Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Research Areas

Alloy solidification

Alloy solidification

Solid-state transformations

Solid-state transformations

Self-assembly in polymers

Self-assembly in polymers

Electromigration

Electromigration

Multilayered films

Multilayered films

Geomaterials

Geomaterials

News

November 5, 2017: Our article “Growth direction selection of tilted dendritic arrays in directional solidification over a wide range of pulling velocity: A phase-field study” published in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Weblink

June 5, 2017: Invited talk at Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2017) at San Diego.

April 26, 2017: Dr. Ankit is appointed as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy at the Arizona State University. The appointment begins in Fall 2017. Congratulations!

March 28, 2017: Invited seminar in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

March 6, 2017: Invited seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station.

February 21, 2017: Invited seminar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, Kentucky.

February 16, 2017: Invited seminar in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy, Arizona State University.

February 7, 2017: Invited seminar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University, California.

Team

Kumar Ankit, Ph.D.

Kumar Ankit, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Kumar Ankit is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at the Arizona State University (ASU). He received an Integrated B.Tech.-M.Tech. degree (2010) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and obtained Ph.D. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude. Following graduation, he was appointed as Group Leader at KIT, where he received a Young Investigator award from the German Research Foundation to pursue his research on the microstructural pattern formation in multicomponent steels. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Texas A&M University where he worked in the area of modeling and simulations of pattern formation in vapor-deposited films. Ankit specializes in the development and application of mesoscopic modeling approaches and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in microstructure science and engineering. He is currently interested in deciphering computational pathways to optimally design microstructure processing routes. Target areas include solidification, solid-state transformations and grain coarsening in multicomponent alloys and geomaterials, electromigration-induced damage, and self-organization in polymers and vapor-deposited films.

Education

  • Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2015).
  • Integrated Dual Degree Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology BHU (2010).

Research Interests

Phase-field method, Pattern formation, Machine learning, Phase Transformations, Electromigration, Self-organization in soft matter, Vapor deposition.

Honors and Awards

  • German Research Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, 2016.
  • Poster award at the Third International Symposium on Phase-field Methods, Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States.
Rahul Raghavan

Rahul Raghavan

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering at Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Technology, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Trichy

Work experience

  • Materials Engineer at Materials and Electrochemical Research Corporation, Tucson (2014-2016)
  • Research Assistant at SEMTE, ASU (2012-2013)

 Accomplishments 

  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Initiate (2016)
  • International Climate Champion, India award (2009)

Publications

  1. Wagner, N. A., Raghavan, R., Zhao, R., Wei, Q., Peng, X. and Chan, C. K. (2013), “Electrochemical Cycling of Sodium-Filled Silicon Clathrate”, ChemElectroChem.
  2. Li, Y., Raghavan, R., Wagner, N. A., Davidowski, S. K., Baggetto, L., Zhao, R.,  & Chan, C. K. (2015). Type I Clathrates as Novel Silicon Anodes: An Electrochemical and Structural Investigation. Advanced Science.
Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • Bachelor of Technology (Honors) Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Work experience

  • Summer Intern at Bosch India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India (2015)
  • Summer Intern at Vedanta Resources, Chittorgarh, India (2014)

 Accomplishments 

  • 99.4% percentile in IIT-JEE 2012 among 0.5 million applicants.
  • Within top 1% in All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) among 1.1 million applicants.
  • Entitled as the best volunteer  in ‘Quit Smoking Campaign’ organized by the National Sports Organization at IIT Kharagpur.

 

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Positions

Graduate student positions

Prospective Ph.D. students should apply for admission to the Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU before contacting us. Please see instructions here. Applications are solely evaluated by the graduate admissions committee.

After a successful acceptance in the program, Ph.D. students who are interested in working at 4D ICE may send a copy of their CV and accomplishments to Prof. Kumar Ankit for consideration as Graduate Research Assistant. We are interested in hiring hard-working, motivated, and enthusiastic students with backgrounds in computational materials science, or physics with an inclination towards microstructure modeling.

Currently, we are not hiring any masters students.

Undergraduate student positions

Current undergraduates at ASU who are interested in working on a research project for at least two semesters should contact Prof. Kumar Ankit by email. We are interested in enthusiastic, hard working students with any science or engineering major. You are also encouraged to apply for a FURI project.

Postdoctoral positions

Currently, we do not have funding to support a postdoc. However, applicants may contact Prof. Kumar Ankit if they have an external research support. Postdocs experienced in phase field modeling or machine learning/control theory are preferred.