We are delighted to welcome Prof Karthik Sasihithlu to the IIT Bombay family. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as Assistant Professor last year. He received his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering) from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, then he did his Master’s and Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York. He was a Postdoctoral researcher at Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau, France from October 2013 - Jan 2015. Then he went to London at the Imperial College, London as a Research Associate till March 2016 and became a Marie Curie Fellow at the same college from April 2016 - March 2018.
Speaking about his research interests, he mentions that his broad areas of interest include Heat Transfer Physics Thermal, boundary resistance, and Solar energy solutions. He also told us that he is currently working on analyzing radiative heat transfer when objects are separated by nanometer gaps, modeling the coupling between heat carriers such as photons and electrons, modeling the energy transfer process in photosynthesis, light absorption in thin films for application in thermophotovoltaics, improving the efficiency of solar stoves, etc.
About his future plans at IIT Bombay he told us that he wanted to set up an energy transport laboratory where the topics outlined above will be explored in great details and is looking forward to establishing collaborations with fellow researchers from other departments in IIT Bombay as well as from other institutes such as TIFR, IISc, and a few institutions abroad.
When asked about how to enhance student engagement in class, he said that his courses will be closely aligned with his research interests in thermal physics and energy transport and shared that students whose interests align more towards basic sciences like physics and mathematical modeling will always be welcomed.