Our Research Group
The mission of the MatERIAL Group is to contribute to India's stride of transitioning into low-carbon economy through innovation in material development and design. The long-term vision of the group is to create a lasting impact on the built environment through enhanced durability and reduced environmental impacts.
Transitioning to low- and zero-carbon building and construction materials is complex because of the size, significance and emissions associated with this sector. Construction contributes to 9 - 10% of India's GDP with consumption of cement increasing steadily over the last few years barring the effect of COVID in 2020 - 2021. Cement production is associated with 8% of global carbon dioxide emission besides several other environmental impacts. However, the transition to low-carbon built environment has begun, necessitating actions from agencies and material manufacturers to produce low-carbon durable concrete with reduced environmental impacts.
The Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) has a long-standing record of making societal impacts through innovation in sustainable material and energy technologies. As part of CST, MatERIAL Group is rightly positioned to continue efforts in developing sustainable material technologies that support the country's push towards a "green" future.
MatERIAL Group is at the forefront of addressing these challenges through innovation in low-carbon concrete and smart constructions. We have expertise in formulating cementitious composites using a range of synthesized biomaterials and inorganic fillers, which enhance carbon sequestration, self-healing and durability under aggressive environments. The group PI has lead development of several cutting-edge building material technologies, to name a few, i) engineering additives and material porosity to enhance carbon sequestration and stability, ii) modifying composition to enhance self-healing of cracks under multiple loading cycles, and iii) tailoring particle size distribution of bio-based and lightweight additives to improve rheology, hydration and durability under elevated temperature conditions and aggressive fluids.
Building up on the existing expertise, the group is now involved in additive manufacturing of materials of special designs and compositions (for example, using alternative binders), that can remediate the environment, improve durability and promote smart functionalities in buildings.
Dr. Souradeep Gupta
The group lead, Dr. Souradeep Gupta (Assistant Professor) obtained PhD from National University of Singapore (NUS) followed by post-doctoral research at NUS and The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Dr. Gupta was awarded the prestigious Discovery Early Career fellowship (DECRA) by Australian Research Council (ARC) during his tenure at UNSW. He is the recipient of Ssangyong cement Gold medal for his work in the area of advanced concrete technology.
Dr. Gupta has obtained USD 700,000 in research and start-up funding (as PI), and founded a technology company based in Singapore (CV). He has published extensively in the area of sustainable building materials with several papers listed as ‘highly cited’ in top ranked (Q1) journals in his field. He has authored more than 35 top-tier journal publications , book chapters, conference publications and a patent as lead or corresponding author (Link).
Dr. Bhanu Pratap Rathod
Dr. Bhanu Pratap earned his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut. He then pursued his M. Tech. and Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Indian Institute of Science with specialisation in Structural Engineering. His research areas include fibre reinforced polymer laminates, earth-based construction building materials, and bio-char concrete. His key expertise is on the mechanical properties of fibre reinforced cement stabilised rammed earth. He is a co-author for three journal publications, two conference proceedings, and a TATA MOTORS Research Fellowship awardee. The publications are available here
Pitabash completed B. Tech in Civil Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Kalahandi, and further, earned M.S. by research in Environmental Engineering from NIT Tiruchirappalli. His research interests include smart construction technologies, carbon sequestration and utilization of hazardous wastes from industrial streams. At IISc, he is working on development of low-carbon “cement-free” materials for additive manufacturing.
Vardhman Manoj Lunawat (co-supervised)
Vardhman completed Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and MTech in Water Resource and Environmental Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University. His research interests include Water and Wastewater treatment, Desalination and Brine management, Solid waste management and green building products. He has been awarded "Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship" for the year 2021-2022 by the principal scientific advisor office under Govt. of India. At IISc, his doctoral research focusses on water filtration and treatment using engineered porous materials.
Ashutosh completed Bachelor’s degree with Hons. in Civil Engineering from RGPV, Bhopal and Master's degree with Hons. in Construction Technology and Management from NITTTR, Bhopal. At IISc, his research focusses on carbon storage in 3D printed building members. Before joining IISc, Ashutosh was involved in projects encompassing additive manufacturing in construction, development of agro-waste based alkali activated concrete and improvement of disaster resiliency of structures, which were supported by multiple ministries.