(10r) Towards the Understanding of Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Materials

Authors: 
Bhattacharia, S., Texas Tech University
Research Interests:

My research interests lie at the nexus of thermodynamics, kinetics, and material science. Understanding kinetic and thermodynamic properties of materials is fundamentally challenging, yet it is required to solve problems in chemical engineering science. I seek to understand the kinetic and thermodynamic properties that govern the material behaviorin solid, solution, and gas phase. My broad research background combined with training in novel experimental tools such as atomic force microscopy, calorimetric instruments, spectroscopic techniques, high speed imaging, and property modeling tools of ASPEN puts me in a unique position to pursue active research in these field. I want to expand my research in the following areas: (i) thermophysical properties and solubility thermodynamics, (ii) material aging and crystal growth kinetics at nanoscale, (iii) mechanisms of kinetic processes and the fragmentation of high energy density materials. Applications of my research include fluid mixtures associated with energy and environment, pharmaceutical compounds, semiconductors, and energetic materials.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching philosophy is based on my motivation of shaping young minds to be intelligent by expanding their imagination and creativity through the fundamental understanding of scientific and engineering laws and principles. My graduate and postdoctoral training have given me a broad background that I am well prepared to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels. I taught a senior level chemical engineering course (course title 'Comprehensive Review of Chemical Engineering') in fall 2013 in Texas Tech University as a full time instructor. This course is designed based on seven basic chemical engineering courses, which are Material and Energy Balance, Thermodynamics I and II, Reaction Engineering, Mass transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Materials science, and Heat Transfer. My future teaching interest includes all these subjects at undergraduate and graduate level. I also want to develop new courses for undergraduate and graduate level based on the currents needs in chemical industries. In future, I want to develop specialty courses like Applied Thermodynamics in Chemical Engineering, Kinetic Processes in Material Science, Corrosion Engineering, Chemical Process Safety, and Design of Engineering experiments.

Education and Training

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Jan 2014-Present

Supervisor: Professor Chau-Chyun Chen

PhD: Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Summer 2013

Supervisor: Professor Brandon Weeks

Instructor: Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Fall 2013

Number of published articles: 26

Citations: 320

Google scholar link for publications and citations: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=nJvVPvoAAAAJ&hl=en