General Information

Assistant Professor: Sept 1998- June 2005
Associate Professor: 2005 - 2009
Professor: 2009 onwards

Tel: +91-22-2576-7628
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Academic Background:

  • B.Tech. (Metallurgical Engineering), IIT Bombay. (1991)
  • Ph.D. (Materials Science), University of Alabama (1996)
  • Post-Doctoral, Center for Ceramics Research, Rutgers University, USA (1997 - 1998)


  • Powder Processing
  • Near Net Shape Forming of Advanced Ceramics
  • Gel casting
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Rheology of Suspensions
  • Indentation Cracking of Ceramics
  • Ceramic composites
  • Quantitative microscopy

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of weakly agglomerated nanoparticles
  • Fabrication of ceramics for prosthodontic applications
  • Sensitized solar cells
  • High temperature foam and fiber based thermal insulation
  • Glasses and glass ceramics

Research Projects

  • Development of affordable high quality all-ceramic dental crowns
  • Development of Indigenous Screen printable Silver Paste for Solar PV
  • Synthesis & Characterization Of LLZO Powder, Surface Engineering Of LLZO And To Make Dense Composite Electrodes With Low Interface Resistance Films For Solid State Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Studies on titania paste, film characteristics and design and reliability of DSSC modules
  • Synthesis of Pure/Composite Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Slurries to achieve High Selectivity of CMP processes
  • Effect of chemical, microstructural modifications of the nano titania photoanode on the performance of dye sensitized solar cells
  • Dispersed nanoparticulate systems for Consolidation of porous, dense structures and films
  • Forming of porous ceramic components for solid oxide fuel cells
  • Gelcasting of near net shape ceramic components with designed microstructures
  • Forming of layered materials by gelcasting


  • “Fabrication of ceramic carbon composites with low specific resistance”, Rahul Kumar, Parag Bhargava, Filed Complete Specification (2015)
  • “Engineering particle size distributions for enhanced glass infiltration in porous ceramic preforms for dental crowns and bridges”, Preeti Bajpai and Parag Bhargava (Indian Patent), Filed Complete Specification (2011).
  • “A composition for forming porous bodies in particular, ceramic and metal foams, and a process for the preparation thereof”, Santanu Dhara, Mamata Pradhan and Parag Bhargava (Indian Patent No. 203231 dt. 27/5/2002)
  • “Highly porous ceramic or metallic material and simple environment friendly process for fabrication of the same,” Mamata Pradhan and Parag Bhargava (Indian Patent No. 206908 dt. 8/9/2003)
  • “A composition for consolidation of dense ceramics compacts,” Santanu Dhara, Dipankar Ghosh and Parag Bhargava (Indian Patent No. 218562 dt. 10/09/2003)

Selected Publications:

  • “Effect of sucrose on fabrication of ceramic foams from aqueous slurries.” MamataPradhan, ParagBhargava, Journal of American Ceramic Society Vol. 88 (1) 216 (2005)
  • “Influence of Nature and Amount of Dispersant on Rheology of Aged Aqueous Alumina Gelcasting Slurries” S. Dhara and P. Bhargava, Journal of Am. Ceram. Soc. 88(3), 547-552 (2005)
  • “Machining Behaviour of Green Gelcast Ceramics,” R. K. Kamboj, S. Dhara and P. Bhargava, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 23(7), 1005-1011 (2003)
  • “Shape Forming of Ceramics via Gelcasting of Aqueous Particulate Slurries,” S. Dhara, R. K. Kamboj, M. Pradhan and P. Bhargava, Bull. Mater. Sci. 25(6), 565-568 (2002)
  • “Quantitative Characterization of Indentation Crack Path in c-ZrO2/10 v% Al2O3 Composite.” P. Bhargava and B. R. Patterson, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 80(7), 1863-1867 (1997)


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Bombay (2008)
  • First Prize, Inter-IIT competition on, “New environments for learning, teaching, research, creation, use and preservation of digital resources”, Pan-IIT meet Mumbai (2006)
  • Silver medal: Tech. based commercializable innovation at Incubiz (Anveshan 05) organized by IIM Ahmedabad (05)
  • Young Engineer of the Year (2002) award from the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)

Representative journal articles:

  • “A simple direct casting route to ceramic foams”, SantanuDhara and ParagBhargava, Journal of American Ceramic Society, 86 [10] 1645 – 50 (2003)
  • “Egg White as an Environmentally Friendly Low-Cost Binder for Gelcasting of Ceramics,” S. Dhara and P. Bhargava, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 84 [12] 3048-50 (2001)
  • “Quantitative characterization of indentation crack path in c-ZrO2/10 v% Al2O3 composite,” ParagBhargava and B.R. Patterson, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 80 [7] 1863-67 (1997)
  • “Effect of sucrose on fabrication of ceramic foams from aqueous slurries”, MamataPradhan, ParagBhargava, Journal of American Ceramic Society Vol. 88 (1) 216 (2005)
  • “Production of continuous piezoelectric ceramic fibers…,” J.D. French, G.E. Weitz, J.E. Luke, R.B. Cass, B. Jadidian, P. Bhargava and A. Safari, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, Ed. Janet M. Sater, Proc. SPIE Vol. 3044, p. 406 – 412 (1997)

Member of the Editorial Board of following journals:

  • Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation (2008 onwards)
  • Transactions of the Indian Ceramic Society (2005 - present)
  • Advances in Applied Ceramics (2004 - 2009)