Otis Everett Randall University Professor of Engineering


Nitin P. Padture is the Otis E. Randall University Professor in the School of Engineering (Materials Science) at Brown University. He 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). Padture was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD) for 3 years, before joining the University of Connecticut (UConn) faculty in January 1995 as Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2003. Padture served as Interim Department Head at UConn for one year before moving to the Ohio State University (OSU) in January 2005. At OSU he was College of Engineering Distinguished Professor, and also founding Director of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). He moved to Brown University in January 2012, and most recently he served as Director of Brown's Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation for about eight years. 

Padture's research interests are in advanced ceramics and nanomaterials, for applications ranging from solar photovoltaics to jet engines for renewable energy and energy efficiency. His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DOE, DOEdu, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, state governments, private foundations, and industry.

Padture's teaching interests include: Introductory Materials Science & Engineering; Science & Engineering of Composite Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; and Materials in Nanotechnology.

Padture has authored or co-authored over 270 publications, including 7 awarded patents, which have been cited over 27,800 times total (Google Scholarh-index 84). Padture has delivered 250 invited/ keynote/ plenary talks and seminars in the US and abroad. (Please see CV for complete lists.)

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 ONR Young Investigator Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Padture received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, IIT-Bombay. Most recently he was awarded the Brown University Presidential Faculty Award.

Padture is Editor of the international journals Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

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Contact: nitin_padture@brown.edu   Tel. (401)863-2859

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