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Professor Bala Vaidhyanathan

Professor of Advanced Materials and Processing

Areas of expertise

Expertise: Functional Ceramics; nanocrystalline materials; microwave processing; microwave-materials interactions; flash sintering; microwave cold sintering; glasses; functional coatings; SOFCs; materials for batteries and hydrogen generation; ceramics for bio-medical applications; additive manufacturing of ceramics; powder synthesis and Sol-Gel; and smart materials for sensing, security and sports


Vaidhyanthan’s research uses better, simpler and environmentally friendlier manufacturing routes for (improved or new) advanced materials and devices, with special emphasis on functional and nanostructured ceramics.

He has led the development of energy efficient microwave, hybrid and flash methods for the processing of advanced functional materials over the years and his team is currently regarded as world-leading in the utilization of these techniques.

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