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Education and Engineering Complex 358E
(205) 975-4666

Research and Teaching Interests: Ceramics and Glass, Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Materials Degradation

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • B. Tech., University of Calcutta, Ceramics Technology
  • M. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Ceramics Engineering
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech., Materials Science and Engineering

Manoj K Mahapatra is an Assistant Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering since Fall 2015. He was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Connecticut prior to joining UAB. He was a scientist for two years in the Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), India working in the area of body armor.

Dr. Mahapatra’s research encompasses the structure-processing-property of ceramic and glass materials for energy and high temperature applications. His research focuses on low-cost processing of metallic and ceramic coatings, functional ceramics and glasses, and mechanistic understanding of materials degradation processes and prevention strategies.

Ph.D. Position Available

A position for a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Mahapatra's lab is available for Fall 2022. Self-motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic students with positive attitudes and excellent academic records are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Mahapatra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Recent Courses
    • Ceramic Materials and Laboratory (MSE 470/570, MSE 470L/570L)
    • Degradation of Materials (MSE 690/790)
    • Engineering Materials (MSE 280)
    • Physical Materials I (MSE 281)
  • Select Publications
    • M.K. Mahapatra, B. Hu, P. Singh, Electrochemical energy systems and efficient utilization of abundant natural gas in “Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors”, edited by S. Devasahayam, K. Dowling, M. K. Mahapatra, CRC Press, 2016, pp. 531-544
    • V. Sharma, M. K. Mahapatra, S. Krishnan, Z. Thatcher, B. D. Huey, P. Singh, R. Ramprasad, “Effects of moisture on (La, A)MnO3 (A = Ca, Sr, and Ba) solid oxide fuel cell cathodes: a first-principles and experimental study” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4 (2016) 5605 – 5615
    • M. K. King Jr., N. S. Jindal, P. Singh, and M. K. Mahapatra, “Prospect of Electrochemical Deposition Technique for Fuel Cell and Electrolysis Cell Applications” 12th European SOFC & SOE Forum, July 5 – 8, 2016, Lucerne, Switzerland
    • B. Hu, M. K. Mahapatra, P. Singh, “Performance regeneration in lanthanum strontium manganite cathode during exposure to H2O and CO2 containing ambient air atmospheres” Journal of Ceramic Society of Japan, 123 (2015) 199-204
    • M. K. Mahapatra, N. Li, A. Verma, P. Singh, “Electrical conductivity of manganese doped yttria (8 mol%) stabilized zirconia”, Solid State Ionics, 253 (2013) 223-226
    • K. Lu and M. K. Mahapatra “Barium oxide, calcium oxide, magnesia, and alkali oxide free glass” Patent No. US 8541327 B1 (2013)
    • M. K. Mahapatra, P. Singh, and S. Misture, “Manganese induced modifications in yttria stabilized zirconia” Applied Physics Letters, 101 (2012) 131606
    • M. K. Mahapatra and K. Lu, “Effect of atmosphere on interconnect-seal glass interaction for solid oxide fuel/electrolyzer cells” Journal of the American Ceramic Society 94 (2011) 875-885
    • M. K. Mahapatra, K. Lu, and R. J. Bodnar, “Network structure and thermal property of a novel high temperature seal glass” Applied Physics A 95 (2009) 493-500

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  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • American Ceramic Society