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Metallurgical Engineer

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35401, United States
January 23, 2010

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Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone: (205)-***-****




•Expert and hands-on electrochemical production of Aluminum, Titanium, Copper, Nickel, Magnesium and other light metals and alloys.

•Expert in Materials Characterization tools (SEM, EDS, XRD, DSC, TG-DTA, FTIR, UV-VIS, BET Analysis).

•Expert in Electrodeposition, Electrowinning, Electrorefining, Electroplating, Electropolishing, Electrofinishing etc.

•Extensive experience in Fundamental Electrochemical Study (Cyclic Voltammetry, Chronoamperometry, Chronopotentiometry etc), Corrosion and Protection, Pitting corrosion, General Corrosion Testing.

•Expert in Ionic Liquids applications in Electrolysis of Materials, Battery and energy storage devices.

•Expert in Electrochemical Synthesis of Magnetic Materials, Coating, Thin Film, Magnetic Multilayers.

•Wide exposure to Metal Deformation, Solidification and Casting, Metal Welding, Heat Treatment, Mechanical Testing, Failure Analysis and Material Selection.

•3 years of Professional Experience in Educational Institution.


Ph. D in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Expecting in Spring 2010, GPA: 3.9/4.0

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Dissertation title: Electrodeposition of Al, Ti and Ti-Al alloys using Ionic Liquid electrolytes.

M. Tech in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 2002, GPA: 8.23/10.0

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Thesis title: Pulse Electrodeposition of Cu-Ni Multilayers from a Single Bath.

Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering, 2000, First Class, 71%.

Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Thesis title: Preparation of Glass Copper/Copper oxide Nanocomposites by SOL-GEL Technique.


The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. August 2005 - Present

•Experimental Process, Mathematical Modeling and Process Optimization on Electrolysis of Al, Cu, Mg, Ti, and Al-Ti alloy in different Ionic Liquid electrolytes at Low temperature.

•Fundamental studies on deposition characteristics aluminum and elimination of dendritic deposition of aluminum from low temperature ionic liquid electrolyte.

•Effect of Experimental Parameters (Cell Voltage, Temperature, Stirring Rate, Electrolyte Composition on Current Efficiency (C.E), Alloy Composition and Deposit Microstructure.

•Fundamental electrochemical studies of electrolysis processes using various electro-analytical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronopotentiometry to determine diffusion parameters, nucleation and growth phenomenon, and reaction mechanism.

•Electrochemical and Corrosion Studies on Platinum Dissolution from Ag-Au-Pt alloys.

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016, India. 2000- 2005.

•Pulse Electrodeposition on nano-structured magnetic/non-magnetic multilayers from aqueous sulphate single bath for Giant-magnetoresistance (GMR) Sensor and Data-storage applications.

•Electrodeposition on Cu/Ni and Cu/Co multilayers films on n-Si (100) substrate were from aqueous sulphate single electrolyte. Up to 15-20 multilayers were electrodeposited on n-Si substrate with individual thickness of 1-5 nm.

•Optimized voltage pulse parameters (applied voltage, frequency, duty cycle and number of cycles) and microstructural characterization of thin film deposit by XRD, SEM, EDS and AFM.

•Magneto-resistance (MR) value up to 5.6% was obtained which is a very significant achievement for electrochemical deposition of magnetic multilayers.

•Worked on electroremediation of Cr (VI) contaminated soil. Designed setup, optimized the parameters like applied potential, duration of removal, inter-electrode distance, adsorption and desorption behavior of soil, scale up and hydrodynamics of the fluids in the pores of the soil.


Teaching and Research

•Research Assistant, The University of Alabama, 2005-Present

Design of experimental setup and modeling, conducting experiments, characterization samples including XRD, XPS, SEM, EDS, TEM, UV-VIS, NMR, FTIR and ICP-OES.

•Senior Research Fellow, IIT- Kanpur, India. 2002-2005

Worked on different sponsored projects titled “Electrodeposition of Magnetic Multilayers” (DRDO, India), “Electroremediation of Cr (VI) Contaminated Soil” (CSIR, India)

•Teaching Assistant, IIT- Kanpur, India. 2000-2002.

Assisting in developing course materials and examinations, conducting different laboratories and discussion sessions for undergraduate students.


•ZENTEK, Kolkata, May 1999- June 1999.

Evaluation of ISO 9000, ISO 14000 nominations for Hoogly Ship Builders, Gonterman Pipers, New Allenberry (India).


•In-hand expertise of characterization techniques including XRD (Philips® PW3830, Bruker), SEM/EDS (Philips® XL30, JOEL 7000), UV-VIS and FTIR (PerkinElmer). Working experience with TEM, XPS and ICP-OES.

•Software packages: FEMLAB, Pro-Cast, Matlab, HSC, FACT SAGE, Electrochemical and Corrosion Study Softwares.

•Familiar with data acquisition systems, software (Labview).


•The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

•ASM International.

•American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

•Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST).


•Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student Award, The University of Alabama; 2009 – 2010.

•Graduate Council Research and Creative Fellowship, The University of Alabama; 2008 – 2009.

•Graduate Research Assistantship, The University of Alabama; 2005 – 2010.

•Teaching Assistantship, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2000-2002.

•GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score 90.76 percentile in 2000 (All India Rank 60).

•National Scholarship for the Year 1991-1992 and 1994-1996, India.


•D. Pradhan et al., Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B Communication, 2009 (Submitted).

•D. Pradhan et al., High Temperature Materials and Processes, 2009 (In Press).

•D. Pradhan et al., Electrochimica Acta, vol. 54, 2009, pp. 6661-67.

•D. Pradhan et al., Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, vol. 40B, 2009, pp. 114-122.

•D. Pradhan et al., Electrochimica Acta, vol. 54, 2009, pp.1874-80.

•D. Pradhan et al., Electrochimica Acta, vol. 54, 2008, pp. 430-33.


•D. Pradhan et al., The 7th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM 7), Cairns, Australia, 2010 (Accepted).

•D. Pradhan et al., TMS, Warrendale, 2010 (Accepted).

•D. Pradhan et al., TMS, Warrendale, USA, pp. 17-24, 2009.

•D. Pradhan et al., TMS, Warrendale, USA, pp. 345-***, ****.

•D. Pradhan et al., TMS, Warrendale, USA, pp. 79-86, 2007.

•D. Pradhan et al., IPMI 30th conference proceedings, Pensacola, FL, pp. 1-7, 2006.

•D. Pradhan et al., ICONSAT, New Delhi, March 16th-18th, 2006, India.

•D. Pradhan et al., REWAS '04, Vol. 1, pp. 881-***, ****.

•D. Pradhan et al., ISRS, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, December 2003-04, Chennai, India.


Corrosion Science and Engg, Electrochemical Tech. in Materials Processing, Mathematical Modeling of Metallurgical Processes, Special Materials at Elevated Temperatures, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Crystallography, Advanced Phase Diagrams, Design of Sintered Product, Metal Joining (Welding), Metallurgical Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomenon, Heat and Mass Transfer, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Simulation of Casting Process.

References available upon request.

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