IIT Madras (Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engg. (MME) and Dept. of Mechanical Engg. (ME))
and Deakin University (Institute for Frontier Materials, IFM)
have an ongoing ten year relationship that has been centred on common research interests in materials science and engineering. Recently, IIT Madras and Deakin University were together awarded a prestigious bilateral AISRF grant on innovations in the area of development and additive manufacturing of a new class of alloys. In addition, there are a number of joint doctoral students pursuing their thesis under the joint supervision of the faculties of Deakin University and IIT Madras. This established partnership is being further endorsed through the creation of India's first bilateral Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing with a mutual partnership between these two global institutions. We believe that the existing researcher-to- researcher relationship and joint doctoral program between IITM and Deakin will form the platform for growth and increased research commitment through the CoE. The Centre will be self-sustaining soon, with funding from Government, industry and various HR programs that will be conducted by the CoE. Moreover, there are a number of industries, presently in collaboration with IITM and Deakin, who are likely to be the funding partners for this CoE.
Globally, a tremendous research effort is being focused towards basic and applied science in the field of additive manufactured materials. Indeed, this was a central tenet of the AISRF grant awarded to both Institutions. Hence, the CoE funding should be focused on establishing a world-class additive manufacturing facility at IIT Madras that complements the facilities at Deakin University. This would position establish IIT Madras as the Additive Manufacturing research leader in India, and also simultaneously strengthen Deakin University's eminence in the field.