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Kumar Ankit

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106

Kumar Ankit is an Assistant Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at the Arizona State University. He received an Integrated B.Tech.-M.Tech. degree (2010) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and obtained Ph.D. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude. Following graduation, he was appointed as Group Leader at KIT, where he received an Early-career Investigator grant from the German Research Foundation, centered on computational modeling of microstructural pattern formation in multicomponent steels. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Texas A&M University where he worked in the area of modeling and simulations of pattern formation during deposition of multilayered films. Ankit’s research is focused on computational materials science, with an emphasis on phase-field modeling. He is currently interested in deciphering computational pathways to optimally design microstructure processing routes. Focus areas include solidification, solid-state transformations and grain coarsening in multicomponent alloys and geomaterials, electromigration-induced damage, and self-organization in polymers and vapor-deposited films.


•    Integrated Dual Degree, Metallurgical Engineering (2010) Indian Institute of Technology BHU.
•    Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.), Summa Cum Laude, Mechanical Engineering (2015) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.


Research Interests

My research group specializes in the development and application of mesoscopic, computational modeling techniques and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in microstructure science and engineering. Our expertise lies in the quantitative phase-field modeling of microstructural evolution in materials. Areas of application include solidification, solid-state transformations and grain coarsening in multicomponent alloys and geomaterials, electromigration-induced damage, and self-organization in polymers and vapor-deposited films.


Refereed research papers

  1. Glicksman, M. and K. Ankit (2018). Measuring Solid-Liquid Interfacial Energy Fields: Diffusion-Limited Patterns. Journal of Materials Science 53(15). Editor’s choice: August 2018, Nominated for Cahn prize 2018, 10955–10978. doi: 10.1007/s10853-018-2356-7.

  2. Mukherjee, A., K. Ankit, M. Selzer, and B. Nestler (2018). Electromigration-induced surface drift and slit propagation in polycrystalline interconnects: Insights from phase-field simulations. Physical Review Applied 9, 044004. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.044004.

  3. Mushongera, L., P. Amos, B. Nestler, and K. Ankit (2018). Phase-field simulations of pearlitic divergence in Fe–C–Mn steels. Acta Materialia 150, 78–87. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.02.059.

  4. Prajapati, N., M. Selzer, B. Nestler, B. Busch, C. Hilgers, and K. Ankit (2018). Three-Dimensional Phase-field Investigation of Pore space Cementation and Permeability in Quartz Sandstone. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth Accepted. doi: 10.1029/2018JB015618.

  5. Xing, H., H. Chen, K. Ankit, X. Dong, and K. Jin (2018). Growth direction selection of tilted dendritic arrays in directional solidification over a wide range of pulling velocity: A phase- field study. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 117, 1107–1114. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.10.086.

  6. Bhattacharya, A., K. Ankit, and B. Nestler (2017). Phase-field simulations of curvature-induced cascading of Widmansta ̈tten-ferrite plates. Acta Materialia 123, 317–328. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2016.10.035.

  7. Glicksman, M. and K. Ankit (2017). Detection of Capillary-Mediated Energy Fields on a Grain Boundary Groove: Solid–Liquid Interface Perturbations. Metals 7(12), 547. doi: 10.3390/met7120547.

  8. Ankit, K., H. Xing, M. Selzer, B. Nestler, and M. Glicksman (2016). Surface rippling during so- lidification of binary polycrystalline alloy: Insights from 3-D phase-field simulations. Journal of Crystal Growth 457, 52–69. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2016.05.033.

  9. Meller, C. et al. (2016). Integrated research as key to the development of a sustainable geother- mal energy technology. Energy Technology (invited review) 5(7), 965–1006. doi: 10.1002/ente. 201600579.

  10. Mukherjee, A., K. Ankit, R. Mukherjee, and B. Nestler (2016). Phase-field modeling of grain- boundary grooving under electromigration. Journal of Electronic Materials 45 (12), 6233–6246. doi: 10.1007/s11664-016-4848-z.

  11. Mukherjee, A., K. Ankit, A. Reiter, M. Selzer, and B. Nestler (2016). Electric-field-induced lamellar to hexagonally perforated lamellar transition in diblock copolymer thin films: Kinetic pathways. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 25609–25620. doi: 10.1039/C6CP04903F.

