Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Akhlesh Lakhtakia
  • Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics
206 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
(814) 863-4319

Bio

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, the Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, is widely recognized for his ground breaking research on nanotechnology and on the behavior of electromagnetic fields and waves in complex materials. He has developed novel coating techniques for industrially scalable bioreplication, a copying process in which surface properties present in biological tissues are mimicked for engineering purposes. These techniques hold promise for applications ranging from retreiving fingerprints to harvesting solar energy.

Academic Training

B.Eng. in Electronics Engineering, Banaras Hindu University
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
D.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, Banaras Hindu University

Research

  • Beltrami-Maxwell postulates

  • Brewster angle and Brewster condition

  • Surface waves

  • Voigt waves

  • Composite mediums Carbon nanotubes

  • Chiral mediums

  • Electro-optics

  • Electromagnetic band-gap materials

  • Negative phase-velocity mediums (aka left-handed materials Sculptured thin films (STFs)

  • Helicoidal bianisotropic mediums (HBMs)

  • Piezoelectric, continuously twisted, structurally chiral mediums (PCTSCMs)

  • Pulse propagation

  • Time-domain circular Bragg phenomenon 

  • Bioreplication

  • Parylene

  • Fractals, etc.

  • Acoustics and elastodynamics

  • Applications of chaos theory in manufacturing and machining

  • Green Engineering