Dr. Ratan K. Mishra is currently a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He joined the SCCER-SoE team in 2015 as a part-time researcher. He completed his PhD degree in Polymer Engineering from the University of Akron, USA in 2012. His PhD research work was sponsored by Sika Technology AG in cooperation with ETH Foundation, Zurich. Currently his main topic of research is to develop the force field parameters of inorganic minerals and also to investigate the molecular interactions of organic additives with mineral surfaces using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. In 2011, he received the best presentation award for his work on surface properties of tricalcium silicate at the 13th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement in Madrid, Spain. In 2016, he won the Sandmeyer award from the Swiss Chemical Society for his contributions to the experimental and modelling studies of new commercial organic additives for the grinding of inorganic solids.
Dr. Ratan Mishra’s expertise and research interests are in the area of force field development of inorganic minerals, study of interfacial, mechanical, structural and thermal properties of building materials and interactions of polymers with inorganic mineral surfaces using MD simulations. In this project, he is mainly focused on the adsorption of aluminate ions on cement to understand the molecular level interactions at different pH values and temperatures. Partly he is also involved in the development of validated molecular models of calcium sulfate minerals, such as anhydrite, bassanite and gypsum.