Ashutosh Gandhi

Prof. Ashutosh S. Gandhi

General Information

Asistant Professor : May 2006 - Jul 2012
Associate Professor : Jul 2012 - present

Tel: +91-22-2576-7614

Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Department of Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (2001).
  • M.E. Metallurgy, IISc (1994).
  • B.E. Metallurgical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (Now Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology), Nagpur (1992).

Research Interests

  • Science of Ceramics
  • High Temperature Protective Coatings (TBCs and EBCs)
  • Phase Transformations
  • Metastable and Amorphous Materials

Research Projects

  • Rare-earth Silicate Environmental Barrier Coatings for SiC Based High Temperature Materials” Indian Space Research Organisation.
  • “Effect of rare-earth dopants on thermal stability and fracture toughness of nanocrystalline zirconia based thermal barrier materials”, Department of Science & Technology, India.
  • “Hot corrosion behaviour of rare-earth stabilised zirconia for thermal barrier applications”, Naval Research Board, DRDO, India.
  • “Development of scandia stabilised zirconia electrolytes with rare earth co-doping for solid oxide fuel cells” (Co-investigator), Department of Science & Technology, India.
  • “Development of bulk nanocrystalline materials: nanoparticle synthesis and consolidation” (Co-investigator), Department of Science & Technology, India.
  • “Critical review of literature on teh constitutional and thermochemical data of oxide systems” (Co-investigator), GE India Technology Center, Bengaluru, India.
  • “Development of protective coatings on refractories based on nano materials” (Co-investigator), Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
  • “Integrated modelling of high temperature phase and microstructural stability and phase transformation kinetics of advanced high chromium ferritic steels with special emphasis on 9 Cr-1 Mo based derivatives” (Co-investigator), Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.


  • High Temperature Protective Coatings (environmental and thermal barrier coatings);
  • Materials for Energy Systems (solid oxide fuel cells, SOFC’s);
  • Phase Stability & Transformations;
  • Surface Engineering;
  • Zirconia Ceramics;
  • Metastable Effects and Amorphous Phases.

Selected Publications:

Book Chapter

  1. “Metastable phase selection and low temperature plasticity in chemically synthesized amorphous Al2O3-ZrO2 and Al2O3-Y2O3”, Ashutosh S. Gandhi, Arindam Paul, Shailendra Singh Shekhawat, Umesh Waghmare, and Vikram Jayaram, in 'Oxide Nanostructures: Growth, Microstructures, and Properties', Ed. A.K. Srivastava, Pan Stanford Publishing (April 2014).

Journal Publications

  1. Mohan B. Ponnuchamy, A.S. Gandhi, "Phase and fracture toughness evolution during isothermal annealing of spark plasma sintered zirconia co-doped with Yb, Gd and Nd oxides", J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 35, 1879-1887 (2015).
  2. Mohan B. Ponnuchamy, A.S. Gandhi, "Lattice expansion and contraction in nanocrystalline yttria stabilized zirconia powders", Scr. Mater., 83, 21–24 (2014).
  3. P.A. Manojkumar, A.S. Gandhi, M. Kamaraj, A.K. Tyagi, "Sliding wear behaviour of alumina coatings prepared from mechanically milled powders", Wear, 313, 11–18 (2014).
  4. K. Murugan, R. Subasri, T. N. Rao, A.S. Gandhi, B.S. Murty, "Synthesis, characterization and demonstration of self-cleaning TiO2 coatings on glass and glazed ceramic tiles", Progress in Organic Coatings, 76, 1756–1760 (2013).
  5. Narender Reddy, A.S. Gandhi, "Molten salt attack on t' yttria-stabilised zirconia by dissolution and precipitation", J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 33, 1867–74 (2013).