K Narayan Prabhu


Professor (HAG)

Professional Experience: 

32 years of Professional experience out of which 32 years at NITK

Contact Details



Academic Background

Academic Backround: 

• Ph.D (Mangalore University) 1991
• M.Tech (Process Metallurgy), Mangalore University,1987
• M.Sc. (Indl. Chemistry), University of Mysore

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest: 

Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing with special interest in solidification and quenching; Heat transfer; Lead-free solders – Wettability and Solder Joint Reliability; Nanofluids; Thermal interface and Energy Storage materials; Melt treatment of Al-Si alloys 



Significant Projects

Significant Projects: 

• DRDO Research Project (Grant No. ERIP/ER/1006009M01/1356 dt. 13.9.2011) on ‘Assessment of Solder Joint Reliability and Effect of Cooling Rate on Mechanical Properties of Lead free Solders (Rs.82 lakhs) – Completed
• DST Research Project (Grant No. SR/S3/ME/0041/2010 dated 04.05.2012) on ‘Investigation of the effect of addition of nanoparticles on wetting kinematics, kinetics and cooling severity of quench media for industrial heat treatment’ - (Rs. 30.47 lakhs) - Completed

Book Chapters: 


Supervision of Ph.D

Supervision of Ph.D: 

Completed: 13
Ongoing: 5

Text Books: 


Significant Publications

Significant Publications: 

1. Ramesh and K.N.Prabhu. Effect of Polymer Concentration on Wetting and Cooling Performance During Immersion Quenching, Metallurgical & Materials Transactions B, 2016, 47(2) 859-881
2. MrunaliSona and K.N.Prabhu, The effect of reflow time on wetting behaviour, evolution of microstructure and joint strength of Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu solders on copper and nickel coated copper substrates, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2016 45(7) 3744-3758
3. Sudheer R and K.N.Prabhu, A Computer Aided Cooling Curve Analysis method to study phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications, Materials and Design, 96, 2016, 198-203.
4. Pranesh M Rao and K.N.Prabhu, Effect of Bath Temperature on Cooling Performance of Molten Eutectic NaNO3-KNO3 Quench Medium for Martempering of Steels Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2017, 48(10), 4895–4904
5. S. Tikale and K. Narayan Prabhu, Development of low-silver content SAC0307 solder alloy with Al2O3 nanoparticles, Materials Science & Engineering A, 787 (2020) 139439

Funded Projects (Completed): 




  • National Metallurgists Day Young Metallurgists’ Award by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, 1993
  • Career Award in Engineering & Technology, University Grants Commission, 1994
  • BOYSCAST Visiting Fellow and Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Birmingham (1996-1997) and UMIST, Manchester (1998-2000)
  • Sir C.V. Raman Young Scientist Award in Engineering Science 2001 by the Government of Karnataka, India, February 2003.
  • DST-The Royal Society Visiting Scientist Award at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Materials Processing, University of Birmingham, UK, 2005
  • National Metallurgists Day, Metallurgist of the Year Award, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, 2017

M.Tech Students (Completed): 


Ph.D Students (Completed): 




For More Info: 


Contact us

Dr. Ravishankar K. S, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050