Ayan obtained his Bachelors (Metallurgical Engineering) from Jadavpur University (2006) and Masters (Materials Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (2008). Following that he received a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award to carry out doctoral studies at Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. After PhD (2013), he continued in Cambridge as a Research Associate, simultaneously having been appointed as a Junior Research Fellow (member of the governing body) in Darwin College. He then worked for three more years (2014-2017) as a Research Associate in the Department of Materials, Imperial College London and four years (2017-2021) as Research Scientist at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, Singapore. He is a Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council UK) and a Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK).
Over the years, he has worked on a variety of research areas within the broad scope of structural materials which includes exploring and evaluating new alloys for next generation turbine engines, understanding the micromechanical behavior of materials using in-situ experiments and developing a mechanistic understanding of component repair (by cold spray coatings, localized induction heating and electropulsing) and manufacturing (by selective laser melting and direct laser deposition). However, the common thread connecting the interests is the multi-scale understanding of the processing-structure-property relationship in engineering materials.
Research interest: Alloy design, Superalloys, High temperature refractory metal alloys, advanced manufacturing (selective laser melting, direct laser deposition) and repair technology (metal cold spray, electropulsing, localized induction heating), Phase transformation and crystallography of high temperature alloys, Structural characterization using microscopy and diffraction techniques, Bulk and micro-mechanical testing of materials.