Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Assistant Professor


Electron Microscopy, Materials characterization, Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction (XRD)




Electron Microscopy, Materials characterization, Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction (XRD)



Contact No.

+91-7045495902, 9729179383


Hitesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala. Prior to this, he was a Research Scholar at IIT Bombay. He did his Master's (M.Tech.) from Thapar University, Patiala.

His doctoral research focuses on microstructure, alloying, and oxidation kinetics. He is an active researcher in the field material characterization. During his Ph.D., he extensively used techniques like EBSD (Electron backscattered diffraction), TEM, XRD (X-ray diffraction), LRS (Laser Raman Spectroscopy), and XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) for determining the microstructural phase(s), chemical nature, and composition of the oxide scale. He has also published 10 research papers during his Ph.D. in reputed journals like Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

Academic Profile

  • PhD in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay
    • 2015-2021
  • M.E. in Materials Science, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala
    • 2012-2014
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, MMU Mullana, Ambala
    • 2008-2012

Teaching and Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Marwadi Engineering College, Rajkot Gujrat.
    • June 2014-November 2014

Research Interests

  • Electron Microscopy
  • Texture (EBSD and XRD)
  • Materials characterization

Publications and other Research Outputs

 Publications in Peer Reviewed International Journals (17)

    • H.K. Mehtani, M.I. Khan, B. Nagamani Jaya, S. Parida, M.J.N.V. Prasad, I. Samajdar, “ The oxidation behavior of iron-chromium alloys: The defining role of substrate chemistry on kinetics, microstructure and mechanical properties of the oxide scale.” Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 871 (2021), 159583.
    • H. K. Mehtani, M. I. Khan , P. Raut , S. Parida, M.J.N.V. Prasad , D. Fullwood , R.D. Doherty and I. Samajdar, “Oxidation in Iron-Copper and Iron-Phosphorous Binary Alloys: Relating Alloying and Metal-Oxide Crystallography with Oxidation Resistance” Oxidation of Metals, 97 (2022): 417-440.
    • H. K. Mehtani, M. I. Khan, A. Durgaprasad, S. K. Deb, S. Parida, M.J.N.V. Prasad, David Fullwood, R. D. Doherty, I Samajdar. " Oxidation behavior of interstitial free steel: The defining role of substrate crystallographic texture." Acta Materialia 190 (2020): 43-57.
    • H. K. Mehtani, M. I. Khan, A. Durgaprasad, S. K. Deb, S. Parida, M. J. N. V. Prasad and I. Samajdar. " Oxidation Kinetics in Pearlite: The Defining Role of Interface Crystallography." Scripta Materialia, 152 (2018): 44-48.
    • Pankaj Kumar Verma, Sameer Warghane, Unissa Nichul, Hitesh Mehtani, Pawan Kumar, Vijay Hiwarkar “Heat Treatment Behaviour of SLM-Built Titanium Matrix Composite: Microstructure and Tribological Performance” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 2022: 1-10.
    • Raj Agarwal, HK Mehtani, Rishi Kumar, KK Raina, “The Role of Morphology on Thermal and Electrical Properties of MWCNT-Doped-PVDF Nanocomposites” Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2023, 1-12.
    • MI Khan, A Sarkar, HK Mehtani, P Raut, A Prakash, MJNV Prasad, I Samajdar, S Parida “Microstructure and aqueous corrosion in carbon steel: An emerging correlation” Materials Chemistry and Physics, 290 (2022), 126623.
    • M. I. Khan, H. K. Mehtani, A. Durgaprasad, G. K. Goyal, M.J.N.V. Prasad, S. Parida, T. Dasgupta, N. Birbilis, I. Samajdar " The defining role of interface crystallography in corrosion of a two-phase pearlitic steel." Philosophical Magazine   100 (2020):  1439-1453.
    • M. I. Khan, Aditya Parkash, H. K. Mehtani, P. Raut, Namit N. Pai, A. Sarkar, M.J.N.V. Prasad, S. Parida, I. Samajdar " The defining role of plastic deformation on resistance of aqueous corrosion of Interstitial Free steel." Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, in press.
    • Raj Agarwal, H.K. Mehtani, Vishal Gupta, Jaskaran Singh, Post-Yielding Fracture Mechanics of 3D printed polymer-based orthopedic cortical screws, Polymer Composites, 2022.
    • Garima Aggarwal, Akhilender Jeet Singh, Hitesh Kumar Mehtani, KR Balasubramaniam, “Strain induced abnormal grain growth in thermally oxidized Cu2O sheetsApplied Physics Express 14 (2021), 035503.
    • Sneha Goel, Hitesh Mehtani, Shu-Wei Yao, Indradev Samajdar, Uta Klement, Shrikant Joshi, As-Built and Post-treated Microstructures of an Electron Beam Melting (EBM) Produced Nickel-Based Superalloy, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 51 (2020): 6546-6559.
    • Sushil K Giri, A Durgaprasad, H Mehtani, S Kundu, I Samajdar,  “Origin of Goss (110) 001 Grains in Hot-Worked Grain-Oriented Steel”  Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A , 51 (2020): 5268-5284.
    • HA Deore, J Mishra, AG Rao, H. Mehtani, VD Hiwarkar, " Effect of filler material and post process ageing treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and wear behaviour of friction stir processed AA 7075 surface composites." Surface and Coatings Technology 374 (2019): 52-64.
    • K. Ravikiran, H. Mehtani, K. Sivaprasad, M.J.N.V. Prasad, Suranjit Kumar, P.K. Singh, M. Ghosh, “ Influence of nickel-based buttering material on welded joint between SA508 low alloy steel and 304LN stainless steel” International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, 195, Feb. 2022, 104576.
    • Ujjal Tewary, Dennis Paul, H.K. Mehtani, Shishira Bhagavath, Alankar Alankar, Goutam Mohapatra, Satyam S Sahay, Ajay S      Panwar, Shyamprasad Karagadde, Indradev Samajdar, “The Origin of Graphite Morphology in Cast Iron” Acta Materialia, Accepted.
    • L. Jain, K. V. Mani Krishna, Aditya Prasad, H. K. Mehtani, D. S. Misra, Abha Misra, and I. Samajdar, “Defining the Role of Silicon Substrate Orientation on the Polycrystalline Diamond Film: A Novel Approach for Characterizing Faceted Microstructures, Crystal Growth & Design, 17 (2017): 5366-5376.

