We are extremely delighted to welcome Prof. Vijayshankar Dandapani to the IIT Bombay family. He joined the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Sciences at IIT Bombay as an Assistant Professor in May 2019. He pursued his B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in Chemical Engineering in 2009 and completed his master’s degree (M.S.) in Material Sciences and Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA in 2011. In 2017, he completed his PhD in Materials Engineering from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany with his main focus on Electrochemistry, Surfaces and Interfaces.
Coming to the research field, he was a summer intern at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia ICIQ, Spain in 2007 and at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2008. He has also served as a Research Associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany in 2012. In 2017, he joined the Corrosion group, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research GmbH for his postdoctoral research and also pursued further postdoc from the Institute for Energy and Process Systems Engineering, Technical University Braunschweig in 2018. His research interests include Corrosion and organic coating delamination, interfacial electrochemistry, stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen induced failure of materials. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was hydrogen permeation based potentiometry as a new quantification tool for electrochemical reactivity at buried interfaces and under nanoscopic electrolyte layers. According to him, hydrogen induced degradation of material is a serious concern to a plethora of industries – be it the automobile sector, oil and gas pipelines, energy infrastructures etc. but the combined effect of mechanical stress and hydrogen leading to material failure is currently not understood that well and research in this area could aid in better understanding of degradation mechanisms which can lead to design of better hydrogen induced cracking resistant materials.
During his stay at IIT Bombay, Prof. Vijayshankar Dandapani wants to focus his efforts in developing a lab that is equipped with facilities to perform hydrogen permeation experiments combined with mechanical deformation capabilities on a global level. He believes that apart from interactive classrooms, industrial visits and lab tours, encouraging informal discussions with Ph.D. scholars and postdoctoral researchers working on specific research topics can stimulate the minds of students. To enhance the scientific writing skills of students, he plans to encourage ‘scientific paper presentation’ as a part of the coursework to help them pen down and communicate research ideas in a concise and consistent manner.
Keeping his research work aside, he has a deep interest in Indian classical music and he also loves to play violin. Prof. Vijayshankar also likes playing basketball and badminton in order to defocus and refocus back at work. His other interests include hiking, blogging and philosophy which in his words – “take up his time in a sinusoidal manner.”