Professor Rahul Mitra

Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute ofTechnology,Kharagpur

Areas of Interest:

Structure-property relations in Molybdenum and Niobium Silicide-based Alloys and Composites for high temperature applications, Processing and structure-property relations in Zirconium Diboride and Hafnium Diboride Ultra-high Temperature Ceramic Composites emphasizingthermophysical properties, creep and oxidation, Structure and properties of mushy-state rolled Al-alloy based composites, Processing and characterization of nanocomposite thin films.


High Temperature Materials; Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

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Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Law Enforcement Agencies, Consultancy Firms

Major Professional Contributions:

Prof. Rahul Mitra is well recognized for his pioneering contributions in the country towards fundamental research for development of composite materials, being developed for weight-saving or high temperature aerospace applications.His research has contributed significantly towards devising novel processing methods, promoting scientific understanding of their structure property relations, as well as evaluation of deformation and oxidation behavior at elevated temperatures. He has pioneered the development of mushy state rolling as a process for refinement of microstructure with chemical homogenization and redistribution of particles, thereby leading to faster age hardening kinetics, surface hardening and significant improvement in mechanical and wear properties..

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Dec.,’08 – Present
  • Visiting Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Jan 01 – May 15, 08
  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Aug.,’04 – Dec. ‘08
  • Chairman , Materials Science Division, Central Research Facility, Dec 09 – Present
  • Scientist, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, Apr 93-Sep 02


High temperature materials, StructuralIntermetallics and intermetallic matrix composites, Metal matrix composites, Ultra-high temperature ceramics, Ceramic matrix composites, Thin film processing, Nanocomposite thin films, Bulk nanocrystalline materials, Microstructural characterization, Transmission electron microscopy, Mechanical properties, High temperature deformation and creep, Oxidation, Semi-solid deformation..


Contact Information


Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur,
Kharagpur – 721302
West Bengal
Phone: 03222-283292
Fax: 03222-282280

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  • B. Tech (Hons), Metallurgical Engineering,1988, Indian Institute ofTechnology, Kharagpur
  • PhD.,Materials Science& Engineering , 1992, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Metallurgist of the Year in Metal Science Category, National Metallurgist Day Award from Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India (2014)
  • Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal (2003)
  • VidyaBharati Award Indian Institute of Metals (1989)
  • Indranil Award, Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (1988)
  • Institute Silver Medal, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1988)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated VIII: Mining Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2016

Year of Birth: 1966