Conference Papers (4)

  • Poster Presentation in National Conference AMRP-2013 held in SLIET longowal on the topic of “Morphological characterization of β phase in poly-(vinylidenefluoride) film” H.K. Mehtani, R Kumar, KK Raina.
  • H.K. Mehtani, R Kumar, KK Raina, " Morphological characterization of β phase in poly-(vinylidenefluoride) film prepared by spin cast method" AIP Conference Proceeding, 1591 (2014): 975-976. DOI- https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4872823.
  • Oral presentation in international conference ICOTOM 18 held in Utah, USA on Nov 5-10, 2017, on “Oxidation Kinetics of Steel: The defining Role of Substrate Micro-texture” H.K. Mehtani, Irshad Khan, A.Durgaprasad, S.Parida, M.J.N.V. Prasad and I.Samajdar.
  • Oral presentation in conference Microstructure -2018 held in Mumbai on 27th October 2018, on “Oxidation behavior of IF steel: The Role of Crystallographic Texture of Polycrystalline Substrate” H.K. Mehtani, Irshad Khan, A.Durgaprasad, S.Parida, M.J.N.V. Prasad and I.Samajdar.

Ongoing Research Collaborations

Sr. No.

Name of Collaborative Agency





Material Characterization, EBSD, Texture

Dr. V. Anil Kumar

Scientist ‘SG’ VSSC, ISRO



Material Characterization, EBSD

Dr. Niraj Nayan

Scientist VSSC, ISRO


Courses of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering Materials
  • Manufacturing Process (I & II)
  • Engineering Materials

Invited Talks

  1. Expert Lecture on Innovation in Oxidation Kinetics of steel: Effect of substrate chemistry and micro-texture  on August 31, 2022, IMS Engineering College in Virtual Mode.


  • Material Degradation
  • Philosophical Magazine
  • Journal of Microscopy

Course/Short term program/Workshop conducted

  1. One-Day Short Term Training Program on Nanomechanical Testing: Concept & Applications, at Mechanical Engineering Department, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, Punjab, held on 24th Feb., 2022.

Professional Responsibilities

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Project Semester Coordinator

July 2022-till now

TIET, Patiala, Punjab


Lab development (Scanning Electron Microscopy)

December 2021- till now

TIET, Patiala, Punjab


Foreign Visits

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Brigham Young University, Utah, USA


International Conference on Texture of Materials (ICOTOM 2017), USA

Awards and Honours

  • Awarded “Gold Medal” for outstanding coordination in NSS, MMU Mullana.
  • Recipient of “Letter of Appreciation” from Principal MMU Mullana for outstanding contribution in organizing university fest in 2012.
  • Received partial financial assistance through ICOTOM committee to attend 18th International Conference on Textures of Materials, November 5-10, 2017, Utah USA.
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