Jinoop Arackal Narayanan


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Dr. Jinoop Arackal Narayanan is currently serving as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, Teesside University, UK, since July 2023. Prior to this role, he held positions as a research fellow in additive manufacturing at the Welding and Additive Manufacturing Centre, Cranfield University, UK, from January to June 2023, and as an industrial postdoctoral researcher at the Multi-scale Additive Manufacturing Lab, University of Waterloo, Canada, from 2021 to 2023. He also worked as a DAE Research Fellow at the Laser Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore, India from 2016-2021.

Dr. Narayanan earned his PhD in laser additive manufacturing from Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India. With over seven years of experience in additive manufacturing, his research interests encompass various areas, including metal additive manufacturing, process window development in additive manufacturing, processing of advanced materials, post-processing of metal additive manufactured components, and in-situ and ex-situ material characterizations.

He has more than 90 publications in the field of additive manufacturing, including journal papers in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters, and international and national conference papers/ presentations. Notably, he authored the first comprehensive textbook on Additive Manufacturing in India, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education for UG and PG Scholars. Additionally, Dr. Narayanan serves as an editor and reviewer for several reputed international journals.

His contributions to the field have been recognized through various awards and fellowships. In 2019, he was honoured with the "Young Scientist Award in Mechanical Engineering" by the Madhya Pradesh Government. Subsequently, he worked as a Young Scientist Fellow at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, focusing on metal additive manufacturing. He has also been awarded the best Ph.D. Thesis award from the Indian Laser Association, and his works have received best paper and poster awards during national conferences and technical events. Furthermore, he has received fellowships from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.

Dr. Narayanan is actively involved in several collaborative projects related to metal additive manufacturing with several international universities, research labs and industries.

If you are interested in collaborating or developing research projects, feel free to contact via email at [email protected]. Inquiries are welcome to explore opportunities for fruitful collaborations with researchers and specialists from universities, industries, and research laboratories

Summary of Research Interests

Advanced Engineering Design and Manufacturing (AEDM) lab works on the following major themes -

  • Advanced Design for Light weighting and high-performance
  • Meta-materials
  • Lattice designs
  • Topology optimisation
  • Generative design
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Bioinspired Design
  • Sustainability in Design
  • Digital Twins
  • Additive Manufacturing and Material Processing
  • Metals
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Ceramics
  • Multi-material structures
  • Surface engineering
  • Thermo-mechanical processing
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Hybrid manufacturing
  • Materials development and  characterisation
  • Alloy development
  • Advanced and sustainable materials for manufacturing
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Surface characterisation of materials
  • Bulk characterisation of materials
  • Metallurgical analysis
  • Process-structure-property correlation
  • High-temperature testing
  • Hydrogen–material interaction


For more details, visit AEDM

External Roles and Professional Activities


Additive Manufacturing, Nature: Scientific Reports, Journal of Manufacturing Process, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Optics & Laser Technology, Additive Manufacturing Letters, Materials Letters, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Thin-Walled Structures, Micromechanics, Advances in Materials & Processing Technologies, Transactions of Indian Institute of Metals, International Journal of Materials Research, Progress in Additive Manufacturing, Materials, Coatings, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Materials Today Proceedings, Imeche Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Lasers in Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Crystals, Imeche Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications, Journal of micromanufacturing, Applied Physics A, JOM: Journal of Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), SPE Polymers, Materials Characterization 


Editorial works

  • Guest Editor: Special issue on “Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Alloys“  by Crystals, MDPI. (2021-2023) (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/crystals/special_issues/Z0S48ZDYG
  • Guest Editor: Special issue on “ Opportunities and Challenges of Utilizing Metal Additive Manufacturing Approaches for Sustainable Engineering“  by Sustainability, MDPI. (2023- Present) (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/FTH0MO29Z3#)
  • Guest Editor: Special issue on "Emerging Sensing Technologies for Sustainable Smart Systems and Digitalization in Industries"
    (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors/special_issues/9Y2O8Z16VV) by Sensors, MDPI. (2023- Present) 
  • Topic editor:    Research topic collection titled "Recent Advances in Quality Control of Metal Additive Manufactured Parts" in the journal "Frontiers in Manufacturing Technology" (January 2024- present) (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/61774/recent-advances-in-quality-control-of-metal-additive-manufactured-parts)
  • Guest Editor: Special issue on “Biomechanics, Actuation, and Control Strategies of Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Exoskeletons“  by Actuators, MDPI. (2024-present) (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/actuators/special_issues/T6D20BB23A)
  • Editorial board member of the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Applications
  • Editorial board member of the Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering
  • Committee member for the 2nd International Summit on Lasers, Optics, and Photonics (ISLOP), Munich, Germany during April 22-24, 2024


  • Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM)
  • EPSRC Peer Review college
  • Indian Laser Association

External Research Collaborations

  • Additive Manufacturing Technology Lab, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, India
  • Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, IIT Jammu, India
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad, India
  • Swansea University, UK
  • Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • University of Sunderland, UK
  • University of Alberta, Canada
  • Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

PhD and Research Opportunities

We welcome dynamic researchers with innovative ideas to join our challenging AEDM Lab.

Interested candidates are invited to email their CV and research plans directly to [email protected].

Postdoctoral position: Candidates interested in funding opportunities such as Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, Newton Fellowship, etc., are encouraged to contact well in advance.

PhD position: Prospective PhD students interested in applying for scholarships like the Commonwealth Scholarship and seeking a host should reach out without delay. Self-funded PhD students are also invited to start discussions early to arrange an interview promptly.

Research Projects & External Funding

  • In-progress
  • UK-Iceland Arctic Science Partnership Scheme 2024-2025 (Co-I) -  Polymeric Materials for Hydrogen Transportation (£18,638)
  • Completed
  • Participatory Research Fund  (Co-I) - 3D Printed customized medical device development (£2930)

  • Consultancy (PI) for Promation Engineering, Canada -Feasibility studies on LDED of Copper (£3000)

  • Department of Atomic Energy Research Fellowship, Government of India (2016-2021) (£16000)

  • Young Scientist Research Fellowship, MP Council of Science and Technology, India (2020-2021) (£200)

Academic Responsibilities

  • Module leader - Manufacturing systems (Level 7 - MSc Mechanical Engineering)
  • Module Tutor - Aerospace Materials Analysis (Level 6 - BEng/ MEng Aerospace Engineering)
  • Module Tutor - Sustainable systems and Industry 4.0 (Level 6 - BEng /MEng Instrumentation and Control Engineering,  Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, BEng Tech Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng Tech (Hons) Mechanical Engineering), BEng/MEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
  • Module Leader - Manufacturing Processes ( Level 5 Mech Eng, Mech. Eng. NCWU China - TU Collaboration)

Academic Achievements

• Conferred with Young Scientist Award & Best Paper Award (2019) during Madhya Pradesh Young Scientist Congress by Madhya Pradesh Council for Science & Technology, RGPV, Bhopal, India.
• Best Ph. D Thesis award from Indian Laser Association during National Laser Symposium (NLS) - 30 , 2022 conducted by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India for doctoral research on Laser Directed Energy Deposition based Additive Manufacturing.
• Received Best Paper Award during National Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar, NAMS 2019, Dec 06 – 07, 2019, Trivandrum.
• Best poster award during Homi Bhabha National Institute Research Scholars’ Day 2018 at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, India in Engineering Sciences Category.
• Received Fellowship for Training of Young Scientist for working at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Dept. of Space, Govt. of India.
• Received Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India fellowship for pursuing Master of Technology at NIT Warangal, India: 2014 - 2016.
• Received Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India Research fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, India: 2016 - 2021.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

  • Consultant - Additive Manufacturing for Industries
  • Resource person - CPD courses in additive manufacturing for industries 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Engineering (Laser Directed Energy Deposition based Additive Manufacturing), Homi Bhabha National Institute


Master, Additive Manufacturing, National Institute of Technology Warangal


Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerala


External positions

Cranfield University

Jan 2023Jun 2023

University of Waterloo

Aug 2021Jan 2023

Senior Research Fellow, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology


Junior Research Fellow, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology



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