Y.K. Rao

Y.K. Rao

Y.K. Rao

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering

ykrishnarao@aol.com
(206) 543-2620

Education

  • I.A.Sc., Math., Physics and Chemistry, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada, India, 1958
  • B.Sc., Metallurgical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, 1962
  • Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA., 1965

Employment

2012-current: Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1983: Honorary Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1980-2012: Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
1976-1980: Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1973-74: Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany
1972-76: Associate Professor of Mineral Engineering, Columbia University, New York
1968-72: Assistant Professor of Mineral Engineering, Columbia University, New York
1967-68: Metallurgist, Corning Glass Works, Corning, New York
1965-67: Research Metallurgist/Engineer, Inland Steel Company, East Chicago, Indiana

Research interests

  • Equilibrium-state in complex systems: Iterative equilibrium constant method (IECM)
  • Steady-state (virtual equilibrium) in a closed reactor subjected to temperature-gradient
  • Gas-solid reaction rates: mass-transfer effects and determining intrinsic kinetics. Liquid-gas reaction kinetics at steelmaking temperatures and effects of surface-active elements (oxygen; sulfur) on nitrogen absorption and desorption in ferrous melts
  • Chemical vapor deposition of optoelectronic materials
  • Sulfide-smelting: suppression of polluting sulfur-oxide emissions
  • Carbothermic chlorination of alumina and rutile minerals
  • Catalyzed gasification of carbon; flue-gas desulfurization; acid-mine-drainage
  • Midrex direct-reduction ironmaking process
  • Stage-wise models for Corex smelter-gasifier process and iron Blast-furnace process. Phase-equilibria and construction of phase-boundaries in the W-Si-H-Cl-Ar system