers (India), Bangalore, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Recipient of P. K. Kelkar Research Fellowship (Jun. 2013-May 2016) towards excellent publication record, teaching skills, and performing administrative duties at IIT Kanpur.
  • Editor of special thematic issue on “Solid Electrolytes: Emerging Global Competitors For Satisfying Energy Needs” in Journal Nanomaterials and Energy, ICE Publications, Sept. 2012.
  • Letter of appreciation from Chairman, Academic Senate, for extraordinary teaching the course MSE617 (Mathematics and Computational Methods) in Fall 2011.
  • Recipient of “2012 TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Young Leader Professional Development Award” during TMS 2012 Annual Meeting Mar. 11-15, 2012 at Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Awarded Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award 2011 by Elsevier for exceptional research efforts involving materials for biological applications on Nov. 29, 2011, Boston, USA.
  • Received INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) Young Engineer Award 2010 on Dec. 10th 2010, Visakhapatnam, India.
  • Have been chosen for National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2010, which was presented on Dec. 4th 2010, Jaipur, India.
  • Received “Young Metallurgist of the Year” award 2010 instituted by Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India, on Nov. 14th 2010 during National Metallurgist Day celebration, Bangalore, India.
  • Young Scientist Award 2009 in Materials Science division by Indian Science Congress Association on Jan. 5th 2010, Trivandrum, India.
  • Awarded Dr. R.L. Thakur Memial Award-2009 from the Indian Ceramic Society on Dec. 11th 2009, Trivandrum, India.
  • Faculty Advisor for “Material Advantage @ IIT Kanpur” since Dec. 2008. Chapter bagged “Most Students Recruited” membership challenge in Fall 2009 with a cash prize of US$ 500 competing against more than 60 active chapters worldwide. Then, chapter has also received “Most Creative Recruitment Strategies Award” in Fall 2011 with a cash award of US$ 250.

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated VIII: Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2010

Year of Birth: 1978