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

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

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.

Kumar Ankit is an Assistant Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at the Arizona State University. 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 an Early-career Investigator grant from the German Research Foundation, centered on computational modeling of 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 during deposition of multilayered films. Ankit’s research is focused on computational materials science, with an emphasis on phase-field modeling. He is currently interested in deciphering computational pathways to optimally design microstructure processing routes. Focus 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

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

Research Interests

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

Honors and Awards

  • DFG Early-career Investigator award (Nachwuchsakademie), 2016.
  • Poster award at the Third International Symposium on Phase-field Methods, Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States.
This could be you …

This could be you …

This could be you …

This could be you …

Positions

There are 2 openings for Ph.D. students in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy at the Arizona State University. ASU has been ranked (#1) as the most innovative school by U.S. News for making rapid improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, and facilities. The Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU is one of the most respected programs in the United States (https://semte.engineering.asu.edu/materials-science-engineering/).

The Ph.D. research project will focus on developing a phase-field model for predicting and controlling the morphological evolution of interfaces during thin film deposition. Applicant should have his/her master’s degree in materials, mechanical engineering or in a related field with a background in computational materials science. Desired skills include familiarity with numerical techniques, phase-field modeling, machine learning/control theory, computer programming, and experience with Paraview.

Please refer to the 4D ICE webpage for details: http://www.kumarankitresearch.com/

Applications must be submitted electronically to PI, Dr. Kumar Ankit at kumar.ankit[at]tamu.edu. Candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including GRE score, a list of publications, research interests, and contact information of three references. International students should provide TOEFL scores.

Prospective Ph.D. students should apply for Ph.D. graduate admission to the Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU before contacting us. Please see instructions: https://semte.engineering.asu.edu/materials-science-graduate/. Once your application is successful, we will proceed with onboarding.