Dr. Dhavanesan Ramachandran graduated from Indian institute of ceramics, Indian Institute of Technology, BHU for Bachelor and Master degree respectively. During his PhD studies at the University of Denmark, he had an opportunity to work on multidisciplinary projects in the area of functional ceramic membrane materials for energy applications with the aim of using such membranes into oxy-fuel plants in order to facilitate carbon capture and storage (CCS) activities.
He has cross-cultural experienced, highly motivated professional, having 13+ years of research and industrial experiences in various materials manufacturing and research organisations such as construction materials, ceramics reinforced paints, super abrasives, inorganic porous materials, inorganic membranes and carbon reinforced ceramic matrix composites. These research and industrial opportunities have not only offered him a lot of scopes to experience with various advanced ceramic materials research and developmental activities but also offered to develop a strong network of scientific communities.
Recently he has been working as a Research fellow at the University of Birmingham in XMat UK program (Materials Systems for Extreme Environments) particularly in developing carbon reinforced ceramic matrix composites for aerospace applications under Prof. Jon Binner. His job responsibilities were to design and development carbon reinforced ceramic matrix composites to enhance thermo-mechanical properties of these materials for high temperature applications.
As stated earlier, apart from the experience of academia, he has served a number of years in advanced materials manufacturing and research organizations in various capacities, where he got exposed to the various industrial manufacturing process and products, new product developments, quality systems that offered a valuable experience to an in-depth understanding of product implementation cycle from lab scale to industry scale. Other than research activities, he has involved a number of administrative activities that includes such as Lab coordinator, Member of summer school organizing team, Conference session chair, Lab tour-organizer, ISO Quality auditor and Coordinator-SGA (Small group activity) and etc. He has also attended a number international conferences where he got a chance to interact eminent materials scientists and industrial experts.
Some of his research patent/publications
- M. Søgaard, J. Gurauskis, D.K Ramachandran, A.J. Samson, S. Chen, A. Kaiser, P.V. Hendriksen, Generic, thin film, composite oxygen transport membrane, Patent number: WO2015EP51392, 2015, granted
- D.K. Ramachandran, F. Clemens, J. Glasscock, M. Søgaard, A. Kaiser, Tailoring the microstructure of porous MgO supports for asymmetric oxygen separation membranes: Optimization of thermoplastic feedstock systems. Ceram. Int. 40 (2014) 10465–10473.
- D.K. Ramachandran, K.Kawai, M.Søgaard, F.Clemens, A. Kaiser, The role of sacrificial fugitives in thermoplastic extrusion feedstocks on properties of MgO supports for oxygen transport membranes. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 35 (2015) 1527–1537.
- D.K. Ramachandran, M. Søgaard, F. Clemens, A. Kaiser, “Tubular multilayer fabrication and performance of a doped ceria oxygen membrane on a low-cost MgO support”. Journal of Separation and Purification Technology, 147(2015) 422-430
- D.K. Ramachandran, M. Søgaard, F. Clemens, R.S. Bhaskar, A. Kaiser, “Low cost porous MgO substrates for oxygen transport membranes” Journal of Materials Letters, 169 (2016) 254-256
- TT Molla, D. K. Ramachandran, R. Bjørk, N. Pryds, A. Kaiser, Hl. Frandsen, Modeling constrained sintering of bi-layered tubular samples. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 35 (2015) 941–950.
- A. Kaiser, S. Foghmoes, J. Malzbender, G. Pećanac, V. Esposito, D.K Ramachandran, M. Søgaard, P.V. Hendriksen, Design and optimization of porous ceramic supports for asymmetric ceria based oxygen transport membranes. Journal of Membrane science 513 (2016) 85–94).
- V Rubio, P Ramanujam, D.K. Ramachandran, D’Angio’ Andrea and Jon Binner “Thermal ablation effects on the carbon CVI densified Cf-HfB2 composites”, HTCMC-9 conference proceedings, American ceramic society, 2016.
- Invited talk: "Tailoring Microstructure of MgO supported Tubular Asymmetric Ceramic Membrane for Oxygen Separation" at International Conference on Membrane Technology and its applications, Feb 21- Feb 23, 2017, NIT-Trichy, India.
- Invited talk: “Creating ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites” at 9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites, June 26- July 1, 2016, Toronto, Canada.
- Presented on “Preparation and characterization of carbon reinforced ZrC composites via combined slurry impregnation and volumetrically heated RF-CVI processing” at 9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites, June 26- July 1, 2016, Toronto, Canada
- Presented on “Designing and Characterizing of MgO Supported Tubular Asymmetric CGO Membrane for Oxygen Separation”, 5th International Congress on Ceramics, ICC5, Aug-2014, Beijing, China.
- Presented on: “Developing MgO support and dip coating CGO slurry for Oxygen Transport membrane” 12th International Conference on Ceramic Processing Science, ICCPS12, Aug-2013, Portland, USA.
- Presented on “Experimental extrusion of tubular multilayer materials for oxygen transport membranes” OPTIMAC summer school, 26-30 August 2013, Denmark.
- Presented on: “Tailoring the Porosity and Shrinkage of Extruded MgO Support Tubes for Oxygen Separation Membranes by Thermoplastic Feedstock Development” MS&T12’ Oct-2012, Pittsburgh, USA.
- Conference session Chair: Chairing a session of “Materials for Extreme Environments: Ultra High temperature Ceramic Composites(UHTCs) at 9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites, June 26- July 1, 2016, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Dhavanesan Ramachandran holds a membership in number of international bodies those are:
- Member in American Ceramic Society
- Life Member in Indian Ceramic Society
- Member in Indian Carbon Society
- Member in Indian Institute of Ceramics
Dr. Dhavanesan Ramachandran has visited number of countries for attending conferences, exhibitions, summits, research/personal activities are:
- Asia: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
- Europe: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.
- Middle East: Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates
- North America: Canada and United states.
Current research area
Dr. Dhavanesan Ramachandran is actively looking for a Government and industry funded research projects from the following research areas:
- Ceramic membranes for water and gas separation
- Vitrified and metal bonded super abrasive materials
- Ceramic Matrix composites
- Energy efficient thermal insulation paint