Prof. Nitin P. Padture, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
184 Hope Street, Box D, B&H 608
Providence, RI 02912
Ph.: (401)863-2859 FAX: (401)863-9025
Biographical Sketch (CV)
Nitin P. Padture joined Brown University in January 2012 as Professor in the School of Engineering, and he served as Director of Brown’s Center for Advanced Materials Research (CAMR) until December 2013. He was appointed Director of Brown’s Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) in January 2014. IMNI serves as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research teams in three thrust areas: Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Soft Matter, and Nanohealth. It is a “polydisciplinary” venture with more than 60 faculty members representing nine departments/schools across campus, and a technical/administrative staff of 12. IMNI supports scientific team building, proposal preparation, block-grant management, seminars, special functions, and nanoscience course offerings across campus. It also manages major research instrumentation facilities, including Electron Microscopy, Microelectronics, and NanoTools. IMNI serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and affiliated hospitals in the three thrust areas.
Previously Padture was College of Engineering Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, and also the founding Director of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at OSU. Padture received B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University (1987), and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Lehigh University (1991). He was a postdoctoral fellow at NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) for about 3 years, before joining the University of Connecticut (UConn, Storrs) faculty in January 1995 as Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He served as Interim Department Head at UConn for one year before moving to OSU in January 2005.
Padture’s teaching and research interests are in the broad areas of synthesis/processing, characterization, and properties/performance of advanced ceramics and nanomaterials used in applications ranging from jet engines to solar cells to computer chips. Specifically, he has active research in:
1. Tailoring of advanced structural ceramics, composites, and coatings:
- Thermal barrier coatings and environmental barrier coatings
- Ceramic/carbon nanotubes composites
- Ultra-high temperature ceramic composites
- Ultra-hard nanoceramics
2. Synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and properties of functional nanomaterials, including graphene, oxides, and perovskites:
- Novel solid-state photovoltaics
- Graphene-based devices
This research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DoE, AFOSR, DARPA, Government of Spain, State of Ohio, and industry. Padture has published 130 refereed-journal papers, which have been cited about 6,000 times (ISI h-index 41). He is a co-inventor on 4 patents, and he has delivered 156 invited/keynote/plenary talks in the US and abroad.
A Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Padture has received that society's Roland B. Snow, Robert L. Coble, and Richard M. Fulrath awards. He is also a recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Recently he received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, IIT-Bombay. Padture is Editor of the international journal Scripta Materialia.
Outside of work, Padture is an avid motorcyclist and the proud owner of an Aprilia Futura RST 1000. He is married to Sherilyn, a clay artist, and they have one son, Siddharth, who is an undergraduate at Boston University.