Dr. Ramana is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Dr. Ramana’s research expertise is towards developing and/or engineering advanced structural materials for application in energy production, storage and conversion, utilization, and management. Dr. Ramana’s extensive contributions are towards a deeper understanding of the multifunctional materials’ physical/chemical/electronic behavior, manufacturing and associated mechanics at the reduced (micro/nano) dimensionality. Materials/device fabrication, characterization and performance evaluation plays a significant role in his research. His research also focuses on the thin-films/surfaces/interfaces growth and plasma-based advanced manufacturing of next-generation advanced materials, which will have direct applications in power generation system, batteries, fuel cells, and photovoltaics. He has been involved with various research projects related to nanomaterials, ceramic coatings, and surface/interface engineering of advanced materials. He has successfully managed several research grants and projects. Ongoing research related to nanomaterials, ceramic coatings, surface engineering, hydrogen turbines, and sensors for coal-gasification is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and several industries.
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