Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




ERF 1047


Materials and process design steps are currently not coupled. As a result, materials used in energy, automobile, aerospace, and defense applications are slow to adapt to a new processing and manufacturing environments. This problem can benefit from predictive simulations that can establish a rigorous structure-property-processing-performance (SP3) connection. Our research focuses on SP3 approaches for reducing the time needed for materials design, selection, optimization, certification, and performance evaluation. In this presentation, discussions will focus on predictive corrosion science and applications of smart coatings. The microstructure of a metal or a composite is strongly related to performance. An integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approach to design corrosion-resistant materials and coatings will be discussed. The Processing-Performance connection is important in corrosion research. For metals processing, we introduced simulation guided methods to control microstructure during 3D-printing of metal parts. For applying coatings in a manufacturing environment, modeling efforts in electrostatic and atmospheric plasma spray environment are underway. All such capabilities in the group use high-performance computing and advanced in-situ experimentation to build a better understanding and accelerate the materials-to-manufacturing transition. Additionally, collaborations between the materials, mechanical, and civil engineering are important. Opportunities for students and faculty collaborations in different application domains will be discussed.

Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri is the Director of Accelerate Materials Research (AMRes) program at ARI. Dr. Chaudhuri leads a research team that specializes in the practical and engineering application of high-performance computing in energy, environment and manufacturing. His research is currently funded by DOE, DHS, NSF, AFOSR, ARL, EPRI, DMDII, GE Global Research, Boeing Company, Ford Motors and FMC Technologies.
Academic Background: Dr. Chaudhuri earned his Ph.D. degree in Materials Chemistry and Chemical Physics from SUNY Stony Brook in New York in 2003. During his graduate study, he received NATO scholarship to the Oxford University in UK for developing simulation methods for the design of ionic conductors, catalysts and battery materials. From 2003-2006, Dr. Chaudhuri worked in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials on the hydrogen storage materials for automobile applications. Subsequently, he joined Washington State University and led the development of applied sciences efforts for the University. In 2014 Dr. Chaudhuri moved his group to the ARI at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published more than 60 research articles, and he serves on multiple committees including Midwest data hub, BlueWaters Supercomputing, Campus Cluster, NCSA Industry – Private Sector Program and steering committee for Energy Summit at UIUC.