Dr. Nitya Nand Gosvami

Department of Materials Science and Engineering | IIT DELHI

Cinque Terre
Nitya Nand Gosvami
Dr. Nitya Nand Gosvami completed his B. Tech. with honours, in Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), in India in 2003 and received his PhD from National University of Singapore in 2008. He joined the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Germany as a Postdoctoral Scientist in March 2008 and was later awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. During April-March, 2008, he was a visiting scientist at Department of Physics at McGill University in Canada. In October 2010, he joined University College London in United Kingdom as a Research Associate and worked in collaboration with London Center for Nanotechnology. In september 2012, he moved on to work at University of Pennsylvania in the United States as a Research Project Manager. He joined the Department of Applied Mechanics at IIT Delhi in February 2016 and recently moved to the newly established Department of Materials Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi where he is working as an Assistant Professor since January 2018. Dr. Gosvami's research is focused upon understanding nanoscale mechanical and tribological behavior of engineering materials where he is investigating fundamental mechanisms of friction, wear and deformation of materials and processes occurring at the liquid-solid interfaces, relevant for understanding of the functionality of industrial lubricants and additives, corrosion in glasses, and tribological behaviour of lightweight alloys for structural applications.
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore (Jan 2004 -July 2008)
  • B.Tech. (with Honours) Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, India (2003)

  • Research Experience

  • Research Project Manager (09/12 - 02/16): Department of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • Research Associate (10/10 - 08/12): London Center for Nanotechnology, University College London, London, UK
  • Guest Scientist and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (03/08 - 09/10): INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Visiting Scientist (03/08 - 05/08): Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • PhD Candidate (01/04 - 02/08): Department of Mechanical Engineering (Materials Science Division) National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Research Interest

  • Materials failure and materials characterization
  • Fundamental mechanisms of friction, lubrication, wear, and energy dissipation
  • Nanotribology of industrial lubricants and additives
  • Surface forces and liquid-solid interfaces
  • Nanomechanics of molecular thin films
  • Atomic force microscopy in liquids and vacuum
  • Development of novel scanning probe techniques
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology

    Industrial Experience/Interactions

  • 1 month training at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Rourkela, India (2001).
  • 1.5 months training at the materials testing laboratory at Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Heavy Engineering Division at Hazira Works, Surat, India (2002).
  • Research collaborations with ExxonMobil Research & Engineering (Clinton, NJ, USA) to investigate nanoscale tribology of antiwear additives (10/2012 – 02/2016).
  • Research collaborations with Pixelligent Technologies LLC (Baltimore, MD, USA) to investigate nanoparticles as antiwear additives for automobile lubricants (06/2013 – 02/2016).

  • Reviewer

  • Nature Scientific Reports, Small, Applied Physics Letters, RSC Advances, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Tribology International, Langmuir, Lubricants, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, Carbon, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

  • Contributing Reviewer

  • Nature, Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Tribology Letters, Advanced Materials

Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Research Award, Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, India (2016).
  • Session Vice-Chair, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Tribology Frontiers Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA (2015).
  • Invited speaker, Young Investigator Meeting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Grand poster prize, Gordon Research Conference on Tribology, Waltham, MA, USA (2014).
  • Discussion leader, Gordon Research Seminar on Tribology, Waltham, MA, USA (2014).
  • Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, Germany (2009).
  • Visiting scientist at the Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2008).
  • Best poster award, MRS-S, Conference on Advanced Materials, Singapore (2008).
  • Best poster award, Nonosikkim-III, Mechanics and Friction at the Nanoscale, India (2008).
  • PhD research scholarship from the National University of Singapore (2004).
  • Ranked among top hundred students in India in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in metallurgical engineering (2003).
  • Department rank holder (Overall 2nd) in B.Tech. (2003).
  • Ranked among top 2% of the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE, 1999).


  • APL102: Introdution to Materials Science and Engineering (Semester 1, 2018-2019)
  • APL102: Introdution to Materials Science and Engineering (Semester 2, 2017-2018)
  • APL102: Introdution to Materials Science and Engineering (Semester 1, 2016-2017, Labs only)
  • APL102: Introdution to Materials Science and Engineering (Semester 2, 2016-2017, Labs only)

  • PG courses:

  • AML751: Materials for Marine Vehicles (for Indian Navy, Semester 1, 2016-2017)
  • APL767: Engineering Failure Analysis and Prevention (Semester 2, 2016-2017)