Pranesh Aswath Ph.D.
Ph.D. Brown University, 1990
M.S. Brown University, 1987
B.E. Indian Institute of Science, 1985 ~ B.S. Bangalore University, 1982
Areas of Expertise: Synthesis, processing and characterization of ceramics, intermetallics and composites. Deformation, creep, fatigue and environmental degradation of materials. Analytical electron microscopy, Auger spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, EPMA. Processing and properties of ceramic matrix composites and Ceramic coatings for Biological applications. Tribology and Lubrication.
Background: Dr. Aswath has over ten years of experience in the area of processing of advanced materials that include monolithic and composite materials. In addition he has over 15 years of experience in the area of deformation, fatigue and fracture of specialty engineering materials. His work in the area of synthesis of materials involves the design of new materials using fundamental concepts in chemistry, thermodynamics and material science. Currently in a major new initiative, Dr. Aswath is examining the processing and evaluation of a new generation Bioglass/Alumina composite for orthopedic application. In addition he is examining new methods to coat hydroxyapatite and Bioglass on Ti substrates for improved fixation with bone. In the past he has been involved in the development and evaluation of a new generation of titanium aluminides for jet engine applications. He has worked extensively in synthesis, phase transformations and mechanical properties of in-situ Si3N4 reinforced barium aluminosilicate in collaboration with Loral Corp. A research program evaluating the role of processing variables on the electrical and mechanical properties of Blackglas matrix composites with Nicalon and Nextel fibers was completed in collaboration with Allied Signal and Vought Aircraft Company. He has also completed a NSF sponsored project to study the effects of silica additions on the creep and fracture properties of alumina based ceramics. In addition he has worked in microstructural stability and oxidation characteristics of high temperature intermetallics. Dr. Aswath has worked closely with McDonnell Douglas Research Labs, Oak Ridge National Labs, ALCOA Research Labs, Vought Corp., Loral Vought Corp., MCI Telecommunications, National Oilwell, General Dynamics, Lockheed Fort. Worth Company, Allied Signal and MULCOA Research Labs on research projects. He has also worked on research projects with faculty in Ohio State University, Brown University and Indian Institute of Science among others.
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