Dr. Pratik K. Ray

Assistant Professor

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Room 317, Satish Dhawan Block
Phone: +91-1881-230209

Research Group Website - IDEAs Lab (Interface Dynamics and Energetics of Alloys)


Dr. Pratik K. Ray obtained his Bachelor's degree from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, following which he obtained a Master's degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, during which he developed a synergistic model for glass formation. He obtained his doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University, working on processing and oxidation of Mo-Si-B and NiAl-Mo alloys. After his PhD, he first worked as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a scientist at Ames Laboratory, conducting research on High-Temperature Alloys, Undercooled Liquids and High Entropy Alloys. From August 2017 onwards, he also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University.

At IIT Ropar, Dr. Ray's research will focus on interfacial phenomena during materials processing and degradation. Modeling and in-situ observation of the evolution of the solid-solid, solid-liquid or solid-vapor interfaces is critical for predictive synthesis of novel alloys, or predicting the degradation processes in extreme evironments. The focus on engineering applications is centered around materials for hypersonic environments - especially ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs), materials for power generation and aeroengines (superalloys, aluminides, coatings), multi-principal element alloys (MPEAs) for energy applications and metallic glasses as precursors for nanostructured materials.

Areas of Research

Interfaces, Non-Equilibrium Processing, High Temperature Materials, Oxidation, Phase Selection and Solid State Phase Transformations, Materials Informatics, Multi-principal element alloys, Undercooled liquids and Metallic Glasses


PhD (2011) - Iowa State University, USA

MTech (2006) - Indian Institute of Technology Madras, INDIA

BTech (2004) - National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, INDIA

Work Experience

2019 - till date: Assistant Professor, IIT Ropar

2017 - 2019: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

2015 - 2019: Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory US-DOE

2011 - 2015: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Ames Laboratory US-DOE

Selected Publications/Patents

1. G Ouyang, MF Besser, MJ Kramer, M Akinc, PK Ray, "Designing oxidation resistant ultra-high temperature ceramics through the development of an adherent native thermal barrier", Journal of Alloys and Compounds 790 (2019) 1119-1126

2. AJ Ross, T Gheno, PK Ray, MJ Kramer, XL Liu, G Lindwall, B Zhou, SL Shang, B Gleeson, ZK Liu, "A first-principles based description of the Hf-Ni system supported by high-temperature synchrotron experiments", Thermochimica Acta 668 (2018), 142-151

3. P Singh, A Sharma, AV Smirnov, MS Diallo, PK Ray, G Balasubramanian, DD Johnson, "Design of high-strength refractory complex solid-solution alloys", Nature Computational Materials 4 (2018), 16

4. PK Ray, M Akinc, MJ Kramer, "Formation of multilayered scale during the oxidation of NiAl–Mo alloy", Applied Surface Science 301, (2014) 107-111

5. PK Ray, K Chattopadhyay, BS Murty, "Influence of thermodynamics and local geometry on glass formation in Zr based alloys", Applied Physics Letters 93 (6), (2008) 061903