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Dr. Sriharitha Rowthu

Group Leader &

Assistant Professor

Materials Engineering Department

IIT Gandhinagar

https://www.iitgn.ac.in/faculty/mse/fac-sriharitha

sriharitha.rowthu@iitgn.ac.in

Phone: +91 79 2395 2560

Office: Academic Block 11, room 309B

Address: IIT Gandhinagar, Palaj, Near GIFT City,
Gandhinagar 382055, India

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Education

  • Ph.D., EPFL, Switzerland (Nov 2011-April 2016)

  • Dual degrees (B.Tech+M.Tech), Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras (2006-2011)

Research Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering, IIT Gandhinagar (Dec 2019-present)

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland (March 2017-Sep 2019)

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Empa Thun, Switzerland (May-Sep 2016)

Sponsored Projects

  • Multifaceted Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics, Beads, Shell Objects and External Trade Relations from the Historic City of Vadnagar, Gujarat, Gujarat State Archaeology, PI: Prof. Prabhakar V N, Co-PI: Prof. Sriharitha Rowthu, approved amount 31,15,200 Rs (Dec 2022-Dec 2024)

  • Development of a slidling bearing for earthquake protection of structures, Device Development Programme (DDP)-DST, PI: Prof. Manish Kumar, IITGN, Co-PIs: Prof. Sriharitha Rowthu, Prof. Durgesh C Rai, IIT Kanpur, approved amount 63,77,941 Rs (March 2021-Feb 2024)

  • Slippery properties of liquid impregnated micro cavities, SERB-Start Up Research Grant (SRG), PI: Dr. Sriharitha Rowthu, approved amount 32, 64,750 Rs (Dec 2020- Dec 2022)

  • Tribological and slippery properties of liquid impregnated micro cavities, IIT Gandhinagar, PI: Dr. Sriharitha Rowthu, approved amount 1,10,00,000 Rs (2020-2023)

Consultancy Projects

  1. Sriharitha Rowthu (PI), “Feasibility study to fabricate ZnO blocks in an indigenous manner”, Elmex Controls Pvt. Ltd., India. 22.02 Lakhs, 30 Sep 2023-29 Aug 2024.

  2. Sriharitha Rowthu, (co-PI), “Development of PTFE based materials for seismic isolation”, Harsha Engineers International Limited, 4 Lakhs, 10 Oct 2023-09 Oct 2024, M. Tech thesis sponsored. PI: Prof. Manish Kumar.

Faculty Mentor

  • Lubricant infused slippery surfaces for sanitation applications, Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF), Applicant: Mr. Ratnadeep Samanta (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sriharitha Rowthu), Jan 2021-Dec 2025.

Invited talks

  • Sriharitha Rowthu delivered a keynote talk on "Urine and Feces Repellent Nano Cement Surfaces", Ceramics for Frontier Sectors: Emerging Advances and Prospects (CerAP), 11-12 March 2024, organized by The American Ceramic Society & IIT Roorkee. 

  • Sriharitha Rowthu delivered a keynote talk on “Friction and wear properties of PTFE-SS316 for seismic isolation applications”, 9th International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulations (ICCMS), 22 Dec 2023, organized by IIT Gandhinagar.

  • Keynote speaker at Amalgam, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department, IIT Madras, 21-23 April, 2023. Talk is on "Nature inspired superhydrophobic cement surfaces".

  • Delivered an invited talk on "Tribological Properties of Alumina Matrix Composites", 16 Nov 2022, AICTE-Faculty Development Programme, organized by IIT Tirupati. 

  • At Materials Engineering, IISC Bangalore, Oct 2022.

  • Delivered an invited talk on "Non-wetting Al 5083 alloys" at AMPCO 2022 (Advances in Materials & Processing: Challenges & Opportunities), IIT Roorkee, 17-19 Oct, 2022.

  • Faculty Development Programme on “Recent advances in materials and challenges in manufacturing techniques” Sponsored by AICTE, 07 February- 19th February 2022, organized by JNTU Kakinada, India.

  • Faculty Development Programme on “Recent advances in materials and challenges in manufacturing techniques” Sponsored by AICTE, 22nd March- 3rd April 2021, organized by JNTU Kakinada, India.

  • Soft Matter Young Investigators e-Meet (SMYIM) 03-05 Dec 2020, jointly held by IISC Bangalore and IIT Madras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAxWqGhEpHs

  • At Materials Engineering, IISC Bangalore, Jan 2020

  • At Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Dec 2018

  • At Chemical Engineering, IIT Mumbai, May 2019

 

Professional Memberships

  • The Indian Ceramic Society (InCerS), Life Membership, Sep 2021

  • Tribology Society of India (TSI), Life Membership, March 2024

Academic services outside IIT Gandhinagar

  • Reviewer for CRC Book Proposal on Bio Lubrication for Sustainable Tribology, 2023

  • Ph.D. thesis reviewer for IIT Kanpur, 2023.

  • Chaired the "Functional Materials" session at Amalgam, 21-23 April 2023, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras.

  • Undergraduate Research Committee (UGRC) coordinator, IIT Gandhinagar, 2022-ongoing.

  • Peer-reviewer of Nature Publishing Journal Clean WaterACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Langmuir, Materials & Design, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, several MDPI journals.

  • Co-chaired the "Soft thin films" session together with Prof. Rabibrata Mukherjee at CompFlu, organized by IIT Kharagpur & Indian Rheological Society (IRS), 19-21 December 2022.

  • Co-chaired the "Powder Technology" session together with Prof. Manoj at AMPCO, IIT Roorkee, 17-19 October, 2022.

  • Chaired the "Young Researcher Talks" and co-judged at AMPCO, IIT Roorkee, 17-19 October, 2022.

  • Served as a judge for the posters in "Materials for Sustainability" session, IIT Roorkee, 17-19 Oct, 2022.

  • Co-chaired the "Interfaces, wetting & adhesion" session together with Prof. Rabibrata Mukherjee ​in the Complex Fluids e-conference 2021, organized by IITGN & Indian Rheological Society (IRS).

  • Ph.D. thesis reviewer for IIT Madras, 2020.

Institute building services at IIT Gandhinagar

  • Materials Engineering department website developer (Jan-April 2024)

  • NYASA coordinator (Aug 2023-July 2024)

  • Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) coordinator (Aug 2020-Aug 2021)

  • Donor and excellence scholarships coordinator (June 2020-ongoing)

  • Undergraduate Research Committee member (June 2022-June 2023)

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