  12. Mukherjee, A., R. Mukherjee, K. Ankit, A. Bhattacharya, and B. Nestler (2016). Influence of substrate interaction and confinement on electric-field-induced transition in symmetric block- copolymer thin films. Physical Review E 93(3), 032504. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.032504.

  13. Ankit, K., T. Mittnacht, R. Mukherjee, and B. Nestler (2015). Evolution of mixed cementite morphologies during non-cooperative eutectoid transformation in Fe-C steels. Computational Materials Science 108 (B), 342–347. doi: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2015.03.002.

  14. Ankit, K., R. Mukherjee, and B. Nestler (2015). Deviations from cooperative growth mode during eutectoid transformation: Mechanisms of polycrystalline eutectoid evolution in Fe-C steels. Acta Materialia 97, 316–324. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2015.06.050.

  15. Ankit, K., M. Selzer, C. Hilgers, and B. Nestler (2015). Phase-field modeling of fracture cementation processes in 3-D. Journal of Petroleum Science Research 4 (2), 79–96. doi: 10.12783/jpsr. 2015.0402.04.

  16. Ankit, K., J. Urai, and B. Nestler (2015). Microstructural evolution in bitaxial crack-seal veins: A phase-field study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 120(5), 3096–3118. doi: 10.1002/ 2015JB011934.

  17. Ankit, K., R. Mukherjee, T. Mittnacht, and B. Nestler (2014). Deviations from cooperative growth mode during eutectoid transformation: Insights from a phase-field approach. Acta Materialia 81, 204–210. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.08.015.

  18. Ankit, K., A. Choudhury, C. Qin, S. Schulz, M. McDaniel, and B. Nestler (2013). Theoretical and numerical study of lamellar eutectoid growth influenced by volume diffusion. Acta Materialia 61(11), 4245–4253. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2013.03.050.

  19. Ankit, K., B. Nestler, M. Selzer, and M. Reichardt (2013). Phase-field study of grain boundary tracking behavior in crack-seal microstructures. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 166(6), 1709–1723. doi: 10.1007/s00410-013-0950-x.

  20. Ankit, K. and N. Prasad (2011). Simulation of creep cavity growth in Inconel 718 alloy. Materials Science and Engineering A 528(12), 4209–4216. doi: 10.1016/j.msea.2011.02.012.

  21. Fleck, M., L. Mushongera, D. Pilipenko, K. Ankit, and H. Emmerich (2011). On phase-field modeling with a highly anisotropic interfacial energy. European Physical Journal Plus 126(10), 1–11.doi: 10.1140/epjp/i2011-11095-7.

  22. Ankit, K. (2009). Remaining creep life assessment techniques based on creep cavitation modeling. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 40(5), 1013–1018. doi: 10.1007 / s11661 - 009 - 9781-9.


  1. Ankit, K. (2016). Phase-field modeling of microstructural pattern formation in alloys and geological veins. Vol. 58. Series of Institute of Applied Materials, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. KIT Scientific Publishing, 242 pages. doi: 10.5445/KSP/1000052440.

Research Activity
  • Kumar Ankit*, Nikhilesh Chawla, 4D Characterization of Damage in Interconnects: Experiment and Simulation. NSF-CMMI (08/15/2018-08/14/2021)
  • Kumar Ankit*, Martin Glicksman, Advanced Modeling and Simulation of Crystal Growth Dynamics. NASA-PSI (08/1/2018-07/31/2020)​
  • Kumar Ankit​*, Microstructural pattern formation during eutectoid transformation in multicomponent steels, German Research Foundation’s Young Investigator’s Grant (03/01/2016-02/28/2019)

* Principal Investigator

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 494Special Topics
MSE 598Special Topics
MSE 792Research
Honors / Awards
  • 2016 Early Career Investigator Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
  • Mechanical Engineering (MEE)
  • Applied Mathematics (APM)


  • Federal-agencies: ACS Petroleum Research Fund, NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)
  • Scientific Journals: Journal of Crystal Growth (Elsevier), Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Physica D : Nonlinear Phenomena (Elsevier), Journal of Materials Science (Springer), Materials Research Letters (Taylor & Francis), Science and Technology of Welding and Joining (Taylor & Francis), Materials Science and Engineering A (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE), Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion (Springer), Materials Theory (Springer).

Organizational Activities

  • Lead-organizer of the minisymposium titled Recent advances in phase-field modeling and analysis of microstructural evolution at the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science 2018 (MS 18) in Portland, OR.