GIAN program at IIT Delhi

Prof. Pedro Rivera conducted a five day course on Nanostructured Steels at IIT Delhi from April 2,under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks(GIAN) aimed at tapping the pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India. Prof. Rivera is the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair at Lancaster University since Sep. 2017. From 2009 to 2017 he was Assistant Director of Research at the Steel Technology Centre at University of Cambridge, where he taught and led a research group mainly focusing on ultra-high strength steels. His research has resulted in a variety of novel steel grades leading to three international patents and over 130 articles in international journals.

In a brief interaction with Dr Vanita Srivastava he talks about the course and his experience.

How was your experience?

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Very positive, both students and academics were accommodating and professional.

What were the main objectives of this course?

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The primary objectives of the course were:

  1. Become familiar with the different structures present at the nanometre scale in steels.
  2. The processing routes required to obtain them and their advantages and disadvantages.
  3. Develop the necessary understanding and skills to design new alloy grades using computational tools.

How is the course relevant in the contemporary times?

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Steel is the most important structural material in the world and India owns the largest steel producing companies in the world. The course is at the frontier of research in the field, so it is of great relevance for India technologically and economically.

Can you suggest ways that the GIAN courses reach out to larger number of people?

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I could have advertised in the UK earlier but the course was approved too late and the paperwork did not become available until then. Also it could be advertised through key materials conferences but that would have required much earlier planning and approval.

Please elucidate a little bit on your current research.

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The focus of my work is on advanced alloys, namely steels, titanium, magnesium and high entropy alloys. The approach is a mixture of modelling and experimental techniques. Modelling includes microstructure evolution employing thermodynamic and kinetic approaches, and incorporating quantum mechanical (DFT) calculations. The experimental techniques include advanced transmission electron microscopy, metallography, atom probe tomography and high-energy (synchrotron) X-ray radiation. The major aim of my work is the conception of new materials for modern applications.