Author Archives: Abi

About Abi

My name is T. A. Abinandanan, and I am a professor of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

A new, bigger home for Materialia Indica

Update (31 August 2013): Things have changed since we mad this announcement back in 2009. Due primarily to lack of activity at our site at, we are saying good bye to it. Now, the Materialia Indica community  has a … Continue reading

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Clean water for everyone: How can nanotechnology help?

Overcoming the difficulties of nanotechnology water treatments means developing innovative solutions to engineer a usable product. One answer could be to develop methods where the nanoparticles need not be suspended in the water. For example, one can stick — or … Continue reading

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In her NYTimes article, Natalie Angier has several quotes from Rob Ritchie of UC-Berkeley on the mechanical behaviour of bones (check out his recent publications): … [H]ealthy bone is disciplined bone, with a structure enviably organized at every scale yet … Continue reading

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Goverdhan Mehta Committee Report …

… is now available online. Thanks to Giridhar for posting it; he also has a summary of the key recommendations regarding the salary structure at IISc, IITs, IIMs and IISERs.

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Materials Quotes: 015

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. — Benjamin Franklin

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From Edison’s Desk: Blog of the GE Global Research Center

Here, with posts written by GE researchers working on all kinds of interesting things. Given the central role of materials in many of the advanced technologies being developed by GE researchers, the blog has quite a few posts that touch … Continue reading

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An Ideal Materials Curriculum

I was writing a comment on Ashish’s post about the need for revamping the materials engineering curriculum, and since the comment became too long, I decided to ‘upgrade’ it to a regular post. Ashish’s post forced me to think about … Continue reading

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