Position: Research Associate
PhD: Mississippi State University. USA
Research: Virtual designing of light alloys.
Dr. Moitra completed his MS in Physics and PhD in Engineering (Applied) Physics from Mississippi State University, USA in 2007, and 2010, respectively. After his PhD, he did his postdoctoral studies at Centre for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University and at Pennsylvania State University. Later he moved to India with a senior scientist position at S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, from where he moved again as a senior assistant professor position to VIT University, before joining IMDEA. His primary research interest resides along the interface of Physics and Materials Science, with a focus on analyzing material properties within nm range and predicting materials behaviour. Altogether that focuses on novel multiscale materials design and developing microstructure based structure-property relationships across multiple length scales emphasizing on light and novel materials. In particular, his work is related to computational material design employing defect engineering, to optimize mechanical and thermal properties of metals, and alloys using integrated computational materials engineering (ICME). The basic premise of this research using ICME framework is to determine how the most important effects from the lower length scale, such as point-defects, stacking fault energy, etc. affect the microstructural, thermodynamical, and mechanical properties at macroscale. To reach this goal, the first step is to achieve a fundamental level of understanding of the stable-phase atomic configuration by ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. The results from DFT along with experimental observations of microstructure provide sufficient data to build atomistic model. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are then performed using these developed atomistic models to study the interaction that plays the major role in materials thermal, elastic, plastic, or damage behaviours. He has co-authored 4 book chapters, 25 journal articles and 17 conference proceedings.
In July 2016, he joined the Mechanics of Materials group at in IMDEA Materials Institute to work in the VIRMETAL Project, funded by the European Research Council as a senior research associate and a Marie Curie AMAROUT fellow.