Dr. Sudheer Neralla

Location: Burlington, NC — Main Language: en
Dr. Sudheer Neralla is a Research Associate at Jet-Hot High Performance Coatings, Burlington, NC. He is also a Visiting Research Scientist at the NSF-Engineering Research Center at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. He received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2006. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Nagarjuna University, India and joined NC A&T State University for his Master’s program in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. His current research involves synthesis and mechanical characterization of Magnesium based biodegradable metallic implant materials. His doctoral research work includes synthesis of metal nanoparticles, metal-ceramic nanocomposite thin films for magnetic storage devices using pulsed laser deposition (PLD), Magnetron Sputtering methods, mechanical and microstructural characterization of nanostructures and fracture toughness study of thin films using micro and nano indentation techniques. Some of the projects he worked with include embedding of iron or nickel metal nanoparticles into amorphous alumina matrix by laser ablation method and developing nanocomposites with improved hardness and modulus. His research work involves synthesis of nanocatalyst for growth of carbon nanotube arrays, characterization of nanotubes, study of growth of nanoparticles synthesized using PLD method in collaboration with Smart Structures Bio-Nanotechnology Laboratory at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH and study of magnetic properties of thin films. Nanoparticulated iron catalyst deposited by PLD method is used to growth CNT arrays of up to 4 mm height. He published around thirty publications and presented his work at international conferences like Materials Research Society Symposium (MRS), American Ceramics Society, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and International Conference on Composites Engineering (ICCE). His work is published in Composite-B and Nanoletters journals. His research work presented at MRS Fall 2005 Meeting, Boston, MA was nominated for best poster presenter award and he is the co-author of the poster selected for the runner-up of best student posted at SPIE 2006 Meeting, SanDiego, CA. His latest engagements include presenting his work on synthesis of catalytic substrate for CNT array growth at fourteenth ICCE conference, Boulder, CO and work on cross-sectional nanoindentation of alumina thin films at ASME Congress 2006 Meeting, Chicago, IL. His future research work and complete list of publications are available at https://sites.google.com/site/sudhirneralla/.

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