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Anil Krishna Battu
Materials Scientist

Dr. Anil Krishna Battu is a materials scientist working with the Terrestrial-Atmospheric Processes Integrated Research Platform. Battu received his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from India while working for the Indian Space Research Organization. He did his master’s project at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials in India. He then attended the University of Texas at El Paso, for his PhD. Battu collaborates with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to perform synchrotron-based experiments with their advance light source user facility. 

Battu has performed research in areas, such as metals, ceramics, semiconductors, nanostructured gas sensors, and transparent conducting oxides. He has extensive user experience in nanoengineered materials developed by physical vapor deposition sputtering techniques (direct current, radio frequency, cathodic arc sputtering, E-beam, and pulsed laser deposition) with extensive knowledge and strong technical background to support various fields with an emphasis on materials processing and its characterization. As a part of his internship at EMSL during his PhD, he worked on 3-D printed polymers and performed light source experiments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Research Interests

  • Material science and engineering 

  • Mechanical engineering 

  • Ceramics 

  • Material characterization 

  • Vacuum systems 

  • Thin film depositions 

  • Nano-mechanical testing 

  • 3-D printing 

  • Beamline-6.3.1, beamline-7.0.1, and beamline-5.3.2 

  • Mechanical testing 

  • Scanning electron microscopy 

  • XRD, XCT, Avizo, VG studio, XPS, UV-Vis, nano-indentation, nano-scratch, ellipsometry, profilometer, AFM 


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) 

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Tech University, Kakinada 

Awards and Recognition

  • Scholarship for Grad Excellence recipient, UTEP, (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) 

  • President, American Vacuum Society Chapter at UTEP (2018) 

  • General Secretary, University Cricket Club, UTEP (2017) 



Anil K Battu, Timothy R Pope, Tamas Varga, Josef F Christ, Michelle D Fenn, W Steven Rosenthal, Wenbin Kuang, Mathew Thomas, Anne M Arnold, Malachi Schram, Marvin G Warner, Christopher A Barrett, and Zachary C Kennedy, Additive Manufacturing 36, 101464 (2020) 

Elizabeth J Kautz, Bharat Gwalani, Sten VM Lambeets, Libor Kovarik, Daniel K Schreiber, Daniel E Perea, David Senor, Yi-Sheng Liu, Anil K Battu, Kuo-Pin Tseng, Suntharampillai Thevuthasan, and Arun Devaraj. 2020. “Rapid assessment of structural and compositional changes during early stages of zirconium alloy oxidation.” npj Materials Degradation 4:1-9. 

Jiang, W., S. R. Spurgeon, B. E. Matthews, A. K. Battu, S. China, T. Varga, A. Devaraj, E. J. Kautz, M. A. Marcus, D. D. Reilly, and W. G. Luscher. 2020. “Carbonaceous Deposits on Aluminide Coatings in Tritium-Producing Assemblies.” Nuclear Materials and Energy 25: 100797.  

Dubey, P., A. K. Battu, V. Shutthanandan, and C. V. Ramana. 2019. “Effect of Interface Structure on the Hydrophobicity, Mechanical and Optical Properties of HfO2/Mo/HfO2 Multilayer Films.” JOM 71 (10): 3711-3719.  

Thomas, M., M. Schram, K. Fox, J. Strube, N. S. Oblath, R. Rallo, Z. C. Kennedy, T. Varga, A. K. Battu, and C. A. Barrett. 2020. “Distributed Heterogeneous Compute Infrastructure for the Study of Additive Manufacturing Systems.” MRS Advances 5 (29-30): 1547-1555.  

Rosenthal, W. S., F. C. Grogan, Y. Li, E. I. Barker, J. F. Christ, T. R. Pope, A. K. Battu, T. Varga, C. A. Barrett, M. G. Warner, and A. Peles. 2020. ““Sintering” Models and in-Situ Experiments: Data Assimilation for Microstructure Prediction in Sls Additive Manufacturing of Nylon Components.” MRS Advances 5 (29-30): 1593-1601.  

Sandeep Manandhar, Anil K Battu, Arun Devaraj, Vaithiyalingam Shutthanandan, Suntharampillai Thevuthasan, and CV Ramana. 2020. “Rapid Response High Temperature Oxygen Sensor Based on Titanium Doped Gallium Oxide.” Scientific Reports 10:1-9.